Look How Cool Stories Are!

Stories have a magic of influence, and it is less in what we say and more in how we say it!  Your wisdom and power to influence via storytelling is waiting for you like magic beans you forgot you owned.

To be a person is to have a story to tell. – Isak Dinesen

People value their own conclusions more highly than yours. They will only have faith in a story that has become real for them personally. Once people make your story, their story, you have tapped into the powerful force of faith. – Annette Simmons

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a story is worth a thousand assurances. – Annette Simmons

Persuasion, charismatic appeals, bribery and bullying are all methods of influence I have seen in use. These methods are pushy. Storytelling draws you in like a piece of cheesecake. Story is not pushy! – Kim Wenzel

A vision story is a common antidote to meaningless frustration.

Story lets you instill values in a way that keeps people thinking for themselves. – Annette Simmons

Story is less direct, and touches the inner person in a gracious way. – Kim Wenzel

Story has power that requires high ethical values in the teller not to misuse that power. The process of influencing others has no more powerful tool than story! – Kim Wenzel

Story doesn’t grab power, story creates power. – Annette Simmons