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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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Turning a Lost iPhone into a Story Gem

By Jean Storlie / April 1, 2016 /

“Lost my phone!” I shrieked silently to myself, reaching for the “flight attendant” button overhead. The announcement that the doors were closing had just broadcast as I searched my belongings to find my phone. A friendly face appeared within a few minutes, asking me what I needed. I blurted out, “I left my iPhone at…

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How a C+ in English Shaped My Writing Career

By Jean Storlie / March 2, 2016 /

Choking back tears, I shoved my grade report into my backpack as I left my English professor’s office. I was bewildered that he had given me a C+ in freshman Composition and Literature. Was it a mistake? I’d always performed well in high school English classes and had worked hard in the course. He acknowledged…

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer

By Jean Storlie / February 1, 2016 /

When I was in graduate school, I worked as the Nutrition Coordinator for an Adult Fitness/Cardiac Rehab program associated with the university I attended. It was a fairly new position in the organization without a lot of structure and process in place. Bright-eyed, naïve, and optimistic, I brought forward a lot of new ideas to…

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Three Steps to Spark Story Sharing in Lifestyle Counseling

By Jean Storlie / January 5, 2016 /

Early in my career as a dietitian, I answered a panicky phone call from a participant in my weight loss program. Pat (not her real name) said, “Jean, I have a problem and really need to talk to you.” She had been a “perfect” participant: never missed class, her food diaries and exercise log showed stellar…

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2015 Holiday Story: Slippers, Flip Flops, and Ski Boots

By Jean Storlie / December 23, 2015 /

We woke early on New Year’s morning to finish loading the car for an overnight, family ski trip a few hours away. The night before, we’d worked with our three kids to pack their gear with the plan that they’d roll out of bed in their PJs and continue sleeping in the car. Everything went…

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