"Use storytelling to influence people and move them to action Need to get your point across? Get staff on board with change? Foster collaboration? Increase sales? Strengthen employee engagement? Build customer loyalty? Drive innovation and creativity? Capture best practices? Align people around a goal? Grow your business? Business Storytelling For Dummies can help you do this—and more."
Hot off the press. Written by Karen Dietz and Lori Silverman. Put it on the top of your Christmas wishlist.
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.
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)
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).
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.
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.
The Transmedia LA Wiki is a current, cool place to glom onto useful tools, techniques and hard-won insights to help wend our way thru the labyrinth of Transmedia Project Creation. The wiki serves to spread around what works/ doesn’t work for transmedia storytelling via an open dialogue. Transmedia production in particular requires a specialized brand of Know How, so open discussion/ dialogue covering the good/ not so good techniques will hopefully stymie much ‘re-invention of the wheel’.
Here’s the type of resources awaiting on the other end of the Transmedia LA Wiki:
gaming, publishing, social media, technology, transmedia, and writing.
Another blogger inspired me to create an A-Z list of highlights of story finds for the year. Strictly speaking, not all of these are finds. Some are my own creations or initiatives. Others are practitioners I’ve highlighted in the past who’ve been resurgent in the last year. Still others are simply tributes. But they represent some of the most notable content about applied storytelling from 2011.
Doug Lipman, a key figure in the New England storytelling revival, is known throughout the United States and abroad as a performer, coach, author, and teacher. Visit his website at http://storydynamics.com.
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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.
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s insight:
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.
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.
From Karen: Ooohhh ooooohh oooooohh -- this looks like a fabulous and fun tool for biz storytelling!! Now you can make your stories interactive. How fun is that?!!
I'll play with this tool this afternoon while avoiding all the shopping frenzy of Black Friday. Hope you have fun with it too and that it really helps connect with customers and build your business!
Thanks go to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for finding and sharing this post.
inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.
A nice feature of this resource is that you can export your story to Kindle for a small fee (approx $10). You be able to read your ebook on your Kindle, or sell it through Amazon. The ebook reads like a normal Kindle ebook, except that choices are included using hyperlinks.
I have finally added a list of my favorite biz story books that you can now access and explore yourself.
These books are the best I've found that will help you build practical storytelling skills, and make us all smarter about business narratives.
The books include everything from conducting narrative research within organizations, how leaders can use storytelling, stories in marketing/branding, how to use stories for change and transformation, and using stories for break-through communication.
The books include many business examples, processes, and how-to steps. I hope they prove useful for you. Enjoy!
PS -- and let me know if you have recommendations!
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!
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.
[a great list of resources... and not just for teachers & students]
There are many great websites that provide opportunities for students to develop language skills, tell stories, and share back their knowledge in fun, creative, and meaningful ways each using a computer. There are also terrific websites and portals which have links to excellent online interactives which can be used in the classroom with an interactive whiteboard. Below are links and short descriptions of these sites.
One of my favorite activities with my children is telling bedtime stories. It’s a fun time for us to connect and use our imaginations together. It’s also a way to help my children build their own storytelling skills.
If you’re new to bedtime story telling, I’ve got some tricks to help keep your stories on track and make them interactive by giving your kids the opportunity to tell them with you.
My background is in improv comedy where I made up a lot of stories on the spot. One of the tools I’ve used to teach storytelling to improv students is the Story Spine and it works great for bedtime stories. The Story Spine was created by Kenn Adams in his book How to Improvise a Full Length Play.
In his new book, “The Power of Storytelling: Captivate, Convince or Convert Any Business Audience Using Stories from Top CEOs" Jim Holtje shares the stories of those corporate legends who inspired their employees with their deeds and with their tales.