What a year 2020 has been for every one of us. For the first time in human history, every nation around the world is working on the same problem. The leaders who earned our trust during these challenging times were the ones who spoke to our hearts, not just our heads. They harnessed the power…

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Every decision you’ve ever made was influenced by a story—every single one. From the decision about whether to wear a mask during a pandemic, to the charities you choose to support.

 A story you heard, the story you believed or that story you told yourself, had an impact on those choices. If stories are our…

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Every day during the current global pandemic we’ve watched the numbers go up. We’ve listened to our leaders tell us about the number of active cases. We’ve seen unemployment figures published in news articles. We’ve heard about the numbers of lives lost. Our scientists, experts and leaders keep us informed to convince us of the…

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Think about the last time you were influenced or persuaded by a message. What was it that changed your mind, opened your heart or compelled you to act? I can guarantee it wasn’t facts or data alone. The most effective way to move people to act is by telling them a story. These past weeks,…

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When people are given the microphone or stand on a stage, they have our attention, we listen. They have a captive audience for eighteen minutes, an hour or maybe a day—if they’re lucky. Here’s the thing, you don’t need a captive audience to be heard. You need better true stories, well told. You don’t have…

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Eleven years ago, as I was pivoting my business, I began reading a new book. I was barely two paragraphs in when the following sentence stopped me in my tracks. ‘Either you’re going to tell stories that spread, or you will become irrelevant.’ Those words, written by my friend and colleague, Seth Godin, over a…

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Over and over again, we’ve heard people like Steve Jobs described as ‘a gifted storyteller’. We’ve come to believe that storytelling is an art reserved for the chosen few—that great storytellers are born, not made. How can that possibly be true? What all great storytellers have in common is more than a talent for storytelling.…

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