Did you know that our brain releases hormones while we are paying attention to a story?
Cortisol is released during the tense moments to keep us more focus; Oxytocin comes into place when we see something lovely, so we can feel empathy and affection; and, Dopamine are brought into action when we see a happy ending, making us feel optimistic and happy.
We, humans, have been using storytelling for more than 20.000 years (50.000 according to recent studies), when our ancestors shared stories around the fire place as a way to exchange information. Marketers discovered the power of storytelling long ago, and social media has greatly contributed to its use. Data and facts don’t inspire people, but storytelling does it, and moves them into action. With the right amount of cortisol and oxytocin in their blood stream, people give money away more easily (scary, isn’t it?)
Nowadays, storytelling is used not only with a business purpose like marketers do. In fact, many politicians and priests are pretty good at it. Leaders, coaches and many professional with a highly need to communicate and engage with others can get a great benefit from this powerful tool.
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Font: The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool. (2014). Harvard Business Review. Retrieved 10 January 2018, from https://hbr.org/2014/03/the-irresistible-power-of-storytelling-as-a-strategic-business-tool