Books Slideshow: Ten Ways to Tell Great Leadership Stories

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 08-14-2012

Dont Hide Behind PowerPoint

Stories resonate, not slides and numbers without context.

Dont Hide Behind PowerPoint

Violate the Assumptions of Your Audience

That's how to create powerful and lasting stories.

Violate the Assumptions of Your Audience

Be Honest About Your Failures

Sharing your struggles conveys a sense of humility.

Be Honest About Your Failures

Focus on Whats Happening Around You

Take note when you learn something in an unexpected way.

Focus on Whats Happening Around You

Probe Your Past

What's the toughest problem you ever solved? What's the best working relationship you ever had?

Probe Your Past

Collect Stories

Don't be bashful about asking your employees for their stories.

Collect Stories

Its OK to Borrow

Good stories from magazines, books or the Web can make great examples. Just be sure to give credit where credit is due.

Its OK to Borrow

Assemble a Database

Compile and categorize a list of stories so you can search for the appropriate one for a particular occasion.

Assemble a Database

Make Your Stories Timeless

If they're not dated, you can repurpose them indefinitely.

Make Your Stories Timeless

Use Your Pulpit

Take advantage of staff meetings, inter-departmental events, emails or one-on-one meeting to show leadership.

Use Your Pulpit