If you’re in sales, you know that one of your most important ways to build credibility is through success stories. However, many success stories are more like success reports. They often consist of lifeless facts that every salesperson in the organization is told to present to every prospect. As such, they are usually presented as….
About Jim Signorelli
Jim Signorelli is the Brand Development Director at Stevens & Tate Marketing where he utilizes his 30+ of experience in building brands through proven storytelling techniques. Jim is the award-winning author of StoryBranding 2.0: Creating Standout Brands Through the Power of Story.
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I recently came across a major marketing study conducted by this big public relations firm called Edleman. They interviewed 8000 people. And they found that 86 percent of us want to do business with companies that have a “noble purpose” – one that goes beyond selling stuff. 86 percent! As if it isn’t hard enough….
One of the first things we do in our Business Storytelling Workshops is give respondents a mini-quiz to see if they can tell the difference between a story and an assertion. It is rare indeed when anyone gets all or even most of the answers correct. Albeit a common mistake, I’d like to show you….
Much has been written about storytelling as a business tool. And for good reason. Storytelling can be an extremely powerful way to influence, motivate and inspire others. However, it is common for storytelling trainers to err by disregarding differences between business storytelling and recital storytelling. Stylistically, business storytelling should be more casual than careful. Indeed,….
What makes your brand special? If you answered by talking about your brand’s unique advantages and consumer benefits, you own a house, not a home. Don’t feel lonely. There are plenty of companies doing the same thing. And they all have lessons to share. Take Xerox for instance. At one time, having a Xerox machine….
Oral stories told in a business context, make up a unique category within the whole storytelling genre. They fall somewhere between the extremes of your basic TV news story and stories delivered by performance artists. Stories told in business settings are necessarily short, conversational, and only work if they make a relevant point. Nevertheless, business….
In the 30’s and 40’s, Frank Capra was one of this country’s most famous screenwriter/directors. In his memoir, The Name Above The Title, he recounts how he saved his award-winning movie, Lost Horizons, from dying a premature death. “I ran up to the cutting rooms, took those blasted first two reels in my hot little….
I recently heard Ellen Degeneress describe people who talk too much. “Being with people like this,” she said, “is like being on a highway without exit signs when you have to pee.” Back in the day, when I used to wear ties to work, a colleague once asked me, “Why do all of yours look….
I would never even think of telling someone they have an ugly baby. Moreover, I’m not the guy who will admit that you really do look fat in those jeans if asked. However, if you believe that you should cast your customers as the hero of your brand’s story, my conscience obliges me to risk a….
People often think of business storytelling and storybranding as the same thing. Both can be found in the same story toolbox, but they are as different as a flat blade and a Phillips screwdriver. Both storytelling and storybranding are part of attraction marketing. Storytelling is the more commonly used tool. You may not be aware….