Episode 4: Telling Stories That Stick – With SUCCESS

On this episode of the Business for Superheroes Podcast, I am joined by my husband Joe to talk about why some stories are sticky, while others tend to die sad, lonely deaths. I will detail key elements that a story must have to make it sticky.  

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Key Points

  • [01:04] What does Vicky mean by “sticky” stories?
  • [04:51] Sharing unverified stories overshadows the scientific stories worthy of being shared.
  • [05:59] Stories that do get shared, spread quickly and tend to stick.
  • [06:15] How can you design a story that spreads like wild fire? 
  • [11:35] What’s the secret to telling stories that are sticky?
  • [11:41] First – A sticky story must be SIMPLE!
  • [12:24] There is an important difference between dumbing down and simplification.
  • [14:04] Look at newspaper headlines for good examples of sticky stories. 
  • [14:44] Second – A sticky story must be UNEXPECTED!
  • [17:56] Create curiosity in your stories.
  • [19:54] Next – A sticky story must be CONCRETE!
  • [22:32] Penultimately – A sticky story must be CREDIBLE! [23:51] How can you gain credibility?
  • [26:04] Finally – A sticky story must be EMOTIONAL!
  • [26:45] Next week’s podcast will be all about storytelling.
  • [27:02] You can use the mnemonic SUCCESS to remember the key to making sticky stories.


Mentioned in this Episode: MADE to STICK: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath

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