p>What a great evening yesterday.
I participated at the BOOM-X-Y event of Stichting Marketing and? had
the opportunity to do the closing speech. In a 10 minute presentation I reflected on what I had heard that evening.
The presentation of Johnny Daly made me think of a scene from the film The Matrix.
This is your last change. After this there is no turning back.
You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe.
You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.
Remember all I am offering you is the truth and nothing more.
The blue pill – red pill scene echoes the old story from the Bible and the choice between the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge or the fruit from the Tree of Believe. Knowledge or Believe? Facts or Stories?
A lot of stories you hear today are based on old stories from the past. On fables and fairytales from the past. Johnny told the very old Irish story of the giant with an evil eye. Everyone who look into the evil eye died. At the end there was a little boy who killed the giant with simple throwing of a small stone (remember Daid and Goliath?). The evil eye of the giant went all the way back through his head and fell out just behind him killing his own army.
a story. Yesterday evening in the conference room we all felt like sitting around the campfire. You could hear a pin drop.
The presentation of Bill Quircke made me think of a joke I heard recently.
A man walks into a pet store and says, “I want a talking parrot.”
The clerk says, “Yes sir, I have several birds that talk. This large green parrot here is quite a talker.” He taps on the cage, and the bird says, “The Lord is my Sheppard, I shall not want.” He knows the entire Bible by heart. “This red one here is young but he’s learning.” He prompted, “polly want a cracker.” And the bird repeated back, “Polly want a cracker.” Then I’ve got a mynah bird but he belonged to a sailor, so if you have children you won’t want that one.”
The man says, “I’ll take the younger one, if you can teach me how to make him talk.”
“Sure I can teach you,” said the pet store owner and he sat down with the man and spent hours teaching him how to train the parrot. The man left satisfied.
After a week the man came back into the store very irritated. “That bird you sold me doesn’t talk.”
“He doesn’t? Did you follow my instructions?” asked the clerk.
“Yep, to the letter”, the man replied.
“Well maybe that bird is lonely. I tell you what. I’ll sell you this little mirror here and you put it in the cage. That bird will see his reflection and he will start talking right away,” responded the clerck.
Three days later the man came back to the shop. “The bird still doesn’t talk!”
The shop owner pondered a bit and said, “I bet that bird is bored. He needs some toys. Here take this bell -no charge. Put it in the bird’s cage. I bet he’ll start talking oncecialis professional website provigil online http://cialis7days-pharmacy.com/levitra-soft-price.php kamagra oral jelly grape
he has something to do.”
In a week the man was back angrier than ever. He walked in carrying a shoebow. “That bird you sold me died”. He opened the shoebox and there was his poor little dead parrot. “I want my money back.”
The shop owner was horrified, “I’m so sorry, I don’t know what happened. But … tell me…did the bird ever even try to talk?”
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his perch and died.”
“Waht did he say?” the clerck inquired.
The man replied, “Fo-o-o-od.”
Remember, communication is never an end goal. It is always means to a goal.
Do you concentrate on bells and mirrors in your company cage?
Or do you focus on authentic human emotions, on making connections?
Let the natural power of stories work for you.