Storytelling is often defined in a very limited manner as entertainment for children or as 'reading a book' to children. This concept of storytelling is also often limited into narrow folk art or ethnic art classifications which ignore the artistry and scope of storytelling. Most cultures view storytelling as an art form of adults first and entertainment for children second.
A move is in place to shift the current thinking to bring storytelling to broader audiences and for it to be recognized as an art form.
While this author was working on his graphic story he found that it had three elements that he thought makes for a good story. Not every successful story follows these rules, of course, but whenever he sees a movie trailer or reads a book description that fits these criteria, he finds himself intrigued by these elements.
You may have noticed that Digital Storytelling and brand journalism are making headlines. Brand journalism allows your company to tell its own story in an engaging way that we’ve never experienced before. Read more to find out why this form of business communication is important as well as the 7 secrets of the master digital storyteller.
Life coach Tony Robbins says everyone has a story or a set of stories that define who he or she is. The question is, Is your story empowering you to maximize what God has given you, or is your story causing you to fall short? This very short video clip highlights the power of the words we choose to tell our story.
The author has become a fan of the power of analytics in order to help you identify what is and isn't working in your platform, career, or organization. That analytics can be a critical tool in optimizing your efforts to achieve greater return on investment. Whether you are blogging, leveraging social media, trying to increase sales, or create greater efficiency across your organization, analytics are meant to empower you to make smart decisions.
People love stories, and they especially love stories that they can personally relate to. Marketing through storytelling takes the concept of blogging and content marketing to a whole new level. Not only are stories more personable, they are more inspiring, emotional, motivational, and memorable.
As you learn the stories of the people you are connected to, and they learn your stories, your relationship can inevitably grow stronger both online and offline.
The Williams College hosted the Human Library event, which involved the participation of students, faculty and community members in creating a physical “library” of people whom others could “check out” for a period of time.
The Human Library features a collection of volunteers who agree to serve as “books” to be read by total strangers. The books choose their own titles and descriptions, as well as suggest potential questions for readers as conversation starters.
Ali Edwards has been a long time inspiration for many scrapbookers. She has written articles in Creating Keepsakes Magazine. Her method of documentation was was different. Her focus on the story AND the photos taught many much about creating rich, meaningful layouts. She has (and continues) to contribute so much to this wonderful hobby called scrapbooking, and is as genuine as can be.
When she began posting her Project Life pages to her blog in 2011, the author couldn't help but be intrigued with this different system of documentation and scrapbooking called Project Life. Ali has created a Project Life spread using many Elle's Studio products and answered a few questions on her start and ongoing process.
We have all read a book, put it down and thought I don’t get it. We’ve all walked out of a movie and looked at your better half in confusion and bewilderment “What the heck was that about?” How these stories get made can sometimes leave us wondering.
However, the movies and books that leave you satisfied with a meaning or message, the book that resonates with you are usually destined to become blockbusters. The difference between a story and a story that speaks to its reader can be summed up in one word THEME. If you can convey a message to your reader, a universal meaning then you have captured theme. Theme is the meaning of your story. Read more to find out how to find your theme.
One of the best ways to be funny is to share embarrassing stories with friends. When we share our most humiliating stories, we invite laughter because everyone can relate. Also, there’s a psychic relief we give ourselves when we share our tales. Others enjoy the I’m-glad-it-wasn’t-me moment. Here are five tips for keeping your stories funny.
Even with all the right storytelling elements in place, there are pitfalls to avoid. For one, be sure you are telling your story to the right audience. Or rather, have the right story for the audience.
An effective brand story is authentic and creative, it has the same components that you see in a novel you can't put down, or a film you watch a hundred times. It emotionally engages the audience, touching them in a personal way. It's the opposite of a 'hard sell', instead taking the consumer on a powerful journey with your brand.
When crafting your story begin with the end in mind - what do you want your consumers to think, feel or do on hearing your brand story? Once you understand the impact you want to have, try answering some of the following questions to help you identify your brand story...
When considering the creation of content that compels others to share your content, and therefore, amplify your message, what better way to start than to think about the stories you can be creating about experiences around your products and services. Let’s take a quick look at 3 storytelling ideas.
Digital storytelling offers a person, community or health professional an opportunity to convery narratives about life, culture, health, illness and disease. It can also be a tool for team-building and community collaboration. A list of resources is included.
Give your stories focus, something and someone to look at, someone to identify with. Readers are new to your story world. Help them work their way through. Give them something to interest them, something to care about.
One of the most effective tools that can be used in public speaking is storytelling.
Stories are how we connect with others. Stories are how we learn. In fact, nothing engages and captivates an audience better than a good story. But the stories you tell as a professional speaker should do more than just entertain. When speaking in public, it is important that the stories you share are relevant to your overall topic and presentation, and that they reflect your greater message. In her article “3 Tips for Effective Storytelling,” professional speaker Gilda Bonanno writes: “As you’re preparing your presentation and practising your story, think about it from the audience’s point of view. An irrelevant story, no matter how funny or unusual, will only distract from your message.”
So what types of stories should you tell? Read on to find out.
Storytelling - a sense of place. Narratives are important mediators of personal and collective identities. People engage with their environment and with others when they recount and share stories and memories. With digital media normally hidden stories can be made public. The nature of storytelling itself changes too. Quite a lot of Netherlands examples exist...
We all strive to sculpt a lasting image – a shot so powerful that it entrances viewers forcing them to have a close affinity with the photograph. But what makes a lasting photograph? What makes a photograph truly stand out? Is it merely a group of elements shot with skilled techniques?
No, a lasting image is holistic, it sends a strong message when it tells a thought-provoking, emotional story. So how do you do that? Next time you go out to shoot, consider incorporating some of the tips below into your photographic routine.
Video is a great way to tell your stories and deliver messages in a way that other formats can't match. Here are 10 tips the author learned from Steve Stockman. I’ve included some examples of videos that he thinks help illustrate the tips.