Looking For A Few Good Storytellers…

Our search begins here…

Our search for a few good storytellers begins with a simple truth—

Everyone has a story…

And, of course, buried somewhere in that story is a gift that, if shared, might just make a difference for the better in the lives of those the stories touch.

And this is exactly what our program is all about…

So, why not share one of your stories with us?

And where specifically, you might ask, would you find that story? Marion Dane Bauer offers us a clue…

And, in choosing which of the stories you might find in your hearts that you might want to share, Bernajean Porter offers some direction…

And that’s what we’re interested in: stories with soul that bear gifts.

From 30,000 feet, one final thought about this storytelling process:

None of us is perfect. Stories are often about our imperfections. So, to the extent they reflect a vulnerability we all feel, worry not! Go for it!

And why again are we doing this?

Silly question!

We are doing this because we believe that our stories and their gifts can educate, entertain, inform and inspire—and can thereby make a difference for the better in the lives we touch.

But there’s more…

We not only believe that storytelling is the single most effective teaching tool we have, we also believe in the enormous persuasive powers that storytelling offers…

And, finally, in telling stories, we believe that it is not for us to tell anyone how to act or think. Instead, we believe our responsibility lies in telling stories to raise questions for you to think upon.

There is one question about storytelling that we unashamedly make no attempt to answer:

Despite widespread agreement about the extraordinary value that storytelling offers in every aspect of our lives from our days in elementary school through our days in post-graduate school to every aspect of our social, personal, creative and working lives, the art of storytelling is apparently taught nowhere.

Why is that, we wonder?

About our gifts generally…

For those of you who may not yet have explored our site or seen our introductory videos, all you really need to know is this:

The gifts our stories offer apply to EVERYONE—to kids in high school and to those in graduate schools; to lovers, dreamers, professionals, educators, entertainers, writers, veterans and to business mogels, and to everyone in between. They apply to anyone with a mind who likes the company of others…

So, we see our stories as applying to everyone and as both teaching tools and tools to persuade and to charm…

Helping To Jog Your Memories…

To help you jog your memories as you search your hearts for your own stories, we thought we’d offer a little help…

These are some upcoming video stories that our founder, Michael Friedlander, will be publishing in the coming weeks. We offer this only to inspire you to look in different places as you search your hearts for your own stories—or for stories you’ve heard from others or that you’ve just read about…

“The Gift Of A Gift”

Here, Michael recalls some advice he received when he was about to launch his first international business law firm. A prominent New York attorney told Michael that the advice he was about to offer him would be the best advice he would ever receive. Michael describes how the advice really did live up to its advanced billing and how it made a profound impact on him.

Have you received any advice that made a profound impact on your life that you’d like to share?

“A Clash Of Cultures”

Here, Michael tells two stories about how important it is to understand both the differences and similarities in people of different cultures.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your experiences dealing with people of different cultures?

“A Los Angeles Challenge”

Here, Michael tells a story about how words can sometimes have quite different meanings to people who live in Los Angeles and to those who don’t.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about how different people communicate differently?

“Bushman, Gorillas And Pumpkins”

Here, Michael tells about how a story about how Bushmen in Namibia catch gorillas. It is about how a story can really help communicate a difficult message.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about a story you’ve told to illustrate a particular idea or to convey an important message?

“The Magic Of Moral Authority”

Here, Michael’s story gives an example of the incredible moral authority of the iconic Nelson Mandela and how he consistently inspired his followers.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about the importance of leaders having moral authority?

“Hey, I’m Talking To You!”

Here, Michael tells a story about how a client communicated his values and moral authority to his business partners and how, in the process, set a standard that he demanded they follow.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about communicating your ethical values to others?

“Hey, Are You Talking To Me?”

Here, Michael offers a sequel to the previous story and, in the process, offers gifts about the negotiating process and the value negotiating from the ethical high ground.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about negotiating or ethics?

“The Magic Of Logic”

Here, Michael offers another story from the life of the iconic Nelson Mandela which demonstrates his remarkable negotiating skills and empathy.

Do you have a story that shows the power of logic and empathy in the negotiating process?

“The Apple Conundrum”

Here, Michael tells a story about a conundrum he identifies. Why, he asks, would a person, who wouldn’t even consider stealing an apple from a local grocery store, then go to work where he would steal supplies and act unethically towards customers, clients and colleagues?

Do you have any stories that might shine a light on this?

“The Subway Test”

Here, Michael offers you an ethics test that some of our very finest and brightest failed quite miserably.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about ethics?

“A Diswasher Named Ponzi”

Here, Michael tells the story of Carlo Ponzi’s scam. It’s about how we sometimes suspend common sense when we want to believe something really badly.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about scams, self-delusion and suspending common sense?

“The Need To Ask”

Here, Michael tells another story about self-delusion. He tells the story of Bernie Madoff and our willful suspension of disbelief.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about a scam that has touched you?

“If You Don’t Ask”

Here, Michael tells a story about how he met iconic ballerina, Dame Margot Fonteyn. It is about having the courage to ask and face the risk of rejection.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about having the courage to ask?

“A Father’s Gift”

Here, Michael shares a story that Nobel Laureate physicist Richard Feynman’s father told him when he was very young.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about something your family may have told you when you were quite young?

“Crime And Punishment”

Here, Michael tells a story about being punished for an incident that occurred during his high school days in South Africa when he was 16-years-old. It is about the unintended consequences that some forms of punishment can bring. It is a leadership lesson.

Do you have any stories you’d like to share about your high school days?

In case you missed this…

If you want more information about our program and haven’t yet explored our site, here’s the video in which Michael Friedlander introduces the program—

One thought on “Looking For A Few Good Storytellers…”

  1. I am very interested in becoming a Storyteller with The Gift Tree. I am a retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and Civil Servant at the Air Force Academy. I was awarded the General Billy J. Boles Mentorship award in 2012 for mentoring Cadets. I have many true stories that will give the listener inspiration. Other subjects that I would tell stories about besides Mentorship, Resiliency, Feedback, Customer Service, Workplace Violence, Leadership vs Management, Generational Divide, and Workplace Culture and many others. I would like to know what I need to do next to become a Gift Tree Storyteller.

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