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Stories That Stick

How Storytelling Can Captivate Customers, Influence Audiences, and Transform Your Business

The Main Idea

Nothing beats a great story. If you want to get better at doing pretty much anything in business, learn how to craft and tell great stories.

Specifically, there are four stories every business needs to be able tell in order to harness the irresistible power of storytelling to best effect:

These four stories will illuminate not only what you offer, but also tell the how and why of you do what you do as well. These stories will bring your product to life and provide the right context and emotions. Whatever you're trying to achieve, one of these stories will apply. Learn how to use them well.

A perfectly placed, impeccably delivered story can transport a person to a place beyond interested, straight past paying attention, and into a state of complete captivation. When it comes to a great story, we really can't help ourselves. A shift happens in us: a shift in our understanding, a shift in our desires. This is the shift so many of us seek. It turns customers into converts. It transforms employees into evangelists. Executives into leaders. It changes the nature and impact of marketing, and perhaps most importantly, it can change how we see ourselves. You can create that shift by harnessing the power of storytelling.
Kindra Hall

Why Storytelling in Business is Important

1. The irresistible power of stories. The goal of every business is to profitably deliver value to its customers. To achieve that, you have to get your product or service from point A (your business) to point B (your customer). That's it. To make your business work, you have to bridge that gap — and the best way to build a bridge always has been to tell an engaging story.

2. The four essential stories. There are four key stories that appear over and over again in business. No matter what the gap is, one of these stories will build the bridge you need. Customers want to know:

3. How to create a highly engaging story. To tell these four stories well, you have to get very good at finding, crafting, and then telling these stories in an authentic way. Use the right framework and the best tried-and-true techniques to make this job as easy as possible.

About the Author

Kindra Hall is a keynote speaker and president of a business consulting firm, Steller Collective. She is a contributing editor for Success magazine and her articles have also been published by Entrepreneur.com and Inc.com. Kindra Hall is a member of the board of directors of the National Storytelling Network and her consulting clients include Facebook, Hilton Hotels, Tyson Foods, Berkshire Hathaway, and the Harvard Medical School. She is a graduate of New Mexico State University and Concordia College.

Summaries.Com Editor's Thoughts

Well, this is a bit embarrassing really. Just a few weeks ago, I mentioned that I thought "Flip the Script" was the best business book I have ever read. I now have to admit I like "Stories That Stick" just as much. It's a superb book. I think I might have to come clean that I fall in love with pretty much each new business book I read. I guess that's an occupational hazard with being the editor of Summaries.Com.

"Stories That Stick" is excellent. Storytelling guru Kindra Hall points out that every business needs four good stories — value, founder, purpose, and customer. Even better, she gives the formula for developing each. She also talks about her three-step Find-Craft-Tell framework for delivering great business stories. This is a very well thought out book, and I recommend you get a copy and read it in full.

The thing that really impressed me is she gives examples of how companies have managed to inject emotion (which people respond to) into stories about overworked executives, a VP of sales taking his teenage daughter out to dinner, and even chewing gum of all things. If these companies can use stories to bring their products and services to life, you can too. Like Kindra Hall states: "A perfectly placed, impeccably delivered story can transport a person to a place beyond interested, straight past paying attention, and into a state of complete captivation. When it comes to a great story, we really can’t help ourselves." Amen

Business Storytelling 101 Mini-Course

This course will help you shape and mold great stories for your business. This mini-course includes 8-page summaries of the following top business books:

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