Malcolm Timothy Gladwell, born September 3, 1963, is a Canadian journalist who has written five books that were on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Bestselling author and speaker, he has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1996. He has written: The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000), Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005), Outliers: The Story of Success (2008), What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009), a collection of his journalism, and David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants (2013).
Time Magazine named Gladwell one of its 100 most influential people in 2005.
Why is Malcolm Gladwell the King of Storytellers? Why do his stories start people talking while us normal mortals are boring people to death?
Malcolm Gladwell has been interviewed many times. Take time now to hear and know him. Below you will find four of his videos to watch for free on YouTube. These videos are hand chosen by me. The first is a good story, and in the others Malcolm explains why his stories are read, listened too, and talked about. While Malcolm is entertaining and educating the world we ‘normals’ are grabbing a coffee with fellow workers.
Ooops, I know that many of you will skip my story below, and watch the videos instead, sort of contempt before consideration, so be it.
I am Andy Lee Graham, a person who can only dream of writing, and telling a story as well as Malcolm Gladwell. Yet, for a moment, I am going to attempt to explain my interpretation of his formula for success.
The Classic Story Telling Problem, or Breakdown
Malcolm Gladwell is aware when the classic storytelling problem passes by his window, he recognizes it, then writes it, and tells stories about the problem.
What is the classic story telling problem?
The classic storytelling problem is when a topic of discussion of what everyone believes is obviously true, wise, morally correct, etc. is not.
In my Philosophy classes at Indiana University in 1976, the professors would say, “Yes, it is possible for all the geese to be flying the wrong direction.”
Malcolm Gladwell is the person that can explain why it makes sense for the whole flock of geese to turn around. Even, though, 100 percent of the geese believe they are flying in the right direction. He does this by sharing simple examples, and stories so the geese can understand their need to change direction. Like the way Malcolm can convince geese to change their flight path, he can show us how our life course, our path, needs to be turned around, so we can start over in the right direction.
Malcolm Gladwell can change us the listener, for the better, by using what I would call a modern day Sermon on the Mount type of storytelling.
Thanks, Malcolm, attaboy!
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