How to find and tell your story
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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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Five Tips on How to Tell a Funny Story | Hillary Homzie

Five Tips on How to Tell a Funny Story | Hillary Homzie | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

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.

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A Common Pitfall in Business Storytelling: Wrong Story Overall | Four Leaf Public Relations

A Common Pitfall in Business Storytelling: Wrong Story Overall | Four Leaf Public Relations | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

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.

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"About Us": How to Make Your Story Part of Your Offering | The Small Business Storytelling Project

"About Us": How to Make Your Story Part of Your Offering | The Small Business Storytelling Project | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

We were humans before we became consumers. We're hard-wired to engage in a story that uplifts and guides us in our own struggles. Whether the story is about sustainability, buying local or being an underdog, we want to feel there’s a person behind the company, and that there’s a sense of purpose to which we can relate and that we want to experience for ourselves.  This article includes 4 lessons and questions you can ask to help find your story.

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Digital Storytelling Methods: Time and Resources Needed? | Tech Soup

One of the most common questions is how much time will it take to produce your first digital story. This varies wildly depending on the people, the team, the equipment availability, and how you tend to work.  This article lists various platforms, in order from least amount of time needed to most amount of time and resources to produce your one minute story. Time, software, and other elements needed are mentioned here.

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How to Use Video to Show, Not Tell, Your Brand Story | Video Commerce

How to Use Video to Show, Not Tell, Your Brand Story | Video Commerce | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Product videos are vital to e-commerce sites, but they don’t always lead to increased search traffic or social media engagement. To maximize exposure and buzz, marketers need to explore other types of video formatsthat are better suited to that task. One example is a ‘making of’ or ‘behind-the-scenes’ video.

 

Opening up about your company culture and the processes behind your products is a good way to gain, or retain, consumer trust in this age of Radical Transparency. Rather than simply trading on an idea of what you stand for and living in fear of being found out, you can use online video to show that you’re actually ‘walking the talk’. You can bolster credibility and your bottom line by showing what your brand is doing in alignment with its purpose and values.

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The Crucial Story Arc | Darcy Pattison

The Crucial Story Arc | Darcy Pattison | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

First, you might want to look at the 29 options for plots and the 9 ways of plotting to see if your story falls into one of them. There are hero's quests, friendship stories and more.

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Video Storytelling Lessons from “The Umbrella Man” | Engage

Video Storytelling Lessons from “The Umbrella Man” | Engage | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

An important rule of thumb I live by in developing online video content is: would I rather watch this or read this?

 

Video can certainly enrich the content experience, but for every great online video I’ve seen, I’ve seen just as many that would have been better off as a standard article. Because the best videos don’t tell stories, they show stories.

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Group Storytelling: 5 Best-In-Class Examples | PSFK

PSFK explores how crowdsourcing methods are becoming more popular across several different mediums.

 

Storytellers are mixing communities to create narratives across mediums. This process often involves sharing with a group or co-creating stories together. This is manifesting itself in film, online and on TV. Below PSFK shares five examples of how, where and by whom group storytelling and crowdsourcing is being used.

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Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well | Copyblogger

Ernest Hemingway’s Top 5 Tips for Writing Well | Copyblogger | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Who better than Hemingway to emulate? Rather than embracing the flowery prose of the literati, he chose to eschew obfuscation at every turn and write simply and clearly.

So let’s see what Ernest can teach us about effective writing.

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The Hyp Replacement: Multimedia Storytelling On Twitter, Tumblr, Blogspot and YouTube | Social Times

The Hyp Replacement: Multimedia Storytelling On Twitter, Tumblr, Blogspot and YouTube | Social Times | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Social media has changed the face of storytelling.  Characters, real and fictional, tell their stories in 140 characters or less on Twitter; filmmakers have found storytelling outlets in YouTube and Vimeo; stories are told on blogs, through all sorts of media from text to photos to news clippings, on Facebook walls and beyond.  E.A Marciano, a Brooklyn-based writer, has turned to these channels to tell the story of four Brooklynites in The Hyp Replacement, an experimental literary project told through Twitter, Tumblr, Blogspot and YouTube.

 

The Hyp Replacement is about four characters—Yaya, Sandy, Eloise, and Sol.  The characters all live in the same brownstone in Brooklyn and each character tells his (or her) own story through a different social network.  Yaya is on Twitter, Sol is on YouTube, Sandy is on Blogspot and Eloise is on Tumblr.  Longer text posts of “narration” tie the characters together.

 

Even though all the characters are on their own various social networks anad people are encouraged to follow them, people cannot actually interact with them.  Marciano comments, “As much as I enjoy incorporating the different social media, I really wanted to maintain a certain kind of integrity to the story.  The interaction component felt gimmicky in a way I wasn’t ready to embrace.  I really liked the idea of the characters existing in these worlds, but also being someone untouchable.  It’s like theater to a degree.  The audience is right there with the actors, but no one’s rushing the stage to affect change in character development or the course of the play."

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Storytelling Tutorial - Teacher's Notes | Historic Royal Palaces

Storytelling Tutorial - Teacher's Notes | Historic Royal Palaces | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

What makes a GREAT story? Start it in a well known palace and you've got a tale fit for a king.  These videos give step-by-step tips on telling a tip top tale!

 

This animated tutorial, developed in collaboration with the WholeStory, Marlborough and Globe Primary Schools, demonstrates and takes you through the process of combining information, both factual and imagined, to create a story.

 

[what a great tie in between palaces (as a business & education) & storytelling - and kudos for making life for teachers a little easier]

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Beyond Choose Your Own Adventure: Coliloquy Ebooks Give Readers an Active Role | Mashable

Beyond Choose Your Own Adventure: Coliloquy Ebooks Give Readers an Active Role | Mashable | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Coliloquy uses the same technology that enables crossword Kindle apps to turn the idea of a book on its head.

 

So far the applications of Coliloquy’s platform have been more subtle than a “choose your own adventure” story. In one of the startup’s novels, readers make small choices that don’t impact the overall storyline but unlock clues to a mystery. Another allows readers to spend more time getting to know the character they like best.

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Storytelling: Corporate Communication Series | Storyify

Ideas and advice for effectively telling the corporate story. This is a digital "handout" created for Singapore Management University courses in corporate communication.

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Using video to tell your stories | Genuine Organic Change

Using video to tell your stories | Genuine Organic Change | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

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.

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Love Stories, Hate “Storytelling” | Seven Story Learning

Love Stories, Hate “Storytelling” | Seven Story Learning | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The strategic use of stories is growing rapidly in today’s business world as entrepreneurs and organizations recognize the power of story to engage others. Story has always been a key part of business communication, but the recent spread of “business storytelling” has also perpetuated some myths. This author would love to drop the term “storytelling” in favor of something like “storysharing” or “storylearning.” Here are seven reasons why...

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The ingredients of a great storyteller | The Myndset

The ingredients of a great storyteller | The Myndset | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

To be a great story teller requires a cocktail of ingredients for success. As Nancy Duarte recasts in Jobs and King’s speeches, there is an ability to get the audience to project themselves, to lead them down a garden path and to follow the “dream.” While there has been much written about what makes for a great story, in this post, the author lists 5 items that makes a great storyteller.

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Tips For Connected Documentarians | Tribeca Film

Tips For Connected Documentarians | Tribeca Film | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

How can you use the medium of the web to push the boundaries of storytelling?  Connected docs need to be imagined for the web. But you need to imagine them the right way: story first.

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What Paulo Coelho Can Teach You About Storytelling & Writing | Influential Marketing

What Paulo Coelho Can Teach You About Storytelling & Writing | Influential Marketing | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

If you aspire to write anything from a book to a great blog post, 13 of Coelho's tips will help. Here are his frequently "tweetworthy" quotes written down from his audio podcast.

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When is a writer a Writer? | The Fictorian Era

When is a writer a Writer? | The Fictorian Era | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

When is it all right to assume the title of writer? This author has settled on five things that he considers helpful in distinguishing the ‘writers’ from the ‘dabblers’.

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Cowbird Is A Community For Amazing Storytellers, And Another Reason To Love the Internet | TechCrunch

Cowbird Is A Community For Amazing Storytellers, And Another Reason To Love the Internet | TechCrunch | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Simply put, Cowbird is a place where you can go to tell a story that you think is worth sharing with a wider community of lovers of good stories. The idea is for people to tell short location-tagged stories based on their own experience using text, photos and sound or a mix thereof. The more personal and authentic your story, the more it will resonate with the still relatively small Cowbird community.

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The 5 elements of social change stories | The Brave Discussion

The 5 elements of social change stories | The Brave Discussion | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Telling compelling social change story has 5 key narrative elements. These are: Conflict, Characters, Imagery, Foreshadowing, and Assumptions. These should be used to both deconstruct stories we want to challenge and to construct the stories we want to tell.

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Caspar Sonnen: Storytelling Tips | xtrans

Caspar Sonnen: Storytelling Tips | xtrans | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Or how we should stop worrying and start loving digital documentary storytelling.

 

As we speak, the digital revolution is unfolding. It’s destroying age-old business models and ruthlessly blurring almost every existing boundary within society, media and the arts. The good news is that the need for great storytellers has become bigger than ever. And so have the opportunities for the ones who dare to explore and invent new forms of digital documentary storytelling. Here are a few random tips for anyone considering making a webdocumentary, based on the experiences of the author who is the curator of IDFA DocLab.

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How to Find the Right Medium and Channels for Online Storytelling | NTEN

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

- how to create an impactful story

- tips on picking the right medium and channels

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Employer Stories: The 5 You Must Tell | TalentMinded

Employer Stories: The 5 You Must Tell | TalentMinded | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Employer stories build faith and create possibility. They give meaning to dry data, boring statistics and layers of information. Employer stories make ordinary job postings and recruitment marketing messages real, and they help job seekers reach the same positive conclusions you have about your employment brand on their own because it becomes personally meaningful.

 

To attract the best talent, you must stand out, and these 5 types of employer stories can bring your employment brand to life.

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An Overview: How We Make Things Happen | Tell Your Story

An overview of what 'Tell Your Story Brand Communications' does.  This slideshare provides some nice high level notes & processes along with some examples on using storytelling in an organization.

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