Story-Telling

by Jan Yuill

On July 12, Karl Albrecht wrote about ‘brain-walking as a way of ‘escorting the brains of the listeners from where they are (familiar territory, concrete focus, here-and-now topics) to a realm of thought and discourse that’s compatible with spiritual … thinking.’

I couldn’t help but think that, in part, he was speaking of story-telling when he refers to Brain-Walking.

Years ago, someone told me that when people know you are about to tell them a story, their brains relax. It’s as if we know nothing is required of us for the few minutes that the story is being told, and as a result, ‘more’ can get in.

It puts a slightly different light on the importance of anecdotes, parables, quotes, case studies, role-playing, and other forms of story-telling. Even sharing background, history, reports, and evaluations can be seen in the light of telling a story, as are music, movie clips, videos, skits, etc.

While a story is being told, the listener can suspend judgment until the ‘punch line’ is delivered.

This ODNetwork (http://www.odnetwork.org/) discussion thread is about Membership Potential – tapping into the spirituality and authenticity of people at work.

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