A recent study at Stanford University found that details when told in stories are retained x22 more than raw facts alone. Human beings are hard-wired for story.
Furthermore, advances in neurological investigation claim that 5x the amount of neural activity is activated when listening to a story because, when we hear a story, as well as the language processing areas of the brain being activated, the sensory and motor cortex engage as well.
It is rare to find any aspect of a business that can’t be improved through increased use of story – whether it’s pitching for a new project, building relationships, debriefing a project, illustrating why expedience is of the essence: story fits into every element of our professional and personal life.
As Brené Brown says: “Stories are data with a soul”, and yet in a world where we are almost exclusively busy, stretched, multitasking, distracted and otherwise engaged – in this world, where narrative is vital to bring conviction and soul to our work, we mostly prioritise “data” over “story”.
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Power dynamics are always present whether we are aware of them or not.
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