Story Pros: Doug Lipman—The power of story coaching.

Doug Lipman is a storyteller’s storyteller who has been coaching storytellers for forty years.  He’s author of The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People’s Best and Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories In Work or Play.

In this interview, Doug shares some of the secrets he uses to help new storytellers grow their stories, and to help veteran storytellers enliven theirs.

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About My Guest

Doug Lipman, author, storyteller and authority on storytelling coaching, is popular in the U.S. and abroad as a performer, coach, author, and teacher. Doug’s storytelling grew out of his work as a pre-school and music teacher in the 1970’s. He has been teaching and coaching storytellers since 1979 and, beginning in 1998, has worked extensively in the corporate sector. In addition to his workshops and classes on all aspects of storytelling, Doug has published numerous books and released instructional videos, audiocassettes, and multi-media courses such as the Storytelling Workshop in a Box™.  

Doug has written award-winning books, including The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People’s Best and Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories In Work or Play. He also  created innovative educational projects such as the Storytelling Workshop in a Box and the Image Riding Toolkit. Over 150 issues of his storytelling newsletter, eTips from the Storytelling Coach, have gone to thousands of subscribers in more than 65 countries.

 

Quote from the show

“If you want a rose, you can learn all the parts of the rose…but you would know better than to learn the parts of the rose and think that assembling those parts is how you create a rose….And a story is not an object. It’s a set of relational processes.”

“A story seed doesn’t look like a story.”

 

From the Show

How to train people to use stories.

How to go beyond an “assembly-line” approach to building stories – story as a thing that you can manufacture

Why a story is not an object but a series of relational processes.

The importance of generating a story seed before focusing on story structure.

What we should notice are the processes that people have used over the ages to grow stories.

Why we shouldn’t let our stories be limited by comparison and the culture of celebrity-hood.

And listen to Doug’s beautiful rendition of the story of the beggar and the poet. (About 12 minutes and 15 seconds in.)

 

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Find Doug at www.storydynamics.com where he has an amazingly collection of storytelling resources

and check out The Storytelling Coach

 

3rd Act: John Tarnoff—Boomer Reinvention

John Tarnoff is a reinvention career coach, speaker and author who helps his fellow baby boomers transition to meaningful and sustainable careers beyond traditional retirement. Fired 39% of the time in his colorful career as a L.A.-based film producer, studio executive and tech entrepreneur, he currently co-runs a graduate management program for a top university. In 2012, he developed the Boomer Reinvention® coaching program to help his generation stay active, engaged, relevant – and solvent. He is the author of the book: Boomer Reinvention: How to Create your Dream Career Over 50.

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Highlights from the Show

“Reinvention is a mindset shift. You’re willingness to be open to lots of different ways of looking at things.”

How you can re-invent yourself without leaving your job.

“In order to create the future you have to reconcile the past.”

“The career you want is inside of you.”

From the book: “Many empty-nesters are open to downsizing our lives and even working for less money in jobs that are more rewarding. We’re searching for ways to live more in line with who we are and what we want to do at this stage in our lives— and continue to make money while we do it. We may not all be working forty-hour weeks, but it seems pretty clear that we are all going to have to keep working as long as we possibly can in today’s and tomorrow’s economy. Our parents were winding down at this point— and the rest of the world, reflexively, has been expecting us to do the same. But most baby boomers both want and need to keep working and keep going.”

How to reconcile the lingering bad experiences from the past with reframing, listening and accepting.

Why we need to be willing to forgive ourselves in order to move on.

“65 is the new 65, it’s not 55 at all.”

Why hiding your age on your resumé is NOT a good idea.

Making the case for the value you bring as an older worker.

Why “do what you love and the money will follow” is a misguided idea.

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More about John

Over the course of his 40 year career (prior to becoming a career coach), John was fired 39% of the time. In any other field, this might be a questionable thing to brag about, but as an entertainment executive and ​film producer for much of the past 40 years, this was business-as-usual in a very tumultuous, fast-paced industry.

Ironically, changing jobs regularly prepared him well for the 21st century workplace – a challenging environment for baby boomers who are in many cases looking to pivot to second act or “encore” careers.  Many of us have spent our entire careers with just one or two companies, and to be marginalized at work, or to get “downsized” as we are rounding the bend towards retirement (or what we had hoped would be retirement…) feels like a low blow.

The Boomer Reinvention® ​System grows out of his experience turning setbacks into successes in Hollywood, but is also guided by his studies in psychology that led to earning an MA, and enabling his own career reinvention from film production to a second act in education and career coaching.

In the 1990s, he jumped into the emerging interactive market, producing CD-ROM games for MGM Interactive and Broderbund, and co-founding and running a tech startup during the DotCom bubble.

When the bubble burst, he ​went back to school to earn a MA in Spiritual Psychology and reinvented himself as an educator and career coach, returning to entertainment to found and manage DreamWorks Animation’s university outreach, onboarding and creative innovation training program.

In 2012, he launched the Boomer Reinvention® career coaching program to support late career baby boomers looking to start sustainable second act or encore careers beyond traditional retirement. To learn more about the methodology, read his book, Boomer Reinvention: How to Create Your Dream Career after 50. (Reinvention Press, Los Angeles 2017). 

The Show Notes

Learn more about John at wwwjohntarnoff.com/.

Read Boomer Reinvention.

 

 

3rd Act: Ashton Applewhite—Saying “No” to Ageism

 

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Ashton Applewhite is a force. This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism accelerated a big conversation about how ageism pervades our culture. The PBS site Next Avenue named Ashton one of the 50 top influencers in the field of aging and then named her 2016 influencer of the year – and she’s shaping the story around aging positively.

Highlights from the show

“Ageism is a prejudice against our future selves.”

How the culture sets one disenfranchised group off against another. Millennials aren’t at odds with elders.

How to be in a realistic relationship with our fears about aging.

How our attitudes towards aging have an actual, measurable, physical effect on how we age.

“The negative messages around aging are what makes getting older in America so much harder than it has to be, especially for women.”

“Autonomy requires collaborators.”

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About my guest

Ashton Applewhite is a writer and activist based in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism and a leading spokesperson for a movement to mobilize against discrimination on the basis of age. In 2016, she joined the PBS site Next Avenue’s annual list of 50 Influencers in Aging as their Influencer of the Year. Applewhite has been recognized by the New York Times, National Public Radio, and the American Society on Aging as an expert on ageism. She blogs at This Chair Rocks, has written for Harper’s, Playboy, and the New York Times, and is the voice of Yo, Is This Ageist? Applewhite speaks widely, at venues that have ranged from universities and community centers to Library of Congress and the United Nations. She has been named as a Fellow by the Knight Foundation, the New York Times, Yale Law School, and the Royal Society for the Arts. In 2015 she was included in a list of 100 inspiring women who are committed to social change—along with Arundhati Roy, Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Germaine Greer, Naomi Klein, Pussy Riot, and other remarkable activists—in the inaugural issue of Salt magazine.

Applewhite is also the author of Cutting Loose: Why Women Who End Their Marriages Do So Well and other books.  (Bio from Wikipedia.)

The Show Notes

Learn more at: https://thischairrocks.com/

3rd Act: Dr. Bill Thomas—Disrupting the Story Around Aging

Dr. Bill Thomas is changing the story about moving from adulthood into elderhood. He’s an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. He wrote the book Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life that challenges how boomers are facing aging. And he’s currently on a nation-wide tour visiting cities across the United States to disrupt our narratives about aging.

Highlights from the show

How the Boomer generation was split into three groups, hippies, social activists and squares—but as they aged most Boomers turned into squares.

“A great deal of what happened in the 60s and 70s was improvisation on a mass scale.”

How Boomers embraced an “achievement oriented , performance oriented, outcome oriented, materialistically oriented, hyper-caffeinated, hyperactive, vision of adulthood.”

“If you live a life where your are measured strictly strictly by the standards of high performance adulthood, the older you get, the bigger loser you become.”

How choosing to prioritize being over doing opens the door to elderhood,

The three camps of how boomers are facing aging: The denialists, the realists and the enthusiasts.

“It’s the culture that creates much (not all) of the suffering associated with dementia.”

“Older people live in a season of choosing more to a much greater degree than many younger people,”

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About my guest

Dr. Bill Thomas is an author, entrepreneur, musician, teacher, farmer and physician whose wide-ranging work explores the terrain of human aging. Best known for his health care system innovations, he is the founder of a global non-profit (The Eden Alternative) which works to improve the care provided to older people. He is the creator of The Green House® which Provider Magazine has called the “pinnacle of culture change.” Dr. Thomas also developed the Senior ER model of care and is now working to transform the acute care services provided to elders.

One study after another has proven that how we perceive aging, to a very large degree, determines how we age, Thomas says. With the accepted narrative of aging one of decline, disease, and disability, it’s difficult to look upon advancing years in a positive light. Dr. Thomas challenges the negative stereotypes in hopes of changing the narrative. “It’s the story that matters,” he says. “How people interpret their experience goes a long way to determining their wellbeing. So I decided to go out into the world and start changing the story of aging.”

Dr. Thomas says attracting the 70 million baby boomer to the positive aging movement is easy. “These are men and woman who grew up questioning the dominant narrative of the time: sexism, racism, the Vietnam War. They’re looking for a new framework with which to understand aging. They’re looking for a new story to tell. We believe in possibility, change, growth, optimism, spirit and soul. The other side has injections.“

Dr. Thomas’ books include Principia Senescentis, Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper and More Connected Life, Tribes of Eden, What Are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. He blogs regularly at ChangingAging.org and lives in Ithaca, New York.

The Show Notes


Second Wind: Navigating the Passage to a Slower, Deeper, and More Connected Life

Learn more about Bill at drbillthomas.org and changingaging.org/

To learn about his upcoming Changing Aging tour that blends medical science, storytelling and live music to shatter our cultures’s damaging myths about aging check out changingaging.org/tour/

 

 

Story Pros: Kathy Klost-Guest—Create Kick-Ass Marketing with Improv

kathyKathy Klost-Guest is a marketing and communications consultant, a storyteller, an improviser, and an author who just published: Stop Boring Me! How to Create Kick-ass Content, Products and Ideas through the Power of improv.  Through her firm Keeping It Human she helps companies create jargon-free convincing, kick-ass communications

Quotes from the interview:

“Improv will help you see things you didn’t see before…and teach you how to get out of your own way.”

“Improv is not about being funny…it’s about playing it real.”

“Content can be made better even by the smallest little risks that we take…we just have to change one thing.”

Highlights from the Show

  • Why we need to keep our marketing with human-talk.
  • How improv can support marketing, in a very practical way.
  • How Kathy introduces improv into a corporate setting through business problem-solving.
  • How you can use the story spine to craft a story.
  • Why trying out a story is key to developing it.
  • Using mash-ups to un-stick your creativity.  (i.e. “Top five things I learned about leadership…from surfing.”)
  • The importance of creating safety for folks.

 

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About My Guest

Kathy Klotz-Guest, MA, MBA, MLA is a business storyteller, facilitator, and speaker. Founder of Keeping it Human, it’s her mission to help organizations turn jargon-monoxide into compelling stories and uncover boldly creative ideas for marketing. A podcaster and comic improviser, she has written two books on humor, content, and storytelling (The Executive’s Bedtime Guide series) and is the author ofStop Boring Me! How to Create Kick-ass Content, Products and Ideas through the Power of improv. Her work has been published in Convince and Convert, Business of Story, Marketing Profs, and Customer Think. Her 7 year-old is still her favorite audience. 

The Show Notes

Contact her at Kathy@keepingithuman.com. Follow her @kathyklotzguest

Her book: Stop Boring Me! How to Create Kick-ass Content, Products and Ideas through the Power of improv.

Want more? LIsten to her interview from 2016