What Is Your Story?

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What Is Your Story?

Stories and storytelling for adults

Do you think of yourself as an expert storyteller?  Surprise--if you're a homo sapiens (and if you're reading this, you are,) you are a storytelling natural.  Most stories don't start with "Once upon a time" or conclude "And they lived happily ever after."  In fact, many stories start in the middle, and aren't about monsters or fairy godmothers at all.  Yet our everyday stories, the stuff of our lives, can carry as much emotional impact as a famous Grimm or Perrault tale. 

The Leader's Guide to Storytelling--Stephen Denning
The author, retired director of knowledge management at the World Bank, dismissed the importance of story in organizational life at first. Then, after attending a storytelling festival, he became devoted to adding storytelling to the communications protocol at the Bank. In this book, he describes the different types of stories that are especially useful within organizations, and he offers tips on how to prepare and use them effectively.

The Storytelling Animal--Jonathan Gotschall
This book, by a professor of English at Washington and Jefferson College, examines the fundamental need of humans to create and share story.  He also discusses the use of story for achieving good and evil ends (such as Nazi Germany and the obsession with the Teutonic mythology of the Ring.) 

Tell To Win--Peter Guber
Drawn from his long career in the entertainment industry, the author shares anecdotes from his personal life to illustrate how to apply the art of storytelling to succeed in business.

Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins--Annette Simmons
Like Stephen Denning, Annette Simmons' pioneering work in the field of organizational storytelling was met with skepticism at first.   In this book, she illustrates how to effectively use stories to share ideas, influence others, and bring clarity to complex situations.

The Hero with a Thousand Faces--Joseph Campbell
From Moses to Dorothy Gale, from Buddha to Hercules, from Jesus to Luke Skywalker, Campbell uses world myths to illustrate the common story of the hero's journey  Now deceased, Campbell, longtime professor at Sarah Lawrence College, served as a mentor to filmmaker George Lucas, director of the Star Wars trilogy.