Lead with a Story

A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives That Captivate, Convince, and Inspire

 Lead with a Story

Author: Paul Smith
Pub Date: August 2012
Print Edition: $24.95
Print ISBN: 9780814420300
Page Count: 288
Format: Hardback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814420317

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"[Smith's] depth of understanding on how to craft great stories…has him doing some of the most important work of our time on the subject." --Ryan Powell blog

Masters in Communications 100 Influential Books Every Communications Major Must Read 2014

"I’ve been searching for an excellent book on storytelling in business. And I found it: Paul Smith’s Lead with a Story." --Speaking Practically

“I truly adore this book and recommend it to busy executives who want a quick source of material to use in their presentations and communications.” --Speaking Practically

”Get a jump start on developing your own bank of leadership stories and check out Lead with a Story today.” --Seven Story Learning

"...this practical resource gives readers the guidance they need to deliver stories to stunning effect.” --Abduzeedo Design Inspiration

27 Gen: Generational Learning Works Both Ways 12 Best Books 2012

NOOP (Exploring the Networked Economy) 40 Best Influence & Persuasion Books 2013

“…offers interesting, engaging and practical advice for effectively crafting your own stories to better accomplish your personal and organizational goals.” --The Journal of Healthcare Contracting

"If you brief people, make speeches, or give presentations to your board or other groups, the book is worth your time.” --Musings from the CU Suite

"By taking Smith’s instructions to heart and becoming master storytellers, we may all avoid fidgeting, glassy-eyed audiences in the future." --ABA Banking Journal

“…provid[es] the literary tools to create great stories that can teach, motivate and lead." --Wharton Magazine

"If you are a speaker, a teacher, a friend, a pastor, a worker, a leader...you will learn from this book! PICK IT UP!” --I'd Rather Be Craving blog

"...touts the value of story telling as a communication tool for business people." --800-CEO-Read

“...full of ideas on how to use narratives to engage your listener.” —Financial Times

“Paul Smith is the consummate storyteller, but he is also a generous, sharing teacher who imparts a great deal of wisdom in his book.” --ForeWord Reviews

“…outlines a comprehensive, yet very practical guide to telling stories in business...a must read for anyone who engages with customers, stakeholders and employees.” --CMSWire.com

"...thoughtful, meaty, comprehensive and seriously useful... profoundly straightforward and helpful..." --Authentic Organizations

“…anyone could pick up the book, understand the actionable advice, and begin telling their own stories right away.” --SalesEngine.com

“Take your leadership skills to a higher level by crafting business stories that captivate, convince, and inspire!" --Management is a Journey

“Buy this book and let it help you find your story. Let Paul Smith show you how to tell that story." --PCB007

"...shows readers how to tell stories that build bridges into their future. If you want to go far, combine your competence with storytelling.” --Leadership Freak

“getAbstract recommends that managers, salespeople and presenters read this charming compilation, from its useful instructions all the way to its happily ever after.” --getAbstract

ExecRank Distinction Awards for Business Books 2012

“The book is chock full of great stories and clear, simple techniques you can use to be a better storyteller.” --thoughtLeaders

The Influential Marketing Book Award 2012

“…brilliant…filled with rare insights and ‘you had to be there’ style stories, this book lives up to its promise of using storytelling to deliver powerful lessons.” --Rohit Bhargava blog

“Packed with a wide variety of stories and scores of key lessons on leadership, Lead with a Story is an engaging and informative resource for any leader.” --Soundview blog

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