Story Pros: Lori Silverman Bringing Stories to Strategy

by | Feb 12, 2017 | Podcast | 0 comments

loriAuthor Lori Silverman talks about how wise organizations can make their strategic planning, interviewing and futuring more effective through the skillful use of business storytelling.

Lori is the author or co-author of five bestselling books including Wake Me Up When the Data is over and Business Storytelling for Dummies  written with co-author Karen Dietz. She’s a real pro at articulating why stories matter and the importance to leaders of building their storytelling competencies. Lori’s had years of on-the-ground experience in organizations in which she’s been able to show that the creative use of story makes a real difference in core processes like recruiting candidates, strategic planning, and futuring.

Highlights from the Show

  • Why Lori doesn’t introduce herself as a business storyteller.
  • The difference between sense-making and meaning-making and how story serves the latter.
  • How to use story prompts and story triggers to elicit great stories from others.
  • How to use story in future-planning, including visioning and scenario planning.
  • Why you should never start a story by saying “Let me tell you a story”.

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 About My Guest

As the owner of Partners for Progress®, for 25 years Lori Silverman has consulted to organizations across diverse industries on messy, complex changes and creating and implementing long-term strategies to increase success. She ‘s authored three bestselling books in the field: Stories Trainers Tell (with Mary Wacker), Wake Me Up When the Data is Over and Business Storytelling for Dummies (with Karen Dietz). Considered a thought leader in business storytelling, she’s sought as a keynote speaker and has appeared on more than 70 radio and TV shows to discuss the tangible benefits of using story techniques at work. Leaders at Bright House Networks, the Association for Public Health Laboratories, HomeWatch Caregivers, the American Legion Auxiliary, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Lydig Construction, and others have benefited from her story training, consulting, and personal coaching. 

The Show NotesScreen Shot 2015-10-18 at 2.52.42 PM

Screen Shot 2015-10-30 at 12.36.16 PM – Lori’s business storytelling website   – Lori’s website for her organizational consulting

Business Storytelling for Dummies

Wake Me Up When the Data is Over



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