Listen now to the podcast about our storytelling workshop at Denver Startup Week. Hint, it’s more about obsessing about your unique talents than it is about your business plan.
Coffee, Ice Cream and Immersive Storytelling
Seriously, do you need any more reasons to attend? No. Be there. 😘🍨☕️ Click here to register.
From Many Stories; One
I love going to estate sales and seeing an old dining room table. It's fun to think about the number of times a family used it, the number of laughs, cries, spilled milk, tilted chairs. The family table is an icon of togetherness and growth.
Why can't a meeting room table be the same? Think about it, everyone around the table has a different story, you are all there for the common good, there will be plenty of laughs, arguments, spilled coffee. Then why not use a meeting table that has as much character as your family table?
The team at Atla Design handcrafts beautiful pieces that match your vision and space all while providing you with a watch-like heirloom. They also plant 10 trees for each piece they make to ensure sustainability.
Join us tomorrow to hear their story and how they enable the stories of their customers. I promise you will never look at a table the same again. Click here to register.
Change the Narrative
New businesses often talk about changing an industry, but often swimming into the current becomes easier, less risky, comfortable. I want to introduce you to two women who have stared down everything taboo about sexuality to build a special business whose vision is to change the narrative in their store and their community about sexual health.
Join us on Friday to hear from the founders of Awakening Boutique on how they went from idea to open in four months, how they embraced the press, rewrote the stigmas and are fueled by how much work there is to do.
Sustainability must become a centerpiece of lives. In some areas of our lives, that choice has become more accessible and even fun. Recycling is much easier. Reusable cups are easier. Teslas are fun.
In no way would I say sustainable cleaning products are fun. That is until you meet Kim at Homefill. Kim has created a business that removes harmful chemicals from our bodies and our planet. When I got to know Kim, my first questions was how did you make something like cleaning, fun.
You will have to join us at Denver Startup Week to hear her answer. Click here to learn more.
Plants can change your words
Plants can change your words. Say I'm sorry with flowers and your apology is amplified by Mother Nature's super powers.
A few years ago I took my 85 year old aunt to church on what happened to be Valentine's Day. I stopped to buy her flowers on the way. She would tell me later that it was the first time she had been given flowers. My aunt was a Catholic nun and was the president of a hospital for 10 years and that was the first time she had been given flowers. My $20 purchase was a lifetime "thank you."
Have you ever been to a networking event, looked around only to see that everyone is dressed like you? Have you ever gone to a pitch competition and counted the number of blue and grey suits? You get bonus points for white shirts.
You have likely risked significantly to start your own business or launch a new product. Then why when you go sell your creation are you dressed like a robot?
Don't worry, I was there too, but Tara Lovato, the founder of La Lovely Vintage showed me that you don't have to look like a clown or spend all your hard-earned cash to stand out. Simple things make a big impact. Join us at Denver Startup Week to learn from Tara how you can stand out for the right reasons.
Building Story and Culture
The story of your business should be a corner stone of your culture. Think you can do that with some posters from the early 90’s? Think again.
Culture isn’t just words on a page. Culture is action. Story isn’t just words on a page, it’s a passion for an improved vision of the world. Need some help creating the story of your business? Attend our workshop on Friday, September, 28th during Denver Startup Week. Come listen to experts in many aspects of storytelling tell their story and how their tools can help you on Monday morning. For details, click here.
Object Lesson: Teaching Great Stories
As a leader, you must continue to improve the way you, and your team, communicate. Teaching the use of story can be ambiguous. Watch this video for a simple tool and first step to demonstrate the power of story to help focus on your audience. https://youtu.be/e_qTElx69lA
Blog: Oprah at Golden Globe - Anatomy of Great Speech
"How do you tell a great story?"
This is the number one question we get from our customers. It starts with understanding your audience, then you build from there. In today's blog we breakdown Oprah's Golden Globe speech to help illustrate the anatomy of a great story. Read it here: https://goo.gl/bx6pqS
Summary: Getting Emotional While Presenting
All week we have posted helpful content on getting emotional while presenting. We covered what to do when you are getting emotional, what to do when you are in the audience and how to discuss emotions with your team. Check it all out here:
As leaders, we should talk to our teams about showing emotion and how to ensure we can translate our emotions into action for our audience. Watch this tutorial for helpful ways to talk about emotion with your team.
Cheat Sheet: Getting Emotional While Presenting
Click here to go to our cheat sheet on Getting Emotional While Presenting. Download it and keep it handy for when you know emotions may be running high. https://goo.gl/9WSG1Q
Tutorial: Getting Emotional While Presenting
It is OK to get emotional while presenting, just be sure your emotions don't conflict with the emotional journey you want to take your audience on. If you think you will get emotional during your presentation, use these three tips to ensure your audience knows how to translate those emotions. Click here to watch on YouTube.
Getting Emotional While Presenting
It is OK to get emotional while presenting, but it is critical you help your audience translate those emotions into action. It’s true, you can cry, and they can cheer. You can get angry, and they can get motivated. You can be speechless, and they will still hear the message. Read our blog and follow the three tips to help make it happen.
In your team meeting this week, take 15 minutes to talk about how to deliver bad news in a way that maintains trust and momentum. Use this 3-minute object lesson to demonstrate the impact losing trust/integrity/honesty can have. Click here to watch on YouTube.
Cheat Sheet: How to Deliver Bad News
Don’t let delivering bad news erode the trust you have built with your audience. Follow these 5 steps on how to deliver bad news to preserve trust and inform your audience on what to do next. Click here to download our cheat sheet with 5 tips on how to deliver bad news.
Tutorial: How To Deliver Bad News
Few conversations are as disappointing as ones where bad news goes undiscussed. When you don’t get the bad news on the table, it lingers and can paralyze any creative thought you would otherwise have. Worse, it can impact subsequent conversations or meeting you have that have nothing to do with the elephant-discussion. Follow these 5 steps to deliver bad news in a way that preserves trust AND tells your audience what to do next. Click here to watch tutorial on YouTube.
How To Deliver Bad News
Few conversations are as disappointing as ones where bad news goes undiscussed. Maybe it is a talk with your boss about missing your bonus or telling your spouse about that fourth speeding ticket. Regardless, when you don’t get the bad news on the table, it lingers and can paralyze any creative thought you would otherwise have. Worse, it can impact subsequent conversations or meeting you have that have nothing to do with the elephant-discussion. Read our blog for helpful step on how to deliver bad news.
When we teach the power of story, it is not solely the story of me. It is the story of them and the story of us. Obsessing more about THEIR story more will bring more power to yours. On 6-March, one of my favorite people, General Martin Dempsey will release his new book, Radical Inclusion. In it, he teaches that “...to preserve power, you must relinquish control…” and I can not wait to read it. Want to learn more, go here. Read our blog about Radical Inclusion here.
Object Lesson: Overcoming Bias
Captain Picard was waaaay better than Kirk. You don’t know what you are talking about. Use this leadership object lesson to demonstrate the power of bias and how to overcome it. Click here to watch video. (PS: Manning is the GOAT).
Cheat Sheet: Overcoming Bias
If you don’t understand the biases your audience has then you do not understand your audience. Not understanding your audience means you built your story deaf to the most critical person in the room. Click here to download our cheat sheet on overcoming bias.
Tutorial: Overcoming Bias
If you do not understand the biases your audience has, then you do not understand your audience. Click here to watch our new episode of Presentation Stories to learn how to overcome bias.
Blog: Overcoming Bias
All week we are talking about overcoming bias. If you don’t understand the biases your audience has to you, your company, your message, your shirt, whatever it is, then you do not understand your audience. Not understanding your audience means you built your story deaf to the most critical person in the room. Click here to read our blog.
Cheat Sheet: Connecting With Your Audience
Connect with your audience, or you might as well send everyone home - including yourself. Follow these tips to make sure they are connected to you and your message. Download Here
Object Lesson: Connecting With Your Audience
To build an accomplished team of communicators, you have to teach them why connecting with their audience is critical. Watch this object lesson for tips.
Blog: Days Like This
I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the first time I heard Van Morrison! He will forever be associated with Spring, morning fog, honeysuckles and railroad tracks. Read today's blog where I proudly use Van's lyrics as entrepreneurial motivation.
Blog: Connecting With Your Audience
This week we will be sharing tips for connecting with your audience be it as a presenter, leader, marketer or sales professional. Read our blog about how to connect, when you know if you've connected, and what to do if you can't.