Category: Challenge w/o Challenging Stories

Falling Asleep and the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven

Falling Asleep and the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven

  Note: If you would prefer to listen to this, the podcast version is at the bottom of this post.   Are you missing important clues that can guide you on your life journey? Do you sometimes sleep-run through your days, your mind filled with all you have to do, not noticing the people and […]

How NOT to Lose a Sale: a Self-Disclosure Story by Peter Bregman

How NOT to Lose a Sale: a Self-Disclosure Story by Peter Bregman

Note from David: Before you get to the story, if you want to learn more about Self-Disclosure Stories and the Hows and Whys of using them, read How to Use Self-Disclosure Stories to Foster Self-Awareness. Also, please note, this post is like all the stories I share or ask others to share on this site. […]

An amazing Origin Story: Vivienne, Audrey and Make a Stand Lemon-aid

An amazing Origin Story: Vivienne, Audrey and Make a Stand Lemon-aid

Get ready for a great example of an Origin Story. This is one of the most important stories to have in your storytelling quiver, especially if you are a solopreneur with a big message. It’s also important for leaders of organizations to have both their personal Origin Story and an organizational Origin Story (like Ari […]

How to use a story to impact at the visceral level, rather than just at the intellectual...

How to use a story to impact at the visceral level, rather than just at the intellectual…

I just heard a great example of someone turning a truism one might know intellectually into something that hits you at the visceral level, by using a story. I was re-listening to David Neagle’s teleseminar series The Miracle of Money (which is outstanding, BTW…I think it’s something we should teach in our schools) and came upon this story […]

Focus is the # 1 Thing...except when it's  not: Perspective Shift with Twitter founder Evan William

Focus is the # 1 Thing…except when it’s not: Perspective Shift with Twitter founder Evan William

I just came across a great example of a “Perspective Shift Story” in an article by Evan Williams in the February issue of Inc. magazine. While the content of the perspective shift is interesting to me–as someone with multiple interests and finding it hard to choose just one–it’s the structure I want US to focus […]

Discovering What’s Right: The story of Ricochet the SURfice Dog

The  story of Ricochet who failed as a service dog is heart warming  and is worth watching for that reason alone. If we use it as a teaching story–for ourselves and others–it also holds helpful reminders for anyone dealing with any of the following: You feel challenged by someone’s shortcomings and can’t seem to see their […]

Legend in Their Own Mind Syndrome: How to use stories to (gently) challenge this

Here’s an example of using a story to prompt self-reflection and foster self-awareness. I sometimes tell this story when doing programs on how to work with people having different personality styles. It enables me to present a couple of messages indirectly that, if I said directly, might be too hard to hear for the people […]

"What are you continuing to do, that's not working?"

“What are you continuing to do, that’s not working?”

I had an interesting experience recently  listening to a friend share an “Ah ha” experience. It was interesting because it was a great example of how telling a story—especially a self-deprecating story—can be a disarming  way to communicate a hard-to-hear message. When you tell a self-deprecating story about yourself learning a hard lesson or a […]