Content is king.

Consumers, employees, and influencers know you, and sometimes they're accurate. Are you strategically telling your story to influence their perceptions?

As never before, we can get our story in front of interested buyers during their contemplation phase.

As never before, we can listen to the conversation about us and discover where perceptions are not what we would like them to be.

What do buyers see when they do an online search? What are employees saying in social media? What are trusted sources advising on blogs, YouTube, Pinterest, and LinkedIn?

There is much to learn in this ever-changing environment. It all starts with strength in the fundamentals of good storytelling. Filmmaker Peter Gruber (Rainman and The Color Purple) has provided a framework for stories we can follow in an organizational setting. More and more, storytelling techniques are blowing the cobwebs out of corporate decision-making systems. And we must expand our expertise in visual communication to keep pace with the audience.

Sometime our opponents teach us a thing or two. After getting bonked on the head by PETA’s relentless use of storytelling, researchers who use animals augmented their fact-based argument with some stories of their own.

There was an audible gasp — maybe it was just me — when Star Fleet Admiral Christopher Pike took the helm of the just-minted Enterprise. “Why do I recognize that name?” my wife whispered. How could I possiby answer that […]

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As the man’s eyes wandered across the red-rock country of southeastern Utah, he first saw a weather-beaten saddle jammed in a canyon wall crevice and then, behind it, bleached bones sticking out from the earth — the keys to unlocking […]

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A researcher once called me to his lab, spitting mad at PETA. His inbox was filled with nasty-grams, spurred on by a PETA campaign against his research, which involved killing small animals. He wanted me to help him publish an […]

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