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Welcome to the Doug Keely Speaks blog.
Here you will find examples of how stories are put to work and examples of brands, corporations and individuals who use stories and find success.

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Why Context Is Important In Storytelling

Why Context is Important in Storytelling

The other night my 18 year old son and I watched Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. It is a thoroughly enjoyable movie, premised on the simple notion of what would have happened if the murderous Mansion Family had not ended up at the Polanski/Tate house but instead at their neighbour’s.

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Dana Atchely storytelling on a corporate stage for blog and Doug Keeley Speaks

In Memory of Dana Atchley – Digital Storyteller

Today is my birthday. And I am thinking of #1 how lucky I am, and #2 the many people who have influenced me and helped me on my journey. I thank you all – and today I want to celebrate one. Twenty years ago, at our company annual meeting, we …

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Doug Keeley Speaks on stage talking about why Stories Rule! for the blog

3 Ways to Make Any Presentation Better with Stories

You know we are endlessly passionate about using stories in presentations instead of “blah blah” talking to slides. Here are three simple ways to use stories in any presentation to any audience: 1) A personal story Some people say open with a joke, but our experience is that you had …

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Image of Microsoft employee discussing the power of storytelling with Doug Keeley

How Microsoft Uses Stories to Transform their Culture

When CEO Satya Nadella took over the reins of Microsoft in 2014, the company was in dire need of a makeover. The stock had not moved in years. Its aggressive, competitive culture had created a cadre of mostly white male leaders fighting over their fiefdoms. And it had grown complacent relying on revenue from Windows.

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