106 episodes

Welcome to our podcast, Anecdotally Speaking. Each week we tell a business story, talk about why it works and discuss where you might tell it at work. Our aim is to help you build your story repertoire.

Anecdotally Speaking Shawn Callahan & Mark Schenk

    • Business
    • 4.8 • 40 Ratings

Welcome to our podcast, Anecdotally Speaking. Each week we tell a business story, talk about why it works and discuss where you might tell it at work. Our aim is to help you build your story repertoire.

    106 - Canoes across the Rockies

    106 - Canoes across the Rockies

    This week on Anecdotally Speaking, Shawn shares the story of Lewis and Clark’s expedition to the west coast of America, focusing on three specific journeys—the initial planning, the preparation, and the actual expedition. 



    Shawn found this story in Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage: https://www.amazon.com.au/Undaunted-Courage-Stephen-Ambrose/dp/0684826976



    Shawn also mentions this paper that he wrote with David Drake: https://www.anecdote.com/2008/05/new-whitepaper-three-journeys-a-narrative-approach-successful-organisational-change/

    • 24 min
    105 - A rose by any other clinical name

    105 - A rose by any other clinical name

    Podcasts are great places to find stories. This week, Mark shares a story he heard on an episode of Invisibilia (https://www.npr.org/transcripts/817977005). The story follows 71-year-old Joy Milne and how she discovered she had an unusual ability. 



    Shawn also mentions Sudhir Breaks the Internet, another podcast (https://freakonomics.com/sudhir-breaks-the-internet/), and Gary Klein's Triple Path Model of Insight (https://www.gary-klein.com/insight) in this episode. 

    • 26 min
    104 - Quarterback payback

    104 - Quarterback payback

    Welcome to another episode of Anecdotally Speaking! This week, Mark shares a sports story featuring National Football League (NFL) player Tom Brady. It illustrates that, despite our best efforts, our ability to assess potential is poor. 



    Have you been waiting for an opportunity to learn from Anecdotally Speaking's Shawn Callahan? Shawn is delivering our upcoming virtual Storytelling for Leaders program! For more information and to register, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/storytelling-for-leaders-europe-apac-tickets-137546183337

    • 23 min
    103 - Cut glass shatters jeweller

    103 - Cut glass shatters jeweller

    This week on Anecdotally Speaking, Shawn shares a story he first heard more than ten years ago from his friend and fellow storyteller, Victoria Ward. It follows the events leading up to Gerald Ratner’s departure from his family business, Ratners Group, and shows how quickly you can kill a brand by using the wrong words.



    You can watch the speech Ratner gave, which Shawn mentions, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj9BZz71yQE. And you can listen to the episode of Cautionary Tales with Tim Harford which also features this story here: https://timharford.com/2021/02/cautionary-tales-martin-luther-king-jr-the-jewelry-genius-and-the-art-of-public-speaking/.

    • 25 min
    102 - Hidden Figures the prequel

    102 - Hidden Figures the prequel

    In this episode of Anecdotally Speaking, Shawn shares a story from when he was working in computer programming in the late 1980s. It follows how he made a groundbreaking discovery for his team, but only once he had found the right phrase to gain access to what he needed. 



    Shawn mentions our upcoming School Story Lab. If you’re interested in attending or know someone who might be, visit: https://www.anecdote.com/school-story-lab/. Our second cohort begins in May! 

    • 16 min
    101 - Transmitting without a receiver

    101 - Transmitting without a receiver

    Welcome back to another episode of Anecdotally Speaking! This week, Mark shares a story from his time in the airforce.



    The story describes how a design fault caused a Macchi jet trainer to crash at the RAAF Base Pearce. Mark often uses the story to encourage others to ‘stop transmitting and start listening’.



    You can find an image taken on the day of the crash via www.anecdote.com/podcasts.

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

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Unhappy19792003 ,

Great Podcast

Shaun and Mark
Your Podcast is great and I have found it extremely beneficial in the areas of leadership, strategy and increasing influence. Thank you

AntiXistence ,

Great podcast - very good content BUT PLEASE .....

Love it guys. Great content.

Can you please however put a “De-Esser” filter layer over your sound to stop the excessive and ear piercing hissing when you say the letter S. :)
Keep it up !

GegeB Oz ,

Excellent podcast, useful and fun!

Recommend to anyone who enjoys great storytelling - with a purpose - and/or who wants to expand on their stories' repertoire.

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