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2017 Holiday Story: Tale of the Toppling Tree

By Jean Storlie / December 24, 2016 /

The winter sun was setting as Jay and I arrived at the tree farm to harvest our first Christmas tree as a married couple. The farm was a little more primitive than we’d expected. A fog was settling in. The next evening we were hosting a “Tree Trimming Party,” so we really needed to get…

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“From Grinch to Our Neighbor” Inspires Imagination

By Jean Storlie / December 6, 2016 /

We dreaded the arsenic hour … 5:00-6:00 pm, the first hour that Abby was home from day care. She would melt down and become inconsolable over small things. After a series of tantrums, she would retreat to her room (or be sent into a time out) and re-emerge with a new outfit … often dressed…

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10-Year Reunion with My Birthday Band

By Jean Storlie / November 2, 2016 /

On a steamy day in the summer of 2006, we were boating on Lake Minnetonka with our kids and family friends—Kathy, Dave, and their daughter. Kathy got me musing about plans for my upcoming 50th birthday on October 30. I imagined a Halloween dancing party with live music, but was stuck on where/how to find…

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A Guitarist Was Born

By Jean Storlie / October 3, 2016 /

On my 40th birthday, I told my husband (Jay), “I’d like to start lifting weights and take guitar lessons.” Surprised to hear those words coming out of my mouth, he asked me why I wanted to become a strong guitar player? I reasoned … if I’d started practicing skills that didn’t come naturally 20 years…

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Learning from a Millennial Entrepreneur

By Jean Storlie / September 5, 2016 /

Tyler Olson crawled out of a lofted bed in his dorm room at 10:00 on a Saturday morning and greeted his staff, who were already busy working at the three desks jammed under his bed. They were servicing computers for his burgeoning technical support company, HelpMeTy.com. This was the moment when he realized it was time…

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Transformed by Listening

By Jean Storlie / August 3, 2016 /

I slipped into the last empty seat in the session on “Listening Dialogues” at the Creative Problem Solving Institute Conference (CPSI 2016). I recognized the woman sitting next to me in the circle as someone I’d seen around the conference and wanted to meet. She gave me a warm, welcoming smile, and I knew I’d…

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Rainbow Rewards Risk Taking

By Jean Storlie / July 5, 2016 /

Sixty percent probability of rain! The weather forecast threatened to ruin our evening plans to go boating with another couple. After looking at the radar and discussing the risks, the four of us crossed our fingers that the sun would prevail and loaded onto our boat. We cruised to our favorite bay and cast our…

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“Pointy Nose” Provides Perspective in Business Storytelling

By Jean Storlie / June 1, 2016 /

When my daughter, Abby, was in pre-school she used to carry on about my “pointy nose” and draw pictures of me with a “Pinocchio-like” stick nose. I admit: I have ski-jump shaped nose, but it’s never bothered me. In fact, I sort of like my nose! As parents, my husband and I would laugh at…

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Storytelling in Lithuania: Conference Highlights

By Jean Storlie / May 3, 2016 /

Stepping onto the cobblestone streets of Vilnius, I felt like I’d entered a storybook. This charming medieval city is the home to 500,000 Lithuanians, who bustle around the tangled streets in fashion-forward attire with a sense of purpose and belonging. Doug Carter (another speaker), Claire, and I settled into our hotel and met Diana Garlytska,…

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From LinkedIn to Lithuania

By Jean Storlie / May 3, 2016 /

Once upon a time … I didn’t “do” social media. But when I started Storlietelling LLC, many colleagues urged me to venture into this virtual world. For a few months, I forced myself to spend 10-20 min/day with social media. I focused on LinkedIn—customized my newsfeed, joined Discussion Groups, and commented on intriguing content. Eventually,…

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