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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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Extending the narrative | Seth Godin

Extending the narrative | Seth Godin | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Did you wake up fresh today, a new start, a blank slate with resources and opportunities... or is today yet another day of living out the narrative you've been engaged in for years?

 

It's painful to even consider giving up the narrative we use to navigate our life. We vividly remember the last time we made an investment that didn't match our self-story, or the last time we went to the 'wrong' restaurant or acted the 'wrong' way in a sales call.  So we play it safe and go back to our story.

The truth though, is that doing what you've been doing is going to get you what you've been getting. If the narrative is getting in the way, if the archetypes you've been modeling and the worldview you've been nursing no longer match the culture, the economy or your goals, something's got to give.

 

When patterns in engagments with the people around you become well-worn and ineffective, are they persistent because they have to be, or because the story demands it?

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Importance of Storytelling in Social Media | Mind Jumpers

Importance of Storytelling in Social Media | Mind Jumpers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

An aspect of social media that is often overlooked, is its role in the evolution of storytelling. Social media have made us all to storytellers.

 

Here are 5 ways you can practice the art of storytelling in your content creation to see more success with your social media networks.

1. Tap user-generated content

2. Make content personal

3. Respond to news content

4. Use real life examples

5. Talk like a human

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Turning life’s lessons into inspirational stories of identity | John Sadowsky

Turning life’s lessons into inspirational stories of identity | John Sadowsky | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

People of true influence usually do not have a past that is more interesting, noteworthy, or “usable” than that of their peers. They are simply better at recognizing the lessons of their lives and at expressing those lessons to others.

 

Learning to process one’s life lessons is a central element of the phenomenon I call “leading by autobiography”. Because they continuously process their life lessons, leaders develop clear views about who they are and what they believe, and they are conscious of the influences that have molded them into the people they have become.

 

While examples from well-known world and business leaders are enlightening, learning to lead by autobiography is not only for the famous. Anyone, at any level of an organization and at any point in a career, can begin with the concepts and questions enumerated above, and evolve from there.

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Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling | Executive Communications

Justina Chen: The Heart of Storytelling | Executive Communications | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Justina Chen, a former speechwriter for the head of the Entertainment division at Microsoft, Chen is now an award-winning author of young adult fiction books.  This is the summation of her closing keynote at the 2012 Ragan Speechwriters Conference.

 

The hour-long talk celebrated the many ways to effectively bring the essence and power of the story into the corporation – to empower the spokespeople of the organization with the ability to change hearts and minds through storytelling.

 

Chen noted that something about stories lift our spirit. This is something all children are in tune with. The question is, how to convince hard-bitten executives and harassed middle-managers that their speech should be built around stories when all they want is the facts and nothing but?

- Brain rules

- A story is not a vignette

- Stories of corporate mythology

- Personal stories

- Creating executive platforms for effective storytelling

- Product stories

- Weaving the stories together

- The creative process

- The search for the story

- Story sourcing

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Guest post: ‘Story Mapping and the 7 Stages’ by Nancy Dodd | Morgen Bailey

Guest post: ‘Story Mapping and the 7 Stages’ by Nancy Dodd | Morgen Bailey | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

You Know That Hole in Your Story? You Don’t? Here’s How to Find It

Using a story map is a great tool for figuring out where the holes are in your story and then developing ideas for filling in those gaps.

 

The way to find the holes in your story is to turn this structure chart into a writing tool by creating a story map. Instead of writing “Hook,” write in a phrase for what the hook is in your story. What is the climax? How do you end the story? And so forth. By filling out a story map, you quickly learn what you know and don’t know about your story and where the important elements of storytelling are missing from your story.

 

Want to Do Fewer Rewrites? 7 Stages for Efficiently Completing Your Story

Below are the seven basic stages I’ve come up with for writing a story more efficiently.

Stage 1 – Developing Ideas

Stage 2 – Building a Strong Structure

Stage 3 – Creating Vibrant Characters

Stage 4 – Structuring Scenes, Sequences, and Transitions

Stage 5 – Increasing Tension and Adjusting Pacing

Stage 6 – Enriching Language and Dialogue

Stage 7 – Editing the Hard Copy, Submitting

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Social Storytelling VS Performance Storytelling | SpeakeasyDC

Social Storytelling VS Performance Storytelling | SpeakeasyDC | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

What’s the difference between social storytelling and performance storytelling?” The answer is that there are really only two major differences.

 

What’s the same between social and performance storytelling?” The answer to that question is: A LOT.

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Tell Your Story | Labor Management Partnership

Tell Your Story | Labor Management Partnership | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Tools make working in partnership much easier. One of the best tools is to tell stories that show what working in partnership looks like. Use this collection of tools to tell your team's story.

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Find the big story in your business and tell it | Denver Business Journal (blog)

Find the big story in your business and tell it | Denver Business Journal (blog) | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

There are certain types of stories that are more compelling and more likely to get heard than others. Here are a few of these more memorable themes, and if you can use one of them to frame your company’s story, you’ll go a long way in getting your message through the noise of today’s marketplace.

- Mystery

- Overcoming a challenge

- How it's made

- Extreme use case

 

Next time you need to create a sales brochure or update your website copy, try recasting your message in the form of one of these stories and see how your prospects respond.

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Ten Transmedia People - Spring 2012 Edition | Muchtoolong

Ten Transmedia People - Spring 2012 Edition | Muchtoolong | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Simon Staffans: "For anyone starting out in transmedia, I thought I’d compile a small list. Here are ten people you could do worse than following on Twitter, on blogs and anywhere you can find them, to be inspired and awed and kept abreast on what transmedia is and where it’s heading."


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Choose a Perfect Story for Your Presentation | Leadership & Learning

Choose a Perfect Story for Your Presentation | Leadership & Learning | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Looking for a great story to use in your presentation? A story with a lesson about a presenter's quest for the perfect story.  Sometimes you might be asking the wrong question.

 

There isn’t a perfect story in any situation. The goal is to find a story that reaches your goal, rather than seeking the perfect one. In seeking the perfect one, you will miss many that would meet the goal. The key is to find one then craft it appropriately.”

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The Irish Fireside as a Fiction Workshop | Wall Street Journal

The Irish Fireside as a Fiction Workshop | Wall Street Journal | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The author of The Last Storyteller, Ireland, Shannon and Tipperary looks at works of Yeats and other writers.

 

Look beyond the St. Patrick's Day revelers—far beyond them, into the land of legend and myth. The oral storytelling tradition, as practiced at Irish firesides for millennia, is the greatest teacher of writing. Even a brief dip into that vivid body of tales produces instant instruction.

 

Lesson one: Dance with the language.

Lesson two: Work your material.

Lesson three, perhaps the most important of all: Believe your story.

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Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling | Free Technology for Teachers

Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling | Free Technology for Teachers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Zopler is an interesting free service for collaboratively writing stories. The basic idea behind Zopler is to enable the creation of community-crafted stories. Here's how it works; as a member of Zopler you can start a story with as little as one sentence or as much as 1000 words. Your story starter can include images too. Zopler's unique story pages allow users to insert paragraphs within the storyline, not just at the end. Users can also upload pictures and illustrations for each paragraph. Then you can make your story starter public or private. If you make it public, any Zopler member can add to it. If you make it private, only those people that you approve can add to your story. Contributions to stories can be voted up or down by other contributors to the same story.

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Different Forms for Different Psychological Types | Kilmann Diagnostics

The Kilmann-Mitroff article reveals the four types of organizational stories that are told by the four Jungian groups: ST, NT, SF, and NF.


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A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Writing Legacy Letters | Writing Through Life

A Week's Worth of Journaling Prompts: Writing Legacy Letters | Writing Through Life | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The power of Legacy Letters is to explore aspects of ourselves and our life experiences we wish to preserve for the future—whether it’s as a gift for friends and family members or a gift for ourselves to facilitate future memoir writing.

 

Everything we write—letters, poems, journals, fiction, and nonfiction—if kept, becomes a legacy for the future.  These 7 journaling prompts will help you write your own Legacy Letter(s). Freewrite for ten to twenty minutes exploring the questions and issues raised by each of the prompts.

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Memoir Writing Tips for Creating Story Structure and the Narrative Arc | Memories and Memoirs

Memoir Writing Tips for Creating Story Structure and the Narrative Arc | Memories and Memoirs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Memoir writers struggle with plot and structure for a very good reason: they think they know the plot.  They assume that writing “what happened” is enough to create a memoir, and think that putting journal entries into the computer can be their memoir. A memoir is a story.

 

Included in the article are: some tips for thinking about story and plot, focusing your theme in the arc, and three acts of dramatic structure.

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Redrafting your life writing - key elements | ebooks4writers

Redrafting your life writing - key elements | ebooks4writers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

After writing and gathering your life experiences, how will you tackle the redrafting to create an engaging story?

 

Once you have done a lot of writing and drawn out a wealth of material, the next stage is to think about how to form it into a story. While it’s in its raw form, what you have is a repository of memories particular to you. If you want to create something that others will enjoy reading, these are the elements you need:

1. Structure, pacing and tension

2. Details and descriptions

3. Bring your characters alive

4. Dialogue

5. Theme - why are telling this story?

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Five Reasons Great Horror Stories Work | Joe McKinney

I’m going to walk you through five basic characteristics that all great horror stories share. Learn to incorporate these into your stories, and you’ll find your stories make more sense and, hopefully, sell better.

- Creating Insularity

- Characters Who Act Scared

- A Reason to Stay

- A Logical Connection

- A Monster with Depth

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Quick Tips for Starting Your Personal History Project | DMB Pictures, LLC - Everyone has a story to tell

Quick Tips for Starting Your Personal History Project | DMB Pictures, LLC - Everyone has a story to tell | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here are some ideas to take you from mammoth to manageable:

- break it down

- start with one thing

- keep it simple

- ask for help

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Getting the Shots That Can Tell Your Story | Georgetown University

Getting the Shots That Can Tell Your Story | Georgetown University | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Fundraisers. Galas. Receptions. Special events.  Opportunities abound to capture compelling imagery at each of these annual occurrences at your nonprofit. These photos can help tell your story…but how can you be sure you’re capturing the right images? Depending on the type of event, you can set up a very specific shot list ahead of time that will help you (or your professional photographer) identify and photograph the meaningful moments that will inevitably occur.

 

CSIC Fellow and professional photographer Leigh Vogel offers the following tips (and examples) for building shot lists for three types of events.

- Events with speakers at a podium or table

- Events with people mingling

- Events with celebrities

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Target the Heart of Your Book to Write More Easily | Original Impulse

Target the Heart of Your Book to Write More Easily | Original Impulse | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

You feel the urge to write a book. You’re haunted by an idea or a cluster of ideas, but have no clue how they will hang together in a meaningful way to form a book.

 

This is a common problem: most people are trying to write a book from a surface level. As a coach, I’m always helping my clients dig deeper to find the core of their impulses.

 

Connecting to the heart of your book provides a powerful anchor to make what you’re expressing in your book easier.  Here’s a simple but profound exercise to target the heart of your book so the ‘what’s it about’ question will no longer haunt you.

 

Values + themes + stories = the heart of your book

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Introduction : Storytelling in the Classroom | hub for teachers

Introduction : Storytelling in the Classroom | hub for teachers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The Hub, a new destination dedicated to bringing kids and families together, is partnering with Discovery Education to support teachers with comprehensive lesson plans, activities and a writing contest to inspire storytelling in the classroom.

 

To get your students started, in this section is a comprehensive set of lesson plans for both the K-2 and 3-5 levels that provides a step-by-step guide to the writing process.


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Find the right start to your story | onewildword

Find the right start to your story | onewildword | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A teacher once told me that you'll find two types of beginnings when it comes to writing anything, whether it's a poem, memoir, short story or nonfiction piece.

 

1. The place where the writer begins writing.

2. The place where the story actually begins.

 

If you feel as though you’re beginning isn’t quite right, consider whether you’re starting in the right place.  Three alternatives are listed along with an exercise.

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What Leadership Story Do You Want To Live? | Outsmart Your Brain

What Leadership Story Do You Want To Live? | Outsmart Your Brain | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

If I asked you to tell me about the story you are living right now, what would you tell me? Would your story engage me like five-star movie or lose me to a lackluster plot? Even if the story you tell is leading to a better future, are you conscious of the characters and scenes that you are creating every day?

 

Take a moment to ask yourself about the story you are living right now. Is this the best story for you? For your work team? For your family?

 

Next, start your new story by asking yourself, “What am I longing to experience? What doesn’t want to play by the rules? What would I do “if only…?”

When choosing your plot line, consider these 4 questions listed in the article.

 

You might find your plot line by answering one of the questions or you might find your story in a hybrid of answers to two or three questions. There are no correct answers. It is your story.

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9 tips to get audience’s attention in 10 seconds | Presenter Impossible

9 tips to get audience’s attention in 10 seconds | Presenter Impossible | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[definitely some unconventional methods]

 

All right! Let’s have a look at 9 ideas you can use to get your audience involved in just “10 seconds”.
In fact, one of the main challenges when giving any sort of presentation, big or small, is immediately capturing the attention of those you’re speaking to.

 

The first ten seconds are typically a make-or-break moment.

 

Great speakers are able to establish rapport with the audience from the very beginning, awaken their curiosity, elicit feelings and get them involved.

 

There are countless different ways of doing this, and today I’d like to have a look at nine very practical and specific ways of breaking the ice within the first ten seconds, laying the foundation for a perfect presentation.

1) audio shock

2) make your audience write

3) turn your back

4) video intro

5) unconventional props

6) a ball

7) join the audience

8) super surprise

9) an unwilling volunteer

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18 Advantages of visual auto-ethnography for research | Community Media - Interactive World

18 Advantages of visual auto-ethnography for research | Community Media - Interactive World | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Visual auto-ethnography is a form of participant-authored audio-visual storytelling. Still confused? Think video diary and you're almost there. In recent years the availability of more affordable camcorders has meant that researchers and participants can engage in more effective research.

 

What are the advantages of visual auto-ethnography?  Read on to discover the 18 advantages.

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