Into the Driver's Seat
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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
Curated by Jim Lerman
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Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention

Story Trumps Description (Nonprofit Storytelling #9) | Getting Attention | Into the Driver's Seat |

"Show rather than tell to motivate supporters to care, then act.


If you take away just one thing from this post, make it this—You want your listener to take action because they want to—not because they’ve been told to. When you craft your stories to ensure listeners to connect your info with what they already know (test it), you’re far more likely to build trust and rapport with them. In turn, this group relationship is most likely to be transformative, motivating their desire to take action, now and in the future, and to spread your stories/messages to friends and family." Read the full article to see a before and after example.

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, June 5, 2013 2:19 AM

Be sure to scroll down the page to find the links to 8 other articles in this series (which work for anyone, not just non-profits), including a series on how to tell these 6 types of stories:

- founding

- focus

- success

- people

- future

- strength

Azania Nduli-AmaZulu UbuntuPsychology.ORG's curator insight, July 8, 2013 6:23 PM


Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Just Story It! Biz Storytelling!

7 Tips to Beautiful PowerPoint -- Or how to tell compelling biz stories with PPT

Short talk about presentations given at Startup Dynamo, a workshop held by Startup@Singapore NUS using the Learn Startup Methodology. My segment was on Present

Via Baiba Svenca, Karen Dietz
Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 12, 2013 10:14 AM

Have started showing students during Google presentation tutorials how to outline their presentations like they always do with those bulleted lines on the slides.  Then take those sentences, change them into titles, and put one title on each slide. Select one image per slide. If needed, add URL links. Add the works cited for the image in tiny print at the bottom of the slide. Move those outlined bulleted points to the note section or toss into a document to print out for a group presenetation.


No more slides crowded with text and 4 images! No more students sleeping in the classroom while their classmates read from the Smartboard.

Susan Daniels's curator insight, January 13, 2014 9:30 AM

This is a PowerPoint presentation that would have sent my former employers into shock. They had no imagination whatsoever. However, Eugene Cheng clearly has wonderful artistic skills and knows how to present them. In addition, he clearly has a nice budget to work with. These kind of beautiful graphics don't come at low price. I thoroughly enjoyed glancing through this presentation and plan to use it as inspiration for future projects.



Susan Daniels


Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2014 1:28 AM

While beautiful Powerpoint may seem like an oxymoron  this slideshow proves it is possible.

Rescooped by Jim Lerman from Just Story It! Biz Storytelling!

Exploring Empathy

Exploring Empathy | Into the Driver's Seat |

What is this ability to step into someone else’s shoes? To imagine how they feel - and to hurt for them or be happy for them?  Host Frank Stasio is joined by a panel of experts to discuss empathy, the trait that makes us uniquely human.


Lasana Harris is an assistant professor in psychology and neuroscience at Duke University; Jesse Prinz is a Distinguished Professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Pate Skene is an associate professor of neurobiology at Duke University and a second year law student; and Ralph Savarese is an associate professor of English at Grinnell College, a Duke Humanities Writ Large Fellow, and the author of “Reasonable People: A Memoir of Autism and Adoption”

Via Edwin Rutsch, David Hain, JLAndrianarisoa, donhornsby, Karen Dietz
Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 27, 2013 1:45 PM

Want to get better at empathy in order to connect with customers/prospects and create better stories?

Then you might want to listen to this discussion by a panel of experts.

Empathy, like listening, is one of the essential storytelling skills to master. Enjoy this audio file!

And thank you to fellow curator Don Hornsby for originally finding and sharing this piece.

donhornsby's comment, January 27, 2013 5:44 PM
You are welcome.
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Essential Skills for 21st Century Survival: Part 6: Storytelling

Essential Skills for 21st Century Survival: Part 6: Storytelling | Into the Driver's Seat |

"In today’s polarized and fractured narrative landscape, the winners are those who can get above the noise and weave new mythologies that act as a beacon of light for the path ahead."


How here's some great food for thought about storytelling, how our cultural landscape is changing, and new stories that are emerging via businesses. The author suggests we've fallen into a myth gap.  As the author says, "People are disillusioned and lacking trust, and a new story infused with simplicity, aesthetics, beauty and grace will go far."


Are your stories big enough? Are they sustainable over time and space? Do your stories touch on the qualities the author lists?


I would love to know what do you think about this article & video and how it might shape your thinking/actions in 2012.....

Via Karen Dietz, Lisa Durff
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