Story Pros: David Hutchens–Creating knowledge through stories

screen-shot-2016-02-01-at-12-11-33-pm-e1454357592204-250x250David Hutchens, organizational story expert and best-selling author of Circle of the 9 Muses talks about how companies can create knowledge more effectively using stories that support learning and meaning-making.

In this interview, we build on our previous Vital Presence Interview #69  with David exploring how storytelling serves organizational learning.

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Here’s the entire interview:

 

You can also find it on the Vital Presence podcast on Itunes, episode 81.

 

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Quotes from the interview:

“There’s a geography of meaning when a story is told, there is meaning all around that story. There’s the meaning that you bring with you. As the teller, there’s the meaning inside the story – the text – and then there’s the meaning that’s in front of the story [the connections that people draw from the story that get drawn out in dialogue.]”

From the Show

  • How we need stories for sense-making in a changing world that is becoming less predictable.
  • Why it can be useful to look for examples of positive deviance.
  • How to support your audience’s listening by giving them a job.
  • Why we need “question literacy”: –finding the questions that will lead us into to the future.
  • How to set up a strategic story session for knowledge creation.

About My Guest

David Hutchens is a bestselling author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. He served as chairman of Storytelling in Organizations, a special interest group of the globally renowned National Storytelling Network.

He speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity.  His new book is “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,”  Wiley & Sons 2015

He is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.

He is author of the book “A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling,” which features a foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey.

In partnership with The Conference Board, he is creator and lead facilitator of The Team USA Leadership Experience, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and he also facilitates The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products, David’s work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development’s “Training Product of the Year” award; ASTD’s prestigious “Excellence in Practice” award; Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

David’s newest product is “GO Team: Powering Teams to Perform,” a just-in-time team training resource. GO Team’s library of 18 team-related topics allows you to build your own learning agenda tailored to your team’s needs.

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David’s book: Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers

David’s website:   www.davidhutchens.com

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

 

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.

 

 Here’s the entire interview:

 

You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episode 73 (or her earlier interview which is episode 71)

 

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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

 

Story Pros: Kathy Klost-Guest Boost your marketing with improv

kathyKathy Klost-Guest is a marketing and communications consultant who brings her skills in improv and storytelling to help clients cut through dull language and boost their creativity.

Quote from the interview:

“If the team’s not involved in the story they’re telling, there is no story”

Highlights from the Show

Can we learn how to bring humor into our work.

What storytelling can teach us about how to be vulnerable – in a good way.

What improv can teach us about interacting with an audience when we are working a story.

How to introduce a corporate group to improv.

How Kathy brings storytelling to teams.

The difference between a story framework and a story.

How Kathy helps clients get over “corps speak”.

How Kathy works against jargon-monoxide poisoning.

How comedy can give us great examples of truth-speaking.

 Here’s the entire interview:

 

You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episode 71

 

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And I really appreciate if you can leave a rating and review!

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 of an upcoming book on business storytelling and improvisation (2016). 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. 

 

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

 

Story Pros: David Hutchens—Using stories to help organizations learn

screen-shot-2016-02-01-at-12-11-33-pm-e1454357592204-250x250Best selling author David Hutchens, author of The Circle of the 9 Muses talks about how storytelling in business supports learning and meaning-making.

In this interview, we talk about some of the processes and practices used by leading organizational story practitioners highlighted in the book.

And, we talk about things near and dear to my heart – helping organizations learn and empowering people’s voices in organizations, communities and groups by recognizing and appreciating their stories.

 

Here’s the entire interview:

 

You can also find it on the podcast on Itunes, episode 69

 

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And please leave a rating and review!

About My Guest

David Hutchens is a bestselling author, business writer and learning designer who creates communication solutions for The Coca-Cola Company, Wal-Mart, IBM, GE, Nike, Bank of America, and others. He served as chairman of Storytelling in Organizations, a special interest group of the globally renowned National Storytelling Network.

He speaks to organizations and leadership teams all around the world on the topic of storytelling as an organizational capacity.  His new book is “Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers,”  Wiley & Sons 2015

He is creator of the Learning Fables — a book series that uses narrative and metaphor to illustrate principles of organizational learning. With titles that include “Outlearning the Wolves” and “Shadows of the Neanderthal,” the popular business fables have sold more than a quarter-million copies in over a dozen languages.

He is author of the book “A Slice of Trust: The Leadership Secret with the Hot & Fruity Filling,” which features a foreword by Stephen M.R. Covey.

In partnership with The Conference Board, he is creator and lead facilitator of The Team USA Leadership Experience, at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado springs; and he also facilitates The Apollo Leadership Experience at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

A nationally recognized developer of innovative learning products, David’s work has been recognized with distinctions such as Training & Development’s “Training Product of the Year” award; ASTD’s prestigious “Excellence in Practice” award; Brandon Hall Gold award, and more.

David’s newest product is “GO Team: Powering Teams to Perform,” a just-in-time team training resource. GO Team’s library of 18 team-related topics allows you to build your own learning agenda tailored to your team’s needs.

Quotes from the interview:

“There’s a geography of meaning when a story is told, there is meaning all around that story. There’s the meaning that you bring with you. As the teller, there’s the meaning inside the story – the text – and then there’s the meaning that’s in front of the story [the connections that people draw from the story that get drawn out in dialogue.]”

From the Show

  • How there is a geography of meaning around a story.
  • The relationship of storytelling to organizational learning.
  • An example of “twice told stories” – a very useful tool (as I can vouch for!) for pulling stories from groups.
  • The power of listening for stories that have not yet been received by a group (i.e. from the margins) but may include great gifts for the group.

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David’s book: Circle of the 9 Muses: A Storytelling Field Guide for Innovators and Meaning Makers

David’s website:   www.davidhutchens.com

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