I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Eric Barker the author of a new book entitled “Barking Up The Wrong Tree-The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong.  

x160In our interview together we discuss what compelled Eric to write the book, and more importantly how his blog which now has a following of over 300,000 people following Eric became the place where he compiled the academic and expert opinions regarding success in life.  If you want to access Eric’s blog just click here.

Eric exposes lots of Mythbusters during our interview about the success that flies in the face of conventional wisdom.  He shares with us what separates extremely successful people from the rest, and teaches us what we can do to be more like them–or in some cases find out why it’s best that we are not like them.

In the chapter on ” Do Nice Guys Finish Last,” he conveys a compelling story about Dr. Michael Swango who was one of the most successful serial killers ever. By this third year in medical school, hospital patients he interacted with were dying at such a rate that his fellow student took notice. ( You have to read the story and get the book to know what happened to Swango.)  The real reason for the story is to ask the questions, do people who cheat and break the rules succeed more often?  Is the world fair? Can good people get ahead or are they doomed to be suckers? Do nice guys really finish last?

Come take a journey with Eric and myself and get the answers to these questions and more.  If you want to learn more about Eric Barker and his new book please click here.  If you want to go to his blog, just click here.

I know you are going to enjoy this interview with Eric Barker about his new book “Barking Up The Wrong Tree-The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong.

 

How many of you have had an opportunity to speak before a group of people and wished you could have conveyed your message in a more compelling way?  I know that this has happened to my several times, and while I have known about the impact a good storyteller can make on an audience I never felt that I was very proficient at the storytelling process.

In my interview with my friend and author Karen Dietz, we discuss her new book entitled “Business Storytelling for Dummies“.   We explore some of the mistakes that many of us make in developing our story as well as practices for organizing a great story.  So just what is a story as defined by the authors : ” A story provides packets of sensory language presented in a particular way that allows the listeners to quickly and easily internalize the material, comprehend it, and create meaning from it.”   Easier said than done, right!!

I must say that “Business Storytelling for Dummies”  is very well organized, and provides the reader with an opportunity to explore, understand and practice new skills in storytelling.   It takes the reader through a step by step process in developing their story no matter what the circumstance.  If you are interested in developing new business opportunities, working on sales and meeting presentations or improving customer service within your organization, then learning how to organize and tell a great story will improve your odds of getting your point across and with excitement, engagement and interest by your audience.

If you want to learn more about business storytelling then I would recommend that you read “Business Storytelling for Dummies” and listen to this podcast.  You can also check out Karen’s website Just Story It by clicking the link, or the Facebook page by clicking here, and Twitter by clicking here.   I hope you enjoy this great interview with author Karen Dietz about her new book “Business Storytelling for Dummies