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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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But I Thought You Were A Good Person, And Other Enemies Of Truth | Jo Hilder's Blog

But I Thought You Were A Good Person, And Other Enemies Of Truth | Jo Hilder's Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

If I could identify the most difficult thing about being a writer, it would be wrestling with the inner critic.

In fact, the only difference between you, or me, and the person who succeeds in writing, running, singing, sales, online gaming, acting, chicken catching, or anything in fact is an absolutely dogged refusal to listen to the voice in their heads that says “You can’t do this.” 

 

The inner critic hates one thing above all others – your story. The goal of the inner critic is to have you remain mediocre your whole life, or at least, to get you to act as if you were. But the truth? Nobody is mediocre. Everyone has the basic ingredient needed to be amazing.

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Connecting With Your Customers: Do They Know Your Story? | PortageLife

So, what exactly is a story? The famed screen writer Robert McKee says that a story is “a fundamental conflict between subjective expectation and cruel reality, about an imbalance and opposing forces. A good storyteller describes what it’s like to deal with those opposing forces, calling on the protagonist to dig deeper, work with scarce resources, make difficult decisions and ultimately discover the truth.” Doesn’t the last part of the quote sound a bit like starting and running a small business? Digging deeper? Working with scarce resources? Making difficult decisions? Ultimately discovering the truth, i.e. what works and what doesn’t? Every small business has a story waiting to be told.

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Tapikeo App for Storytelling | OT's with Apps

Tapikeo App for Storytelling | OT's with Apps | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Tapikeo is a very simple app to play and create. Available for iPad (2.99) and for the iPod Touch/iPhone (.99). What suited my needs for several of my students were features of an edit and play mode.

 

Used not only for storytelling or book creating on modified curriculum subjects, Tapikeo can also be used for vocabulary, flash cards or a simple presentations. The app has the capabilities to email your stories.

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How a teenager's tweet turned on our newsroom to Storify | Multimedia Reporter

Storify was created for journalists by journalists. You take content from the web, via Twitter, YouTube, Flickr or other social media sites, and place it on a timeline. Storify gives you text boxes to write headlines, a lede and transitions. As with any story, the reporter drives the narrative. The quotes are taken from real-time social media. You can even make embeds of specific URLs.

 

Tip: It will save you a lot of time if you identify your story early and begin grabbing tweets or other content.

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Content and Story: 3 Resources | Content Science

Storytelling and content go hand-in-hand. Start to weave narrative into your content from these resources:

- The Art + Science of Using Stories to Influence Decisions
- Making Up Stories
- Become an Interactive Storyteller

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Susie Storyteller: Susie Arnold teaches the art of telling tales | Walton Sun

Susie Storyteller: Susie Arnold teaches the art of telling tales | Walton Sun | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Ms. Susie Arnold holds the unique distinction of being a professional storyteller — a talent she eagerly shares with whoever listens.

 

Each week, Arnold mesmerizes the younger crowd with her animated renditions of stories culled from the pages of well-known, or not so well-known books.  These are her tips.

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Reflection 5 | Verena Berger's Just Write

Reflection 5 | Verena Berger's Just Write | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This week's exercises, your memories, present you with the beginning of a story: introduction of protagonist, conflict, introduction of antagonist, another conflict.
Now you can let your conflicts climax, then write the resolution.

 

See the post for more writing exercises.

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Stories on the Go! Digital Storytelling with Mobile Devices | Shelly Terrell

Simple K12 presentation! Find the resources here: http://tinyurl.com/shellyterrell 

 

Here's a great resource that was created for teachers, but you can use it too in your business. The presentation lists a variety of story apps for both the iPad and Android platforms that you can use to create or record and then broadcast your business stories.

 

Now how cool is that?!  I don't care for the two videos included in the slide deck. And business readers will have to do some translation from the classroom to business. But other than that, this presentation should give you some great ideas for using mobile in your business storytelling.


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For Mental Health Boost: Take Charge Of Your Personal Story | common Health

For Mental Health Boost: Take Charge Of Your Personal Story | common Health | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

I have a friend who, from my perspective, has a great life: fabulous job, cool wife, close family.

 

Still, this guy sees himself perpetually at the mercy of life’s twists and turns. When work is hard, he feels like “a failure.” When his relationship gets complicated, he becomes “unloveable.” I’ve always wondered why he perceives such ugliness looking into the mirror.

 

Well, it appears that the stories he — that we all — tell ourselves about our lives have a huge impact on our mental health.

 

Indeed, a new study of patients in therapy suggests that taking control of your own personal story, that is, spinning a narrative in which you are in the driver’s seat of your life, can clinically improve your mental health and sense of well-being.


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Digital Storytelling Tips and Resources | DocBE

Table of Contents:

- Digital Storytelling:  An Overview

- Digital Storytelling Assignments: Tips and Suggestions

- Sample Lesson Sequence & Collateral Materials

- A Webography of Digital Storytelling

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The Future of Advertising: Effective Storytelling (6 Tips) | Celsius

The Future of Advertising: Effective Storytelling (6 Tips) | Celsius | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

And I don’t mean fairy tale stories like Cinderella and Prince Charming. I am talking about content in the form of storytelling! According to Chrisitian Haas, the executive creative director at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, advertising in 2012 will be more than ever about using technology to create and share content.

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Storytelling That Sells: Five Tips for B2B Demand Generation Marketers | Lauren On Demand

Storytelling That Sells: Five Tips for B2B Demand Generation Marketers | Lauren On Demand | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A good story is (not always) hard to write. Or film. Or record.  But it does take practice, and an understanding of some essential principles. Case studies are the most obvious vehicles for storytelling, but any information you deliver—in a product demo, a presentation, a white paper—can be made more compelling with a personal experience baked in.

 

No matter what media you plan to deliver your story in, the following elements must be present...

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Cross-curricular resources: National Storytelling Week - resources | TES

Cross-curricular resources: National Storytelling Week - resources | TES | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling still has a vital role to play in nurturing young minds, writes Dale Sruary.

 

The article links to a list of resources for lesson starters, learning, TES community forums:  http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6161637&s_cid=RESads_017

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Why executives suck at telling stories | Boscutti

Why executives suck at telling stories | Boscutti | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling creates all meaning. Especially where we spend our time working. The stories we tell about a corporation create the identity, the values. They sustain or change the culture.

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Learning to Love the Fail | Wired News

Learning to Love the Fail | Wired News | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Even if you know what your story is and what you want to say, it can be difficult to pivot from the research phase to the writing phase.  Writing hurts. If it doesn’t, then you’re not doing it right.

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Create sense of immediacy in your story through point of view | Inventing Reality Editing Service

Create sense of immediacy in your story through point of view | Inventing Reality Editing Service | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A story can be told from several viewpoints. When the main character narrates his own experiences and observations, the author is using “first person limited” point of view.

This viewpoint is autobiographical in nature. It’s “limited” because the narrator only can tell what he perceives, not what other characters see, hear or think.

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A Secret and Complete Guide to Writing a Fantasy Adventure Short Story that Evokes Wonder | Novums

A Secret and Complete Guide to Writing a Fantasy Adventure Short Story that Evokes Wonder | Novums | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This is a real “nuts and bolts” account of how to write a fantasy adventure story, a really fun genre.

 

I can’t promise the process I outline here will result in good stories. I can promise, however, that, if followed, the process detailed in this guide will result in stories. And that’s a start. And I can also promise that, if you give it a good try, you’ll have fun.

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How To Become The Superhero Of Your Own Story | Big Fish Marketing

How To Become The Superhero Of Your Own Story | Big Fish Marketing | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Strategies for responding to “Tell me about yourself”.

 

Building a captivating story about yourself involves sharing the epic moments in your life that reveal your true character.  When you reveal yourself through story, you honor your accomplishments and set the stage for your next triumph.  If your story inspires you, it is sure to inspire others.

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10 Resolutions for online fundraising and marketing success in 2012 | Non-Profit Marketing Blog

10 Resolutions for online fundraising and marketing success in 2012 | Non-Profit Marketing Blog | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

10 Resolutions for Online Fundraising and Marketing Success in 2012 is the title of a free new eBook from Network for Good. You can get it here.

 

This e-Book offers some great tips about the importance of good writing when telling your story in your appeal.

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Steal these 42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits | Frogloop

Steal these 42 Creative Pinterest Ideas for Nonprofits | Frogloop | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

We’re about to see Pinterest use among nonprofit organizations explode. Pinterest has a lot of potential, especially for organizations whose stories lend themselved to visual storytelling.

 

Pinterest is a new(ish) and growing a image based social network and the newest darling of social media marketers. I’m always intrigued to see how nonprofits find creative ways to use new social media tools, but I didn’t think seriously about Pinterest’s potential for nonprofits until I read Joe Waters and Beth Kanter’s thoughts. Now I’m excited to see how cause communities embrace this emerging network to create value and mission impact.

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Memoir Book Business: An Author Explores Unique Codes to Enhance Memoir Experience | Women's Memoirs

Memoir Book Business: An Author Explores Unique Codes to Enhance Memoir Experience | Women's Memoirs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Last week, Women’s Memoirs published an interview with memoir author Jenny Lynn Anderson, author of Room 939: 15 Minutes of Horror, 20 Years of Healing. When we looked at her book, we loved the innovative use she made of Quick Response codes.


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Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire | Gabriella's Adventures

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire | Gabriella's Adventures | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Apparently being a ‘storyteller’ is synonymous with being a ‘liar’. So I take it back, you’re not a liar, you’re a storyteller and, you know what? I find your story telling absolutely fascinating. I find our story telling absolutely fascinating. The things we manage to convince ourselves of are incredible. Our commitment to our stories has taken us far, it has expanded our worlds and it has brought about awesome change in both the macro and the micro. All this stuff, all these ‘lies’ and ‘falsehoods’ and even ‘truth’ and ‘honesty’ for that matter, it’s all part of the story telling. It’s entirely possible that my truth is different from your truth and that doesn’t make either of them a lie, just parts of the story.

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Munsch Storytelling Tips | YouTube

Canadian children's author and Family Literacy Day Honorary Chair Robert Munsch shares his best storytelling tips.

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Tips for Speakers | TedX

Tips for Speakers | TedX | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Great stories touch people with immediacy, impact and intimacy. They’re universal and personal and teach us about the world and ourselves. There is no formula or equation to success, it’s born out of honesty, reflection and observation of the world around you. If you can in turn pass what you’ve seen, learned and concluded on to others in an engaging manner, you, sir are a good storyteller. Make me feel something.” ~ Shaminder Dulai.

 

These 10 tips are the heart of a great TED or TEDx Talk. They have been shared with all TED and TEDx speakers...

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7 Tips for Finding Stories in Your Organization | PhilanTopic

Regular contributor Thaler Pekar helps smart leaders and their organizations find, develop, and share the stories and organizational narratives that can rally critical support.  Here are some tips on how you can elicit stories about your organization from colleagues, board members, donors, clients, grantees, and others.

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