Storytelling: The Malcolm Gladwell Start
No matter how well known you are, if you are in going to a new country to work, creating a connection with people is an effort worth making. Of course it is easier said than done. A lot of us are unaware of effective strategies to create this connection. Many believe that the best way to create a connection is by telling…

Storytelling Presentations: Bullet points are such a bad idea
Sundar Pichai, Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and most of the world’s most inspiring speakers, do not use bullet points. Why don’t they use bullet points? If you have bullet points, you are making the audience listen to you and read the bullet points. That creates cognitive load. *University of Washington biologist, John Medina, has done extensive research into persuasion and…

Storytelling: What do you do when you see a crying baby?
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft tells the story about his first round of interviews at Microsoft about 25 years ago. An up-and-coming Microsoft manager named Richard Tait asked Nadella a question. The question had nothing to do with coding or solving an engineering problem. Instead, Tait asked: “Imagine you see a baby laying on the street, and the baby is crying. What…

Storytelling: Microsoft is Agile?
There are stories we tell ourselves and our worldview is formed based on those stories. Recently, I worked with a digital and innovation team of a leading multinational corporation and one of the story the team told themselves was, SAP the multinational software corporation that makes enterprise software to manage business operations and customer relations stands for Suffer After Purchase. Obviously, this…