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Golden Goose: Patience is Key for Business Growth

Patience is an important investment for all leaders in business. On a personal day-to-day level, what level of stewardship do you show for the 1,440 minutes you have every day? Is patience a part of your skill set? All entrepreneurs struggle with patience. Folktales and fables of long ago are rarely the sanitized versions we think we know. One of those fables is “The Golden Goose.”

Too Many Tentacles: What Is and Isn’t A Story for Business?

As I have done for decades, I urge you, especially those involved in small businesses, startups, or even the more entrepreneurial-prone to develop true, full stories for sharing with your clients and in your presentations. Stop thinking your quick anecdotes quickly dropped off on your way to THE ASK for the sale are doing you much good. Strive for the authenticity and integrity of true business and leadership storytelling.

Stop Telling Jokes and Start Using Storytelling

Let’s look at jokes first. Back in the day, if you were around for “back in the day,” you might have read about how jokes are a good way to communicate ideas. However, a joke, unlike a story, does not engage an audience. It’s talking at people instead of with people. A story has a benefit for both listener and tellers, and jokes don’t do that. I tell you what folks. I really think you should dump most of the jokes out of your presentation style. This is not 1950. Let’s go beyond that.