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#197 How to Turn the Mundane Into Novelty with Your Storytelling

Tania Katan, author of Creative Trespassing: How to Put the Spark and Joy Back into Your Work and Life, shares her journey on how to smuggle creativity into even the most soul-sucking workplaces to inspire productivity. Become a Master Storyteller Join Park Howell in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6 for a Storytelling Masterclass to kick off an 8-week Deliberate Practice Program. Learn more and reserve your seat today at


#196 What Leadership Stories You Can Learn From a Symphonic Orchestra

Maestro Roger Nierenberg, creator of The Music Paradigm and author of MAESTRO: A Surprising Story About Leading and Listening, reveals how he uses the powerful storytelling forces of a symphony orchestra to create more empathic and influential business leaders. Become a Master Storyteller Join Park Howell in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6 for a Storytelling Masterclass to kick off an 8-week Deliberate Practice Program. Learn more and reserve your seat today at...


#195 How to Get Your Story Found Online

Mike Huber, Senior Director of Business Strategy and Education for Vertical Measures, explore how they teach SEO through a new storybook: The Customer Journey: How an Owned Audience can Transform Your Business Become a Master Storyteller Join Park Howell in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6 for a Storytelling Masterclass to kick off an 8-week Deliberate Practice Program. Learn more and reserve your seat today at


#194 How to Create a Healthy Brand Story

Neal Smoller is a holistic pharmacist who is fed up with our health care system – both the medical and natural products industries – and shares how he developed his brand story for his new venture, Woodstock Vitamins, to provide better products, better advice and better information without any BS. Become a Master Storyteller Join Park Howell in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6 for a Storytelling Masterclass to kick off an 8-week Deliberate Practice Program. Learn more and reserve your seat today...


#193: How to Harness the Energy of Story to Drive Your Brand

Dr. George Basile, Biophysicist and Professor in the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University, describes how you can use the fundamental organizational force of brand storytelling to reframe social challenges like climate change as strategic business opportunities. Become a Master Storyteller Join Park Howell in Phoenix, Arizona on June 6 for a Storytelling Masterclass to kick off an 8-week Deliberate Practice Program. Learn more and reserve your seat today at...


#192: How to Immerse an Audience in Your Brand Story

As our attention spans grow shorter, most of us look for new ways to absorb stories. But it's challenging to make your story stand out amongst all the noise and distraction. On this week's show, welcome to the world of the virtually immersive novel where tech and the printed work take you on a Sci-Fi adventure. The creator, L.S. Larson, president of Axon, formerly Taser International, shares his inspiration for creating the future of storytelling and how your brand can immerse your...


#191: How to Wake the World With Your Purpose-Driven Brand Story

You hold the power to create the life you want. But the world has become so chaotic and so full of noise it's difficult to distinguish your own authentic story from the story the world is telling you. Therefore, it is important to pause and take a journey back to awaken the aliveness that is sleeping within you through the power of a purpose-driven brand story. Eighteen years ago, Chad Gabriel started out as a webmaster for Tuthill and eventually moved up the leadership ladder to his...


#190: Why, How and When to Evolve Your Brand Story

All businesses have stories. It doesn’t matter if you own a small-scale business, a medium enterprise, or a large corporation – they all come together with a common denominator: a brand story worth telling. So how do you know when it’s time to evolve your business and your brand story? With every company’s evolution and growth, the brand story needs to evolve because you want your people to take part in that evolution. But what comes first the business or brand story evolution? My guest...


#189: How to Re-write Your Internal Stories Through Hypnosis

We all tell ourselves stories. We all have collective, imagined realities. But these stories are critical because they can either make or break you. Therefore, it's also important to take a step back, re-evaluate, and re-write these internal stories to make sure they're in line with our personal and professional goals and our subconscious mind isn't tearing them down. “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” —Hamlet I have never quoted Shakespeare in any of the past...


#188: How Storytelling is Attracting More Female Scientists

How “woo woo” does it sound if I tell you we are all made of stardust? I guess it depends on the messenger. If you hear it from someone who has a doctorate in astrophysics and has mastered the study of the entire solar system, it might sound like a natural science phenomenon. The real question is: how do you make people actually care about the amazing findings science brings us? How do you create context for complex subjects that captivates our divided, hurried attention? The answer is...


#187: How to Build Customer Loyalty Through a Shared Brand Narrative

Two weeks ago, I bought a pair of black wingtip shoes from the Johnston and Murphy store at Scottsdale Fashion Square. I noticed a pair of blue dress shoes that I had bought in Chicago six months earlier were marked down by $40. I mentioned this in passing to the cashier. When she rang up my new pair, she knocked $40 off of them. I wasn't looking for a deal. But she was empowered to give me one. That was the best $40 Johnston and Murphy could've spent on advertising in that moment. Because...


#186: How the Medium Magnifies Your Message

The medium you choose determines the kind of message you will share to connect with your audience. And most of us use our analytical left brain approach to understand what drives our customers. But this only covers the behavioral side, and isn't encompassing the full picture of what customers want and need. Therefore, in this week's episode, discover a revolutionary way of understanding audiences and how to effectively communicate through Algorithm and Anecdotes. The answer will come...


How to Grow Your Brand Via Transmedia Storytelling

The way we typically consume stories is how they are told — starting from the beginning to the finale. But it's important to realize that not all stories are linear. Therefore, on this week's show, we're exploring a non-linear approach to telling stories using a variety of media channels to scale the same story. But the concern is if we tell the same story from a non-linear approach framed with different perspectives and media, will it be as effective? We'll get the answer straight from the...


How to Open Minds With Your Brand Story

One of the most contentious issues among our political leaders is climate change, and the Green New Deal is furthering the conversation and the divide. But many leaders of purpose-driven brands are finding new ways to frame sustainability as a tremendous business opportunity. So how do you use your brand storytelling to open minds, especially when attempting to bring polarized worlds together? Bruno Sarda, Head of Sustainability at NRG, the country’s leading integrated power company with...


How Your Stories Can Unite Divided People

Why is happiness elusive? Why can’t it be as easy as knowing what makes you happy and doing exactly that? Think about it. Later, you’ll come to realize your important role in resolving this dilemma. In the pursuit of elusive happiness, we can use stories to connect even the greatest divides. It is a privilege to have Jonathan Haidt on this week's Business of Story podcast. Jonathan is an American social psychologist who wrote the book The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in...


How Defense Attorneys Use Cinematic Storytelling to Secure Reduced Sentences

In 1995, a convict of a federal drug case was given a reduced sentence of probation. Why? The judge saw a video of him taking care of his wife who was very sick. The video showed how his wife's entire life depended on him. Most importantly, it showed who will be affected most by the judge's decision -- the sick and dying wife who didn’t have anything to do with the crime. That alone influenced the judge’s decision because it appealed to his human side. That’s the power empathy has. In this...


Why A Clear Brand Story Gets You Heard and Referred

Back in 2013, I was working with different executives for the Sustainability Leadership Program for Arizona State University. I was one of three speakers and after I was introduced, the executives’ reaction was, “Oh, the soft skills guy!” Little did I know, there was already warfare between technical hard skills and communications soft skills. A recent report from the World Economic Forum revealed the 10 most in-demand skills in business according to LinkedIn. Hitting the top spots are...


How to be an Authentic Brand Storyteller on Social Media

This week, we’re doing something different from the past 179 episodes. It's my turn to be on the hot seat and my guest, Wanita Z-Fourie, will be the one asking the questions. In this show, we discuss how to use storytelling to grow your following. Wanita is an African Kiwi and a social media professional who founded The Online Business Academy and an annual Social Media Conference New Zealand, where I'm honored to be a speaker. She tours the world to speak and teach different businesses...


How to Draw out Your Genius With Visual Storytelling

Have you ever been telling a story and your words failed you? And I don't mean that you didn’t have a word for what you’re thinking or feeling. Oh, no. You thought of the best word you could possibly think of. Still, it wasn't enough to express exactly what you wanted to communicate, or your audience wasn't understanding the message. Maybe you should have drawn it out. It turns out that doodling lines and shapes make an even more meaningful and unforgettable story. If you're like me, you...


How Leadership Storytelling Will Build a Family Business

Sometimes, what should be a source of pride, financial security, and wealth for the family becomes a source of heartache, dysfunction, and conflict. The want for power and control is what separates families. This is why it is essential to have leadership coaches who can teach the essence of storytelling in building a successful family business. Years ago, I was a football game watching my son, where I met this week's guest, Pete Walsh. I was at a point in life contemplating whether I was...