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The new material for this revised edition offers an expanded case study of storytelling in action that focuses on one of Simmons’s success stories. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold The new material for this revised edition offers an expanded case study of storytelling in action that focuses on one of Simmons’s success stories. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold facts, bullet points, and directives can’t. These stories, combined with practical storytelling techniques show anyone how to become a more effective communicator. From “who I am” to “I-know-what-you’re thinking,” Simmons identifies the six stories you need to know how to tell and demonstrates how they can be applied. This revised edition offers a guide to using storytelling in specific business circumstances, including corporate reorganizations, layoffs, and diversity issues.


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The new material for this revised edition offers an expanded case study of storytelling in action that focuses on one of Simmons’s success stories. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold The new material for this revised edition offers an expanded case study of storytelling in action that focuses on one of Simmons’s success stories. Over one hundred stories drawn from the front lines of business and government, as well as myths, fables, and parables from around the world, illustrate how story can be used to persuade, motivate, and inspire in ways that cold facts, bullet points, and directives can’t. These stories, combined with practical storytelling techniques show anyone how to become a more effective communicator. From “who I am” to “I-know-what-you’re thinking,” Simmons identifies the six stories you need to know how to tell and demonstrates how they can be applied. This revised edition offers a guide to using storytelling in specific business circumstances, including corporate reorganizations, layoffs, and diversity issues.

30 review for The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion through the Art of Storytelling

  1. 4 out of 5

    Omar Halabieh

    As the title indicates, this is a book about the power of storytelling as an influencing tool. As Annette best tells it: "People don't want more information. They are up to their eyeball in information. They want faith...Faith needs a story to sustain it - a meaningful story that inspires belief in you and renews hope that your ideas indeed offer what you promise...Story is your path to creating faith. Telling a meaningful story means inspiring your listeners...to reach the same conclusions you As the title indicates, this is a book about the power of storytelling as an influencing tool. As Annette best tells it: "People don't want more information. They are up to their eyeball in information. They want faith...Faith needs a story to sustain it - a meaningful story that inspires belief in you and renews hope that your ideas indeed offer what you promise...Story is your path to creating faith. Telling a meaningful story means inspiring your listeners...to reach the same conclusions you have reached and decide for themselves to believe what you say and do what you want them to do. People value their own conclusions more highly than yours. They will only have faith in a story that has become real for them personally. Once people make your story, their story, you have tapped into the powerful force of faith. Future influence will require very little follow-up energy from you and may even expand as people recall and retell your story to others." The author then goes to summarize what the remainder of the book is about: "The rest of this book is dedicated to proving to you the things you already know about storytelling and filling in whatever gaps might be missing. Storytelling is not rocket science. It is very easy and incredibly rewarding to practice." A very enlightening, practical and applicable book - no matter what it is that you do in life. You will find inspiration and learn numerous techniques to improve your storytelling abilities and consequently your influence. Highly recommended read! Below are key excerpts from the book, that I found particularly insightful: 1- "There are six types of stories that will serve you well in your efforts to influence others. 1) "Who I Am" Stories, 2) "Why I Am Here" Stories, 3) "The Vision" Story, 4) "Teaching" Stories, 5) "Values-in-Action" Stories, 6) "I Know What You Are Thinking" Stories. " 2- "Other methods of influence - persuasion, bribery, or charismatic appeals - are push strategies. Story is a pull strategy. If your story is good enough, people - of their own free will - come to the conclusion they can trust and the message you bring." 3- "People need story to organize their thoughts and make sense of things. In fact, anyone you attempt to influence already has a story...If you tell them a story that makes better sense to them you can reframe the way they organize their thoughts, the meanings they draw, and thus the actions they take." 4- "Policy can't adapt, but a story can give guidance, make sense, and without ruling on either side of an unresolvable conflict, invite someone to think through her own creative solution to a tough problem." 5- "A good story helps you influence the interpretation people give to facts. Facts aren't influential until they mean something to someone. A story delivers a context so that your facts slide into new slots in your listener's brains." 6- "However, if you tell sustaining, guiding stories like this one, people will feel empowered to stop asking you for answers and to think for themselves. An answer only gives them a fish, whereas a story teaches them how to fish for themselves." 7- "Influence is a function of grabbing attention, connecting to what they already feel is important, and linking that feeling to whatever you want them to see, do,or feel. It is easier to let your story land first, and then draw the circle of meaning/connection around it using what you see and hear in the responses of your listeners. Influencing is a real-time activity." 8- "Traditional models of influence are linear and focus on power that is first gained, then exercised, and in the end either reinforced or list. Story favors a circular model of power where influence is passed back and forth and where beginning are endings and endings are beginnings." 9- "A wonderful way to find influential stories is to review the personal experiences that brought you to the place where you now want to influence others." 10- "True influence changes behavior without relying on constant reminders. Any agreement that depends on policing future behavior is not addressing some force or dynamic still working against your desired goal." 11- "No builder would start building without first understanding the foundations of the terrain. Neither would a successful influencer build a new story without first understanding the old stories. Influence will require either a new foundation that can coexist with the old stories or excavation and removal of the old outdated stories." 12- "Storytelling tracks vital deviations that inspire growth - meaningful personal experiences, creative solutions to conflict, and paradoxial truths." 13- "After all, organizational values form behavior. Stories about your values in action create and sustain the organizational culture (for better or for worse). When you live the vision and values you profess, you need only tell people what happened last week or last moth. If you aren't living your vision and values daily, well, you can't dress a pig in a ball gown and expect people to call her princess. Story telling operates as a litmus test of accountability that simultaneously inspires and reminds us to stay true to our values." 14- "Storytelling is the most valuable skill you can develop to help influence others. It is your birthright to be a good storyteller. In a sense, your life is a story and you are already telling that one perfectly. "

  2. 5 out of 5

    Taka

    Not very helpful-- I was very excited to start on this book after reading so many good reviews about it. I had my pen at the ready to underline valuable passages and take notes. I expected it to give me specific techniques and tips to improve my storytelling skills. But alas, my expectations were too high and unreasonable. I came away with a little bit more of appreciation for story and what it can do, but that's about it. No specific techniques or tips that could improve my skills as a storytelle Not very helpful-- I was very excited to start on this book after reading so many good reviews about it. I had my pen at the ready to underline valuable passages and take notes. I expected it to give me specific techniques and tips to improve my storytelling skills. But alas, my expectations were too high and unreasonable. I came away with a little bit more of appreciation for story and what it can do, but that's about it. No specific techniques or tips that could improve my skills as a storyteller. The main reason for this deficiency is that story as a form defies "rules" and "models." The author compares story models to dissecting a kitten to understand why it's cute. Touche. Story is specific, emotional, personal, and subjective. Good to know that. But that's specifically why it by its nature can't be modeled, codified, or broken down into a bunch of rules. Although I do believe there could have been more specific tips that might have helped me improve my storytelling skills, it comes down to this: listen to stories and tell stories. That's the only way to get better at it. Duh. I felt the book was too long and underdelivered. It gave some good stories but didn't give me enough information on the specific points it was making (see for example, how to influence the unconcerned and unmotivated). Overall, despite a few nuggets of golden advice, I was disappointed.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    If you are familiar with the movie Inception then you know the line "What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere." A wise man once told me "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." I think that applies here. It reminds me that people simply do not un If you are familiar with the movie Inception then you know the line "What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere." A wise man once told me "Don't let the truth get in the way of a good story." I think that applies here. It reminds me that people simply do not understand fact or analytical thought process and often forget numbers. This makes it hard for them to compare products or ideas and determine which one is better. Why did betamax lose, note because the specs were worse than VHS. Because they didn't tell as good of a story. What people do not forget are stories. Why because those stories create ideas, ah yes ideas those resilient little parasites. Often stories create other stories, and those who can tell a good story can often exert influence over others. Don't believe me, then say to someone "Let me tell you a story" and see how they are immediately drawn in, and set themselves up to really listen to what you have to say. In this day and age people have so much access to information, they no longer crave it but are overloaded by it. They want you to tell them a story so they don't have to sift through all that information, and instead can easily remember your story. Think about how many people whose names you forget but remember their "story". Most of have at one time or another tried to remember the guy from Texas or the Girl who drives a VW Beatle, and just could not remember their name. This book has helped me tell the story each of us tell thousands of times in our lifetime. That is the "Who we are any why we are here" story. When I meet new people for the first time I've changed my "Who I am story" to explain how I am from Pittsburgh and my great-grand-father was a butcher. Next, I say I'm just glad I learned how to program computers so I do not have to cut up cows for a living or work in a steel mill. This tends to be a bit better of a story than I have a Comp. Sci. degree and I'm from Pittsburgh. I like it because it gives me some context, but also sets the listener up to think I'm hard working and thankful to be in the field of technology. I was also happy to learn that some stories can even be a single sentence. My favorite from the book was "The man who beats his horse will soon be walking." I will try to remember that to my boss if he ever starts overloading me with work. But, more than anything I liked the story from Nelson Mandela in one of the final chapters of the book about hope. In the end who among us does not want to be a better story teller. So, in closing let me tell you a story about the what I learned from this book...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    i'm extremely disappointed i can't believe that a book about storytelling can be so boring. oh maybe it's my expectations that were wrong? basically, i wanted a kind of tutorial. like, here's how you build a story - 1, 2, 3. those are the types, those are the points, those are the tools. instead a got a whole book of water well, they mentioned the story types in the very beginning, but that was it. the rest of the book was about "stories are so powerful, it's so awesome, omg, stories are cool". i i'm extremely disappointed i can't believe that a book about storytelling can be so boring. oh maybe it's my expectations that were wrong? basically, i wanted a kind of tutorial. like, here's how you build a story - 1, 2, 3. those are the types, those are the points, those are the tools. instead a got a whole book of water well, they mentioned the story types in the very beginning, but that was it. the rest of the book was about "stories are so powerful, it's so awesome, omg, stories are cool". i was like - seriously, 200 pages?? i mean, i'd be happy to read more about psychological and biological basics of story perception but not the phrase "stories are so convincing" over and over again i wonder, whether i'll read at least one decent business book this year...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Blake

    This is more of a business/public speaking book, and not a very good one at that. Very little insight into storytelling, and could have been re-titled "How to Win Friends and Influence People by Telling Stories." I knew I was in trouble when on page 30 she made the factual error stating Heaven's Gate members believed Halley's Comet was their salvation (it was actually Hale-Bopp) and spelled Halley "Haley." There are much better books on storytelling and public speaking. This one missed the mark. This is more of a business/public speaking book, and not a very good one at that. Very little insight into storytelling, and could have been re-titled "How to Win Friends and Influence People by Telling Stories." I knew I was in trouble when on page 30 she made the factual error stating Heaven's Gate members believed Halley's Comet was their salvation (it was actually Hale-Bopp) and spelled Halley "Haley." There are much better books on storytelling and public speaking. This one missed the mark.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    After seeing it referred to in another book, I had this book sitting in my "wishlist" on Amazon for months. Then I slipped it into a shipment of books that I ordered and it sat on my shelf for several more months. Finally, during my summer holidays, I pulled it out and began to read. Annette Simmons is inspirational about the power of story. I was reading the book as a ministry leader, rather than as a professional speaker. It reminded me of the power of non rational communication, the power of c After seeing it referred to in another book, I had this book sitting in my "wishlist" on Amazon for months. Then I slipped it into a shipment of books that I ordered and it sat on my shelf for several more months. Finally, during my summer holidays, I pulled it out and began to read. Annette Simmons is inspirational about the power of story. I was reading the book as a ministry leader, rather than as a professional speaker. It reminded me of the power of non rational communication, the power of community, the power of personal connection. She addressed the issue of the ethics of the use/abuse of this power. She hints that each mini story needs to connect to a meta narrative (and be congruent with our understanding of that great story if it is to be influential) - and as a Christian I affirm the power of the great story which Annette hints is "Truth". Annette also draws stories from a diverse range of sources - religious, cultural and the different areas of life. In fact, the strength of Annette's book is her modelling of how to tell a story. She argues that trying to explain how and why a story works (beyond some simple principles) is like dissecting a kitten to see why it is cute. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in thinking about how to be a better leader by developing the skill of influencing others through story telling.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Will Jeffries

    I absolutely enjoy storytelling and believe this ancient art-form to be the foundation of civilization. If you are interested in storytelling, I would recommend you visit Doug Lipman, which the author of this book recommends as well: http://storydynamics.com/ Also, a famous storyteller that I have grown to love over the years is Leo Sofer: http://www.palaceofstories.com/ He offers free downloads of his stories as podcasts before they make it to the "buy me" page - so, I would encourage you to hop I absolutely enjoy storytelling and believe this ancient art-form to be the foundation of civilization. If you are interested in storytelling, I would recommend you visit Doug Lipman, which the author of this book recommends as well: http://storydynamics.com/ Also, a famous storyteller that I have grown to love over the years is Leo Sofer: http://www.palaceofstories.com/ He offers free downloads of his stories as podcasts before they make it to the "buy me" page - so, I would encourage you to hop on over and give his stories a listen. He caters to adults as well as children as has a hypnotic way of going story within story within story - then back out again. It is captivating. Lastly, I would recommend Uncommon Knowledge "Storytelling" CD. It is packed with wonderful tales that will cause you to evaluate life from a different perspective: http://www.uncommon-knowledge.co.uk/p... Enjoy Life...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Paige

    My favorite book written about storytelling and storytelling techniques. The six types of stories help anyone understand how useful stories can be in communicating with people who are you and what you stand for. A must-have for entrepreneurs, I can also recommend this to writers, artists and specifically for anyone who blogs.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clare

    Anyone who has an interest in how storytelling can be used for more effective communication (in business as well as personal situations) should read this book. It makes an incredibly compelling and clear case for the use of story and highlights a range of potential applications and benefits from using a story-based approach. As I made my way through the book I was hoping for some more 'how to' information. The new chapter in the paperback edition, 'Story Thinking as a Skill', was certainly the c Anyone who has an interest in how storytelling can be used for more effective communication (in business as well as personal situations) should read this book. It makes an incredibly compelling and clear case for the use of story and highlights a range of potential applications and benefits from using a story-based approach. As I made my way through the book I was hoping for some more 'how to' information. The new chapter in the paperback edition, 'Story Thinking as a Skill', was certainly the chapter I found most useful. While this chapter stops short of providing a step-by-step guide on how to elicit, structure and present stories, I realised, after making my way through the book, that this would be impossible. There is no one-size-fits-all formula or approach to storytelling, and as the author writes in the last paragraph of the book - 'Agility improves with practice and coaching. This new chapter is my best shot at the coaching part. Now it's time for you to go practice'. Notes from the book are at Webby Clare.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Wendy

    What did I learn from this book? What do I want to remember? Story of 3 men - 1 laying bricks, 1 building a wall, 1 building a cahtedral . . . storytelling can help us see the cathedral. Ask a 5-year-old if she can draw and she will enthusiastically say ‘Yes!’ Ask a group of adults the same question and they will hesitate . . . our lives are a story and we are already telling that one perfectly. Jewish Teaching Story – naked truth is rejected at every door. Clothe the truth in parable and it is What did I learn from this book? What do I want to remember? Story of 3 men - 1 laying bricks, 1 building a wall, 1 building a cahtedral . . . storytelling can help us see the cathedral. Ask a 5-year-old if she can draw and she will enthusiastically say ‘Yes!’ Ask a group of adults the same question and they will hesitate . . . our lives are a story and we are already telling that one perfectly. Jewish Teaching Story – naked truth is rejected at every door. Clothe the truth in parable and it is warmly received. Stories house truths that can resonate. I think of David McCullough's quote from Undaunted - about how we can have all the facts and miss the Truth in history whereas we can have limited facts or incorrect facts and reach a larger Truth. 'Story lets you be congruent in a metaphorical way when facts seem diametrically opposed.' A fact is like a sack – it won’t stand up if it’s empty. To make it stand up, first you have to put in it all the reasons and feelings that caused it in the first place. – Luigi Pirandello

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jim Peterson

    I read this book for work. I would recommend The Story Factor to anyone interested in learning how to convert what they've learned from reading, writing and telling stories into a potential success factor in the world of work. Simmons explains how to use storytelling as a way to influence others. It sounds tricky, and it is, but it's essential for people working in sales, marketing or, like me, copywriting. The author does, however, emphasise that it is important to use this skill for worthy cause I read this book for work. I would recommend The Story Factor to anyone interested in learning how to convert what they've learned from reading, writing and telling stories into a potential success factor in the world of work. Simmons explains how to use storytelling as a way to influence others. It sounds tricky, and it is, but it's essential for people working in sales, marketing or, like me, copywriting. The author does, however, emphasise that it is important to use this skill for worthy causes that you believe in, and not for manipulative purposes. The book was a bit repetitive and occasionally preachy, but I'd say overall it did inspire me to become a (better) storyteller. Can that be bad?

  12. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I did not find this book useful. Annette Simmons focuses on why story is important and its effectiveness as a tool of influence and persuasion, but not so much on how to construct and use story effectively. At one point she argues that one can't really tell another how to tell a story - it's too instinctive and individual a process. So not much help there. She also continually intertwines "telling stories' with "living our story." The result is confusing, abstract, and more philosophical than pr I did not find this book useful. Annette Simmons focuses on why story is important and its effectiveness as a tool of influence and persuasion, but not so much on how to construct and use story effectively. At one point she argues that one can't really tell another how to tell a story - it's too instinctive and individual a process. So not much help there. She also continually intertwines "telling stories' with "living our story." The result is confusing, abstract, and more philosophical than practical. I much prefer Paul Smith's "Lead With a Story."

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ed

    This book ran hot and cold for me. Some chapters I found boring and others inspiring. I think if it had some exercises or challenged me to think more about relating my personal experiences to the stories in the book it would have engaged me more. It did enlighten me to the power of storytelling and for that it was worth the read. This is not a 'read it and master it' type of book. It is a starting point and a good introduction. This book ran hot and cold for me. Some chapters I found boring and others inspiring. I think if it had some exercises or challenged me to think more about relating my personal experiences to the stories in the book it would have engaged me more. It did enlighten me to the power of storytelling and for that it was worth the read. This is not a 'read it and master it' type of book. It is a starting point and a good introduction.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Walter Adamson

    I enjoyed this book. Annette Simmons writes very clearly. The core of the book teaches "the six stories that you need to tell". She explains the emotions which these stories evoke, and gives many practical examples. I have made underlines all the way through it. And I will read it again. It something that you have to put into practice to get the actual value. That's what I will be doing. And I won’t be buying any more storytelling books as I now know everything I need to know to get started ! I enjoyed this book. Annette Simmons writes very clearly. The core of the book teaches "the six stories that you need to tell". She explains the emotions which these stories evoke, and gives many practical examples. I have made underlines all the way through it. And I will read it again. It something that you have to put into practice to get the actual value. That's what I will be doing. And I won’t be buying any more storytelling books as I now know everything I need to know to get started !

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brett

    A must read for salespeople, business owners, politicians, and anyone who needs to learn how to influence others (which is basically everyone on the planet). This is an incredibly good book, explaining very clearly how to use the power of stories to help people see things your way. As I said, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    A great tool to have in your library if you are part of leading a company or organization. Simmons does a marvelous job gathering stories that really truly get the point across. I use this book in my storytelling class and the students love it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Linda Sands

    Loved this book. The power of stories. Time to revisit & think about this oldest tool of influence.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rehmat

    Pick up any book on the leadership and you cannot find it complete without the art of communication. One thing is sure the craft of communication always remains imperfect and flawed without mastering the art of narrative or the craft of storytelling. For gaining mastery over this craft, it's essential to know its tools and techniques. And, this is one of the best books to serve this purpose. Storytelling is a far more powerful way of influencing people than pointing at facts and figures. Stories Pick up any book on the leadership and you cannot find it complete without the art of communication. One thing is sure the craft of communication always remains imperfect and flawed without mastering the art of narrative or the craft of storytelling. For gaining mastery over this craft, it's essential to know its tools and techniques. And, this is one of the best books to serve this purpose. Storytelling is a far more powerful way of influencing people than pointing at facts and figures. Stories can help you reach any audience and inspire them to take action. In fact, storytelling is so powerful a tool that once you become a storyteller, you have a great responsibility to tell stories that improve the lives of those around you. Actionable advice: Use stories in your next presentation or if you guide your subordinates. The next time you have a presentation or speech coming up, why not base it on stories? Work out the key points you want to make, then try to think of anecdotes that would highlight them for the audience in a clear, relatable way. Or if you want to guide your subordinate, for instance, about maintaining integrity then relate it with an interesting story about a leader who maintains highest standards of integrity and how he emerged cleaned from an inquiry of an anti-graft body due to his reputation he had built.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Masatoshi Nishimura

    I felt this book was very disorganized. Here and there, I sense Annette's expert knowledge in this topic. Yet, it was difficult to follow the passage. Each chapter starts off with an amazing story. But, the text quickly gets mixed with generic self-help advice like great people are also better listeners and you should listen to others as well. That seems a bit far fetched from being a better storyteller. The book does tell you the importance of storytelling and when you can use it. Story helps de I felt this book was very disorganized. Here and there, I sense Annette's expert knowledge in this topic. Yet, it was difficult to follow the passage. Each chapter starts off with an amazing story. But, the text quickly gets mixed with generic self-help advice like great people are also better listeners and you should listen to others as well. That seems a bit far fetched from being a better storyteller. The book does tell you the importance of storytelling and when you can use it. Story helps deliver a complex situation when a simple answer won't deliver (though I also think politicians and corporation CEO use too much story rhetoric to avoid confrontation). It also helps bridge the emotional gap in conflicts. Who I am, why I am here, The Vision, The Teaching stories are nice breakdowns. But they are still too vague to start practicing on my skills. As someone who's not at all confident with the storytelling ability, reading this book has not gained me any more confidence in being able to deliver better stories. I am in the hunt for another storybook again.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sandeep

    If you're prepared to unlearn a few lessons you've internalised, then this book will open your mind to the world of storytelling. It might seem at first thought to be just common sense advice, but seeing how few people practice and use the art of storytelling effectively, it is most definitely worth paying a closer attention to. Storytelling seems antithetical to the analytical world of business and higher education. But this highly quotable book has plenty of useful advice on how to learn this If you're prepared to unlearn a few lessons you've internalised, then this book will open your mind to the world of storytelling. It might seem at first thought to be just common sense advice, but seeing how few people practice and use the art of storytelling effectively, it is most definitely worth paying a closer attention to. Storytelling seems antithetical to the analytical world of business and higher education. But this highly quotable book has plenty of useful advice on how to learn this craft. You will be disappointed if you're looking for a model, a framework or sequence of steps to help you become a storyteller.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Rollo

    I did like this book, but I also did not read all of each chapter. I thought some were helpful, but others were a lot of the same stuff and not really what I was looking for. They were more about using stories as influencing tools and almost manipulation, thought the author says she is against manipulation. So, the first few chapters were helpful because they were about the types of stories we tell and how to tell stories. Some of the later chapters were but some were not. So I would recommend yo I did like this book, but I also did not read all of each chapter. I thought some were helpful, but others were a lot of the same stuff and not really what I was looking for. They were more about using stories as influencing tools and almost manipulation, thought the author says she is against manipulation. So, the first few chapters were helpful because they were about the types of stories we tell and how to tell stories. Some of the later chapters were but some were not. So I would recommend you just pick and choose after the first four chapters.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I got this book from a training class that highlighted storytelling as an effective communication tool. This book is a good further reminder of the power of stories. The first and last chapter were the weakest, but I found the rest very readable and useful. Now we’ll see if I am able to apply it...

  23. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Solid book on the importance and power of stories. I appreciated that she used plenty of stories to illustrate her points -- the absence of stories in a storytelling book would've been kind of embarrassing. It would've been helpful to have a little more instruction about how to improve my storytelling, but overall it was a helpful resource. Solid book on the importance and power of stories. I appreciated that she used plenty of stories to illustrate her points -- the absence of stories in a storytelling book would've been kind of embarrassing. It would've been helpful to have a little more instruction about how to improve my storytelling, but overall it was a helpful resource.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Faith Wood

    I thought the author did a fabulous job of sharing case studies and examples about how to leverage story in your business marketing. As someone who speaks on influence and persuasion for government staff, this book will become a valuable resource for me in my future teachings.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ron Willoughby

    Annette Simmons is impressive. She reminded me why I love storytelling and being a storyteller. I think I somehow had forgotten. I'll be reading parts of this book over and again, I can assure you. Annette Simmons is impressive. She reminded me why I love storytelling and being a storyteller. I think I somehow had forgotten. I'll be reading parts of this book over and again, I can assure you.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Onno Bruins

    A very nice book about the art of storytelling. Not the trendy corporate marketing interpretation, but a story about human interaction, really listening and transferring knowledge and insights through story. If you're interested in storytelling, this is a good place to start. A very nice book about the art of storytelling. Not the trendy corporate marketing interpretation, but a story about human interaction, really listening and transferring knowledge and insights through story. If you're interested in storytelling, this is a good place to start.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angell Johnson

    This is a brilliant book on how to get any Jane Doe on the street to care to hear your story. The things that people would never tell us, is completely up to us to watch and listen for. I am definitely interested in other works by this author.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kristin Ferguson

    I read this book my my integrated marketing master’s program. In most cases I wouldn’t suggest reading it cover to cover. It is very dense and serves as almost a manual for storytelling. Extremely helpful and informative, but certainly more of a reference guide.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I believe this book documents a very important principle of life, that we all know intuitively, but haven't articulated. Its a great book for leaders and parents alike. I believe this book documents a very important principle of life, that we all know intuitively, but haven't articulated. Its a great book for leaders and parents alike.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rich Angus

    Didn't really leave an impression to me to be honest. Less about the mechanics of a story, and more about a series of story I don't feel really resonates. Didn't really leave an impression to me to be honest. Less about the mechanics of a story, and more about a series of story I don't feel really resonates.

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