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Interviews? You're telling a story. Blog posts? You're telling a story to engage your audience. Presentations? You're supposed to be telling a story...
Have a lot of things you have to memorize? Tell a story to yourself...http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2013/02/07/how-to-memorize-a-shuffled-deck-of-cards-in-less-than-60-seconds/
Stories are everywhere. Some are great, some are boring, but many more are simply unheard and lost.
Funny you post that 4HWW post. I've actually worked with Ed Cooke, whose company Memrise (http://www.memrise.com/) was behind the competition and I was there when the competition was finished. Heck, I edited the blog post telling the story. http://www.memrise.com/blog/irina-zayats-24-wins-our-global-memory-competition/
^^ And there I am telling a story. So meta-meta... :D
And the next five years. And the next five years after that.
And the previous 5 years.
And for all the years since we emerged from the primordial soup.
You make an important point. It is good to remind people that storytelling is an important part of leading and influencing people, but it is also good to remember that things have ALWAYS been this way. Since the first caveman grunted out a description of how he almost bagged a bigger sabre tooth tiger than his buddy did (but the darn thing got away), storytelling has been critical to our existence. We are hardwired for it. http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/05/08/it-is-in-our-nature-to-need-stories/
Here's another human trait that has lately been touted as being something along the lines of the newest important thing leaders and marketers need to be successful: empathy. Empathy has always been a valuable trait among those who wish to lead, persuade, and even simply survive. http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2013/05/30/why-empathy-is-the-force-that-moves-business-forward/
Thanks very much for sharing those links, they're both extremely interesting!
I learned something new today. Hooray!