Last year I shared my top 50 business storytelling mantras. As I plan for 2012, I always look to my list to light a small fire of inspiration.
As you look through this list, see what applies to your life or what you want to apply. Write your own list of mantras. Whatever you do, make a list (short or long) of your goals and aspirations. Every so often read, revise, and contemplate...
Here are the mantras at The Chief Storyteller. Think about this list and how it can help prompt new and fresh approaches to your business stories. We would love to hear your mantras...please leave them in the comments.
1. It’s all about them.
2. Business stories are the engine of relationships and relationships are the engine of continued success.
3. Write to the 10th grade level.
4. Be memorable.
5. Use humor if you want to.
6. Content is king.
7. Relationships matter.
8. Credibility is more important than expertise in the beginning of relationships.
9. Know your elevator speech / elevator pitch / mission statement (core business story).
10. Ensure your core business story is unified throughout all communication materials.
11. Your brand story is everything.
12. Success stories are key to differentiation.
13. (Good) blog and article content matters the most.
14. Strive for “interest” questions. Avoid “understanding” questions.
15. Social communities are built on personal and business stories.
16. Everything you write, speak, and record online is a business story.
17. Content first. Design second.
18. Always have a second person read your content before publishing.
19. Design your website for your target audiences (not your employees).
20. Everyone builds relationships through networking.
21. Send hand-written thank you notes, especially job hunters.
22. Audiences are hungry for original thought-provoking content.
23. Blogs are for sharing, educating, and inspiring…not selling.
24. Get yourself known (e.g., LinkedIn questions and answers, post to SlideShare, and Tweet good information).
25. Generating genuine interest in your product/service is the first step in building a relationship.
26. Active listening is key to building great relationships.
27. Write in your authentic voice.
28. But is the worst word in the English language (and many other languages).
29. Words really, really matter.
30. Treat everyone like a CEO.
31. Stop listening to your Mother. Talk to strangers at networking events.
32. It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.
33. Speak in headlines.
34. Write and speak conversationally.
35. Treat every client like your best client.
36. Maintain a detailed Ideal Target Profile for your key target audiences.
37. Have positive self-talk conversations.
38. Change is a choice.
39. Deliver on the expected experience.
40. Create your own success momentum.
41. Be a student everyday.
42. Be a deliberate networker.
43. Be a deliberate communicator.
44. Be a people bridge and make referrals.
45. Be a mentor.
46. Be a whole body communicator.
47. Write emails as if they will be read on a smart phone.
48. Inspire Action: facts do not persuade and inspire, people do.
49. First Impressions Make Lasting Impressions: offer a warm smile, firm handshake, and good eye contact.
50. People are at the heart of every great story.