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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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6 tips for finding your perfect story for Storytelling Parade | Story & Heart

6 tips for finding your perfect story for Storytelling Parade | Story & Heart | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

"As a community of storytellers, we have a tremendous power to tell the stories that aren't often shared—the stories of people and organizations doing good for the world.  For Storytelling Parade, your mission is to share one such story.


Now, because these stories don't often get told, they may be a little difficult to find. With that in mind, we've enlisted help from Stillmotion to share how they not only found an inspiring story for the Parade of someone doing good but also one that fit their keywords."


Storytelling Parade is a filmmaking contest to tell the story of a person or non-profit who is making this world a better place.


Read the full article to dig deeper and find more about these 6 tips to help you find your story:

  1. It all starts with a dream
  2. Start small and build it out
  3. Hit the (Google) streets
  4. Use your loose connections & be persistent
  5. Making contact & telling a great story
  6. Approach it from the other side - think local
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Each of these tips has lots more to delve into and doesn't require you to tell your story through video.  Use them to prompt a story idea or tweak it.


If you sign up for the Storytelling Parade you get access to an additional five free educational videos created by StillMotion.  You don't need to sign-up to view the first video:

  1. How to find the right story for you
  2. How to build a strong story
  3. How to interview your character
  4. How to capture b-roll
  5. How to weave your story together in post
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What is corporate storytelling? | Story Foundry

"Everyone is talking about it, but what actually is it? Here's a 55 second explainer video on Corporate Storytelling, from Story Foundry."

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Storytelling Tip 5 - Start with a Relevance Statement | Anecdote

Start your stories with a relevance statement.

Stories are judged by their relevance and plausibility in business settings. For people to hear your story start off with a short statement that describes the relevance.

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Storytelling Tip 2 - Be Natural | Anecdote

Don't try too hard and turn your storytelling into a performance. The best business storytelling happens naturally as you share real life experiences.

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My Top 2012 Storytelling Presentations | Two Pens

My Top 2012 Storytelling Presentations | Two Pens | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

We can learn a lot from master storytellers by listening and analyzing how they unspool their stories the way a spider unspools its sticky web. Powerful presentations all use stories.

 

Here's my list of the best presentation that use storytelling in 2012:

- Tan Le’s Immigration Story (TEDVideos.com)

- Ed Gavagan's A Story about Knots and Surgeons (TEDVideos.com)

- John Bohannon's Dance vs. PowerPoint, a Modest Proposal (TEDVideos.com)

- Kathryn Schulz's Don’t Regret Regret (TEDVideos.com)

- Elizabeth Gilbert's Wedding Bells and Doorbells (This American Life)

- Nancy Duarte's The Secret Structure of Great Talks (TEDVideos.com)

- Dramastic Presentations of the Decade (SlideRocket.com)

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The Wall | The Gibson Group

A world first, the Gibson Group talk about their global award winning storytelling platform that takes museums to the streets, turning data into a captivating social experience.

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The Participatory Documentary CookBook: community documentary using social media | i-docs

The Participatory Documentary CookBook: community documentary using social media | i-docs | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Now available free, it is a textbook for creating participatory documentaries using social media.

 

Downloadable document: http://geniwate.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/part-doc-cookbook.pdf


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Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling | Free Technology for Teachers

Zopler - Collaborative Storytelling | Free Technology for Teachers | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Zopler is an interesting free service for collaboratively writing stories. The basic idea behind Zopler is to enable the creation of community-crafted stories. Here's how it works; as a member of Zopler you can start a story with as little as one sentence or as much as 1000 words. Your story starter can include images too. Zopler's unique story pages allow users to insert paragraphs within the storyline, not just at the end. Users can also upload pictures and illustrations for each paragraph. Then you can make your story starter public or private. If you make it public, any Zopler member can add to it. If you make it private, only those people that you approve can add to your story. Contributions to stories can be voted up or down by other contributors to the same story.

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Video Games | Off Book - PBS

Video games are important. They are a storytelling medium, a place for self-expression, a sandbox for the human imagination, and an extension of an ages old tradition of gaming. We play out some of the most essential aspects of our culture in games, and we learn more about ourselves and the world around us in the process. From the powerful cinematic experiences of mainstream gaming, to the hyper-personal environments of indie games, we are in the midst of an explosion of gaming activity that, as some predict, will continue to define the way we live and interact with information, and each other, far into the future.

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Story About a Drop of Blood | YouTube

[The Indiana Blood Center uses storytelling to showcase what they do and what the donors part in the process is]

 

Ever wonder what happens to your blood after you donate?  To learn about donating blood, follow our drop of blood.

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Shilo Shiv Suleman: Using Tech to enable dreaming | TED

Has our technology -- our cell phones and iPods and cameras -- stopped us from dreaming? Young artist Shilo Shiv Suleman says no, as she demos "Khoya," her new storybook for iPad, which floats us through a magical world in 7 minutes of pure creativity.

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an illustrator, storyteller and iPad book creator.


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"Forget Hollywood" : Author Of 'Invisible Ink' Brian McDonald On The Future Of Storytelling | Paper Wings

"Forget Hollywood" : Author Of 'Invisible Ink' Brian McDonald On The Future Of Storytelling | Paper Wings | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

'Invisible Ink' author Brian McDonald says we need to take the future of storytelling away from Hollywood.  McDonald shares his compelling perspectives on how Hollywood (for the most part) has forgotten how to tell stories.

 

Also included are synopsis of 3 books Invisible Ink, Save the Cat & Story Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting.

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BBC Explainers videos | After the flood

BBC Explainers videos | After the flood | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Explainer videos are short online films help inform the public about big and often complex subjects—like astronomy, pregnancy, or DNA—in an interesting and accessible way. They are different from more poetic ‘brand identity films’ that exist to encourage emotional connection—they need to impart a much higher degree of factual information, but in a way that is sophisticated and relevant to the subject.


The BBC is now producing Explainer videos and one of the producers they've used, After the Flood, made a ‘how to’ video and a production guide for BBC-partners making Explainer films. The importance of narrative structure and scripting is emphasized as much as visual direction and graphics.


With a running time of just three minutes, an Explainer video needs to get its point across very efficiently. It’s impossible to cover all the ground in a particular area, so you need to focus on a story ‘hook’ that is fundamental, understandable and repeatable.


Although each video will deal with one specific topic only, they are also intended to spark interest in other, related areas. We want to inform as to certain subjects, but we also want people to discover new ones. Your explainer will need to contain ‘jumping-off-points’ to related content.


Your story idea will have to accommodate three distinct layers of information, and it’s worth identifying these at an early stage:

  • Primary info: the core material in question (e.g. the human circulatory system)
  • Secondary info: required for explanation (e.g. the role of oxygen in the blood)
  • Tertiary info: signposts that lead to related topics (e.g. exercise and cardiovascular health)


Read the full article to find out more about the elements of an Explainer video, including scripting, storyboarding, and production.

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Don't let their technical focus discourage you. The techniques described can be used to tell any clear, concise story, in any format.  You can make an Explainer video for your team, organization, or product.


I like how they think of this as an introduction or teaser, and that the story doesn't end there, but raises enough curiousity that people would be encouraged to connect with even more material on the topic.


The guide includes a how-to video, images, and other Explainer videos as examples.


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Andrew Fitzgerald: Adventures in Twitter fiction | TED

In the 1930s, broadcast radio introduced an entirely new form of storytelling; today, micro-blogging platforms like Twitter are changing the scene again.


Andrew showcases Twitter fiction done right by authors like Jennifer Egan who storyboarded her short story Black Box into over 600 tweets serialized by The New Yorker's fiction account.  Elliott Holt's short story called Evidence told by 3 characters. West Wing's fictional characters engage with the real world.  During the Chicago mayoral election a parody account of Mayor Emanuel. And the Crimer Show, with a feel of tv.  For nonfiction real-time storytelling, he discusses RealTimeWWII, an account documenting what was happening on this day 60 years ago.  


In the article How Has Twitter Shaped Storytelling?, which showcases this TED video, they include the Twitter Fiction Festival that took place over the course of five days in 2012. And more recently, Twitter partnered with Six Word Memoir to host the Six Word Festival.

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This led me to a post from July An in-office TED all about fiction where Andrew's video was taken.  I'm hoping one day we'll get to see the other 3 speaker's from that evening - they sound fascinating.


The speakers covered ways that fiction operates in our everyday lives — from how jealousy makes us all into storytellers with a fine-tuned sense of cruelty to the new ways that fiction writers are using digital forms.


  • Parul Sehgal, an editor of The New York Times Book Review, gave a meditation on the “loneliness, longevity and thrill” of jealousy in fiction
  • Andrew Fitzgerald (video above), the head of Twitter News, believes that Twitter is fiction’s next frontier and that new mediums define new formats, which generate new stories.
  • Tea Obreht, author of The Tiger’s Wife, looked at how family myths function, by allowing us to insert ourselves into an epic narrative.
  • Jonathan Harris talked about his experiences on the platforms Today & Cowbird, and his perception that we’re documenting reality, but actually it’s closer to fiction.
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Stories are where it's at! Want to get the attention of a three year old? Tell a story. I rest my case.

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Storytelling Tip 4 - Avoid the 'S' Word | Anecdote

Never start a story by saying, "I have a story to tell you." Remove the word 'story' from your vocabulary. Just get straight into telling it. And if you need a way to segue into it, just say you're sharing an example or an experience. In business the word 'story' creates the wrong initial impression.

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Storytelling Tips for Leaders - No. 1 Spotting Stories | Anecdote

You can't get the benefits of storytelling without telling stories. So the first step is getting good at spotting them.

 

Just because you're telling someone something doesn't mean you're telling a story.  Watch the video to find out more about these 4 tips on how to spot a story:

1. They almost always start with a time marker or a place marker.

2. A set of events - things happened.

3. They have characters - the best indicator is when you hear dialogue.

4. There has to be something a bit un-anticipated.

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This is the first in a recorded series. If you would like to see them every Monday morning subscribe to Anecdote's YouTube Channel and be notified when they're uploaded.  For more information visit:

http://www.anecdote.com.au/archives/2013/01/storytelling_ti.html

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Storytelling of the 21st Century at Siggraph 2012 | ProVideo Coalition

Storytelling of the 21st Century at Siggraph 2012 | ProVideo Coalition | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

[GG:  this looks awesome!  Love that you get all the pieces at once (ie. book & app)]

 

Get an up close look at the graphic novel that can literally come to life.

 

In this video, Steve Cooper from Smith Micro Software talks with Brian Haberlin about his original graphic novel, Anomaly, which was created used Poser. He shows the augmented reality app that comes with the novel which allows the user to literally interact with the characters and give them a life that goes beyond the pages of the novel.

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Digital storytelling with SlideRocket webinar | Connecting Up

Digital storytelling includes videos, photos and interactive ways we share information about meaningful endeavours. Join Evonne Heyning, Interactive Producer at TechSoup Global in San Francisco as she shared how their social media team uses SlideRocket for sharing interactive presentations and media across offices.

 

Topics included transmedia campaigns for causes, dynamic interactive presentations and live events, integrating social media discoveries along with the TechSoup Digital Storytelling Challenge, an annual video and photo campaign.

 

via:  http://www.connectingup.org/resources/learning-centre/digital-storytelling-sliderocket-webinar ; and  https://twitter.com/SlideRocket

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Engage through Storytelling | Resources Now

Engage through Storytelling | Resources Now | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

Storytelling can be an effective tool to engage donors or empower volunteers,but finding the right way to collect and capture stories can be a challenge. In the short video,“Methods for Collecting and Using your Nonprofit’s Stories,” Zan McColloch-Lussier from Mixtape Communications,offers some simple,practical tips to help non-profit communicators collect and share stories.

 

Zan tells you some of the methods he's used to collect and share stories. He also tells how one organization uses stories in such a way that it keeps him donating to them.

1. Look at your staff members calendars - follow-up with them right after they've been out & ask them questions about their experiences & impresssions.

2. Provide easy ways to bring stories out.  And always be asking questions from those around you.

3. Let people tell their own stories, in their own words, in the moment (or as close to as possible)

4. It doesn't have to be perfect - use the tools you have and don't worry about the editing.

 

Organization example:  On their Facebook page they post a quick little story about who they just helped & why.

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Video Games and Storytelling | YouTube

Episode One in my series of video "lectures."

Originally created as a presentation for an art history class at SCAD, loosely modeled after Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw's Zero Punctuation reviews. Made to be presented on screen in the classroom.

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How To: Multimedia Storytelling | Olympus Audio

How To: Multimedia Storytelling | Olympus Audio | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

If you’re into developing multimedia presentations you’ll definitely want to watch this informative seminar by photographer Bob Krist. In this video Bob, who has shot for magazines such as National Geographic Traveler, Smithsonian and Islands, shares some of his vast experience in putting together great multimedia presentations. You’ll get great tips on gear, interviewing techniques and audio and video editing tips.

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Shekhar Kapur: We are the stories we tell ourselves | TED

"We create stories to define our existence. If we do not create the stories, we probably go mad.” (Shekhar Kapur)

 

Where does creative inspiration spring from? At TEDIndia, Hollywood/Bollywood director Shekhar Kapur ("Elizabeth," "Mr. India") pinpoints his source of creativity: sheer, utter panic.

 

Shekhar Kapur is a visionary filmmaker and storyteller who works at the intersection of art, myth and activism.

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Curator's Choice: Storytelling in Japanese Art | NYC Arts

Curator's Choice: Storytelling in Japanese Art | NYC Arts | How to find and tell your story | Scoop.it

In this video, John Carpenter, the recently appointed curator of Japanese Art at the Met, introduces the exhibition, "Storytelling in Japanese Art," which was curated by Masako Watanabe.

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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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