#18: Dave Bricker - The Meta-truth of Storytelling
Does lying ever serve a higher truth?
Why is it better to be a journeyist than a journalist?
Is marketing ever more than manipulation?
Learn the answer to these and other fascinating topics as the Rabbi and the Shrink discuss the interplay between fact and fiction with business presentation coach and storysailor Dave Bricker.
1:30 Do the stories we tell have to be 100% true?
Our job as storytellers is to transport the audience
Be a journeyist, not a journalist:
Your story is a metaphor to inspire and teach
The story vs. the meta-story
“Disbelieve everything I say; I am telling the truth.”
How much creative license are we allowed?
Life doesn’t unfold in a neat order
Blend details for narrative effect
Miracle -- a true story that embellishes facts
9:00 When is the truth not good enough?
Drama vs. documentary
Don’t we all have different versions of the truth, anyway?
You can end up being accurate but not interesting
14:00 At what point am I fabricating?
Should we be teaching children about Santa Claus?
The unpleasant history of our most enduring children’s story
19:00 The Hebrew words for truth and falsehood contain deeper meanings
“Distance yourself from a false word or thing”
When is it truthful to lie?
There’s more to truth than facts…
But now we can rationalize anything
How Aaron the High Priest brought people closer together
22:30 What’s the difference between a salesperson and a con artist?
One delivers on his or her promises
The difference between fooling people and delighting them
The psychology of marketing: service or manipulation?
Don’t I have a duty to convince others of the value I can provide them?
Does it matter what you bait the hook with?
28:00 Political and religious evangelism
Pushing vs. pulling in sales
If we don’t believe in ourselves or in those we serve, we resort to unethical tactics
33:00 Sometimes intention makes all the difference, sometimes no difference
That’s the grayness of ethics with which we have to grapple
Fictionalizing the truth?
Narrative vs. parable
Stories carry truth better than facts
39:00 Word of the day: Streeteries -- restaurants that move their establishment onto the street because of COVID
Words evolve as culture evolves
It’s important to preserve the integrity of language and thought while adapting to a changing world
Ethical principles don’t change but situations do, so we’re called on us to navigate the complexities of life by following our moral compass
42:00 Is it possible to stay neutral when telling a story?
Always take a position of service and promote transformation
43:30 James Thurbur’s retelling of Little Red Riding Hood
Classic stories evolve into classic spinoffs
The lessons keep giving