Storytelling at Work
February 07, 2018
Micro-Learning for Storytellers


Time-crunched as you are, I know you don't even have two-minutes to read this. So thanks for your 119 seconds.

I'm not going to sell you on the power of storytelling. You already know it's powerful. What you don't know is how to make it real in your organization. I know how to do that. That's what my Micro-Learning for Storytellers service is about. And all it takes is 15 minutes a week.

What you will get is 52 weeks of my content (i.e. videos, podcasts, stories, and articles) to distribute to your workforce one bite-sized piece of wisdom at a time. Mind openers. Thought starters. Tips. Tools. Techniques. Guidelines. And just enough inspiration for people to make the effort they need to become storytelling masters on the job. Or in the class. Or wherever.

WHO AM I?: Mitch Ditkoff, President of Idea Champions, author of the award-winning Storytelling at Work and the forthcoming Storytelling for the Revolution. My clients.

Intrigued? Email me today with the word STORYTELLING in the subject line: and I will get back to you with more details.

Micro-Learning for Innovators
Photo: Sidney Perry, Unsplash

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February 06, 2018
WISDOM CIRCLES: Tribal Storytelling in the Workplace

Here's a sneak preview of an exciting new organizational invention of mine, WISDOM CIRCLES -- an organic outgrowth of Storytelling at Work. These are small group gatherings for people who want to explore the power of personal storytelling in the workplace -- an inspired opportunity to share insights, wisdom, tacit knowledge, and lessons learned -- the hard to communicate "inner best practices" that are a huge part of who we are as human beings.
Podcast, videos, and interviews on storytelling
Idea Champions

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February 01, 2018
Seth Godin on Book Publishing

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If you are planning on publishing a book any time soon and would like a lucid guide to what's happening in the strangely fascinating world of publishing, click here for Seth Godin's latest insights.

My 2015 self-published book on storytelling
My 2018 self-published book on storytelling (May)

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January 31, 2018
Catching Up to What We Are


We do not become healers.We came as healers. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become storytellers. We came as carriers of the stories we and our ancestors actually lived. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become artists. We came as artists. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not become writers.. dancers.. musicians.. helpers.. peacemakers. We came as such. We are. Some of us are still catching up to what we are. We do not learn to love in this sense. We came as Love. We are Love. Some of us are still catching up to who we truly are.

- A Simple Prayer for Remembering the Motherlode by Clarissa Pinkola

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January 30, 2018
THE SPRICE OF FREEDOM: A Journey from Darkness to Light

_E2A1195.JPG "When you are going through hell, keep going." -- Winston Churchill

Sprice Drury is a woman who had it all -- a loving husband, a fabulous home, two horses, three acres, four dogs, a $350,000 year income, and the kind of fascinating work that allowed her to travel the world producing TV shows and documentaries. She was, in many ways, the poster child for success.

There was no indication, in 2012, that all of this was about to change -- a perfect storm of unexpected events that would not only turn her life upside down, but challenge every assumption she had about who she was and what life was all about.

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January 28, 2018
Choose to Tell Stories that Awaken, Inspire, and Heal

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The sign this young woman is holding tells a story -- one that is becoming increasing painful to me, as an American citizen. Has it come to this in the "land of the free and the home of the brave" where millions of people are being marginalized because they don't fit the plot that rules the tale being told by the ruling class?

Not only have all the groups noted on this woman's sign been marginalized, in some strange "he who tells the story rules the world" kind of way, they have been turned into villains.

Really? Because they LOOK different than those in power? Because they have different beliefs? Because they don't pay a lot of taxes? I implore you, as a human being, reader of this blog, and someone who knows that the stories we tell have the power to change the narrative on Planet Earth, not to buy into the story being spun, these days, by the ruling class.

ALL LIFE IS SACRED! ALL HUMAN BEINGS COME FROM THE SAME SOURCE! WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! And isn't it interesting to note that the indigeneous people around the world -- many of whom are our most deeply connected keepers of wisdom -- are being silenced and abused by the so-called "powers-that-be"?

And so, by the power invested in me by my Creator, I invite you to take a stand for love and peace, brotherhood and sisterhood. See God in everyone. And if you don't believe in God, then at least treat your fellow human beings with kindness, compassion, and respect. The next time someone tells you a story which you know is unhinged -- spoken for no other reason than to dominate, manipulate, and control -- SPEAK UP! STAND YOUR GROUND! BE THE LIVING MORAL OF EARTH'S REAL STORY!

Without demonizing the other (that's how wars start), take a deep breath, let go of your need to be right, and tell a different story.

What kind of story will you tell today?

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January 26, 2018
Gandhi and the Professor


I just received this wonderful fake, urban legend story from Craig Klawuhn. Even if never happened, it's a great little story to read, especially if you ever find yourself being dismissed or diminished by "people in power."

When Gandhi was studying law at University College, London, a Caucasian professor, whose last name was Peter, disliked him intensely and always displayed prejudice and animosity towards him.

Also, because Gandhi never lowered his head when addressing his professor, as assumed, there were always arguments and confrontations.

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January 24, 2018
Steve Jobs on Storytelling


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January 21, 2018
A Different Way to Close a Sale


Anyone who owns a business, whether they've been to business school or not, knows one thing: You need customers. No customers, no business. How you get customers, of course, is the question.

In my business, one of the main ways to get business is responding to RFPs -- requests for proposals. Here's how it works: a company hears about you, checks out your website, contacts you, schedules a call, tries to figure out if you're the real deal and, if you pass their sniff test, asks you to submit a proposal.

In the beginning of my career, I would get very excited whenever anyone asked me to submit an RFP. It meant I had a big one on the line, a horse in the race, my hat in the ring, or whatever other metaphor I could conjure up to reinforce my belief that I was actually going to make a living. Like a beanie wearing college freshman, I dove into the proposal writing process with great zeal.

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January 19, 2018
A Father and Daughter Story

From StoryCorp
A story about my daughter, Mimi

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January 18, 2018
Alan Rickman on Storytelling


Exhibit "A"
Storytelling for the Revolution
Workshop: Innovation and Storytelling

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January 16, 2018
One Stop Shopping for Links on the Art & Science of Storytelling

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If you are interested in the power of storytelling to engage, inspire, and spark the transfer of insight, knowledge, and wisdom you have come to the right place. Below are links to a variety of recent articles of mine and other story-mavens who inspire me on this most important topic.

Awesome quotes on storytelling
Storytelling is the trojan horse of wisdom
How to use storytelling to foster employee engagement

How to spark massive employee engagement in 90 minutes or less
The irresistible power of storytelling as a strategic business tool
Harnessing the power of storytelling
Jean Houston on the urgent need for transformative storytelling
Why your brain likes a good story
What stories will you tell?
How to tell a good story
Why create a culture of storytelling?
Radio interview: Storytelling as a way to change a culture
New storytelling blog
Wisdom circles
My recently published book on storytelling
Why did I write my book on storytelling?

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January 13, 2018
The Library Where You Borrow People (& their stories), Not Books!


How cool is this! A library where you don't borrow books, but people. Instead of reading a book about a topic you want to know more about, you actually "borrow" a person who has mastery on that topic and the two of you sit down and talk. They share their stories and knowledge. You listen and ask questions. Another great example of the power of personal storytelling. Brilliant!

Photo from Unplash (high quality, free photos)
Storytelling at Work

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January 10, 2018
Storytelling at Work Podcast

13243667_1006058016179629_5443324524480421443_o.jpg Are you interested in the topic of storytelling -- especially storytelling in the workplace? Got 36 minutes? Breathing? Ever eaten a piece of cheese?

If so, this Innovation Engine podcast hosted by Will Sherlin and featuring yours truly (Mitch Ditkoff) will float your boat.

"The world is not made of atoms. It is made of stories." -- Muriel Rukeyser
Storytelling at Work
Storytelling for the Revolution

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January 06, 2018
How Your Process of Creating Stories Can Be More Creative


So... you want to write or tell stories? Fantastic. But how can you ensure that your writing or telling is as creative as possible and not just the "same old, same old?" What follows is a list of 20 tips to keep you operating at the highest octave of your creative potential:

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December 27, 2017
What Story Are You Telling?


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The stories I'm telling

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December 22, 2017
She Cooked a Christmas Meal

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December 17, 2017
The Man from Croatia

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It was a bone cold night in January, four hours after my wife and kids had gone to bed, and I was sitting alone in my man cave, with nothing but a laptop, i-phone, and the painful recognition that even though I had written five books, created a successful company, and had supported my family for 15 years, I had yet to accomplish a single meaningful thing in my life.

This is a feeling many writers know all too well, the moon howling moment of dread when they recognize that their early promise of genius had either not yet born fruit or the fruit they did manage to pick was rotting in a bowl of an unhungry stranger many miles away -- the kind of feeling, I imagined, that was at least partially responsible for Vincent Van Gogh cutting off his ear, a man who had sold only a single painting his entire life, and to his brother, at that, a man he knew was buying mostly out of pity.

Continue reading "The Man from Croatia"

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December 14, 2017
Story Cuts to the Chase


Storytelling at Work
PODCAST: Storytelling at Work (36 min.)
How to tell a good story

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December 11, 2017
The Digital Paintings of San Miguel Artist, Evelyne Pouget

If you live in San Miguel de Allende or Pozos, Mexico and want to experience an inspiring day of art, live music, tango, community, and self-expression, please come to a show that Evelyne will be part of, along with seven other fantastic San Miguel artists. More about this in the above slide show. Hope to see you there!

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Storytelling at Work is a blog about the power of personal storytelling – why it matters and what you can do to more effectively communicate your stories – on or off the job. Inspired by the book of the same name, the blog features "moment of truth" stories by the author, Mitch Ditkoff, plus inspired rants, quotes, and guest submissions by readers.

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About Mitch's New Book
Storytelling at Work is more than a blog. It is also a book, featuring 38 stories from the front lines of business and 16 essays about the art and science of storytelling. Available in paperback and Kindle from Amazon.
Do you want to know more about the book before buying it? Click here for Mitch's response to frequently asked questions about Storytelling at Work – the perfect book for people who think they have no time to read.
The Workshop
Storytelling is an "unconscious competency" – an ability we all have that all too often remains inaccessible to us. Enter the Storytelling at Work workshop – a simple way to activate this powerful, innate skill.
Wisdom Circles
Want to establish a culture of storytelling in your organization or community? Looking for a simple way to help people to share their meaningful, memorable stories with each other? Here's how.
Podcasts & Videos
Click here to view and listen to a series of interviews with the author of this blog. Go beyond the written word. Listen. Feel. Elevate the conversation. Understand what the big deal is about personal storytelling.
Blogs 'R Us
If you like this blog, you might also like Mitch's other two blogs: The Heart of Innovation and The Heart of the Matter. Mitch is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
Idea Champions
When Mitch isn't writing, he's captaining the good ship Idea Champions, a leading edge innovation consulting and training company based in Woodstock, NY. What their clients say.