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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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The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do | McSweeney's

The Ultimate Guide to Writing Better Than You Normally Do | McSweeney's | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

- write every day

- don't procrastinate

- fight through writer's block

- learn from the masters

- find your muse

- hone your craft

- ask for feedback

- read, read, read

- study the rules, then break them

- keep it together

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Five Reasons Why Your Life Will Improve By Writing Memoir | Write Now Coach

Five Reasons Why Your Life Will Improve By Writing Memoir | Write Now Coach | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here are five reasons why your life will be improved by writing a memoir, by telling your own story.

- Memoir Helps You Understand the Past

- Memoir Organizes Your Life

- Memoir Helps You Discover Your Life Force

- Memoir Helps Others to Heal

- Confessing, through Memoir, is Good for the Soul

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Storytelling Sets Businesses Apart | t60 productions

There are countless stories at each and every business. Finding them is just a matter of opening your eyes and looking for things that will connect with viewers.

 

Turn to the employees. Everyone has a story. Chances are some of them have stories that are not only interesting, but relevant to the company and its clients and prospects.

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How to Write and Tell Your Story | Presenter News

How to Write and Tell Your Story | Presenter News | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Stories must always be kept brief and simple to create more impact for your audience. Here are five basic steps you should do to accomplish this:

1. setting

2. main characters

3. obstacles encountered

4. resolutions

5. lesson learned

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4 Steps to Finding the Best Angle for Your Business Story | Silver Square

4 Steps to Finding the Best Angle for Your Business Story | Silver Square | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Unfortunately, when some people think of their business story, they think of a website’s About Us page. They think of “Our company was founded by Wilbur Harris in 1975… we now have offices in six states… we strive for the best in customer service.”

 

This type of story is not only a bore to read, but it also is not compelling, entertaining or useful to your audience. Give them a better, more authentic business story by following these four steps:

1. Define Your Immediate Audience

2. Ask Thought-Provoking Questions

3. Determine What’s Compelling

4. Define Your Angle

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Give Your Content Marketing An Emotional Storytelling Touch | Successful blog

Give Your Content Marketing An Emotional Storytelling Touch | Successful blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Remember as a kid when you listened to stories around the campfire? The ones that gripped you and stayed with you long into the night were the ones that played upon your emotions.  They scared you or made you cry or made you laugh. In other words, they moved you.  Do the same for your online audiences. Use storytelling to make your content marketing stick in their heads.

 

You may wonder where storytelling fits into your content marketing.  You’ve got to make a connection with people and there’s no better way than drawing them in with stories that tap into their emotions.To give your content marketing an emotional touch, follow these 3 storytelling tips:

- find the stories around you

- build your story around a character

- use emotion to make an impact

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What is Nonprofit Storytelling And Why is it So Important? | John Haydon

What is Nonprofit Storytelling And Why is it So Important? | John Haydon | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Think about the thousands of stories throughout your organization and the dignity and hope they can bring out in others!  Dignity and hope are feelings.  And while people may not remember what you say, they will remember how you made them feel.

 

When you start developing your stories, think specifically about what made the last great movie you saw so powerful.  Such as...

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How Much for My Garden Gnome? How Stories Make Objects Significant | You Learn Something New Every Day

How Much for My Garden Gnome? How Stories Make Objects Significant | You Learn Something New Every Day | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I won this gnome two years ago, a prize selected by my cousin who was organizing our annual Ohio family reunion.  She had picked this piece of tchotchke for both me and for herself; our sensibilities were similar, and this Travelocity gnome reminded us of how far we had gone from our own farmtowns in the Midwest.

 

If someone saw this gnome in a second hand shop, it would be no more than a piece of useless plastic, probably not weather proof so not even a garden variety gnome. However, with a story its value changes. But don't take my word for it.

 

I was fascinated recently by a Studio 360 piece called In Search of Significant Objects, which told of a social and anthropological project which "demonstrated that the effect of narrative on any given object's subjective value can be measured objectively". That is, that an object had more value when there was a story attached to it.

 

Read more to find out more about how the value of objects increase once a story is attached to it.

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People's Insights Quarterly Magazine | MSLGroup

Introducing People’s Insights Quarterly Magazine. The magazine pulls together the best insights from the Insights Network and blog, in which 100+ thinkers and planners within MLSGROUP share and discuss inspiring projects on citizenship, crowdsourcing and storytelling.

 

We hope that you will enjoy the magazine and subscribe to receive subsequent issues. We also hope that our magazine and blog will inspire you to start a conversation on how you can distill actionable insights and foresights from conversations and communities.

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Highlights of Dramatic Storytelling in Games | Videogames in Critical Contexts

Seamus Sullivan introduced himself immediately as somebody who is not intimately involved with the video game industry, but as a playwright. Before anything else, a game is a drama. We invest in the game in order to see if the character will succeed or fail. The difference between a movie and a game is that the player has an impact on the overall outcome. Characterization, dialogue, and world interaction are all aspects that distinguish between a good game and a game with carefully crafted characters.

 

The articles includes:

- 5 character tips

- 7  dialogue tips

- 2 world building tips

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Top 5 of Our Favorite Things: Storytelling Apps | Submarine Channel

Top 5 of Our Favorite Things: Storytelling Apps | Submarine Channel | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

In this edition of the Top 5 Storytelling Apps, we’ve sought out the best mix of computer and mobile apps that capture today’s storytelling landscape.  From discovering pictures and audio recordings in your city to collectively documenting the history of the world, what unites these digital forms of expression is an explosion of public participation.

 

1. Broadcastr

2. HistoryPin

3. Cowbird

4. Storify

5. Storybird

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The Art of Customer Storytelling | Centerline Digital

Every company has customer stories to tell. Some don’t know they have them, some don’t tell them well while others miss the mark by using them to carry marketing too overtly.


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Reinventing the article with Storify | emediavitals

Reinventing the article with Storify | emediavitals | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storify has been one the more exciting new journalism tools of the year. The mission of the platform is to make social media the story ― not just the distribution tool.

 

Co-founders Xavier Damman and Burt Herman explain how media companies are using — or could be using — the platform to tell stories in new ways.

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Storytelling Techniques from "A Street Car Named Desire" | Speak 2B Free

Storytelling Techniques from "A Street Car Named Desire" | Speak 2B Free | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Are there storytelling techniques that you could use to keep people at the edge of their seats from the beginning of your story to the end?  What makes one movie maker a better storyteller than another?

- Create characters that people identify with

- Allow yourself to be vulnerable by embodying the characters

- Tap into the audience’s fears and internal desires

- Build up to the climax

- Understand the purpose of your story

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How to Be a Headline-Worthy Technology CEO | Ones and Zeros

How to Be a Headline-Worthy Technology CEO | Ones and Zeros | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Technology CEOs must wear many hats: visionary, fundraiser, strategist and more. Now they can hang another title on the executive hat rack: business storyteller.

 

Here are five characteristics of business storytelling that every CEO must master:

- Futurist

- Historian

- Ambassador

- Analyst

- Contrarian

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5 Ways To Get Your Family History To Find You Online | 4YourFamilyStory

5 Ways To Get Your Family History To Find You Online | 4YourFamilyStory | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

How technology can be used to have family history find you. I began publishing my family history research online in 1998, and I’ve found that this has vastly helped it by attracting other family historians researching the same or similar branches, who are then able to help correct or fill in parts of my tree.

 

Putting your family history online can open the door of opportunity.  So to help you benefit from this more ‘community’ approach to research, I’ve picked out five online tools that I use to help my family history find me:

- blogging

- twitter

- forums

- flickr

- pintrest

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Writing Customer Success Stories with the Quest Story Plot in Mind | B2B Inbound

Writing Customer Success Stories with the Quest Story Plot in Mind | B2B Inbound | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Of the seven basic plots mentioned in this post on storytelling structure, The Quest lends itself as one of the best for creating customer success stories, or for that matter any business-related success story.

 

Writing customer success stories with elements of the Quest story plot can be highly effectual. Here's how to do it using:

- the quest story pattern revealed

- apply the quest story pattern to customer success stories

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Contrast Can Be Enough to Tell a Story | Temple of the Seven Golden Camels

Contrast Can Be Enough to Tell a Story | Temple of the Seven Golden Camels | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

We've been talking a lot at work lately about ways of getting a lot of "storytelling" into an image. Some artists are masters at painting a beautiful picture and some are masters at telling a story through their pictures. What makes the difference between the two?

 

Sometimes it's as simple as creating a contrast within an image. When you show you audience two things, they compare those two things and create ideas about the differences between them. As simple as that sounds, this can be more than enough to create a story within the mind of the viewer.  See examples of how Norman Rockwell did this very effectively.

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It's Playtime! Story Telling Ideas! | The Imagination Tree

It's Playtime! Story Telling Ideas! | The Imagination Tree | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling box examples.

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Raise More Funds by Telling Your Story to Everyone | GuideStar

Raise More Funds by Telling Your Story to Everyone | GuideStar | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Don't overlook the low-hanging fruit.  Raise more money by turning your family, friends, and neighbors into brand ambassadors for your organization. 

 

The article includes easy and inexpensive—if not totally cost-free—ways to go about spreading the word:

- Begin at home

- Get more active in your community

- Create points of entry

- Talk to your seatmate

- Be sensitive to the culutral make-up of your community

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Telling Your Story Through Your Annual Report | Wild Apricot Blog

Telling Your Story Through Your Annual Report | Wild Apricot Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This is Part 3 of our Annual Report Blog Series. In Part 2, we offered some suggestions on what to include in your annual report. In this post, we’ll help you understand how to tell your story so that your content is both engaging and compelling.  The article covers:

- My experience “telling stories” in annual reports

- Identifying effective stories

- Using stories as your “Neon Highlighter – Your Mission in Action”

- Photos and videos tell compelling stories too

- "Make it easier to read and absorb your message”

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The Importance of a Writing Routine | Lulu blog

The Importance of a Writing Routine | Lulu blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

When it comes to when and where to write, everyone is different. Maya Angelou starts early and works in hotel rooms with bare walls, Truman Capote claimed he could only write when in bed, horizontal, and Vladimir Nabokov scribbled on index cards for entire nights. Some authors hold themselves to 10 pages per day no matter what (Stephen King), while others force out 500 words a day (Ernest Hemingway). Despite these differences in approach many writers share one commonality: a routine. Like competitive athletes, writers don’t show up for practice when they feel like it. They commit to a schedule and stick with it. Yes, some days will be good, and some days will be bad, but in order to improve one has to keep going.


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How Storytelling Transforms Visitor Attractions | Cooler Insights

How Storytelling Transforms Visitor Attractions | Cooler Insights | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Attraction design should begin with the intent to find and share meaning. Most designs start elsewhere, with function, or form, or cost, size, site, whatever. Only the most effective storytellers start by looking into the hearts of the audience to seek the deepest meaning of their subject. Then they imaginatively communicate that meaning back to their audience. These are the designers whose work survives, because where their story lives is not on paper, not in concrete, but in the hearts of the audience. These are designers whose work changes the world"

 

The founder of BRC Imagination Arts, Bob Rogers, has cut his teeth in designing and building numerous theme parks, museums, brand attractions and other thematic experience destinations.  In a recent masterclass Rogers shared four case studies of how better storytelling has helped attractions achieve better results in visitorship, revenue, and customer satisfaction.
- Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum

- New Heineken Experience
-Louisiana Old State Capitol
- Grand Ole Opry

Take away:  the creation of a compelling and unifying storyline that touches the heart of the visitor as well as the skillful deployment of story ingredients leads to better visitor experience and performance. Doing so necessitates that attractions be designed with the end in mind.

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Business Storytelling – Using Literary Techniques to Strengthen a Presentation | SlideRocket

Business Storytelling – Using Literary Techniques to Strengthen a Presentation | SlideRocket | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Presentations are enriched and strengthened by storytelling and literary techniques, which compel the audience first, to care and finally, to act.

 

Here are a few tips, fully detailed in the article, on how to employ business storytelling in your next presentation.

- English 101

- Place data into a meaningful context

- Evoke emotion

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How to create and share a story for your nonprofit | CauseVox

How to create and share a story for your nonprofit | CauseVox | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Everyone knows when they hear, watch, or read a good story. We know how to identify one, but how do you create one?

 

Creating an impactful story

- Knowing your audience and understanding what drives them will help you pick out the best story to create.

- Developing a plot is the next part of a story

- for more story creations tips, download their free storytelling ebook

 

Tips on picking the right medium and channels.

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