How do you convince a healthcare customer that your product can cover everything they need in order to capture and calculate daily Covid screenings for their entire staff? And not only that… to be able to visualize this data for their leadership? And then, in the end, to be able to share meaningful data with…

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The holiday season can always be stressful, and 2020 comes with extra challenges. Every invitation requires a risk analysis. And if we “go virtual” with friends and family, we may worry about finding true connections. Not only that, grief and loneliness may surface. These are stressful times. Storytelling can’t turn the clock back to earlier…

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Our workshop participants work hard to master key storytelling techniques they can use in their workplace. Once they have this tool in their leadership kit, they often ask me how they can make the most of every opportunity to tell stories.  After all, once you’ve invested in learning a skill, it only makes sense to…

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Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking for everyone involved. Massive career decisions hinge on the results. When we are the ones being evaluated, can we make the process less anxiety-inducing? More importantly, are there ways we can make sure our accomplishments get the notice they deserve? Fortunately, the answer to both questions is a resounding “yes”–…

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You know that telling brief, relevant and compelling stories during a job interview sets you apart from your competition. However, the reality is that job interviews have many constraints. There’s a set amount of time and an expected script. And, of course, you’re limited by your circumstances. If you’ve recently been laid off, you’ll have to…

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Two perspectives on the job search

When Brent Dykes, a well-known data scientist, was laid off in April, he said it was “one of the worst nights of sleep of my life.” He wondered how he would take care of his family. What sacrifices would they have to make? “Oh, and by the way,” he said, “there’s Covid raging in the…

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“Being vulnerable makes you relatable.” This is excellent advice for leaders. We’ve all been moved by vulnerable stories from leaders we respect. We learn that Steve Jobs was adopted and never formed a relationship with his biological father. We learn that Oprah grew up so poor her clothing was made from potato sacks. But on the other hand, the…

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You’ve been working on a project for two years. Now you have ten minutes to explain it to a cross-functional team. Or you’ve developed a life-changing product and want to reveal all its complex facets. Your audience doesn’t have a clue how it works. You have five minutes to teach them. Every day, leaders face…

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At work, most of us tend to be too busy “doing,” which gets in the way of thinking and reflecting. Coaching gives you permission to find mental space and fully take the time to take stock.When I reflect on the value of storytelling coaching, I think of a story the late novelist and philosopher David…

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