3 Tools to Break Through the Noise

Rise Above It All

We’ve all heard that your brand and your platform are important to your success.  But what if, after all of your platform and branding work, you are lost in a sea of competing messages?

That’s where Jonah Sachs enters, arguing that we are in the midst of the Story Wars.  The Story Wars are raging around us.  With so many messages bombarding us daily, fewer resonate and make it through the cacophony.  What cuts through the noise?  Stories.  And the subtitle of his new book signals the importance of the story teller:  Why those who tell—and live—the best stories will rule the future.

Jonah Sachs is the co-founder and CEO of Free Range Studios, helping major brands create unforgettable marketing campaigns.  He has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fast Company Magazine, CNN, and FOX News. He has created numerous viral marketing campaigns.

 

Stories that empower are better performers. –Jonah Sachs

 

What Goes Viral

Jonah, let’s start there.  You’ve created viral campaigns.  Why is it that some campaigns take off and go viral and others fail to break through?

I’ve been exploring that exact question for 14 years. I couldn’t figure out the pattern at first. No rules seemejonah-sachsd to universally apply. At times I thought it had to do with humor, shock value, beauty, good taglines. And then I discovered that one thing viral successes seem to share: They tell compelling stories that appear to give audiences the chance to see themselves as heroes in it. Instead of just talking about how great they are, brand campaigns that break through tend to talk about how great their audiences can be.

Is this where you developed the idea for Winning the Story Wars?

Yes. It was this search to understand what works in viral campaigning that led me to study mythology, neuroscience and psychology in the hopes of understanding what makes stories work. All that thinking eventually became my book.

 

5 Sins of Marketing

You talk about the five sins of marketing:  vanity, authority, insincerity, puffery and gimmickry.  Would you touch on just one of them and give an example of how the sin destroys?

42 Team and Teamwork Quotes

Working effectively as a team creates momentum, improves morale, wins contests, and can even save lives. Here are 42 quotes on teams and teamwork:

 

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” -Michael Jordan

 

“The speed of the boss is the speed of the team.” -Lee Iacocca

 

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

 

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” -Bang Gae

 

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much” -Helen Keller

 

“The strength of the team is each member. The strength of each member is the team.” Phil Jackson

 

“A successful team is a group of many hands and one mind.” Bill Bethel

 

“Good teams incorporate teamwork into their culture, creating the building blocks for success.” -Ted Sundquist

 

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” -Ken Blanchard

 

“No individual can win a game by himself.” -Pele

 

“No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it.” -HE Luccock

 

“Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results.” -Ifeanyi Onuoha

 

“The ratio of We’s to I’s is the best indicator of the development of a team.” -Lewis B Ergen

 

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that’s what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” Vince Lombardi

 

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.” -Bahaullah

 

“We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.” -Ben Franklin

 

“It is literally true that you can succeed best and quickest by helping others to succeed.” -Napoleon Hill

 

“Trust is knowing that when a team member does push you, they’re doing it because they care about the team.” – Patrick Lencioni

 

“A group becomes a team when each member is sure enough of himself and his contribution to praise the skills of others.” -Norman Shidle

 

“If a team is to reach its potential, each player must be willing to subordinate his personal goals to the good of the team.” -Bud Wilkinson

 

“People achieve more as a result of working with others than against them.” -Dr. Allan Fromme

 

“Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision.” -Andrew Carnegie

 

“Teamwork. A few harmless flakes working together can unleash an avalanche of destruction.” -Justin Sewell

 

“Interdependent people combine their own efforts with the efforts of others to achieve their greatest success.” -Stephen Covey

 

“The nice thing about teamwork is that you always have others on your side.” Margaret Carty

 

“There is no ‘I’ in team but there is in win.” -Michael Jordan

 

“Strategy is not a solo sport, even if you’re the CEO.” Max McKeown

 

“A leader must inspire or his team will expire.” -Orrin Woodward

 

“Bad attitudes will ruin your team.” -Terry Bradshaw

 

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.” -John Wooden

 

“Teams share the burden and divide the grief.” -Doug Smith

 

“Everyone is needed, but no one is necessary.” -Bruce Coslet

 

“On this team, we’re all united in a common goal: to keep my job.” -Lou Holtz

 

“With an enthusiastic team you can achieve almost anything.” -Tahir Shah

 

“Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.” -Tom Wilson

 

“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.” -Ryunosuke Satoro

 

“We realized that no one of us could be as good as all of us playing unselfishly.” -Bill Bradley

 

“Sticks in a bundle are unbreakable.” -Kenyan Proverb

 

“When he took time to help the man up the mountain, lo, he scaled it himself.” -Tibetan Proverb

 

“When spider webs unite, they can tie up a lion.” -Ethiopian Proverb

 

“A single arrow is easily broken, but not ten in a bundle.” -Japanese Proverb

 

A boat doesn’t go forward if each one is rowing their own way. Swahili Proverb

 

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How Body Language Can Define a Leader

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This is a guest post by Erin Schwartz. Erin is responsible for marketing and social media programs at www.123Print.com, a destination site for office supplies like business cards, labels, and other supplies.

In a tough market, job applicants must take every available opportunity to stand out to employers. In addition, in the business world, first impressions can be crucial in forming relationships.

Research suggests that as much as 93% of our opinion about other people is established within the first five minutes of meeting them

Unfortunately, a person’s body language can make him stand out in an unintended negative way. The statistics vary, but some research suggests that as much as 93 percent of our opinion about other people is established within the first five minutes of meeting them. And body language can play a huge part in creating those initial perceptions. Are you a confident and capable leader? Or are you conveying the image of a lazy person who will always require prompting (and could easily be walked upon if put in a management position)?

Think about how others may interpret these aspects of your body language:

Making an Entrance

Interviewing experts caution that the assessment of job candidates often begins before they enter the interview room. Convey confidence by entering situations with your back straight and your shoulders back. Offer a firm handshake with a smile that conveys self-confidence and trust.

Be Organized

In business dealings, body language that reveals nervous energy can help give the other side the upper hand. Therefore, make sure any materials you have with you are carefully organized so you don’t fumble around during a meeting.

Posture

Sitting with an upright, straight posture will convey more internal strength than leaning back in your chair, unless the situation is a relaxed or informal meeting with coworkers you’re comfortable with. In contrast, leaning forward too much can make one seem overly eager and can make others feel uncomfortable in a one-on-one situation.

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4 Leadership Lessons From a Coach, a Dream and a Miracle

This is a guest post by Dave Arnold. Dave is an author, speaker, leader, and blogger. He is the author of Pilgrims of the Alley: Living out Faith in Displacement (Urban Loft Publishing) You can also follow him on Twitter.

Herb Brooks was an incredible leader. He was a coach with a vision, a vision that led a group of college kids to beat the Soviet Union in ice hockey and go on to win the gold in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Deemed the “Miracle on Ice,” the United States’ win against the Soviets is considered one of the greatest sports moments in history. Herb Brooks wasn’t afraid to push his players, to help them believe they had what it takes. As a result, his team beat the greatest hockey team in the world. As I look back at my life, the leaders who made the most impact on me were the ones who believed in me enough to push me. They pushed me out of my comfort zone. They helped me become a better leader and, ultimately, a better person. As a leader, one of the greatest ways to impact people is by helping them believe they have what it takes. So what does that look like? Here are four lessons we can learn from Herb Brooks and his vision:

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1. Look at people’s potential, at what they could be. Herb Brooks did this well. He not only saw a group of talented hockey players from Boston and Minnesota, he saw a team. He saw potential. He believed if he pushed enough and inspired enough, he could pull out their greatness. And that’s exactly what happened.

Encourage

2. Never underestimate the power of encouragement. As leaders, it’s easy to fall into the mode of expecting people to do certain tasks or fulfill certain roles. This is especially true in organizations. But when we are intentional about encouraging people, noticing them, and telling them they’re appreciated, it motivates them to want to keep going and give their best.

Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day while failure is simply a few errors in judgment, repeated every day.  It is the accumulative weight of our disciplines and our judgments that leads us to either fortune or failure.”

Jim Rohn