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Grammy Winner Bill Harley Explains Why Technology Cannot Replace In-Person Storytelling -- for anyone

Bill Harley, a Friend, storyteller, author, songwriter, teaching artist; two-time Grammy winning artist in the spoken word category; Lifetime Achievement awa...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Bill Harley is one of my storytelling heros. A professional storyteller, Bill is extremely eloquent and inspiring as he talks about the power of  telling a story live, in person.


Even my software engineering husband Tim stopped his work to listen to Bill's video as I was reviewing it.


So what has this got to do with business? It's simple:

  1. Everytime Bill says "teacher" substitute "leader."
  2. Everytime Bill talks about telling stories to audiences of students, think about your last presentation and the folks who remained silent and looking like they could care less.
  3. Everytime Bill talks about in-person storytelling think about what you are doing technology wise with your biz stories.


Bill explains to us what is really going on.


I can't tell you how many times when I work with leaders, they just want to get a story down so they can video tape it.  Wrong move!!! And again, Bill tells us why. Technology has a place, and Bill helps us keep it all in perspective.


Thank you Bill for this terrific 13 minutes! I'm going to use this in my MBA classes and my work with leaders. Woo hoo!


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

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Laurence Roelants's comment, February 8, 2013 5:59 AM
This was magic! thanks!!
Elsemiek Meijs's curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:09 AM

Wow! Please take 13 minutes and forget everything else.

streetsmartprof's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:17 AM

Make sure to read the insight by Karen Dietz, the 1st one posted.

 

This is well worth 13 minutes. They say time stands still during a good story. Look at your watch after Bill understands the boy in the back of the room, you may be surprised...

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About The Just Story It (TM) Curation

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Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.


And visit my website for more information about my speaking, writing, coaching, consulting, and workshops at www.juststoryit.com 

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Editorial Statement For This Collection:

Thank you for visiting this curation of articles on business storytelling. I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.


I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!


Based on my 25+ years of biz story experience, (plus a PhD in Folklore) I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.

 

How To Find A Topic: Click on the Filter icon above (look for the 'funnel' shape), and view the tags. Select one that interests you, or type in a keyword in the search box. All the articles with that tag or keyword will appear.

 

I may occasionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over. If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.


How To Suggest An Article: If you find an article you think I'll be interested in, click the 'Suggest' button above, past the URL of the article, and I will receive it. Or write me a comment with the URL by clicking on 'Reactions' at the bottom of any article. You will see where can post a comment, which I will also receive.

I trust you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!


And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, & take the free Story IQ assessment so you can see how well developed your storytelling skills and knowledge is: http://juststoryit.com/story-IQ.htm


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, October 10, 2014 11:56 AM

Curation within curation... clever...:-)))

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Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership

Five Essential Storytelling Keys For Business + Leadership | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“Executive storytelling leadership matters today. While execs are keepers of the flame, they are not the owners of it. They must let go and empower others.”

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Right on Kathy! This post is written by my colleague Kathy Klotz-Guest @kathyklotzguest and it lays out the 5 ways leadership needs to re-orient to storytelling.


I love that she shows how the relationship of leadership to storytelling has changed over the years -- and what to do today.And her advice for leaders regarding storytelling is solid. This is a must-read for anyone in business, not just executives.


Thanks Kathy for a great post!

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Storytelling Tools – Creative Hacks for Stand Out Branding

Storytelling Tools – Creative Hacks for Stand Out Branding | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
If you're trying to build a name for your business but can't afford a full-time content production team, there are a number of storytelling tools you can use to create engaging content. Check out the following five... Racontr Racontr lets you integrate multiple components into your brand stories. Mix everything from videos and images to text and audio…
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's Tuesday and time for biz storytelling tools!


Story branding colleague @Omar Kattan has put together this list and it looks fabulous. There are 5 digital storytelling tools that look fast and easy to incorporate into your storytelling tool bag. 


For small businesses, it's always crunch time so finding and using tools that are easy to use are critical.


Try these out. I bet you find one or more that works great for you.


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

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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, April 22, 5:11 AM

AÑADA su visión ...

Janet Vasil's curator insight, April 22, 12:09 PM

Handy tools for D-I-Y digital storytelling.

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How to Promote Your Stories Effectively #Infographic

How to Promote Your Stories Effectively #Infographic | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
“In digital marketing, there is always a new trend, a new technology or a new way of thinking to take into account. But there is still a place for the humble blog.”
Via Brian Yanish - MarketingHits.com
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OK -- you've got business stories to share. Now what? Here's an infographic that lays it all out. Go grab your stories and get busy!
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Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 19, 8:41 AM

With millions of people clamouring to be heard on the Interweb, a few tips here to help you shout louder!

Debra Walker's curator insight, April 19, 2:12 PM

A wealth of information in here.

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From StoryCorps: An App For Capturing Stories

From StoryCorps: An App For Capturing Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Founder Dave Isay was awarded the 2015 TED Prize to promote his nonprofit work recording, sharing, and preserving the stories of people's lives.
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Yay -- an app from StoryCorps that helps you capture anyone's stories!


Over 500 nonprofits already collect stories of their constituents using StoryCorps. You can use it to collect the stories of your customers, also.


But not just any stories. Since growing a business is about connecting with customers and building sustaining relationships, ask for stories that help you get to know them better. 


Pick a theme that connects to how your company serves the world. Ask your customers and staff for stories that speak to that theme.


Use the app to capture, preserve, and share with the world. It's a true gift to have someone felt heard and valued. This app could be a great way to do this on any kind of scale you want.


Story on!


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Character Minutes's curator insight, April 16, 9:56 PM
Great potential project!
Cynthia Garrety's curator insight, April 21, 10:00 AM

Coolest app yet! 

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Storytelling Wins Again: Top Business Skill of the Future

Storytelling Wins Again: Top Business Skill of the Future | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling has been the buzzword off and on since advertising became a thing.
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I like how this post goes through the necessity of building storytelling skills today in order to survive and thrive in the marketplace of tomorrow.


The author, Shane Snow, links storytelling into the ability of a company to create effective content to capture customers. He talks about the huge shift in advertising and marketing that has been happening, and how storytelling is the critical factor. In fact storytelling is now a core competence that every business needs to pay attention to.


This is a quick read, with an important business slant that you are going to want to capture and use.


Story on!


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Janet Vasil's curator insight, April 11, 2:51 PM

Facts and figures are important but they'll resonate better when paired with a story. Stories make ideas stick.

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Story Process: Drinking Game Boosts Your Team's Creativity in 13 Minutes

Story Process: Drinking Game Boosts Your Team's Creativity in 13 Minutes | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Here's how one creative agency has used a drinking game, derived from Pictionary and Telephone, to get more excited and creative about upcoming presentations.
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Innovative storytelling is on the rise! Here's the second post today on creative developments in business storytelling.


This drinking game to generate stories made me smile and wish I was in the room with this group!


The post by Ilan Mochari @IlanMochari gives the directions for how to use this game to generate stories and visual storyboards in a fast and fun way. And it teaches everyone a lot about communication, too.


Why would you want to use this game? In this instance it was used to generate new ideas for marketing and branding campaigns. As the author says, it's easy to rinse and repeat previous campaigns, and harder to come up with new ones.


I think it's ingenious and definitely want to try it out. If you experiment with it, let us know what happens. And what other ways could you use this game in business?


Have fun and story on :)


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Rona Lewis's curator insight, April 9, 12:45 PM

I think it would be even MORE fun with a glass of wine!  We at RonaCorp have a similar exercise with crayons!  Pass it on!!

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4 Critical Steps for Telling Your Data’s Story

4 Critical Steps for Telling Your Data’s Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Editor's note: this post is part of our investigation into Big Data Design and Social Science. Michael Freeman covers the use of storytelling frameworks in visualizations in his new...
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Here's a 4 step process for taking complex data and shaping it into a story so it is easy to understand. Really, these 4 steps are all about how to think better about the data so you can better find and share its story.


In reality, there is a lot more to visualizing data and combining that with good storytelling skills. But these 4 steps lay a strong foundation for getting started. There's a video for sale on the site that suggests a more thorough treatment. I have no affiliation with it, and you'll need to check it out if you are interested.


I'm pleased however, that we are starting to get much better a data storytelling and getting good advice now about how to do it.


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How to Create an Infographic in an Hour w/ 10 Free Templates

How to Create an Infographic in an Hour w/ 10 Free Templates | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Wouldn't it be great if creating infographics was just as simple as writing regular ole text-based blog posts? Unfortunately, the reality is that making visual content like this usually takes a lot more time, effort, and let's face it -- skill -- than the written word. 


Usually.But considering the popularity and effectiveness of visual content in marketing today, you can't just afford to throw in the towel. That's why we decided to take all the pain and suffering out of infographic creation. 


Seriously -- don't throw in the towel just yet. You, too, can create professional-looking, high-quality infographics ... quickly! And I'm going to prove it. First things first ...


Via Jeff Domansky
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I'm back from being on the road for a week and working hard when I discovered this post from fellow curator Jeff Domansky on his Public Relations & Social Media Insight curation.


Creating infographics can be challenging. Imagine my delight in stumbling across this article from HubSpot on creating infographics with PowerPoint using the 10 FREE templates provided. Woo hoo!


I hope these templates make your life easier, and become great tools for creating visual stories for your business. And thanks Jeff for finding and sharing the offering!


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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, April 11, 1:09 PM

You can download 10 powerpoint free templates:

http://offers.hubspot.com/how-to-create-infographics-in-powerpoint


Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 12, 12:36 PM

Infographiken erstellen einfach gemacht, mit Power Point

Lori Wilk's curator insight, April 14, 10:04 AM

It's great to have tools to make your more #effective and #efficient that allows you to improve your #productivity. Execellent to help us to learn about creating #infographics

 

 

 

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
“Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases.”
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One of the topics I always cover in my storytelling workshops is "The Art Of The Question". Why? Because when you are evoking stories from others, knowing the right questions to ask is critical. If you ask the wrong kind of question you won't get a story.Likewise, as you listen to the story, other questions will come to mind. What are those kinds of questions and how do you leverage different questions to go deeper into the story?Well, here's a handy chart and explanation to get you started. I really like the axis, and the discussion of what the different kinds of questions will get you.May all your listening bring you clarification and wisdom!
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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 28, 11:14 AM

Questions are the heart of coaching so understanding the process is critical.  This articles provides some good insights.

Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, March 29, 4:47 AM

Questions is very important as the process of getting knowledge should consist of questions and answer. It differs from studying boks etc, 

Janet Vasil's curator insight, March 30, 12:05 PM

Stay curious at every age and ask good questions.  It will help you tell better stories and heck, you just may learn something new!.

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Brand Storytelling: 3 Different Ways To Think About It For Success

Brand Storytelling: 3 Different Ways To Think About It For Success | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
To tell the most effective stories, you have to have an awareness of the frames through which your audience will consume them.

Via Jessica Kelly
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Do you know what pareidolia is? Do you know about framing and how it connects to pareidolia? Do you know the 3 types of brand messages to use?


If you answered "no" to any one of these, you are going to want to read this article. Written by branding professional Laura Petrolino, she takes us deeper into successful brand storytelling.


Understanding what pareidolia is and it's link to storytelling is crucial. From there you can to better framing, and then move on to improved messaging.


Dig into this article if you want better brand storytelling for your business. The only thing I wish the author had done for us is give us a few brand storytelling examples. Hopefully next time. That being said, the information here could still make a world of difference for you.


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

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Jessica Kelly's curator insight, March 24, 6:59 PM

What's pareidolia, and why does it matter in terms of brand storytelling/framing? If you don't know, you will as soon as you read this very interesting, informative, useful (and several other positive adjectives) post. Bonus: As the title indicates, you'll also read about three storytelling categories--reinforcer, supporter, and challenger. Yep, it's a good post.

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Do you stink at visual storytelling? Then here are 17 battle-tested resources for you

Do you stink at visual storytelling? Then here are 17 battle-tested resources for you | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Even if you have an eye for design, you may still suck at making visuals for your campaigns. These 17 resources can help – no Photoshop skills required.
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When you want to do visual storytelling well, you need great tools and a little design know-how.


What makes a great tool? It's easy to use, there's hardly any learning curve, and you don't need to know about design to produce fabulous material.


What about design know-how though? Well, as you use the tools if you want to go a bit deeper and become more design savvy, there are some easy ways to boost your knowledge.


Hence this post by Ritika Purl about 17 resources to help you with visual storytelling.


Some of these you might know about -- like Prezi. But what I like that Purl has done is also list the shortcomings for each tool.


Gems you probably haven't seen before is Karen X Cheng's blueprint for hacking design and General Assembly's Visual Design Hacking Class. Or Unbounce's Guide to Conversion Centered Design -- now that looks cool.


I'm also going to check out Canva. I've been looking for a tool to put together photos and text that tell a story.


Enjoy these. I hope you find good stuff here.


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Business Storytelling -- What's the ROI?!

Business Storytelling -- What's the ROI?! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Content marketing is exploding. But can the art of storytelling really be used by marketers?
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Hey folks -- trying to explain the importance or necessity of business storytelling to potential clients or people above you in your organization's food chain is often hard work. So here's a post by Jamie Carracher explaining the steps to take, and how to frame the conversation.


I really like how practical this article is. Craft your case using the advice here and you will have greater success selling your storytelling project.


Story on!


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Janet Vasil's curator insight, March 25, 3:40 PM

Good advice for making the case for brand storytelling.

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Check Out Storytelling In The Future: An Array Of New Experiences

Check Out Storytelling In The Future: An Array Of New Experiences | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“A new exhibition looks at ways storytelling will change in years to come.”

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Want to know how our experience of storytelling is going to be via new mediums like virtual reality? Then check out this post.


Virtual reality folks have been playing hard with storytelling and this post gives us all the latest -- and tells us where we can go experience some of the latest works/experiments.


Get ready for more intense and more wild sensory adventures!

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How a government agency ditched its macho culture with storytelling

How a government agency ditched its macho culture with storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Storytelling and breathing techniques are among the ways senior leaders say BIS has achieved a 50/50 gender balance on its leadership team
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Well, if a government agency in Britain can positively change its culture, then any one can. This article talks about how they did it. And it includes storytelling.


Sure -- they made some systems changes, like removing 4 layers of management. But they also focused on storytelling. It's the perfect one-two punch that ensures success.


The leaders of the organization say that storytelling has helped them go beyond their traditional ways of communicating to be more honest, personal and open in talking and listening to staff. This has led changing the way people lead the department, and finding solutions that have dramatically changed their culture for the better.


Read the article for another example of how storytelling in leadership actually works.

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Morgan Newall's curator insight, April 24, 10:24 AM

This is really interesting, and very closely aligned to the work I'm moving towards, and passionate about. Creating and living a created Brand Story. If it can be done in such an organisation steeped in bureaucracy, it can be done anywhere. 

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Visual Storytelling: The Ultimate Guide to Creating Appealing Content

From videos to infographics, I’m constantly leveraging visual media. Can you guess why? It’s because these visual content pieces are generating more backlinks …
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Go grab this infographic -- it's really great!


Not only does it give you stats on the necessity for visual content/storytelling, but it lists 4 top tools. 


Even better, scroll down for 3 fab design tips that I haven't run across before - but they make perfect sense.


Story on!

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Comwyn's curator insight, April 21, 8:01 AM

Nice article on adding engaging and appealing content.

Debra Walker's curator insight, April 22, 2:00 PM

your visual brand is becoming even more fundamental to marketing strategies.

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Brand Storytelling Isn't Telling, But Showing--Great Examples

Brand Storytelling Isn't Telling, But Showing--Great Examples | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“Brand storytelling is most effective when you're not telling people how great your company is, but rather showing them you're a thought leader.”

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The title of this article is nothing knew -- we've known for decades that sharing stories is not about telling, but about showing and pulling people into your world.


So forget the title and go read this post for the 3 ideas for stories to tell.


I really like how the author talks about each type of story and the advice given. There are video stories that are used as examples, which is great and so helpful.


I trust this post and videos will give you some fresh ideas for your business storytelling.

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Forget The Pitch: To Answer “What Do You Do?” Share A 30-Second Story

Forget The Pitch: To Answer “What Do You Do?” Share A 30-Second Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Learn how to create and tell simple sales stories to effectively communicate your value proposition when potential prospects ask "What do you do?"
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One of my former clients, Andy Paul @ZeroTimeSelling  of Zero Time Selling, writes this post that is right on.


When someone asks you, "What do you do?" -- forget the elevator speech!! Yes, that's right. Just drop it. Share a 30-40 second client story instead. You will get way better results.


What kinds of results? Memorability. The listener will know the difference you make and the value  you bring. You will have begun a relationship, turning a prospect into a warmer lead. These are all things we want.


Andy's post tells you exactly how to create a 30-40 second story. I've used this technique for years and it really works!


The only suggestion I would add is to make sure your customer story makes your customer the hero -- not your. Show the listener how the client was able to do something extraordinary. Everyone wants to be the hero. You are the secondary character.


Go read this post and try it out this week. You'll be glad you did!


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Inside Scoop: Communicating Strategy With Stories -- Part 1

Inside Scoop: Communicating Strategy With Stories -- Part 1 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Today’s post is part one of a transcript from my recent interview on the Voice America Business Channel show ‘Story Powered’ hosted by Lianne Picot.
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In this radio show business story professional Lianne Picot is interviewing another business story professional -- March Schenk from Anecdote in Australia -- about the link between storytelling and strategy.


It's a great show and I really like how Lianne kicks off the session with a story about research documenting how storytelling boosts productivity.


Mark shares with us more about story listening, triggering stories, and how stories make strategies come alive and actionable.


Enjoy the show!


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Innovative Storytelling: Street Corners Show 2 Stories Of Homelessness

Innovative Storytelling: Street Corners Show 2 Stories Of Homelessness | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Streetcorners are a storytelling device in this new campaign in support of homeless youth..
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Today it's all about innovation in storytelling with the 2 articles I'm curating for you.


This one is all about the ingenious storytelling campaign in England to reduce homelessness among 16-25 year-olds. 


The charity Depaul UK has taken street corners and written 2 sides of the same story on it. One story is from the perspective of the homeowner, the other is from the perspective of the homeless youth.


They can be read separately, or together. It's brilliant.


Now -- are these really 'stories' in the classical structural sense? If we looked at them under a microscope, probably not. But what I love is that for me, yes they are still stories. Because stories do come in all shapes and sizes. 


The first litmus test is if they are sharing an experience -- which they are. The second litmus test is if they affect the reader in some way that might inspire some action. The answer is 'yes' again.


These short stories pack a punch and I hope they pull you in. I know they did for me. Think about how you can use this method -- both in writing and in presentation -- in your own business storytelling.


I love the creativity of how they are written and presented. It's pushing the storytelling envelope. I can't wait to see what is in store for us next :)


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Character Minutes's curator insight, April 9, 9:17 AM

more than likely there are two or more sides to any story.

Dominique Taste's curator insight, April 20, 10:35 AM

L'association caritative anglaise Depaul affiche un storytelling simple et efficace : 2 histoires placardées en coin de rue. L'une présente la narration sous l'angle d'un  jeune sans domicile fixe, l'autre sous l'angle d'un jeune avec domicile. Le tout avec un rendu spectaculaire cohérent avec la cause défendue par Depaul.

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The ROI of Storytelling

The ROI of Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

“Can we measure the ROI of Storytelling? Some doubt that you can measure the ROI of storytelling. Here is an example where you can.”

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Perhaps you've heard of the Significant Objects project which showed how attaching a story to a cheap garage sale item can boost its price by over 2700%. Yes -- that's not a typo.


Now here is another example showing the same result. See, it's not a fluke! Even better, in this case the story not only significantly increased the bottom line, it led to higher visibility and a book deal for the author. Gotta love that!


So the ROI of storytelling in product sales is getting well documented. The ROI of storytelling in relationship building, influence, and the like is still tougher to determine. But we're getting closer. Enjoy this story and the results!


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A Better Way Presenting The Case For Business Storytelling

A Better Way Presenting The Case For Business Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
-*+Too often, people try to make the case for business storytelling, by pointing to examples of "who's doing it". I think we all need bigger frameworks for appreciating the business implications of storytelling.
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Biz storytelling colleague Michael Margolis gives us the hard-core formula that creates the business case for storytelling.


Wow -- have we come a long way! It's been years since I've been asked if I tell stories to kids in the library on Saturday afternoon once I share with them I work in business storytelling. Thank heavens the times have changed.


Yet as Michael points out, too many companies validate storytelling as a business activity by asking "What other companies are doing it?" He instead responds by putting storytelling on much more solid footing in a way that would be hard for any executive to say "no" to.


Michael has put the business case together for storytelling in a very elegant way. Grab his wisdom, present the case for storytelling following his formula, and story on! 


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

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Vesticor Advisors's curator insight, March 30, 10:53 PM

Key question ... What do you offer that nobody else does?

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In Our Multiplatform World, Six Storytelling Principles That Cross All

In Our Multiplatform World, Six Storytelling Principles That Cross All | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Long-standing tenets of narrative still hold, but if we’re going to live and work in a m...
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Every day we have opportunities to share our business stories across multiple platforms. Some days it makes my head spin. Which is why I really like the article Mike Jones, of interactive media company Portal Entertainment, recently wrote that help simplify the chaos.


Jones shares with us 6 principles for writing (I say storytelling) in a multiplatform world. Yay! 


Jones is a wonderful writer and I've been following him for a few years because his approach to writing is right in line with much of business storytelling.


A couple points he makes in this post are:

  1. New storytelling forms always emerge. We've come a long way since early cave paintings. Yet we don't replace new forms -- the previous ones we still use. So don't ignore previous forms -- use them.
  2. Don't get stuck serving only one medium. In other words, I may be a business storyteller, but I'm also a writer, speaker, etc. I show up how I'm needed.
  3. Don't just tell a story. Build a cohesive Story World with your stories.


There are more insights for you here. What I appreciate about Jones' post is that instead of focusing on what story to tell in which way on this medium, he gives us comprehensive principles to guide our storytelling across any platform. 


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

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Monica Lewinsky Tells Her Story @ TED: The price of shame

In 1998, says Monica Lewinsky, “I was Patient Zero of losing a personal reputation on a global scale almost instantaneously.” Today, the kind of online publi...
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I just watched this powerful video of Monica Lewinsky's TED talk and I was riveted. As she shares bits and pieces of her story, she weaves together what her story can mean for us individually, and as a culture.


Lewinsky bravely touches on storytelling ethics, our gleeful perpetuation of dark stories that lead to great harm, how to use stories to build empathy, and taking control of your own narrative.


The business of storytelling -- and business storytelling -- has an underside. Lewinsky sheds light in the dark and shows us a way home. Watch this video now -- you'll be glad you did. It will make you a far better and more humane storyteller IMHO.


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

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Respect... She has done it from a very very deep something from where few could come back...

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Biz Storytelling: Building Trust + Relationships with

Biz Storytelling: Building Trust + Relationships with | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Great leadership is about trust and relationship building. In today’s competitive climate, trust can be challenging to build and maintain.
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For those of you who missed my interview last week with Lianne Picot on building trust and relationships with story, here's the link.


LIanne and I had a great time together. Enjoy and I hope you get some good tips from the interview!

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Chem-Dry: Success in Lead Generation Through Storytelling!

Chem-Dry: Success in Lead Generation Through Storytelling! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning used brand storytelling and organic search to generate more than six times the leads, triple close rates.
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The numbers shared in this article are great. This is quite a terrific example of a company -- Chem-Dry -- successfully using storytelling to increase their lead generation by leaps and bounds.


See -- storytelling works! The author of the article, Joe Matthews, interviews Bill Knight, Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning's vice president of franchise development, about why they switched to storytelling to increase their leads.


It's a good story and the stats shared are powerful. You too can learn from Knight as he shares the storytelling strategy that worked.


Go get 'em! Use storytelling to bring in more leads for your business.


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

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