What started your story? What happened that made you believe something could be different? Or, was there something or somewhere else to explore? All stories -- even those in business -- have a beginning.
Step one of the pattern is The Call. The hero ventures forth into this new world after hearing a call to action.
Over the past few terms I have discussed the integration of storytelling activities into courses with some of the faculty on our campus. The following define a few of the activities that have been piloted. See more info that falls under these headings
Blame it on Joseph Campbell. He identified the main parts of a story, and if you know them you can never watch a movie or read a book in the same way again. The same goes for corporate or organizational communication. Using the storytelling technique in business communication appears to be the new cool kid on the block. But, there’s a secret about this storytelling business. It’s not a big secret, but people seem to want to discount it because it seems too simple. The truth is, there is one basic story pattern that humans around the world accept as a story (versus an anecdote, message or just a series of events). It is called the Hero’s Journey.
Tune in tomorrow and we’ll begin to break down the four main parts. And, you’ll see there are heroes all around us.
Storytelling is a concept that we are all familiar with, regardless of our background. As designers, it is often utilized as a tool during the design process. In Ireland it has been part of their culture for centuries. During Interaction12, IxDA organizers did a great job of incorporating Irish culture into the conference through different activities and performances at the venue.
Lately, I’ve been back into Art of Time in Memoir: Then, Again by Sven Birkerts. Although this small volume, less than 200 pages, is filled with gems worth picking up and examining, I want to just take one small point today. A point that I hope may help you better consider the focus of your memoir.
Some people, especially in the beginning of their development, tend to confuse “story idea” with the story itself, as in, boom, you get the idea, and the story immediately springs to mind, fully grown, like Athena sprouting from the brow of Zeus, and that’s not happening, therefore you’re just not getting story ideas, and What’s Wrong With Me!!?? If you find yourself in that particular panicky death spiral, take a breath, relax, and try to understand that, odds are, there’s nothing at all wrong with you. What you lack isn’t brains, or imagination, but experience. Brains and imagination, so far as I know, you either have or you don’t. Experience is something you have to earn.
A powerful technique to help you identify and tweak your life is to write your story up to this moment. Write it out in whatever manner is comfortable to you - whether in story mode or bullet list. The point is to list out your experiences, accomplishments, failures, highlights... whatever, just tell your entire story in a way that you can look at it and determine if you're living the life you want to be living. If you are, congratulations. If you're not, take stock and take action.
The purpose of doing this exercise every so often is to come to terms with the reality you created and allowing you to identify where, and maybe some insights into how, you've fallen short. It will also put a spotlight on where you've shined and fulfilled your desires.
The Sports Editor for the Taos News, receives pictures of events all the time from the public. Realizing not everyone has had formal photography training, he decided to publish a photography tip-sheet with 12 tips. Even those these tips are for aspiring journalists, even if you never plan to submit a photo to the Taos News, these 12 tips still should help you improve your snapshots.
Know the ones you love. A way for you and your family to share and preserve your memories, one question at a time.
Proust.com is a family website. Use Proust to share your story with family and friends. Use our questions inspired by Marcel Proust and the Proust Questionnaire to help you tell your story or ask them to family and friends.
Telling your organization’s story in video does not always require investing in expensive equipment. Advances in technology now mean that many nonprofits most likely have access to basic video storytelling tools. Mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets, can be really powerful storytelling tools.
Understanding what mobile applications to use, the limitations of your tools, and what makes a good video were the goals of TechSoup’s recent Mobile Storytelling tweet chat. The tweet chat was held one day before the official launch of the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge (TSDigs).
There are billions of ways to tell a story and millions of avenues with which to tell it. No great presentation should be without a great story. Each Wednesday, on this blog, we’ll discuss storytelling. We’ll present you with effective ways to tell a story, ideas on how to better form your stories and ways to bring more creativity into your stories. Flash fiction is a great way to start.
Storytelling is as old as humanity. So why the obsession? Why now? Is it that now we all have the power to tell stories? That the traditional media gatekeepers are no longer so powerful and the consumer is now also the producer of stories? Is it that we all think we can control our own narratives? Is it that by telling or sharing stories we choose, we build an external identity, as we would liketo be seen? An important question that is rarely asked is: Do we all have something worthwhile to tell — really?
Stories worth telling are ones where the “what” and “why” of your story is thought through. Storytelling is an art. There are no rules, but there are things to think about that will help you when you choose to tell your stories. Here are a few, with the help of masters of storytelling...
Through digital storytelling we motivate our learners to apply, contextualize, visualize, and personalize the language they learn. There are 100s of free digital tools and websites to inspire your learners to create extremely imaginative stories and share them with a global audience. I hope the following tips and resources will help you along your journey towards integrating digital storytelling into your curriculum.
Career experts often advise job seekers or networkers to “tell your story.” But what does that mean? There is a skill to telling the right kind of stories at the right time so that you not only gain the interest of an employer or contact, but also will enable the person to recall you more vividly later. Here are seven tips for telling memorable and appropriate stories...
Over the years as a speaker, manager and facilitator, I have observed the greatest retention of my message was from stories that I told.
The impact went beyond facts and theories. Stories engage the audience, were conversational, and tapped into the emotions and senses. Often I would encounter people years later and they would playback a story I had shared with them, and more importantly, voice the point of the story and how it helped them overcome barriers or create solutions to problems.
Here's how to use stories to educate and explain...
ViewChange uses the power of video to tell human stories about the real progress being made in reducing poverty and injustice around the world. Working with non-profit organisations, film distributors, and individual filmmakers, ViewChange offers freely available documentaries, news reports, and viewer-generated films of varying length and style.
Using semantic technology, the site connects the video being watched to other videos, articles, blogs, and social actions. This is a great resource for anyone who wants to tell a story in a way that avoids tired old presentation formats. Story telling done well is one of the most effective ways to engage participants.
Please glue your speech content to a story, especially about a personal experience. This thing not only connects speakers with audiences but also makes speeches more interesting. Because it visualizes circumstances for audiences to understand complex information and feel the emotion. Therefore, this way of expressing keeps information in the heads of audiences.
Here's what I think are the best approaches to storytelling. I believe that if you put those eight tips to good use when you want to use storytelling in your public speaking, your speeches will improve tremendously.
In a well-crafted film or novel, we often identify with the characters in the story. At the very least, we need to identify with the protagonist – if we are to be drawn into the tale at all. Identification is not the same as liking the character but because identification helps to draw us into the story more effectively than is otherwise possible, it is one of the most important story-telling skills to master.
In his book, Writing Screenplays That Sell, Michael Hague lays out several ways to achieve this. Here’s six of the most important...
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