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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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Video Games and Storytelling | YouTube

Episode One in my series of video "lectures."

Originally created as a presentation for an art history class at SCAD, loosely modeled after Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Zero Punctuation reviews. Made to be presented on screen in the classroom.

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Culture Change Through Storytelling: Give ‘Em Something To Believe In | DYN

Culture Change Through Storytelling: Give ‘Em Something To Believe In | DYN | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Nobody likes a change story. People crave a continuity story.

 

As chief storyteller, you have to connect the dots in the story for your people. You need to provide stepping stones that allow people to locate themselves in the new story. You have to answer, “How is this a natural evolution of who we’ve always been, rather than a radical and unfamiliar departure?”

 

Three Storytelling Principles to Guide Your Efforts

- Truth – have the courage to discuss what’s on everybody’s mind.

- Empathy – show people that you really care and give a damn about them.

- Vulnerability – acknowledge your imperfections and people will trust you.

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Transmedia Storytelling: It’s Not Only for Fiction | Social Media Group

Transmedia Storytelling: It’s Not Only for Fiction | Social Media Group | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

What is transmedia storytelling?

Also known as “multiplatform storytelling”, it’s storytelling across multiple platforms and formats using digital technologies. It’s not to be confused with “multimedia”, which is content presented in a combination of different media forms. Transmedia storytelling focuses on the narrative and the experience. Whereas, multimedia, puts emphasis on the technology and the content.


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Live from #SXSW: How to become a powerful visual storyteller | SmartBlogs

Live from #SXSW: How to become a powerful visual storyteller | SmartBlogs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Brand stories are no longer limited to blobs of text on “About Us” pages. Social media has given brands a platform to relay their story in multiple ways and to various audiences. At a recent South By Southwest Interactive Festival Panel, Becky Johns, CC Chapman, Charlie Wollborg and Karl Gude, spoke to educate the audience on how to build a visual storyboard that benefits their brands; in essence, how to not just tell a story, but how to tell a goodstory.

 

Here are several tips to communicate your story and connect with your audience using photos, videos and design.

- style matters

- don't try to speak to everyone

- don't tell it all at once

- use themes and story elements

- use your supporters

- obey the WIST principle

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The way to Identify Your own personal Style Involving Writing | zunelist

This article is to help recognize which type, technique or maybe strategy regarding writing that one may use. It will also help to understand the method in the manner a author writes and assist in determinining which aproach may suite your needs.

I really hope that this information will help all to become more effective in writing to help suite the needs of the reader as well as the writer by identifying which style is better for the two parties.
- New strategy
- Bricklaying technique
- Oil artwork strategy
- Water-colour technique

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The Benefits of Storytelling with Little Ones | Reality Home Schooling

The Benefits of Storytelling with Little Ones | Reality Home Schooling | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Find out how storytelling benefits young children and gather a few ideas for incorporating storytelling into your daily life with your kids.

- Tell them about when you were little

- Incorporate whatever is in your surroundings

- Let them help tell the story

- Paraphrase or retell a familiar story

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Lessons in Storytelling from Other Artists by Dana Sitar | Ritesh Kala

Lessons in Storytelling from Other Artists by Dana Sitar | Ritesh Kala | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

1) Make yourself the villain.

2) Find the most interesting person in the room.

3) Love what you write, and write what you love.

4) Take risks.

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mastbrat's comment, March 14, 2012 2:57 AM
It is all great advise! Now, if only I could implement it ...
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s comment, March 14, 2012 3:38 PM
Mastbrat - how very true! I used to call it procrastination but I like your term "implementation" much better.
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Good lifestyle habits for storytellers | The King Died of Heartbreak

Good lifestyle habits for storytellers | The King Died of Heartbreak | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Telling stories, like any effortful activity, requires trade-offs with other parts of your life. At least, I find this to be true; you may not and if you don't I wish you well. However, if you're finding that you just can't get to doing the work, that there's not enough time, and/or that your mind is always full of other stuff, then you may benefit from some of the following advice.

- Eschew overly convenient home entertainment

- Go to the movies or rent movies on DVD/Blu-Ray

- Do chores

- Do exercises

- Have a routine

- Have a studio

- Read widely

- Practise mindfulness

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Corporate Storytelling and Your CSR Strategy | Sustainable Brands

Corporate Storytelling and Your CSR Strategy | Sustainable Brands | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This report is a free tutorial on how to utilize cutting-edge marketing techniques in combination with new and emerging media to promote your corporate citizenship and enhance your reputation for sustainable business practices.

 

Table of contents:

1. Part of Being Sustainable is Sustaining People’s Interest

2. Who is the New Consumer?

3. Creating Shared Value through Storytelling

4. Stats vs. Stories

5. Keys to Effective CSR Storytelling

6. Approaches to CSR Story Lines

7. Common CSR Plots

8. How Story Lines Operate in Social Media

9. Success

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Podcasting and principles of narrative – a case study | Online Journalism Blog

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about how narrative techniques are used within journalism to engage users and then keep them reading/listening/watching/clicking. By way of illustrating this, specifically with relation to audio, I wanted to blog in some detail about how narrative is used in a very good example I came across last month: a Freakonomics podcast.

 

Before you read any further, listen to that Freakonomics podcast and pretty much any Guardian Media Talk podcast…

 

… OK, done?

 

Right. These are great case studies for how podcasting uses three core principles of narrative:

- Characters

- Setting

- Movement

 

I’m going to focus on the Freakonomics podcast because it uses the same basic techniques which are employed by Media Talk, but also some others beside. It’s also technically pretty straightforward.  That’s good because their approach also makes for good journalism, moving beyond the superficial to a deeper exploration and understanding – which is key when we talk about narrative.

 

[the end of the post includes a nice round-up of the techniques used]

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the content whisperer | uberscribbler

the content whisperer | uberscribbler | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

As a brand, providing value in content is about storytelling. Storytelling is a long-standing tradition at the heart of all families, communities and cultures. Effective and dynamic story-telling develops deeper, emotional connections that allow readers to be a big part of the experience.

 

So, how do you tell an effective story?

 

Imagine your brand as a big book of stories. Each story must have your brands corporate message baked in (not obvious posturing), it must be relevant, timely, provide value, allow for consumer interaction, and be engaging. You want your audience to turn the page and read the next story, don’t you?

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Write The Next Line | WTNL Project

Write The Next Line | WTNL Project | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[an interesting way to do collaborative storytelling]

 

#WriteTheNextLine is an experiment in crowd-sourced storytelling. Let's combine our twitter powers and tell a story together.

 

Write a line of the story, ending with the #WriteTheNextLine hashtag. Then challenge @friend or @foe to write the next line. Watch as the collaborative story builds and takes on a life of its own.

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Simple, Elegant Genius: The BBC's Transmedia Sherlock - Part 1 | Narrative Now

Simple, Elegant Genius: The BBC's Transmedia Sherlock - Part 1 | Narrative Now | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here’s my favourite recent integrated transmedia production.  What I really like about the BBC’s approach to creating transmedia content for Sherlock was that the show’s producers kept everything super simple and everything they created was worked back into the show as important story points.

 

Having chosen to make the Sherlock series a contemporary reworking of Conan Doyle’s original stories, it makes perfect sense that the characters blog, and that they’re active, no - hyper-active on Twitter. This decision then supports all kinds of cross-referencing between the blogs and blog content during the episodes.

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Documentary Shooting and Storytelling: Interviews! | F-Stop Warrior

Documentary Shooting and Storytelling: Interviews! | F-Stop Warrior | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Welcome to Part Three in our discussion about documentary style shooting and storytelling. A key component of any story is going to be your interviews. Whether your piece is narration driven (where you narrate the story and the interviewees contribute) or interview driven (where your interviewee leads the audience through the story and you shut the hell up) your audio clips are once of the most important pieces to your story. Without audio you just have moving pictures, not a story. Regardless of which type of story yours is, there are a few key principles to follow when conducing interviews.

1. Smile.

2. Always use headphones to double check your audio.

3. Always ask open ended questions.

4. Always listen to your interviewee for questions you may not have thought of.

5. Always ask for final input from your interviewee.

6. Shut up.

7. Know when the interview is a bust.

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Entertainment vs. Truth | Writer Unboxed

Entertainment vs. Truth | Writer Unboxed | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

What’s more important to you, entertaining your readers or revealing the truth of things? Both? Maybe, but your writing itself will tell me on which side of that divide your values predominantly lie.  Here are some ways to attack your natural tendencies.

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Video Games | Off Book - PBS

Video games are important. They are a storytelling medium, a place for self-expression, a sandbox for the human imagination, and an extension of an ages old tradition of gaming. We play out some of the most essential aspects of our culture in games, and we learn more about ourselves and the world around us in the process. From the powerful cinematic experiences of mainstream gaming, to the hyper-personal environments of indie games, we are in the midst of an explosion of gaming activity that, as some predict, will continue to define the way we live and interact with information, and each other, far into the future.

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Storytelling Tips | Shabaash India

A good storyteller with a proper use of Storytelling Tips always narrates stories in an interesting and fascinating manner. In this article we will show 10 of the Storytelling Tips, which can come quite handy for those who want to learn effective storytelling.

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Change Your Story | True Life Coaching

Change Your Story | True Life Coaching | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

How to change your story

- find it

- listen to it

- challenge it

- share it

- compare it

- start a new story

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How To: Multimedia Storytelling | Olympus Audio

How To: Multimedia Storytelling | Olympus Audio | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

If you’re into developing multimedia presentations you’ll definitely want to watch this informative seminar by photographer Bob Krist. In this video Bob, who has shot for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian and Islands, shares some of his vast experience in putting together great multimedia presentations. You’ll get great tips on gear, interviewing techniques and audio and video editing tips.

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Tweets Chronicle the Journey of the Titanic as if in Real Time | Mashable

Tweets Chronicle the Journey of the Titanic as if in Real Time | Mashable | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[an interesting way to bring a historical story into the modern world]

 

April 15, 2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. To recognize this event, The History Press opened a Twitter account that “live” tweets the journey of the Titanic. The account describes events up-to-the-minute as if it were 1912. @TitanicRealTimebegan tweeting on March 10 — a month before the anniversary of the Titanic setting sail.The account, which currently has more than 4,000 followers, uses hashtags such as #captain, #crew and #engineering to designate where the updates are coming from.

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Find your real story by asking these questions | One Wild Word

Find your real story by asking these questions | One Wild Word | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Like my life, my memoir has been a work in progress. The manuscript I have now barely resembles the one I started six years ago or what I thought was the finished product of two years ago. Writing it has been an evolution–of my emotions, my identity, and my story. Or, what I believed was my story.

 

To focus my memoir and find my real story, I asked myself these questions:

- What story do I want to tell?

- What scenes relate to my main theme or story-line?

- What scenes relate to my secondary theme or story-line?

- What scenes don’t relate to either theme? Can I delete these? Any reason to keep them?

- Can I summarize my story in 25 words or less?

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Powerful Storytelling, Changed Lives: Lessons From Kony 2012 | Fast Company

Powerful Storytelling, Changed Lives: Lessons From Kony 2012 | Fast Company | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This week something even bigger happened. The storytellers at Invisible Children inspired the country to have a connected conversation about something of real substance. For the past week, the focus transitioned from the latest “Sh*t People Say” videos, Kim Kardashian’s newest relationship, and Lindsay Lohan’s latest comeback stunt to these children in Uganda. It’s got people everywhere thinking about communities they have never met, people on the other side of the world. This story has got kids,  teachers, parents and peers talking to each other about an issue with substance and groups mobilizing to join the story and to change the lives of these abused children in Uganda. The lesson here is not in social media, but in the power of the story and the hope that lies in human good. These three young documentarians decided they needed to do something about a problem, and, almost 10 years later, the world at large is finally hearing the story loud and clear. This week, Invisible Children gave our country something compelling to watch and a way to do something about it.

 

Here are some valuable takeaways from this game-changing story I gathered through recent meetings with Jason Russell, and a chat I had with Scot Chisholm, CEO of StayClassy, the online fundraising platform that powers Invisible Children’s fundraising campaigns:

1. With a compelling story, hearts and minds are moved.

2. Without conviction, nothing is ventured and nothing is gained.

3. Purpose-driven passion is infectious.

4. There is no substitute for commitment and fortitude.

5. Make it compelling and easy for others to get involved.

6. The road to good intentions is now full of people who are involved and active.

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Some things never change: 20-year-old lessons in video | Adam Westbrook

Some things never change: 20-year-old lessons in video | Adam Westbrook | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here’s a selection of advice from the book which I think still holds true two decades on, to a new generation of visual storytellers.

- show things happening

- think in sequences

- shooting is collecting pictures and sound for editing

- go for opinion, experience, anecdote

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The Seven Decrees to Better Storytelling: Storyshowing | Creatives

The Seven Decrees to Better Storytelling: Storyshowing | Creatives | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

1. Engage and connect.

2. Show, don’t tell.

3. Know Your Audience.

4. Know Your Characters.

5. Practice.

6. Enhance or Detract.

7. Dress it up.

8. Be Generous.

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Once Upon a Story: Persuade & Triumph by Creating Your Business or Personal Narrative | Lake Story Media

Once Upon a Story: Persuade & Triumph by Creating Your Business or Personal Narrative | Lake Story Media | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

How to Write the Story of Your Success is a simple [free] guide for gathering or refreshing emotive elements of your personal or business story.


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