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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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How to Create Your Corporate Story | Curtis Fletcher

How to Create Your Corporate Story | Curtis Fletcher | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[this is part of a series of interesting articles around corporate stories]

 

Since we’ve already looked at WHY you should have a corporate story and we’ve looked at the elements that make up a good corporate story I thought it might be helpful to those who find themselves stuck in the desert of creative drought to look at how get started creating your corporate story.

 

Remember we said that this could apply to a company, a team, a small group, or even a family.  I’ve had some interesting conversations with folks around the notion of applying this to family and to me it really speaks to the notion of legacy. How do you want to be remembered? Which is where we start…

- start at the end

- make it personal

- make it definitive

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Telling Your Story: Use Anecdotes Analogies and Examples | ECO

Telling Your Story: Use Anecdotes Analogies and Examples | ECO | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Anecdotes, analogies and examples are great storytelling tools. Use them whenever possible.

 

- Anecdotes humanize your story

- Analogies simplify your story

- Examples help explain your story

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The Secret to Making Your Writing Stand Out Online | YoungPrePro

The Secret to Making Your Writing Stand Out Online | YoungPrePro | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Stories are the secret to making your writing stand out online.  This article includes details on how to use them under the headings:

- Storytelling: THE Deciding Factor

- The Secret to Effortless Storytelling

- How to Tell a Compelling Story in 3 Steps

- The Greatest Storytelling Tactic Of All

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Let Me Tell You A Story – Tips To Be A Great Story-Teller | Success in the classroom

Let Me Tell You A Story – Tips To Be A Great Story-Teller | Success in the classroom | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

One of the most important skills any teacher should have is the ability to tell a story.  I thought I would share what I’ve learned about telling stories over the years. Here are 16 points to remember when telling a great story.

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To Keep Your Workers, Learn to Tell Your Story | ideas

The ability to present a vision through stories builds a personal connection between the organization’s goals and employees’ need to feel a greater sense of purpose in the work they do. This could lead to increased productivity, engagement, motivation and retention.

 

In a June 2011 article in Chief Executive Magazine, Bill Baker, a founder and principal of BB&Co Strategic Storytelling, offered four tips leaders should follow to frame an organizational vision in a narrative light.

1. Present strategic planning work in a memorable language of stories, not in corporate speak.

2. Invite employees to contribute stories to planning efforts while they’re still being crafted.

3. Give employees the means to share stories consistent with a strategic vision and brand positioning.

4. Live by example by becoming the organization’s “Storyteller-in-Chief.” In other words, “pull people into ideas and rally employees” around storytelling.

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How to Get a Story Out of Your Head and Onto the Page | Cathy Cash Spellman

How to Get a Story Out of Your Head and Onto the Page | Cathy Cash Spellman | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I’d like to use my own wacky path to authordom, to inspire you to write that novel or to pursue whatever other passionate dream you’ve got.

- life is your writing teacher

- finding time

- process? what's that?

- autobiography or fiction?

- keep a sense of humour

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Six Tips to Tell Your Company’s Story Well | ideas

Storytelling is the root product of business. All you need to know is who the audience is and what’s the best story to tell them.  Here's IDEAS chief storytelling officer Bob Allen's six parts to any good ­storytelling effort:

1. You must create characters that connect to the audience

2. Choose the right voice for your story

3. Use your story’s plot to create structure

4. Include conflict and resolution

5. Use emotion to drive home your message

6. Create a sense of place

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Storytelling & Fundraising in a Digital Age | Serentwitterpy

Storytelling & Fundraising in a Digital Age | Serentwitterpy | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[I can envision many possibilities behind this.  For example, imagine giving someone a gift along with a recording of the story behind how & why you picked it.]

 

One of the basic fundamentals of good fundraising is the ability to share a story that’s full of human interest. It is often the personal stories of people that motivates a donor to give. This is particularly true if the story is told by a real person, the person it is about and not second hand.

 

OK, now take the art of storytelling and couple it with the technology of the digital age. What do you get? A whole new way to reach out and share these stories with a wider audience, locally and globally.  This is the basis of some exciting projects currently taking place in the UK, thanks to an organisation called “Tales of things and electronic memory” (TOTeM).

 

The basis of TOTeM’s work is to create “spimes”, objects that can be tracked through space and time throughout their lifetime.  Imagine being able to know the story behind a special object, what it survived, who owned it, etc

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Storytelling | Changing Minds

Storytelling | Changing Minds | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of changing minds, whether informally in conversation or with more specific purpose, such as in speeches and business communication.

 

This site contains over 250 pages of articles under the following headings:

- Characters: The real people in the story.

- Devices: Tricks of the trade.

- Plots: The structure of stories.

- Storytelling in organizations: Where it can lead to powerful change.

- Telling stories: Ways to enhance the way you tell'em.

- Articles: assorted other articles about storytelling.

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Four Ways to Tell Your Story (and Make It Awesome) | Marketing Profs

Four Ways to Tell Your Story (and Make It Awesome) | Marketing Profs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Own your personal brand by telling your story in an engaging, compelling way. Sound easy? We've four tips for helping you to share the brand that is you.

1. be authentic

2. share your superhero origins

3. fly your freak flag

4. share your trophies

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Fav YouTube Clip: Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling | WilliamHartPhD's Notes

Fav YouTube Clip: Interactive Fiction: The Art of Video Game Storytelling | WilliamHartPhD's Notes | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Today's top video game designers explore the past, present and future of interactive fiction and adventure gaming. Watch as storytelling's biggest names chart virtual narrative and scriptwriting's evolution from the days of point-and-click adventures to today's sprawling online, downloadable and massively multiplayer online (MMO) games. A must-see for adventure game fans, courtesy of Game Theory with Scott Steinberg."

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8 Tips for Telling Beautiful Multimedia Stories | kdmc

8 Tips for Telling Beautiful Multimedia Stories | kdmc | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A handful of Spain's best visual journalists explain the keys to tell expert multimedia stories:

1. surround yourselves with the best

2. it's about telling stories, not using technology

3. find your main character

4. without emotion there is no communication

5. photos or video?

6. music

7. constantly search for inspiration

8. edit

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Writing Stories: Find Your Passion | Brenda Chapman

Writing Stories: Find Your Passion | Brenda Chapman | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

For most writers, identifying a concept is usually the most difficult part of the process. Brenda Chapman shares tips on how to find your writing passion.

- it starts with passion

- ask questions

- never stop telling stories

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Professional Advice on Writing Your Memoir or Novel | Peace Corps Worldwide

Professional Advice on Writing Your Memoir or Novel | Peace Corps Worldwide | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

There are many ways to write your personal story. However, if you want your story to be read and remembered, you must connect with the emotions of your reader.

 

Adrienne deWolfe is a journalist, award-winning novelist, book writing coach, and national conference speaker as well as an instructor at Writer's Digest University.  She shares her thoughts on how to write your story with feeling to make it memorable.

 

She also includes a list of additional resources at the end of the article

 

See her article series:  How to Write a Novel: Tips & Best Practices
http://writingnovelsthatsell.com/how-to-write-a-novel-tip-1-character-vs-story-plot/2012/03/

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Helping Children Tell Stories From Their Lives | Courtney Campbell

Here are some simple ways to help children tell stories:

- stories from our lives

- making up stories

- story circle

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Search Stories | Google Video Creator

Search Stories | Google Video Creator | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Search Stories Video Creator. Just type in your searches and select the kind of results that best communicate your story. Then, share your story with the world.

 

Ha ha ha -- I just spent several hours creating 7 very short videos about business storytelling -- and had a ton of fun using Google's Search Stories Video Creator!!

 

These are micro-stories, each with a beginning, middle, and an end.  All but 3 contain a context, premise, problem, and solution. And I'll re-do those 3 tomorrow so they are stories rather than promos.

 

See, you CAN share a mini-business story using some of these new technologies!

 

This tool is so easy to use it takes no time at all. And I now have a YouTube channel :)) 

 

What a total hoot. I couldn't stop giggling every time I made one. Go check them out and tell me what you think. Then go make some of your own!

 

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIh_gUpWhDmhdp0XuMFPQ_Q?feature=mhee 

 

Many many thanks to fellow curator Robin Good for adding this site to his collection where I found it at http://presentationtools.masternewmedia.org/ ;

 

Google's promo http://googleblog.blogspot.ca/2010/04/make-your-own-search-story-video-in.html#!/2010/04/make-your-own-search-story-video-in.html


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Karen Dietz's comment, April 13, 2012 5:47 PM
Thank you Silvia!
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s comment, April 15, 2012 5:50 PM
Karen - this was a lot of fun! And I enjoyed watching the videos you created. It gave me some great ideas on how to create my own. - Thanks! Kim
Karen Dietz's comment, April 15, 2012 8:43 PM
Wonderful Kim! I have some more planned. So glad it gave you ideas for using it. Keep having fun :)
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The Kitchen Sisters’ Storytelling Confidential | lies like truth

The Kitchen Sisters’ Storytelling Confidential | lies like truth | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The Kitchen Sisters – a.k.a. National Public Radio producers Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva — tell extraordinary stories about ordinary people.

 

“From the very start, our live radio show in Santa Cruz grew out of the oral history tradition. After all this time, so much of this is still in our bones,” said Nikki Silva. “We listen to people for hours and then work to consolidate what they’ve said in a true and honest way.”

 

What’s perhaps most striking about The Kitchen Sisters’ ideas about how to get interview subjects to open up and tell great stories, is how much their thoughts apply to conducting interviews across any medium in journalism. What works for radio, pretty much works across the board.

 

The article includes a rundown of The Kitchen Sisters’ top interviewing techniques.

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Once upon a time, business storytelling | Jacqui Malpass

Once upon a time, business storytelling | Jacqui Malpass | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

When I am asked to write case studies, it is sometimes like pulling hens teeth. The questions are simple, what was the customers problem, how did you solve it, what value did you add, what was the outcome, why was that important.

 

Now of course I want to hear the stories that different people in the organization can tell me about the problem and solution and I want to piece together the story from a number of perspectives. Then I want to hear it from the customers perspective. In matching all of these up I can work out what the emotional bond is between the two parties.

 

The resulting story gives personality and meaning to the brand and to the products/services and these can be used time and time again to connect to new audiences who have similar problems.

 

The brand story is the truth of who you are, agreed to by all inside the organisation, and used to open conversations with those outside who need their problems solving, by someone like you.

 

- a good story starts with preparation

- the backstory

- know thyself

- define the hero

- defining the prospect - the characters in your story

- conflict

- happy endings

- its just another beginning

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FREE Storytelling Mini-Conference | Get Storied

FREE Storytelling Mini-Conference | Get Storied | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Next week as you may know is Storytelling’s Biggest Online Conference…

 

We’ve curated some of our favorite bite-size presentations from 7 storytelling experts that are part of next week’s Reinvention Summit. It’s like speed-dating for storytelling ideas and insights. Hope you enjoy the free videos below, a tasty appetizer to what’s happening next week with 20 hours of storytelling lessons and insights (all online).  Dive into the FREE Storytelling Mini-Conference Below:

- Oren Klaff on How to Pitch Anything – 4:57 MIN

- Rohit Bharghava on How to Reinvent Marketing – 16:37 MIN

- Bo Eason on Your Personal Story Power – 7:09 MIN

- Jonah Sachs on Social Change Storytelling – 18:41 MIN

- Marie Forleo on How to Reinvent Yourself – 2:33 MIN

- Robert Tercek on how to reclaim the Power of Personal Narrative – 16:38 MIN

- Michael Margolis on how to Tell your Story Online – 5:45 MIN

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Transmedia: it’s time to define your brand’s artifacts | Digital Planner

Transmedia: it’s time to define your brand’s artifacts | Digital Planner | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[the same idea could be applied to helping you find your personal or org story]

 

When it comes to getting  your brand ready for transmedia communications, you need to plan for new layers of information that can become part of the brand story.

 

Here are some ideas to help you define your brands’ artifacts:

- Places

- Symbols

- Plot

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The Participatory Documentary CookBook: community documentary using social media | i-docs

The Participatory Documentary CookBook: community documentary using social media | i-docs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Now available free, it is a textbook for creating participatory documentaries using social media.

 

Downloadable document: http://geniwate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/part-doc-cookbook.pdf


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10 secrets to video storytelling success | Social Brite

10 secrets to video storytelling success | Social Brite | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

At last week’s Nonprofit Technology Conference one of the most informative sessions was “Sight, Sound, and Motion: Video Storytelling and Using Video for Advanced Messaging” put on by Michael Hoffman and Danny Alpert of See3 Communications, which works with nonprofit clients to create compelling video stories.  Michael and Danny offered these tips on how to make your visual story work:

- Choose one message

- Decide who you’re trying to reach

- Decide what you want them to do

- Keep your video simple

- Create aspiration

- Keep it personal

- Make it authentic

- Connect to the Zeitgeist

- Take your viewers on a journey

- Be bold and be brave

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Engage through Storytelling | Resources Now

Engage through Storytelling | Resources Now | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling can be an effective tool to engage donors or empower volunteers,but finding the right way to collect and capture stories can be a challenge. In the short video,“Methods for Collecting and Using your Nonprofit’s Stories,” Zan McColloch-Lussier from Mixtape Communications,offers some simple,practical tips to help non-profit communicators collect and share stories.

 

Zan tells you some of the methods he's used to collect and share stories. He also tells how one organization uses stories in such a way that it keeps him donating to them.

1. Look at your staff members calendars - follow-up with them right after they've been out & ask them questions about their experiences & impresssions.

2. Provide easy ways to bring stories out.  And always be asking questions from those around you.

3. Let people tell their own stories, in their own words, in the moment (or as close to as possible)

4. It doesn't have to be perfect - use the tools you have and don't worry about the editing.

 

Organization example:  On their Facebook page they post a quick little story about who they just helped & why.

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How Are You Helping Your Employees To Be Your Organization’s Heroes? | TanveerNaseer.com

When it comes to movies, TV shows, and novels, it's usually pretty obvious who the hero of the story is. But what about in your organization's story?

 

Here are three questions to help you assess how effective you are in reinforcing the key role your employees play towards your organization’s success:

1. How familiar are you with the challenges your employees will face?

2. What are you doing to help facilitate this change/execution of your new plans?

3. Are you setting the stage for your employees to feel triumphant at the end?

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Where's My Voice? | Live Write Thrive

Where's My Voice? | Live Write Thrive | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

One of the essential elements needed on your first page (and that continues through to the end of your novel) is your voice. This term is discussed in countless books, websites, and anywhere writing is taught. It seems like a nebulous thing. Just what is voice? How can you tell when an author “has it” and when she doesn’t? What should a voice sound like as it relates to the novel you are writing?  Read more to find out...

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