Hey folks -- looking for a great biz story professional to help you or refer to someone else?
Then here's the list for you! My biz story colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia put together this awesome list.
I am honored to be in such great company, but frankly, I am more thrilled to see my fellow colleagues and friends on the list because I think they are awesome too. And I am happy to give them a shout out.
Everyone's website is listed by their name, so go explore. But mine is listed incorrectly, so go visit me at www.juststoryit.com
And if you haven't heard yet, I'm writing "Business Storytelling for Dummies" with colleague Lori Silverman for Wiley Publishers that will be out this Fall. Yeah! I'll keep you posted. Right now it's nose to the grindstone to meet the writing deadlines :)
A leader's mindset must be able to embrace these apparent conflicting realities – inflexible strategies and visions that must remain vital. This conference will introduce you to storyevolution – the tool to building and sustaining a new state of mind, your mindset for the future.
Karen Dietz's insight:
Woo hoo! Just want to share with you a one-day story conference coming up in May 2013 in Wash. DC that I hope you can attend.
Yes, this is a bit self-serving because I'll be speaking there. Regardless, I think the material from the other presenters is going to be dynamite.
This is different from most conferences. This isn't about story basics. It's about how to work withstories in your organization to bring it forward into the future you envision. It's about clarity in complexity, and the evolving nature of story dynamics. Sounds heady. It's not.
The entire conference will be a storied experience. And it is designed for maximum participation,peer learning, and practical action steps you can implement -- and all grounded in solid well-tested frameworks.
Forget jumping from speaker to speaker. Forget leaving the conference and wondering what you should do next.
Join us for a grounded experience -- guided by the leading thinkers and doers in story -- where YOU are the focus. And where you come away with not only a deeper understanding of story, deeper conversations about meeting organizational challenges with story, but also knowing what your next steps are.
Wonderful and highly inspirational video. Reminds us all to strive for authentic and purposful communication. So chose your words wisely. They are extremely powerful.
Karen Dietz's insight:
I love this story shown in this video and tell it all the time in my biz story workshops and MBA classes. The story is particularly instructive for nonprofits. It is a terrific way to teach the power of a story -- along with what makes it work and why. I simply call it "The Poet's Story".
I never show the video however. I always tell it orally so we can also debrief the power of the oral and face-to-face storyteling experience.
There are several digital versions out there, and I think this is the best one.
Back Story to This Video
Now here is something about this story I bet you did not know:
It is based on a true story. This video version is set in Spain. The original story is from Paris in the 1950s and is told by the poet Jacques Prevért about an experience he had.
I originally heard the story from storyteller and fellow Folklorist Sunwolf, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Professor, at the Dept. of Communication & Visiting Professor, at the School of at Law Santa Clara University. Prevért told her the story and gave Sunwolf permission to use it. I asked Sunwolf for her permission to tell it a few years ago, which she graciously granted (gaining permissions for a story is important, as is keeping track of where it came from).
I think we owe a lot to both Sunwolf @WordWhispers and Prevért. Many thanks to both for allowing this story life and the opportunity to do its work in the world.
And thank you also to Kenneth Mikkelsen for suggesting I curate this!
Tweet I don’t care. I don’t care whether you are an author, marketer, mom, designer, biz owner or rebel leader – if you want to succeed in today’s environment, you have to be a grrreat storyteller first.
Karen Dietz's insight:
OK -- this should be a great lead into the weekend and tickle your funny bone.
Business storytelling encompasses both oral and written forms. So where do you get a group of podcasts that cross the spectrum of business storytelling that also promises to be entertaining?
Right here! Or at least that's the promise :). Hey, the author's post is funny enough as it is, so I'm inclined to believe him.
Go check out these 5 funny and entertaining podcasts that deal with various aspects of storytelling. And enjoy your upcoming weekend!
From Karen: Now here's another cool tech tool to help augment our business storytelling! Thanks to Siobhan-O-Flynn for finding and sharing this! Below is part of the artice but there's so much more the article talks about regarding Meograph:
Meograph, new storytelling startup that launched in July, gives online journalists and storytellers an added dimension that too often has been missing: context.
With Meograph, you can create what co-founder and CEO Misha Leybovich calls "4D storytelling" through a simple interface that lets users add images, video and text to a story they want to tell. It's free.
"The big vision is that we want to democratize the creation of interactive video storytelling," Leybovich said over coffee at ING Cafe in San Francisco earlier this month.
Today if you have a story to tell, you can publish a video to YouTube and write a blog post about it, but it starts to get funky if you want to add a lot of photos or tell how the story evolves over time. Meograph lets you create and share interactive stories that combine video with maps, a timeline and links, filling in that often missing context of where and when...
Robin Good: If you are looking for online resources where to find free / creative-commons licensed songs and music tracks for your presentation or video clip here is a good collection of 20 such resources.
"An October 2012 survey by Edelman Berland and Adobe found that American consumers are looking for deeper brand engagement than banner ads and social media “like” buttons. 73% of the 1000 adults surveyed agreed with the statement, “Advertisements should tell a unique story, not just try to sell.”
Well, there can be no argument now about the case for business storytelling! At least as far as branding and marketing is concerned.
Enjoy the chart this research shows. I know I'll be using this in my work with clients!
Thanks to fellow curator Gregg Morris @greggvm and his Story and Narrative Scoop.it curation for finding this and sharing :)
Near-field communication, appearing on more cellphones every day, has the potential to upgrade business cards -- if you can afford them.
Now this is cool -- here's a way to embed a quick biz story on your business card!
Or for performance storytellers -- share one of your short stories to promote your work.
Technology is amazing. Once the chip is part of your card, you can even reprogram it when you want to share a different story. In fact, you can even go so far as to have different things on different cards. If you don't want to share a story, add some kind of promotion.
This is pretty pricey right now, so you may need to wait. On the other hand, it could be an awesome investment.!
The dangers of bad a PowerPoint presentation are manifold. It might just mean putting your audience to sleep, or running afoul of the High Council of Information Design.
Now here's something that looks promising! I'm downloading the storytelling app now to my iPad so I can start playing with it. I'll let you know how it goes.
We all need better and easier tools to create digital stories. Part of the trick is figuring out which one YOU like. So I'll keep posting different apps and technologies that appear so you can try them out and decide which one works best for you.
Have fun with this one! If you try it out, what do you think of it?
It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and deep levels of technical expertise. We are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser.
Early on in my curating this topic I reviewed Alan Levine's site of 50 free digital storytelling tools you can use to create and share a story. His site is awesome!And now it is updated.
Now here he pops up again with a terrific video where he talks about the tools and how to craft a digital story -- using some of the tools on his list! It is not the most polished piece I have ever watched, but it is very cool. And inspiring.
Go watch this 9:37 minute video to see Alan at work, preview some of the tools, and take on his challenge of taking a biz story and telling it 50 different ways!
I guarantee you will learn lots, it will be fun -- and frustrating too, sometimes since I've tried this myself :) -- and definitely a creative jolt in the arm.
Narrative Conference 2012 CopenhagenNarrative Conference 2012...NARRATIVITY IN ORGANIZATIONS -- How can a narrative approach to dialogues be used to support employees, teams, and organizational development?
In many ways, Europe is ahead of the US when it comes to approaching business and organizational culture from a narrative approach.
The organizational track at this conference looks fabulous and if you have an opportunity to go -- or submit an application for a presentation -- then don't miss it.
The entire conference is on narrative therapy and community work. Two of the 3 tracks are applicable for business: Narrativity in Organizations and Storymaking.
Hey folks -- I ran across this today and it looks like a fabulous list of quality resources about telling stories using data. Or using data to tell stories. Your choice :)
Data storytelling might not be your thing -- or it could be an activity that is part of your future.
If so, you are going to want to keep this list available. Not only are there good articles (some I've already scooped here), but there are videos to watch and research papers to explore. I'm always a fan of research because it adds so much credibility.
I haven't read everything here, or watched the videos but they do sound substantial and helpful.
So dig in here. Data storytelling is not easy to do and we need all the help we can get. Many thanks to data geek author Zach Gemignani for putting this post and resources together!
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.
The thesis of this study – that storytelling skills gave an evolutionary advantage to our early ancestors – is an original perspective on human development, and in probing how this inheritance affects our modern lives, I draw on ...
Karen Dietz's insight:
In this latest research -- available as a downloadable e-book from the BiteSize science series -- we learn how stories were essential to our evolution. And still are.
And that science, scientists, and storytelling are intimately linked. Love that. And who knew there is a new discipline -- the psychology of narrative -- that's investigating all of that?
Read this article and e-book through the lense of business. Businesses evolve. Learning more about how stories support evolution -- or not -- would be wise to know about. Turns out metaphor is key.
The e-book is $2.99 on Amazon and I am adding it to my library (I have no affiliation with the author or publisher). And then make sure I use this material when working with physicians, engineers, and other science types.
I hope you enjoy this latest research. It sounds like it is written in plain language.
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.
Colleague Andrew Nemiccolo has just published his new e-book on business storytelling and I really like it.
I know -- you are thinking, "What?! ANOTHER ebook on business storytelling??" Yep, and it's good. Here's what I like about it:
1. The focus on 'back-channel' communication and listening 2. Tackling being vulnerable and getting comfortable sharing your personal stories 3. Advice to NOT find stories, but find experiences instead 4. Steps for figuring out who your audience is first before you share a story 5. All the great story prompts for figuring out and organizing the experiences you want to share 6. Tips for creating a story bank of your experiences
I am not crazy about the definition of 'story' that Andrew uses -- basically for him, anything is a story. Well, that's not helpful and actually leads to a lot of confusion for people. A Tweet is not a story, but it can be part of a larger business narrative. Knowing the difference will help you better target your storytelling efforts.
The book is primarily focused on marketing and branding. Even so, the information and advice can be use in a whole host of other biz story applications.
Go grab the easy-to-read-and-digest book and get smarter about working with stories in business.
I have no affiliation with Andrew or his company other than a promise to chat over coffee sometime. Enjoy the book!
Telling stories, connectedlyScreen AfricaThere are a couple of points that are worth remembering as you try to transition to a more connected form of digital storytelling. Firstly, the audience is in control.
Now here is a thoughtful article that shares with us a glimpse of the future -- specifically the technologies on the horizon that will continue to change the tools we use to share our biz stories.
The main point of this post is the increasing importance of connecting and sharing your storiesacross different technology media -- computer, iPads, mobile. And in various forms -- digital stories, social media snippets, online maps, and the like. To be the most effective, your biz stories need to connect and link together -- be part of a focused whole.
This does not mean you have a single narrative that is shared across platforms and through different technologies. This means you have a series of biz stories that you share. Some of these stories are best shared digitally, some in social media, others face-to-face (yes, that is still a technology available to us!!), others on our website, etc. The entire collection of your biz stories create your brand, your voice, your reputation.
This is a good "let's step back and see the big picture" article.
I very much like the author's points at the end: all of these choices can be overwhelming, and get help from others to work with the new tools. Now if I just had a few more hours each day to use more of these digital tools .... :))
Have you ever wanted to be more persuasive, convincing, or if nothing else, understand how others try to influence you? …Of course! Who hasn’t?
Understanding how storytelling works in persuasion, influence, and change, and the research/neuroscience that informs it all is critical if anyone is going to work with stories effectively.
And hooray -- Gregory Ciotti has put together his list of favorite books that help us understand persuasion, influence, change, and stories more deeply. We'll all become more articulate and better at our craft -- whether you are a consultant, storyteller, entrepreneur or CEO.
Some of these I've read, some I haven't -- so I can't wait to dig into this list myself.
I hope we all learn lots and gain lots of useable insights for our work. Enjoy!
His agency's success is built partly on storytelling for clients around the world. If you're interested in what makes good stories in business, read his blog. Lots of good stories and business storytelling examples.
Well, this is fun! And I'm thrilled and honored to be part of the list. And even better, I love the company I'm keeping. Colleagues are also on the list, and i can see I need to explore the Nieman Storyboard.
Colleague Jeff Domansky put the list together and if you are not following the others on this list, make sure you do. We all add different voices to the rich world of business storytelling and I always learn from these great folks.