Story Pros: Vanessa Chase Lockshin–The storytelling nonprofit

 

 

Vanessa Chase Lockshin is an international non-profit consultant, thought leader, trainer, and speaker. She’s part of the next generation of professionals bringing change to the non-profit sector and challenging conventions. Vanessa is President of The Storytelling Non-Profit, and author of The Storytelling Non-Profit: A practical guide to telling stories that raise money and awareness. To date, Vanessa has helped non-profits raise over $10 million. She is also a board member at WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre.

 

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Highlights from the Show

  • The importance of relationship in long term donor relationship.
  • Why story is a critical part of the nonprofit toolset – to bring communications alive.
  • Using data without data dumping.
  • Looking for different stories: stories of impact; stories of donors.
  • Stories can communicate values and beliefs — we provide social proof to others like them.
  • The difference between testimonials from donors and stories?
  • Clarifying the basic emotion we want people to feel, Why inspiration works more than pity.
  • Making sure that we keep the dignity and respect in a story that we are telling for someone else.
  • The importance of conveying urgency or readiness for action,  be able to answer the question, “Why give now?”
  • Know why the community needs a program–and then build around that in sharing why we need it now.
  • Create a culture of storytelling and create a team effort.
  • Considering the double edges of social media.
  • The role of videos.
  • How to leverage your content.
  • Why conflict is needed in a story.
  • The real hero of a fundraising story is the donor.
  • How to build empathy with the clients.

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Learn more about Vanessa’s work at www.thestorytellingnonprofit.com

 

Story Pros: Cynthia Kurtz—Finding the narratives

In a world where so many get their start in business storytelling through branding and marketing, Cynthia Kurtz followed a different route in: through science and through work at IBM research. She has pioneered a field she calls Participative Narrative, blending participative story work with action research in organizations.  She’s written an amazingly useful guide to participatory story work, called Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization.

Highlights from the show

  • What is participatory narrative.
  • How Cynthia came into the field from a background in science.
  • How she’s been applying the process in organizations, and coaching others to do the same.
  • What not to do when you ask for stories.
  • How to combine story-seeking approaches and encourage participation.
  • Why you shouldn’t ask people to “tell you a story.”
  • Why story listening is critical and how you can improve yours.

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About my guest

Cynthia F. Kurtz is a researcher, software developer, consultant, and writer who has been helping communities and organizations work with their stories since 1999. Originally an ethologist, Cynthia discovered the field of organizational narrative at IBM Research, where she conducted research projects to help IBM develop internal and client services centered around organizational stories. She built on that work at IBM’s Institute for Knowledge Management and at the consulting firm Cognitive Edge before launching her independent consultancy in 2009. She has consulted on over eighty narrative projects for a variety of clients in government, for-profit, and non-profit sectors. In 2008 she self-published the first edition of her textbook,  Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization. Now in its third edition, the book is widely considered a vital resource for participatory story work. Cynthia lives in upstate New York with her husband and son.

The Show Notes

Check out:Working with Stories in Your Community or Organization or read learn more about Cynthia and read  excerpts here: www.workingwithstories.org/

You can also learn more about participatory narrative at PNI.org.

 

 

Story Pros: Nick Owen—How Metaphor and Story Transform Leadership

 

Nick Owen is passionate about leadership and storytelling.He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.

We talk about the power of metaphor and stories for leaders today, especially in times of transition.

 

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Highlights from the Show

  • How story can put someone into a trance that helps them become more awake.
  • How Nick used theatre to help people in disadvantaged communities in Tanzania develop their own stories.
  • How organizations can engage more of the regular people who work and want to contribute by listening to them.
  • How asking executives for their stories helped transform how an executive team worked together.
  • Helping leaders shift from report-telling to story-telling.
  • An example of an executive using her own stories and metaphors.
  • “Stories are how we make meaning of everything in our lives. How we communicate what we think we understand.”
  • The power of metaphor.
  • The importance of relevancy.
  • Challenging the myths that are detrimentally shaping our world.
  • We can work on story in three domains: myself, others, and the community/organization/wider world.
  • “A good story is the start of a deep inquiry.”
  • The contribution of theatrical training can make to communication and telling stories.
  • “Storytelling and leadership are performance arts and they need to be embodied.”

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More about Nick

Nick Owen is passionate about bringing skillful people together to create transformational learning events that deliver effective, long-term change. He has been supporting people, communities, and organizations to envisage and create their ‘stories’ for over 30 years. He has worked with senior executives and managers in some of the world’s largest and most successful companies, and with some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities in Africa, South America, and Asia. He brings a unique combination of experience to bear: the discipline of the arts: as actor, theatre director, writer and storyteller; the discipline of many years working in L & D with corporate organizations and educational institutions; and the physical and mental discipline of elite level sport. He is author of three best-selling books on story and metaphor and deeply engaged in promoting the concept of ‘the Third Act’: how we can more pro-actively engage with ourselves and our communities in the last third of our lives.

The Show Notes

Learn more about Nick at www.nickowen.net and also through his work at www.amara.fi 

 

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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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/