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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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10 Best Books for Learning the Art of Business Storytelling | Story Bistro

10 Best Books for Learning the Art of Business Storytelling | Story Bistro | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"There are scads of blog posts and books out there all telling you WHY storytelling is so important.  But HOW the heck do you tell a great story? That’s the $20,000 question.


It’s a question I attempt to answer here on this blog. And it’s the study of millions of writers, poets, marketers, speakers, and teachers across the globe. If you’d like to join them and learn more about HOW to tell a great story (and how to keep at it when you start to doubt yourself), here are my top book recommendations for you."


Read the full article to find the list and links to 10 books to get you started on the path to telling a compelling business story.

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Radio Show | Very Good Stories

Radio Show | Very Good Stories | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"My radio show is called ‘Story Powered™‘ and is a platform for talking about all things story. Every week, experts from around the world will share their expertise and experience in story powered leadership, branding and business development.


Story Powered will also help business leaders and entrepreneurs to think about the internal stories that are holding them back or affecting their success and learn how to create a new narrative that moves them closer to their goals and dreams."


Read the full article to follow along on this weekly radio show, or listen to or download the episodes.


Via Karen Dietz
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Thanks to fellow curator @Karen Dietzfor finding this resource!  She sums up what it's about really nicely in her review:

  • "Here's another fab resource for everyone interested in business storytelling. Story professional Lianne Picot has been interviewing some of the best minds in the storytelling field about how and why story works, applications for stories, and concrete how-to steps."
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Here's another fab resource for everyone interested in business storytelling. Story professional Lianne Picot @verygoodstories has been interviewing some of the best minds in the storytelling field about how and why story works, applications for stories, and concrete how-to steps.


This link is to her radio show where you can find the links to each interview. Like "What's Your Money Story?" with business author Mike Michalowicz. Wow -- now that's a critical but overlooked story any business person needs to dig into if they want more success.


Or, "Creating An Emotional Connection". Easy to say, tougher to do. Again, this interview with Jonathan Bennett will help you develop compelling narratives supporting your strategic direction and engaging stakeholders.


All of the interviews are downloadable as MP3 files for your traveling pleasure. Thanks for helping us all Lianne!


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 26, 2015 7:59 AM

Good read on story telling and developing stories 

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Worksheet: Turn Your Pivot Points into Stories for Better Content Marketing | Content Marketing Institute

Worksheet: Turn Your Pivot Points into Stories for Better Content Marketing | Content Marketing Institute | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"The problem with pivot points – events that result in major changes in your organization’s history or your personal career – is that they often slip by unnoticed. The significance of the event isn’t recognized until later.


You typically have to dig deep into the past to identify your pivots, the lessons they taught, and the opportunities they created. The reward for digging deep, however, is that past pivot points often uncover story opportunities that can help you define your brand and create memorable story-based content marketing.


To help you learn from the turning points in your or your organization’s background, I created a simple worksheet to help you locate the relevant turning points as well as uncover the details surrounding each story."


Read the full article to download the turning point worksheet and find out more about::

  • two types of pivots
  • the three steps to harvest pivot stories and lessons
  • suggestions for filling in the worksheet

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Dean Ryan G. Martin's curator insight, February 21, 2015 6:23 AM

It's my first time to see a worksheet for content marketing. This makes the whole process easier.

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Storytelling Resources | Fevered Mutterings

Storytelling Resources | Fevered Mutterings | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Here on this page, I’ve collected together everything on storytelling I’ve found really useful and/or geeked over from the last 2 years. I currently make a living from a mixture of telling my own stories (mainly around my love of exploring the world) and teaching other people how to tell theirs — and everything that follows has either helped me or inspired me to keep doing what I do.


I’ll be maintaining this list as I go ahead. Check back for updates!"


Read the full article to access links to resources for learning to tell stories under these headings:

  • “Storytelling”? Eh? – Introductions to the subject.
  • Storytelling Theory – The science bit, both literally and figuratively.
  • Tips & Tools – Practical techniques you can learn and apply to everything.
  • Great Storytelling In Action – ‘Nuff said.
  • Online Collections – Collecting together the best stories on the Web.
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Storytelling Resources | Meyer Foundation

Storytelling Resources | Meyer Foundation | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Storytelling is an essential component of nonprofit communications, but very few organizations have a firm grasp of what good storytelling truly is and how it can be leveraged to improve outreach and fundraising. This is especially true among smaller organizations, which often lack the resources and staff to invest in developing the required processes and fostering in-house expertise.


Georgetown University's Center for Social Impact Communication researched and produced a publication a resources aimed to fill the existing storytelling resource gap by providing examples of good, compelling stories that have had measurable outcomes for organizations, along with a step-by-step strategy for creating and sharing these stories—one that’s particularly geared toward smaller organizations."


Access this resource page to download primers, checklists, and how-tos to jumpstart your organization's storytelling efforts around:

  • Stories worth telling:  A guide to strategic and sustainable nonprofit storytelling
  • Creating your storytelling bank
  • Story development
  • Online storytelling and social media
  • Staffing for storytelling
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The 62 page Stories Worth Telling guide is worth checking out.  It contains excellent tips, examples, and links to even more resources than what is found on the resource page.


I'll definitely be using the Storytelling Culture Self-Assessment Tool to identify and rate key areas of success as well as those that need improvement in my organization’s storytelling culture and readiness.

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Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa

Storytelling Websites and Resources | Elizabeth Figa | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
Resources for storytelling performances, training, coaching, and research.

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wow good one!!
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Thanks Coletta!
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Is Your Story Submission-Ready? Find Out with "Rate Your Story!" | A Sense of Fiction

Is Your Story Submission-Ready? Find Out with "Rate Your Story!" | A Sense of Fiction | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Find out the scoop on Rate Your Story, a great service for authors--plus it's FREE! They accept short stories (up to 2,000 words) and have a team of experienced writers who will read your story and rate it, providing a good indicator as to whether or not it's submission-ready.

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Rate Your Story has been so successful, they are unable to accept submissions for a bit while they catch up.  Definitely something to check out.

 

Rate Your Story (http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/)

Submission Guidelines http://rateyourstory.blogspot.ca/p/submission-guidelines.html

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A variety of items/resources concerning digital storytelling [for #etMOOC] | Learning Ecosystems

A variety of items/resources concerning digital storytelling [for #etMOOC] | Learning Ecosystems | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A large selection of digital storytelling examples, information, and tools.

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National Storytelling Week teaching resources | TES

National Storytelling Week teaching resources | TES | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

To celebrate National Storytelling Week 2013, we’d like to entice you and your class into the world of make believe, of pirates, faraway lands, fairy tales and graphic novels, inspiring everyone to share their own stories in the process.  

 

This collection of expertly crafted teaching resources, shared by teachers, for teachers, is freely available on TES to help you enrich the lives of your pupils through the power of storytelling.

- Story telling inspiration and ideas

- Ten top storytelling tips

- MFL

- 21st Century storytelling - digital stories

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Nonprofit Storytelling Resources | Wilton Blake

Nonprofit Storytelling Resources | Wilton Blake | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This is a curated collection of nonprofit storytelling resources.  The collection is categorized by:

- Andy Goodman

- Kivi Leroux Miller

- Katya Andresen & Macon Morehouse

- Nancy Schwartz

- Michael Margolis

- Research studies on the power of stories

- YouTube

- Scoop.it!

- Books

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Introducing Cowbird | Turbulence

Introducing Cowbird | Turbulence | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Cowbird allows you to keep a beautiful audio-visual diary of your life (here’s mine), and to collaborate with others in documenting the overarching “sagas” that shape our world today (starting with the Occupy Wall Street movement).

 

Our short-term goal is to pioneer a new form of participatory journalism, grounded in the simple human stories behind major news events. Our long-term goal is to build a public library of human experience — kind of like a Wikipedia for real life (but much more beautiful).

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The Museum of Me | Intel

The Museum of Me | Intel | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[Found via http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664000/app-turns-your-facebook-page-into-an-art-show]

App turns your Facebook page into an Art Show.

 

This web app creates a retrospective of the most important figure of the era: you.  

Your Facebook page is already something of a minor art show, highlighting your little place in the cultural firmament through photographs and likes and cheerful cartoon chickens. Well now, you can turn it into a full-blown museum exhibit.

 

Intel’s Museum of Me draws info from your Facebook profile and sprinkles it throughout a virtual art gallery that looks and feels precisely like a real art gallery, right down to the pretentious signage and the solemn visitors pretending to think deep thoughts about the crap on the walls.

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Free eBook on Bringing Your Message to Life | The Storybranding Group

Free eBook on Bringing Your Message to Life | The Storybranding Group | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Here’s one of the most important tips in Bringing Your Message to Life: People deeply relate to characters in the stories they love. If they see you as part of a story that really matters, they’ll relate to you, too. So take a look at the eBook if you’d like to know more about how to cast your organization, your business (or yourself) as the central character in a story that moves your audiences.

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The Other Side of Storytelling: Listening | Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Other Side of Storytelling: Listening | Chronicle of Philanthropy | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

StoryCorps founder and 2015 TED Prize winner of $1 million, Dave Isay, believes a genuine conversation can make a difference – and his group has created an app to facilitate those talks.


"When’s the last time someone listened to you? Really listened carefully? A time when the person listening wasn’t trying to get something out of you? How did it feel?


Maybe you felt understood. Appreciated. Noticed. Chances are, it felt pretty good.


It’s a special experience, especially for people who have been made to feel that they don’t matter. And it’s at the heart of StoryCorps, the nonprofit that provides people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.


That mission got a boost last month when the organization launched the first version of its mobile app. The tool enables users to record an interview, take a picture to accompany it, and then tag and share the story. And like the rest of StoryCorps’s more than 50,000 recordings, stories uploaded using the mobile app during its first year will be archived at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. They will also appear on the new storycorps.me website.


The app was announced when StoryCorps founder Dave Isay was awarded the 2015 TED Prize by the global ideas nonprofit, granting him $1 million and the support of the TED audience to carry out a wish. He asked for help so that “anyone, anywhere, can easily record a meaningful interview with another human being, which then will be archived for history.”


Read the full article to find out more about:

  • where to download the free mobile app
  • why the app is more than just the technicalities
  • link to watch Dave Isay’s TED Prize talk and how to follow the progress of his wish on the TED blog
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The app looks clean and easy to use.  There's lots of information, and links to the app, on the https://storycorps.me/ site.


There are also lots more resources, like interview questions, and stories to listen to on StoryCorps main site.

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7 books to read to become a better storyteller | Story & Heart

7 books to read to become a better storyteller | Story & Heart | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Here we’d like to share a few of our favorite books. Some of these were written just for filmmakers, helping us understand how each technical decision affects our stories. Others take a more general approach, examining how human beings are wired to respond to narrative, and how you can craft your stories to better engage your audience."


Read the full article to find out more about why these 7 books that will help you to tell better stories:

  1. The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human by Jonathan Gottschall
  2. Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting by Robert McKee
  3. Wired For Story by Lisa Cron
  4. Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
  5. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  6. The Filmmaker's Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide for the Digital Age by Steven Ascher
  7. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
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Venkatesh Iyer (venkyiyer.com)'s curator insight, February 22, 2015 12:17 AM

Just read one of them. I wish I could tell a better tale.

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Is Oral Storytelling About to Have a Revival? | The Creators Project

Is Oral Storytelling About to Have a Revival? | The Creators Project | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"Eleven years ago, StoryCorps began with the simple mission to get people to slow down and hear what others had to say. Beginning with a single booth inside New York's Grand Central Terminal, over the years, they’ve amassed 55,000 interviews from across the U.S.A.—stories the cover the spectrum of the great human condition. For their work in capturing contemporary America's collective oral history, the company recently won the annual TED Prize award, $1 million dollars that will go towards funding a “wish to inspire the world,” to be announced in March."


Read the full article to see or access examples of their work

  • a combination of audio overlayed on animation
  • audio followed by a written a transcript.


For more information and DIY tips, visit the StoryCorps website.

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I've been following StoryCorps for quite a few years now, and am impressed by what they have accomplished and the number of stories they've amassed.


It's such a simple concept.  Participants bring in loved ones to interview, and for 40 minutes they talk to each other about their lives, how much they matter to each other, and how they want to be remembered.  All that's needed is the recorder and mike.  Each participant gets to take a copy home and have the option of publishing it in the Library of Congress.


Unfortunately, StoryCorps in person recording sessions are only done in the US. But they do provide alternative options such as:

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Storytelling Workshop: Techinques, Models, Tools & Resources | Darin Eich

Storytelling Workshop: Techinques, Models, Tools & Resources | Darin Eich | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"This is a list of story models, techniques, tools, & resources from our storytelling workshop. There are different models that can help you to piece your story together."


Read the full article to find out more about these models:

  • Lead with Story CAR Model
  • Made to Stick SUCCES Model
  • Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey Model
  • Ira Glass on Storytelling
  • Pixar’s 22 Rules to Phenomenal Storytelling
  • Story Workshop Development Activities
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A nice collection of models and techniques to tell short and long stories.

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Storytelling’s 10 Must-Read Books for 2013 | Get Storied

Storytelling’s 10 Must-Read Books for 2013 | Get Storied | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
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Read the full article to find out more about this eclectic mix of storytelling genres, from fiction to story business basics to coffee table art:

  1. The Faraway Nearby
  2. Business Storytelling for Dummies
  3. Second Firsts:  Live, Laugh, and Love Again
  4. Catch the Fire:  An Art-full Guide to Unleashing the Creative Power of Youth, Adults and Communities
  5. True Story:  How to Combine Story and Action to Transform Your Business
  6. Building Stories
  7. Lead with a Story:  A Guide to Crafting Business Narratives that Captivate, Convince and Inspire
  8. What Great Salespeople Do:  The Science of Selling Trhough Emotional Connection and the Power of Story
  9. The Twelve Tries of Hattie
  10. Narrative Medicine:  The Use of History and Story in the Healing Process
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TechSoup Canada’s Round-up of Awesome Storytelling Tools and Resources | TechSoup Canada

TechSoup Canada’s Round-up of Awesome Storytelling Tools and Resources | TechSoup Canada | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Telling a good story is more challenging than you think. Read the full article to find out about these resources, tips and tools we’ve collected over the years to help you improve your online storytelling strategy:

 

Step 1: Getting Started - Knowing The Heart Of What You Do

Step 2: Making Your Story Strategic

Step 3: Make It Visual

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- Other Resources, Tools And Tips

- Great Books On Storytelling

- Low Cost Or Free Storytelling Tools We LOVE!

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Copywriting and Storytelling: Essential Reading and Resources | CopyRanger

Copywriting and Storytelling: Essential Reading and Resources | CopyRanger | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it
The bond between copywriting and storytelling is not just strong… It’s unbreakable. If you consider yourself a copywriter, you better be damn good at writing “cannot put the thing down” stories.

 

Read the full article for an extensive list of essential reading and resources from categories like:

- Articles/Links

- Books

- Courses and other Products

- Audio/Podcasts

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 14, 2013 8:54 PM

Fellow curator Kim Zinke for How To Find And Tell Your Story here at Scoop.it found this piece and I thought you all might want to have this list to explore too.


Some of the articles in the list I've curated. Some books I've referenced. Some pieces are new to me. I'm not sure of the quality of all of them but I think they are worth checking out. A bunch are from the screenwriting or fiction world, but hey -- those can be really useful in biz storytelling.


So we will have fun exploring. 


I've seen some posts lately from other curators that I'm going to bring your way in the next day or too. Still trying to catch up after a death in the family on top of work and teaching. My apologies for being so far behind.


And thank you to Kim for this article!


This post was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Debby McKinney's comment, March 15, 2013 9:01 PM
We all need to tell our story in a compelling way ... looking forward to reviewing the info ... Coach Debby McKinney
Karen Dietz's comment, March 16, 2013 7:47 PM
Hope you find some goodies Debby! Have a great weekend.
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Workshop Map | Story Elves

Workshop Map | Story Elves | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

This online workshop is for storytellers of every sort:  ones who might have a bit of trouble getting started, ones who are a little stuck in the middle, and those who are simply in search of a new idea.

 

Story Elves work in four distinct ways:  writing a story, editing the words, illustrating the story and designing the look of each page.  By undertaking these four types of work, a story becomes a polished book.

 

We offer tips of these four kinds, in the event that you might like to create books of your own.  Don’t forget that you can collaborate with another artist, as we ourselves do.

 

You may desire to work on one thing at a time:  writing, editing or illustrating or design.  Therefore, we stack our tips in separate rooms, to make each aspect of story work more clear.

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Storytelling guide | The Fostering Network

Storytelling guide | The Fostering Network | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Stories and storytelling can make a significant impact on the development of a child. Stories can strengthen not only their language, but their ability to tell their own story and to make themselves heard.

 

Access the article to download the free 104 page online guide which covers:

- The importance of storytelling and stories
- The relationship between attachment and storytelling
- The Three T model of storytelling
- Creating story worlds

- Supporting resources
- A story selection
- Story-making game cards (see seperate download)

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Resources on the Power of Story | Act3

Resources on the Power of Story | Act3 | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

A large collection of resources under the headings:

- helpful handouts

- story collections

- books on storytelling/persuasion

- story resources

- storytelling organizations

- interesting tidbits

- research & news articles

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Welcome to Tell Your Story Every Day! | Tell your story every day

Welcome to Tell Your Story Every Day! | Tell your story every day | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

We are a new sister site of The Digichick, a digital scrapbooking community whose main goal is to help you "Capture, Record and Preserve Your Life's Story."

 

The key thing we have forgotten is that the goal of scrapbooking is to be recording our most precious memories, telling our stories, writing it all down while these things are still fresh in our minds!

Pictures are beautiful things. Scrapbookers love the art of photography. But, I’m sorry, most photos are not worth 1,000 words—photographs cannot speak for themselves. If you were given a photograph of your great-grandmother as a child, what would you know about it by just looking at it? Where was it taken? Why was it taken? Is there a story behind this or that little detail? Wouldn’t you want someone there to tell you all about it?

 

As a memory keeper, this is where YOU come in. That is your role!

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An Assessment to Find Not Your Story, But Your Story Type | A Storied Career

An Assessment to Find Not Your Story, But Your Story Type | A Storied Career | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

The Professional Values & Story Index (PVSI) from the Storybranding Group is an assessment based on a model created by Dr. Carol S. Pearson, who specializes in story archetypes. The site describes the index as a “story typing instrument for individuals that illuminates professional assets, values, and gifts through a story-based lens.”Unlike the assessments in my 5-part series on Life-Story Interventions that Guide Career Choice, the PVSI doesn’t use storied techniques to arrive at self-actualization or help users come up with a preferred career/life story. Instead, it looks at story type, resulting in one of 12 story types.

 

Check out the PVSI at http://www.storybranding.com/site/take-the-pvsi-survey.php

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