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Shawn Callahan is a master at telling stories, applying stories and coaching others in the art of storytelling. This is a delightful book that is hard to put down.

Gary Klein, world-leading psychologist and author of Intuition at Work

A wonderful book that s both practical and fun to read. As we ve experienced, Shawn s training programs are phenomenal, and now everyone has a
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Paperback, 290 pages
Published March 18th 2016 by Pepperberg Press (first published March 2016)
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Nick Wong
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many of the ‘story-telling’ books I’ve picked up over the years I find either too ‘not me’ (i.e I would require I personality transplant or training at drama school) or not very street-wise (meaning, not with practical tips for key work situations), honing mostly on the narrative of the story. Callahan’s book is a good read, nicely interwoven with stories, quotes and external references from good journals and researchers. One complaint is that there are no bullet points summarising each chapter ...more
Katy
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books (actually, THE best book) I have read about the power of stories - and of being human - in an organisational context.
M. H. Mundy
Jul 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
It was a good read. At a friend's house on the Fourth of July, we somehow got into a discussion about oral storytelling. This book came up. My friends had read it, finding it helpful to them as leaders, they suggested I read it. They also discussed how they had used storytelling to improve their effectiveness at work. Their story impressed me, so I said, "Maybe I should read that book." It was polite conversation, I would probably have forgotten all about it. At the end of the visit, my friend s ...more
Shrikant Kejriwal
Great book. Gives step by step guidance on how to collect short stories, remember them and use them for effective communication in meetings and discussions
Abhishek Agarwal
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Struggled with the Australian accent
Gregg R.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
Unbelievably boring for a book on storytelling.
Rupert Gough
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very useful. A little slow in the beginning but I could understand the author establishing the base. The second half is packed full of useful tips and tricks to use.
John Corcoran
May 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
Smug, long-winded attempt to convert common sense into science. Imagine a TED Talk about TED Talks. Now make it longer.
Dr Tim Baker
Jan 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very practical and insightful

Shawn has done a great job explaining the power and relevance of storytelling in business. I highly recommend this book.
Daniel Taylor
One of the themes in business literature over the past couple of years has been storytelling. Science recently found that we make every decision for emotional reasons. Stories work in business because they get the listener emotionally involved and ready to take action. Callahan's comprehensive book explains why stories matter and then shows you how to find and use stories in business. It's a must-read for today's leader. ...more
Susan Walker
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Very good business book. It is easy to understand and takes the reader step by step thru business.
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