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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Business; Original edition (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419535560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419535567
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #845,960 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Craig Wortmann is the CEO & Founder of Sales Engine, a firm that helps companies build and tune their sales engines. He is also a professor at University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald N. Sandel on April 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
As with many epiphanies in life, this one had to be delivered by, of all things, a book about how stories "ignite performance." I never paid much attention to my use of stories or their power until I read Craig Wortmann's book. Like a new car owner who spots their recent choice EVERYWHERE, I am now gratefully aware of stories and their powerful role in our lives and work performance. I have even a few times chuckled aloud as I witness a story capture an audience or even as I begin one to a few listeners. But more importantly, Craig was spot-on with his thesis that "we become more aware of our stories, and that we embed our stories in our communications, because this is a great way to...manage our information and increase our performance."

Craig makes his argument carefully, taking the reader by the hand. He takes his time stating the problem, and then turns on the overhead light for us just when we need it: the answer to all those bits and bullets and cacophony in our busy lives is...the story. That's right, what has warmed us and kept us safe since childhood is the key communication element in our adult world! Like all great leaders, Craig also models the behavior he is recommending; "What's Your Story" is awash in steady argument, clear communication and story-after-anecdote-after-story. This is a great read for anyone looking for that communication elixir or that missing leadership piece. Great work, Mr. Wortmann. Now you have one more story to tell!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian McNamara on December 7, 2006
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This is a great business book - entertaining and educational!! Story telling is a critical element in leaderdship today. With this book, you have everything you need to begin leveraging story telling and make it part of your leadership tool box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert R. Basow on February 25, 2007
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We teach what we know and have learned through many life-lessons. But unfortunately, our "words of wisdom" may translate as "war stories" in the retelling. "What's Your Story?" helps keep that from happening. This book helps you frame your experience as stories that can mean as much to your audience as they do to you. Wortmann follows his own formula of teaching by example, using vivid vignettes to dramatize key points. It's great "airplane reading" when you're on your way to make a speech. Keep a pen handy because you'll think of things you'll want to do differently.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christine Gilmore on December 8, 2006
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What's Your Story is an excellent book about a leadership skill that many don't think of. In reading the book and the stories within the book it reminds you of real life examples where storytelling would have saved the day. Great tools to help you build your own stories and become a better leader. I would highly recommend!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jocelyn R. Davis on December 22, 2006
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I really enjoyed What's Your Story and found it useful. Much has been written about storytelling in the business literature lately, but Craig Wortmann actually practices what he preaches by including a multitude of great stories in this book that illustrate the key concepts. (I've happily used a number of them already in various training sessions and speeches.) He also includes a lot of practical tools and tips. The book is easy to pick up and put down. I recommend it for anyone who wants to understand the art and uses of stories in business.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. F. Torres on October 4, 2006
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I'm only one chapter into it, but already I'm reaching for my highlighter, tabbing the page corners, and thinking of people I need to send this book to. The abundance of quotations and (of course) stories makes it a fun read that sparks ideas. Craig Wortmann has a keen understanding of the what's missing - and what's needed -- in organizations today. Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JT on January 4, 2009
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I loved this book! Generally, I find business theory and modeling books to be dry, boring, and -- let's face it -- pretty dumb. But Craig Wortmann's book is like a breath of fresh air.

Wortmann's concept makes practical sense: use storytelling to not only motivate your audience, but to encapsulate your business mission. His writing style is energetic and engaging; Wortmann's voice comes right through. The book is full of advice for myriad situations encountered in the business world, and frankly, it spills over into all sorts of other opportunities as well, from nonprofit, volunteer work to networking to personal situations.

Highly recommended, not just for C-levels but anyone who needs a new outlook on their working world. A fast read, you'll come out of this with new ideas, some laughs, and refreshed motivation to go back to work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Winicour on September 17, 2012
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As another storyteller who is deeply passionate about storytelling in business, I was sold from the first few words. I was particularly taken with Craig Wortmann's use of the Win-Book and it's value in helping to capture the everyday stories that can be used in our work. What I enjoyed most about "What's Your Story" is that the author doesn't preach to us. This isn't a philosophical discussion about the value of story. This is brass tacks, down and dirty storytelling used to exemplify the point; a perfect marriage of form and function. Bravo to Craig. If you have a glimpse of an understanding about the power of story in business, this is a must read. If you don't, this is an outstanding and easily digestible introduction.
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