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Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins, 2nd Edition by Annette Simmons

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CHAPTER 13

Storytelling by Committee

Finding big stories to capture the essence of an organization, candidate, or brand is the Holy Grail for many newcomers to storytelling. They seek a brand or organizational story that packs an emotional punch and replicates and travels like a virus before they’ve learned good habits by practicing personal stories. They want a story that is simultaneously personal and collective, a story that sweeps attention and conclusions to a desired position.

After 9/11, the “freedom is on the march” story was powerful and motivating, and it was one of those stories that pre-interpreted all dissent as being “against us.” It was a resilient enough story to contain contradictory data successfully. It created a metaphor that ...

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