Storytelling Techniques (Practical Advice Cards)


Storytelling Techniques (Practical Advice Cards)


This game includes a deck 52 cards with pieces of practical advice for selecting, adapting, personalizing, and telling a story to communicate key ideas in a powerful and persuasive fashion. The game manual (free download) contains detailed instructions for playing 20 different games (which can accommodate 1-100 players and last from 10 minutes to 52 weeks) with this deck of cards.


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The Cards

The deck contains 52 cards, each with a piece of practical advice related to storytelling techniques. The advice on each card is self-contained, evidence-based, useful, and usable. The pieces of advice are not based on any single book or single model for conversational skills. Instead, they are based on our analysis of several books, research reports, case studies, online forums, conference sessions, and interviews with subject-matter experts.

The Games

While you can read the advice on each card and implement it at work and home, what makes this training tool effective and engaging is the collection of 20 different games. These games can be played by different numbers of people (from 1 to 100) and last for different periods of time (from 10 minutes to 52 weeks).

The games require the players to take a piece of advice and analyze it, apply it, challenge it, critique it, discuss it, evaluate it, explain it, identify its essence, plan its application, predict consequences of applying it, anticipate negative consequences of implementing it, use it to solve problems, provide examples of its application, relate it to the workplace, view it from different perspectives, suggest improvements on it, summarize it, find supporting evidence for it, and teach it to others. In other words, the games encourage in-depth understanding of important guidelines and mindful planning for their implementation.

Game Booklet

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