Quick Tips and Techniques
Everyone wants quick tips and techniques. Subject matter experts are invited to events to teach quick tips and techniques. I am several times introduced as someone who can give quick tips and techniques on Storytelling. But here is the reality, quick tips and techniques are not the key differentiator between loser and winners. So when someone says to you publish a blog…

A WhatsApp Group is not a Team because…
Notification, you are added to a WhatsApp Group. WhatsApp groups have become a common way for teams to communicate. And being added to a WhatsApp group often gives us a sense of belonging. It fulfills one of the strongest human desires, to belong. However, a group can never be a team because quiet often it overlooks inclusion.And when inclusion is ignored, you…

Storytelling Beats Objectivity
In a meeting, a leader says, “we have a pressing agenda item, we have to make our distribution channel aware of the correct use of our products. Hence, we will be rolling out a training programme for our staff on how to do that.” Now the statement made by the leader aims at immense objectivity and as a result has stripped away…

My Boss Won’t Like Me Storytelling
“Anjali, I love the storytelling work we are doing here today. I will definitely use storytelling skills to inspire my team and engage my customers but I will never use it in front of my boss.” Now, that is a statement I often hear. If you feel this way too, this blog is for you. What kind of stories do bosses want

Story or Survey?
You have received employee opinion survey results which reveal to you that people are not very happy in your team. You are frustrated because as a leader you have been doing plenty to make sure people are happy. You now have a number from the survey that gives you information on the levels of happiness in the team but measuring it doesn’t…

Storytelling : How Do Ideas Go Viral?
To study narrative is to examine ourselves. We think in story, process our world through the lens of story, and use storytelling to communicate ideas. One prominent economist believes that stories are the heart of human behavior. He says to understand the power of narrative is to understand financial booms and busts — and to prevent crises from getting worse. Robert Shiller…

Emotion is the Fastest Path to the Brain
We can prove it scientifically. In academic terms, an “emotionally competent stimulus” is any video or photo that elicits a strong emotional reaction. These images can trigger fear, sadness, joy, hope, shock, surprise, or disgust. The turtle video triggers several emotions at once. Once we see or experience an emotionally charged stimulus, the amygdala—an almond-shaped structure in the brain’s temporal lobe—releases neurochemicals…

Indra Nooyi and Storytelling
Indra Nooyi was PepsiCo’s first female chief executive. She boosted PepsiCo’s revenue 80 percent during her tenure. One of the most remarkable thing about Indra Nooyi is her ability to storytell. Her videos are shared regularly in women in workforce forums. Here are 3 videos of Indra Nooyi where she story tells beautifully. 1) Women don’t help women enough in workplace  …

Storytelling : A Kueh Lapis Story Influences Decision Making
A group of government officials have come up with an idea, to launch a website that informs traveller’s coming into Singapore what they can and can’t bring into the country. They are required to present this idea to senior officials for a project sponsorship. Thier presentation begins with explaining the problem. The problem statement is projected on the slide For people travelling…