Storytelling is a hot topic in business communication, and three forthcoming books promise to sharpen up your storytelling skills…
You don’t have to wait long for the first: Illuminate by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez, is released on Tuesday 16th February.
Nancy Duarte is a rockstar of the presentation world. Her company, Duarte Inc, have designed presentations for some of the world’s biggest brands, and were behind the impressive visuals in Al Gore’s movie An Inconvenient Truth.
I refer to Duarte’s previous books frequently. Slideology will encourage you to rethink your approach to slide design, while the brilliant Resonate is a superb look at how to make your messages, well, resonate. If you’ve got an iPad, you can even download an iBooks version of Resonate for free.
Duarte’s books always look fantastic, and Illuminate promises to be just as interesting. A free summary and videos can be found here.
The Storyteller’s Secret
Next up a week later is Carmine Gallo’s The Storyteller’s Secret. Another heavyweight in the presentation field, Gallo’s previous work includes the excellent Talk Like Ted and The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs.
Gallo’s entertaining writing and practical approach make his books essential for anyone serious about being a great communicator. While he covers storytelling in his previous books, The Storyteller’s Secret promises to explore it in far more detail.
While I’ve found Gallo covers similar ground in his books, they’re so useful and packed with real life examples that I always look forward to his next offering.
Putting Stories to Work
Anecdote has been around since 2004 and as well as helping leaders communicate their messages through stories, they help organisations develop and embed their strategic stories too. I’m hoping it offers a different take on storytelling to the two more presentation-based offerings above.
You can get a taste of Putting Stories to Work by downloading sample chapters from the Anecdote website. The hardback version is available for delivery in April, and the Kindle version from 20th March.