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The Literacy Shed

The Literacy Shed | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

Via Jean Anning, Petra Pollum
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Even though this site is aimed for young school aged children, a lot of the  information is related to storytelling that could be used by any age group.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 11, 2012 8:47 AM

Awesome resources for teaching literacy, or book club related discussions.  

Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, December 23, 2012 5:32 AM

Nicely done archive of short videos and animation for teaching and learning. 

Sean Stoakes's curator insight, March 20, 2013 3:28 PM

A website created for teachers and eductors to use animations and films as a teaching resource. The website shows that animation could be used a teaching tool

 

How to find and tell your story
Discovering the art of storytelling by showcasing methods, tips, & tools that help you find and tell your story, your way. Find me on Twitter @gimligoosetales
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Watch Your Figures: How to Use Numbers To Tell A Story | Klout Blog

Watch Your Figures: How to Use Numbers To Tell A Story | Klout Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Incorporating numbers can be an effective storytelling approach because it allows people to include a lot of information in a short space—like a statistic, chart, or infographic. Additionally, numbers can help make more abstract ideas real and lend authority to content.


One reason many people shy away from using data in social storytelling is that numbers can confuse an audience. Data should never be befuddling—it should make content more understandable. You may be wondering, “How you can use numbers to make your content more valuable?” Luckily, several strategies already exist."


Read the full article to find out more about these strategies and see examples of using numbers to help tell your story:

  • Use comparisons to provide context
  • Hook them with your main takeaway
  • Use numbers to capture the spirit of exciting content
  • Choose your words carefully
  • Use numbers to build trust
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The 5 biggest mistakes when using storytelling in business | Bdaily

The 5 biggest mistakes when using storytelling in business | Bdaily | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Claire Taylor, author of ‘The Tao of Storytelling’ has worked with a range of business types and sizes, and in her experience there are the five common mistakes that businesses make when using storytelling."


Read the full article to find out more about these common mistakes:

  1. Thinking that you are the ultimate storyteller for your brand
  2. Using the word story in your brand tagline but not telling any story
  3. Telling a leadership story that your audience doesn’t buy
  4. Not listening to, or ignoring, the stories of the people within your team or organisation
  5. Telling a personal story that you haven’t yet healed
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Great list!  Four of these are big pet peeves of mine with #2 topping the list.

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4 Storytelling Tips From Ken Burns And His Latest Film, "The Address" | Co.Create

4 Storytelling Tips From Ken Burns And His Latest Film, "The Address" | Co.Create | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Ken Burns is so famous for making historical documentaries that bring American history to life that there’s a video production effect named after a technique he pioneered. The “Ken Burns Effect”--the technique of zooming and slow-panning over an image that might be well over a hundred years old--is one of the hallmarks of the man’s visual storytelling style.


The master documentarian returns with a stylistic departure--a cinema verite-style film that captures a group of boys at a small Vermont school as they memorize the Gettysburg Address--and shares what the experience helped him realize about storytelling."


Read the full article to find out more about Burns’s subject-spanning tips for storytelling:

  1. Find a story that moves you
  2. Find the format in the story
  3. The drama and characters are there - find them and let them speak
  4. Tell the story your way
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How to Use Storytelling Techniques to Market Your Business (7 Steps) | Outbound Engine

How to Use Storytelling Techniques to Market Your Business (7 Steps) | Outbound Engine | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
What story does your marketing tell people about your brand? Using storytelling techniques to market your business can do wonders for your bottom line.


Read the full article to find out more about these storytelling tips to add life to your pitch, whether that’s delivered in a blog post, email or brochure.

  1. Ask yourself: Who is your audience? What do they want or need?
  2. We’re all holding out for a hero (or heroine)
  3. Thrill us with plot or “action”
  4. Climax
  5. Resolution
  6. Credits
  7. Art is never finished, only abandoned
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7 Essential Tips For Writers Who Hope To Engage Millions Of Readers | Forbes

7 Essential Tips For Writers Who Hope To Engage Millions Of Readers | Forbes | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"According to Amy Newmark, publisher and author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul line of books, there are seven critical strategies for writers and speakers to inspire, engage, and even entertain large numbers of people representing a diverse audience."


Read the full article to find out more about Amy’s seven recommendations, and a tip to accomplish each, for writers and speakers:

  1. Use the power of storytelling
  2. Start your stories in the action
  3. Focus on positive
  4. Be brutally honest
  5. Make darn sure you are passionate about your topic
  6. Don’t get creative
  7. Don’t tell the reader what to do
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This format has been a successful formula for the Chicken Soup series.  To sum it up, if you aspire to make an impact with your writing, learn to be more yourself.  Be brutally honest, transparent, and real, and write about what lights you up and gets you out of bed in the morning.

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GOOD ADVICE......

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Help your students be better writers with these tips!

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Essential Things to Write Down Memoir Ideas | Oprah

Essential Things to Write Down Memoir Ideas | Oprah | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
These quick, one-time-only exercises can teach us about ourselves and what we want—and how we can tell our story. The bonus? You might just end up with a book...


Read the full article to find out  more about these three exercises which include what to write and why it helps:

  1. Your 3-Sentence Life Story
  2. Your Crucial Incident (or Incidents)
  3. Your Secret Why
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Great exercises to help you find and flush out a personal story.

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Selling through Storytelling: 5 Brands Whose Narratives Win Over Buyers | RainToday

Selling through Storytelling: 5 Brands Whose Narratives Win Over Buyers | RainToday | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"The question is what makes a good story?  A good story is one that buyers enjoy believing."


Read the full article to find out more about these five examples of brands, companies, and service organizations that sell through story. Each mini case study contains a "moral," aka, practical advice, for how to improve the quality of the stories your firm tells:

  1. Tell a Story that Mitigates Fear
  2. Tell a Story about a Revolution
  3. Tell a Story about the Mundane
  4. Tell a Story about Atmosphere
  5. Tell a Story about Generosity
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Secrets of Visual Storytelling: 7 Fab How-To Articles | Curatti

Secrets of Visual Storytelling: 7 Fab How-To Articles | Curatti | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"I have gone through my stash of best articles on visual storytelling and chosen the best seven to share with you. I start out with an orientation of visual thinking (an essential skill for creating visual stories), then move on to the mechanics of creating visual memories (what visual stories do), chat about an amazing article pointing to the future of visual storytelling, and then give you two articles on visual story mechanics — image categories and story structures.  The last two articles give different examples of how companies are using visual storytelling in different ways. All the articles contain examples."


Read the full article to access the articles and find out more.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Great collection of articles. The post is written be fellow scoop.it-eer Karen Dietz.  You can find her curated collection of articles at http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it. 

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Slam Rules & Storytelling Tips | Scranton StorySlam

Slam Rules & Storytelling Tips | Scranton StorySlam | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The Scranton StorySlam is a unique storytelling competition at which ten storytellers each share a true, five-minute, personal story inspired by the evening’s theme. Stories are told without notes, allowing the storytellers to connect with the audience in a spontaneous and authentic way.


If you're interested in starting up a storytelling night in your area, this is a good site to check out.  On this page, Scranton has compiled what they've learned at previous StorySlams and from various other storytelling organizations.


They have also provided a list of storyslams in other cities.

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5 Keys to Being a Great Storyteller | The Beacon Blog

5 Keys to Being a Great Storyteller | The Beacon Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Even in the workplace, great stories and great storytelling are what will stand out among your clients and colleagues, and will make your communication more memorable and more effective. You’ll sell your ideas and influence those around you by having a great story, and telling it in a simple, compelling, and powerful way."


Read the full article to find out more about these five steps that will help you build and tell a more powerful, more memorable story:

  1. Plan your story
  2. Anchor your story with simple messages
  3. Find an antagonist or problem to rally your audience around
  4. Tell your story from an audience-centric viewpoint
  5. Remember the “Rule of Three”
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You can also get a more in-depth version of this post by listening to the podcast accessible at the bottom of the article.

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8 Ideas for Sharing Stories on Social Media | The Storytelling Non-Profit

8 Ideas for Sharing Stories on Social Media | The Storytelling Non-Profit | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it


"Stories were made for social media. Most people are on social media to connect, be entertained or to get information. It’s not a particularly serious endeavor, nor are people open to organizations that have a corporate persona on social media. Instead, this is the time to be social and human!


What better way to break the ice with your social media communities and to act like the warm, friendly organization that you are than by sharing your stories?"


Read the full article to find out more about these 8 ideas for story content for your social media channels:

  1. Programs in action
  2. Behind the scene pictures
  3. Memes
  4. Volunteers
  5. Staff profiles
  6. Staff celebrating a donation
  7. Real-time updates from events
  8. Show long-term progress on a project


For more ideas see this newsletter article from The Storytelling Non-Profit.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Great ideas for any organization.  And no matter what form your story comes in, there's a platform to tell it. Examples are Pinterest for pictures, YouTube for videos, Twitter for abbreviated text, Podcasts for audios, and blogs for written and/or multi-media stories.

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25 Killer Resources to Learn Storytelling | Business 2 Community

25 Killer Resources to Learn Storytelling | Business 2 Community | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

25 online resources to get you started down the storytelling path and tell your brand story.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

A nice cross-selection of articles and sites.  It covers crafting a story to telling it through transmedia.

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malek's curator insight, March 19, 3:34 PM

Your visitors disappear at the landing page?

It's all about the skill to retain visitors and turning them into leads, the ability  to tell a robust brand story, one that zip and grasp their attention like a great novel or movie. 

A useful resource, keep  handy

Florian Eisele's curator insight, March 21, 11:28 AM

Top-notch compendium using great sources and covering a range of important storytelling aspects

Mervi Rauhala's curator insight, March 24, 12:37 PM

All and all good resources for business storytelling.

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Brand Storytelling - 4 Part Series | GoAnimate

Brand Storytelling - 4 Part Series | GoAnimate | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Forging a sincere connection with the customers is one of the greatest challenges any company can face. People don’t connect with entities that are perceived as out-of-touch, bland, too slick or gimmicky, or too sales-focused. They connect with personalities: the individuals and aspirations behind your company. The best way to cultivate that connection — to interest them in what you do — is to give them the who and how and why behind the what. Make your business personal in the best possible way: tell your story."


Click on the links below to read this four part series from GoAnimate to find out more about how to tell your brand story.


Part 1: Fun And Profit

Brand storytelling is a proven method for relating to your customers on a more personal level. Stories help personalize your brand, build connections, and inspire trust.

  • People connect with story
  • People trust story
  • Story builds brand


Part 2: Find Your Brand Values

People buy your story, not your product. So when you tell someone your story, where do you begin?  Find your values, find your story.  For most businesses, your values will fall into one of three categories:

  • Higher values
  • Aspirational life values
  • Day-to-day values


Part 3: Different Stories For Different Purposes

How have successful companies wrapped these values in a story that made them accessible and engaging to their customer bases? We’ve identified three recurring story types used by effective brand storytellers.

  • Your origin story
  • Your vision story
  • Your customer's story
  • Mix 'n' match


Part 4: Telling The Whole Story

What you say about your company plays an important role in how people see you, but what you do rounds out the picture. If the two don’t match, it won’t matter how good your marketing messaging is. Remember: everything your business does becomes a part of your brand story.

  • Living your values
  • Beyond the About page: Where to tell your story
  • Control your story
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World's Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story | Fast Co. Create

World's Best-Selling Author James Patterson On How To Write An Unputdownable Story |  Fast Co. Create | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"James Patterson's books account for one out of every 17 hardcover novels purchased in the United States.


The secret to this success isn't Patterson's uncommon productivity (he publishes at least three books a year, and as many as 13) or his range (spanning thrillers, nonfiction, children's books, and beyond). It's his colloquial storytelling style that grabs a hold of readers early on, instilling an insatiable need to know what happens next."


Read the whole article to find out Patterson's tips on how to tell a story that will hook people in:

  • Write stories the way people tell them
  • Make it an experience
  • Short chapters keep people reading
  • It doesn't have to be realistic
  • Outline like your book depends on it (because it does)
  • Be open to changes during the writing, though write with confidence, even if you don't feel confident yet
  • Know who you're writing for and what they want
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Great tips even for non-fiction writers.  I especially like "write stories the way people tell them."


One tip I'd like to expand upon is "it doesn't have to be realistic." For me, unless I'm reading science fiction type of book, I think that is true as long as it's authentic and is based on reality or truth. Think about comedian acts (Bill Cosby) or horror stories (Jaws) that most impacted you or you remember years later.  Why?  They are often ones that use every day things or situations as the basis.  So no matter how unrealistic or crazy the story about it becomes, it still rings true.

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6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers | CyberAlert

6 Storytelling Ideas to Inspire Marketers | CyberAlert | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"By combining colorful characters with an interesting angle, marketers can create a compelling story to attract their audience."


Read the full article to find out more and see examples about these ideas for your next marketing story:

  • Use customer success stories or testimonials
  • Tell a picture story
  • Ask your audience to share their stories
  • Attend a conference, event or show and write about it
  • Discuss data
  • Tell the “rags to riches” story
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“A story, if broken down into the simplest form, is a connection of cause and effect. And that is exactly how we think. We think in narratives all day long, no matter if it is about buying groceries, whether we think about work or our spouse at home. We make up short stories in our heads for every action and conversation.”

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Sita Brahmachari's top five story telling tips | The Guardian

Sita Brahmachari's top five story telling tips | The Guardian | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"The power to tell stories comes before words… Learning the skills of writing are of course important but sometimes the more we become conscious about what we should or shouldn't be doing when we write, the harder it is to draw on our imagination."


Read the full article to find out more about these techniques to let your imagination soar:

  • Let the random in
  • Write a dream book
  • Write a diary
  • Find a meaningful object
  • Keep travel journals/make scrap books
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Telling Your Story | Flour Mill Media

Telling Your Story | Flour Mill Media | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"At the heart of what people love about small businesses, is the feeling of connection.  People love to know where their money is going.  They love to feel like they know a business owner.  They love to feel a connection to a place or product.


This “currency” of storytelling is something that succesful businesses utilize all the time.  Oftentimes it comes in the form of an Origin Story, or the story of how and why a business came into being."


Read the full article to hear some famous business origin stories and how to find your origin story by finding your inciting incident by asking:

  • What inspired you to start your business?
  • Was there a Pain Point that you recognized in the business world? What was that moment like?
  • What problem are you helping your customers solve?
  • Why did you choose to try and solve that specific problem?
  • Was there anything in your childhood, past, or business training that led you to try and solve that problem?
  • Were there any big obstacles that you had to try and overcome to start your business?
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Content Marketing Goes Far Beyond ‘Storytelling” | Rebecca Lieb

Content Marketing Goes Far Beyond ‘Storytelling” | Rebecca Lieb | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Storytelling can indeed be an important, if not critical element of content marketing. But it’s not the be-all, end-all of content marketing strategy. A story is a wonderful way to capture attention and interest. But it’s not the only way.


There are two other types of “branded content.” Storytelling plays little, if any, role in these types of content, but both types of brand-generated content can be equally as effective as brand storytelling."


Read the full article to find out more about these two types of content that don't need to be storified and why it's ok:

  1. Educational or Informative Content
  2. Utility Content
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

This is so true.  Not everything needs to be a story. Knowing when to tell a story is as important as knowing when to not tell one.  Knowing your audience plays an important role in that as well.

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BBC Explainers videos | After the flood

BBC Explainers videos | After the flood | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Explainer videos are short online films help inform the public about big and often complex subjects—like astronomy, pregnancy, or DNA—in an interesting and accessible way. They are different from more poetic ‘brand identity films’ that exist to encourage emotional connection—they need to impart a much higher degree of factual information, but in a way that is sophisticated and relevant to the subject.


The BBC is now producing Explainer videos and one of the producers they've used, After the Flood, made a ‘how to’ video and a production guide for BBC-partners making Explainer films. The importance of narrative structure and scripting is emphasized as much as visual direction and graphics.


With a running time of just three minutes, an Explainer video needs to get its point across very efficiently. It’s impossible to cover all the ground in a particular area, so you need to focus on a story ‘hook’ that is fundamental, understandable and repeatable.


Although each video will deal with one specific topic only, they are also intended to spark interest in other, related areas. We want to inform as to certain subjects, but we also want people to discover new ones. Your explainer will need to contain ‘jumping-off-points’ to related content.


Your story idea will have to accommodate three distinct layers of information, and it’s worth identifying these at an early stage:

  • Primary info: the core material in question (e.g. the human circulatory system)
  • Secondary info: required for explanation (e.g. the role of oxygen in the blood)
  • Tertiary info: signposts that lead to related topics (e.g. exercise and cardiovascular health)


Read the full article to find out more about the elements of an Explainer video, including scripting, storyboarding, and production.

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Don't let their technical focus discourage you. The techniques described can be used to tell any clear, concise story, in any format.  You can make an Explainer video for your team, organization, or product.


I like how they think of this as an introduction or teaser, and that the story doesn't end there, but raises enough curiousity that people would be encouraged to connect with even more material on the topic.


The guide includes a how-to video, images, and other Explainer videos as examples.


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Evolution of Storytelling | Visual.ly

Evolution of Storytelling | Visual.ly | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Evolution of storytelling created for iversity.com.

  • Origins of storytelling
  • Ancient Egyptian stories
  • Ancient Greek poets
  • Shadowplay in Asia
  • Troubadours
  • Printing press
  • Shakespeare's plays
  • Movies & radio
  • Golden age of tv
  • Internet
  • Transmedia storytelling
  • Alternate reality games
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Claude Emond's curator insight, April 5, 5:11 AM

Good story told on this infographic. For those leaders who know that nothing beats telling a good story :)

Marta Torán's curator insight, April 6, 2:56 AM

Genial!

Clare Treloar's curator insight, April 10, 3:04 PM

Another interesting infographic

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50 Web Ways to Tell a Story - Skidmore College | Alan Levine


A presentation from a workshop held at Skidmore College in March 2014.


Skidmore Storytelling

This workshop will cover a simple development process. Participants will create a digital story using images, audio, and/or video using free web tools and/or mobile apps. I use "story" in a general sense; it may be one of personal discovery or growth, a fictional narrative, a travel experience, a presentation, or something else you find worth telling. I discovered more than 50 such tools and recently have expanded the site to include mobile apps as creative platforms. As an example I created the same story in each tool. The result is that a good story and the creative process should and do transcend the tools.


The workshop process:

  • Warm Up Activity
  • The Way of the 50+ Ways (presentation above)
  • Table Group Activity: Story Brainstorm
  • Table Group Activity: Pick and Find the So What?
  • Table Group Activity: Find Media
  • Individual Activity: Build a Story in a Web Tool and/or a Mobile App
  • Summary and Review


To see the workshop in action see Alan's blog post.

Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Over the years I have referred many times to Alan's original site and am a huge fan.  He took a single story idea, retold it using free web tools, and posted the results.  I'm so glad to see he's updating it on a new site and adding mobile apps.  And also invites others to contribute.


I like the format he used at Skidmore (described above).  It looked like it was a lot of fun and pretty easy format to replicate at your own digital storytelling workshop.

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A History and Future of Collaborative Storytelling | Scott Walker

A History and Future of Collaborative Storytelling | Scott Walker | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
An un-scientific, non-comprehensive, and not-at-all objective overview of the rise of collaborative storytelling.


Read the full article to find out more about:

  • definition - serial, parallel, storyworld
  • a century of collaborative storytelling - comic books, tv, RPGs, internet, technology
  • recent examples - Heroes, 1632, Bar Karma, Tiki Wiki Fiki
  • more encouraging signs - Worldbuilder, Kindle Worlds, Theatrics
  • what this means for content producers - questions about creative, legal, operations
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Collaborative storytelling opportunities are not only on the rise but are becoming more mainstream.  I like how this post provides examples everyone is familiar with as well as some new ones.

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How to start your own storytelling night | The Guardian

How to start your own storytelling night | The Guardian | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"I hosted my first storytelling night about eight years ago. At the time, there were all sorts of open mic nights for comedians, musicians and poets, but nothing in the style of US storytelling nights such as The Moth where ordinary people stood up and told true tales about their lives. The humour, warmth and sadness in those stories made a human connection unlike any other art form I had experienced."


Read the full article to find out how to set up your own storytelling event:

  • the venue
  • the storytellers
  • planning the night
  • overcoming nerves
  • after hours
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

The Moth is an excellent role model to follow.  The host many live events across the country are held.  Check out their website to discover more about their events, storytelling tips and other resources, and listen to stories.

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15 Storytelling Techniques for Writing a Better Brand Story | writtent

15 Storytelling Techniques for Writing a Better Brand Story | writtent | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
Create a powerful brand story that grabs prospects’ attention like a great movie with these 15 brand storytelling techniques.


Read the full article to find out more about:

  1. Take the time to prepare
  2. Learn how to tell a good story
  3. Focus on the active struggle
  4. Skip the slow parts
  5. Match your brand story to the format
  6. Control your pacing
  7. Make it personal
  8. Focus on the human element
  9. Make the stakes clear
  10. Follow a classic story pattern
  11. Throw in a surprise
  12. Make sure you have a solid beginning, middle, and end
  13. Avoid “moral of the story” endings
  14. Use natural language
  15. Make the story visual
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:

Some really good, practical tips, that anyone could use, with links to even more resources and examples.

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Lee Werrell's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 AM

More words of Wisdom from Seth

Branding is not just pumping up the product, it's trying to connect with people at a personal level. This applies to corporate people as well as individuals

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6 Tips for Building a Culture of Storytelling At Your Nonprofit | Amanda Hirsch

6 Tips for Building a Culture of Storytelling At Your Nonprofit | Amanda Hirsch | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"We’re all storytellers. Some of us are more intentional about the stories we tell, or more artful, but at the end of the day, we all tell stories through what we say and what we do. This is true not just for individuals but also for organizations. If everyone you hire is from one demographic… that’s part of your story. If you actively collaborate with partners, or prefer to work in isolation… again, that’s part of your story, as much as any social media promotion or the About page of your website."


Read the full article to find out more about these 6 tips for building a culture of storytelling at your organization:

  1. Get your house in order
  2. Be mindful
  3. Find the influencers
  4. Get out of your silos
  5. Listen - and reflect back
  6. Recruit ambassadors
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