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“It’s the same old story.” Well, perhaps it is, but that doesn’t make it any less effective. In fact, explain futurists and storytellers Ryan Mathews and Watts Wacker, the best way to convey your message is to use archetypical story themes derived from human experience. After all, who are Harley-Davidson’s outlaw riders but modern day Robin Hoods? And isn’t Apple just another warrior-like David attempting to defeat a Goliath-like Microsoft by offering the world superior graphics? You can tell a powerful story by learning basic storytelling techniques and crafting them to fit your message. Mathews and Wacker outline these basics, from leveraging themes and shaping your message, to finding the right context, and making it relatable and believable. Ironically, for a book about storytelling it is, at times, convoluted and a bit verbose. Even so, getAbstract suggests it to readers who want their business stories to have happy endings.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why every business must communicate its message via stories;
  • How businesses use stories to leverage their marketing and strengthen their brands; and
  • How to craft a story to sweep your listeners off their feet.

About the Authors

Ryan Mathews is a futurist and an innovative thinker about corporate culture. The CEO of a consulting company, he co-authored The Myth of Excellence. Watts Wacker is a futurist, speaker, director of a think tank, and the author of The 500 Year Delta and The Visionary’s Handbook.



A Familiar Story
Think about the companies that produce successful brands, such as Nike and Atlas Missiles. What do they have in common? Each borrowed a familiar story and named their product after it. Not everyone who buys a pair of Nike running shoes knows that Nike was the mythological...

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