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The Power of Stories

Stories are Inspiring.

Enagaging.

Compelling.

Stories have Power.

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Jennifer Aaker and Andy Smith in their book: The Dragonfly Effect: Quick, Effective, and Powerful Ways To Use Social Media To Drive Social Changetalk about 5 things that the story teller has to keep in mind

  1. Chronology – Stories should not begin at the beginning, but follow an interesting arc where events build on ideas, feelings and passion and should not feel disjointed and disparate.
  2. Telling – Stories are not a series of facts; the audience should “see a picture, feel the conflict, and become more involved with the story”.
  3. Jargon – Stories should not be filled with technical terms or acronyms but should be filled with clarity.
  4. Connections – People connect with other people, hence, a focus on real-life characters is important. The protagonist should be personalised and should seem real enough.
  5. Authentic – Stories should be authentic and be part of the organizational culture.

Stories told by employees or customers are significant assests for the Company. We have to find ways to allow all our stakeholders to be ‘story-tellers’ and design means to collect the stories and create an internal story bank/database. These would then form the corporate story.

“Companies like Nike, Apple, and eBay harness stories as tools to crowdsource ideas, such as what consumers are really passionate about. They do this as a way to give employees language and initiative to tell personal stories of meaning, and to amplify and distribute brand initiatives in story form.”

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Enthusiasm

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Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success.

When you do a thing, do it with all your might.

Put your whole soul into it.

Stamp it with your own personality.

Be active.

Be energetic.

Be enthusiastic and faithful.

And you will accomplish your object.

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Have an enthusiastic, energetic and happy week ahead 🙂


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I WILL

We are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. ~ C.S. Lewis

 

I don’t like New Year resolutions.

They have been unattainable and a source of disappointment for me, year after year.

Scientists who dabble with studies on willpower, habits and affirmations suggest that it is important to pick resolutions that:

·         Are inherently rewarding

·         Do not necessitate relentless hard work

·         Can be used to transform in small increments, ‘taking turtle steps’

·         Makes one feel grateful.

The most important factor in keeping resolutions is to make the right resolution.

Why not make a resolution that will make you happier?

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 …find a way, everyday to give something to somebody

…my time, a helping hand, a listening ear, a compliment, a note of gratitude

…I resolve to do one act of kindness every single day.

What about you? What WILL you resolve to do this year that will transform your life with happiness & joy?

A Happy & Healthy 2014 to you 🙂