Storytelling Experiment: Day 1 – Power

I am #WorkingOutLoud this week, prototyping a format of ‘5 Day Experimentsfor busy and aspiring Social Leaders. It’s not dissimilar to the approach i take in my book on ‘Social Leadership: My 1st 100 Days’, which also works on a couple of simple questions each day. Today i am sharing the Day 1 activity, which considers the type of power we use most often within our storytelling.

Stories carry power. Not all the same type of power, but different types. Some of these amplify each other, whilst others negate or deny. Consider these types of power:

  • Some carry formal power, broadcast down from on high, within a hierarchy [an order from above]
  • Some stories carry authority based in specific expertise [a diagnosis from a Doctor]
  • Some carry reputation based power, carried on the shoulders of past achievements [Sir David Attenborough talking about climate change].
  • Some stories carry a power BECAUSE they oppose a dominant narrative [Great Thunberg opposing climate change].
  • Some stories carry power that is held in their conformity to an established narrative [Veterans Day/Remembrance Sunday, a national story].
  • Some stories carry power through authenticity, the lived experience that cannot be cheated [Malala Yousafzai]
  • Some stories carry power because we choose to believe in them [Religious foundation stories]
  • Some carry power through data, evidence based stories [your bank balance]


  1. What type of power do you find most effective in your storytelling?
  2. Which type of power do you use most frequently?
  3. Which of these types of power do you never use?

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21 Responses to Storytelling Experiment: Day 1 – Power

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  2. Ximena Valdez says:


  3. Probably, the power of my story will is the belief, I consider me a person who cares the faith and think that is the most powerful weapon that we can use against the fear and ignorance.

  4. Andrea Alejandra Flores Contreras says:

    2. Talk
    3. Read only the text

  5. Wendy says:

    Evidence. Because you can persuade other people if you have the magical ideas to talk you can take minds, hearts and feelings

  6. Victor says:


  7. 1.-Probably, the power of my story Will is the belief, I consider me a person who cares the faith and think that is the most powerful weapon that we can use against the fear and ignorance.
    2.- The power that I use frequently was authenticity. I work with preschool kids, and I try to teach with real stories, obviously, these stories has a fantasy, but I really try to teach through my own experiences and the experiences to my kids.
    3.- maybe the formal power, for the same reason to question 2, I can’t follow a formal structure, if I do that I probably lost my kids.
    Estefania Riojas. ENSE, México.

  8. Claudia Davila says:

    Question 1: The most effective power is in which I decide to believe in something, since it transports me to different places.
    Question 2: He used the one of authority, whenever I write something it is referring to my feeling
    Question 3: They oppose

  9. jevsss says:

    What type of power do you find most effective in your storytelling? R; I prefer formal power to the rest because is so useful something in one way but not always because each storytelling is different and it doesn’t always depend on a hierarchy

  10. memo9627 says:

    1.- Authenticity.
    2.- Authenticity, formal, authority and formal.
    3.- opposite and reputation.

  11. mvera7 says:

    I believe that all the powers you had mentioned are effective, depending on what story I am telling and to whom I am telling my story, the power and effectiveness of each resides in three factors equally, history, the speaker and the listener.
    The power I use most frequently is authenticity, it is always present in every story told, since you consciously or unconsciously give through what we say, something about ourselves.

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  13. Danny Mendoza says:

    My power should be reputation, cause it talks a lot of the person who is going to do something, the achivements or the goals that the person did make him powerful and him has more intuition in the interlocutor.

  14. Danny Mendoza says:

    #2 The power that I used to practice is believing because I used to trust in the people
    #3 the opposite and formal cause is too difficult for me to be like that.

  15. Ebed Barrón Ramírez says:


  16. Adilene Morales says:

    1. I think all of the powers are important and it is necessary that we used all of them according to the context we would like to create… it is necessary to use different ways to do the students think in different options, WE NEED TO SAFE THE FREE CREATIVITY, they could discovered themselves and their talents, always thinking different.

    2.All of them.

    3. I always try to use all of them, as i told you… according to the context that i use.

  17. Juan David Zapata Zamora says:

    Answering question 2, the powers that I use most frequently are merely these two, authenticity and believe, therefore I think these two are the most effective, I think I use them the most because as I like narrative and I tend to write my own stories and read them to some people, I’ve always said, I have to believe in what I am telling for the people to believe too
    And a power I never use is “opposition”, the reason why I never use it is merely because I have never found a way to use it properly

  18. Violeta Navarro says:

    1. I think that my power storytelling is the authenticity.
    2. Believe.
    3. I use each one, not always but sometimes.

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