STORIES MANIPULATION & TRUTHFULNESS
I thought I would take a moment to share a recent question I got from an attendee of a recent webinar Shawn Callahan from Anecdote and I did on leadership. The question deals with manipulation and truthfulness of stories. Here is Davids question in his own words and the response I emailed. Id love to hear peoples thoughts on the questions raised. It!s a rich and ver" important question # lots of room here for deep reflection # so please add "our voice...Here!s the question$
I found myself later thinking of what was said about plausibility in stories. Perhaps it was a casual comment, somewhat unrelated to the main topic, but I believe that it's important to deepen into the issue of "manipulating" through storytelling. When I talk to people about how to improve communication and training skills at work, and explain how storytelling works, I sometimes get asked whether that's not plainly deceiving, as, in a way, it creates a parallel reality where facts match the storyteller's beliefs, values and messages. ust as in political propaganda, as they point out.!his is a uestion I have some trouble answering, as I tend to appeal to personal ethics but some people find this argument too weak.