Top curators Baiba Svenca and Robin Good found this cool app and I think it's important for you to know about too.
How amazing would it be when giving a presentation and sharing your biz stories via PowerPoint to have those in the room going through your material on their phones or ipads?
Or pity the person in the back of the room who can't see your slides well enough to follow along.
And the app can also still project on a screen if you want it to. So it's the best of the old and something new too.
The pricing however is steep. If you want to use the app with just one person it's free. Like we'd really need that when talking one-to-one with someone. If you want to shell our $50 for 6 months, or $80 bucks for a year, you can broadcast simultaneously to 50 people.
If you do a lot of speaking, you might want to check it out.
So this could be the coolest thing since sliced bread, or a dud -- depending on your business. Regardless, I still like the idea!
Thanks Baiba and Robin for finding this app and sharing.
Are you using SlideShare? Would you like more leads? In this article I'll reveal how to use SlideShare to generate quality leads. SlideShare for Leads?
Karen Dietz's insight:
SlideShare is a neat way to share your business stories and here's an article on how to do that and generate business leads. Yahoo!
Here's a terrific infographic about why SlideShare is an important story sharing tool, plus how to use it to tell your stories and grow your business.
Of course, any SlideShare presentation should tell a story. And I really mean a story - not just an accumulation of fact or information that flows from one slide to the next.
Really have a compelling opening, show the problem/challenges you or clients are having, remember to share your personal or client experiences as you go along, then bring all to a resolutionplus an action step.
Enjoy this meaty article and I hope it really helps you in your 2013 marketing!
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...
"This excellent video by Story Worldwide has been featured on Brand Stories for a while now. Not sure if you’ve seen it? If you haven’t, it’s definitely worth your time."
Now here is a very articulate and clear model for brand storytelling. There are 3 axis and the short video explains how to read the model. From there you can easily figure out where you are, and where you want to go.
And thanks to Omar Kattan of Brand Stories @BrandStoriesNet for sharing this material on his website Brand Stories and then sharing it on LinkedIn in the Brand Stories Group.
These illustrations are computer generated maps of the overlap between how an organization describes itself (to donors) and how storytellers describe the organization or some relevant social problem.
WOW -- what a great article! Using story word maps we can now do gap analyses showing the differences (or similarities) between the stories an organization tells about itself and the stories a community, customers, or the press share about it. This is so cool!
As this article demonstrates with the organizations they analyzed, you can clearly see where the intersections a, where the gaps are, and where the missed opportunities are. The author uses visual word maps to show us the results. The fact that the results are visual is fabulous! And easy to grasp/Interpret.
Oh, I can't wait to start playing with this. It doesn't appear as if there are easy tools yet to do this, so generating the word maps will take time and effort. But I think well worth it.
Any app developers out there who can take this and run with it? I hope so.
In the meantime, start thinking about how you can apply these principles and visuals to your biz story work. I can't wait to see your results!
Thank you to colleague and fellow curator Kat Hansen for finding and sharing this article.
A great infographic about how to make your message stick. This is perfect for any budding social entrepreneurs trying to figure out how to convey their ideas to potential funders, partners, employees,...
LOVE this infographic! It's all about using storytelling and story elements to make your content stick. The infographic makes perfect sense, is easy to read and understand, and is right on!
Keep this one handy and refer to it often :)) I know I will be using it in my classes and workshops.
Create stories that inspire your customers to step out of the status quo, take action, and invest through you into a better tomorrow. Imagine if the power of storytelling could do for your salespeople what it did for Al Gore?
Here's where to find the gold in this post: it's not about the blog text. Nor is it the in the first few slides in the SlideShare presentation.
You hit the gold when you land on the slide that shares an effective structure for business storytelling. Even better yet, the structure is explained with tips on what to do and what not to do! Yeah!
But there is more. If you continue through the slides it walks you through using the Storytelling Dice tool. Very cool!
So dig into this presentation for those gems.
Now...just a quick reminder...knowing story structure is important. It helps us organize our thoughts. But the true crafting of a story happens when you share it orally. That's when the story morphs into its most compelling form. So find partners to practice sharing your stories orally with. Never forget -- this is a critical part of the story crafting process.
Enjoy this quick piece and the tutorial on using the Storytelling Dice!
Hey everyone -- this looks like a really great FREE tool for taking a bunch of data and creating a stunning visual story. I haven't tested it because I don't have a pile of data to crunch, make it look beautiful, or tell a story with it.
But if you do, then I wanted to make sure I passed this along.
Hey folks -- these tools are not specifically about storytelling, but they can be used to help you share your brand.
Quotes are very popular and many businesses use them to connect with customers and prospects. These are 3 fun tools to turn quotes into more visually appealing pieces; it's a slice of visual storytelling.
I've played with trying to make quotes more interesting on my own using the computer programs I have available now. And it takes waaaaaayyyy tooooo much time -- plus I'm not happy with the results. So I've stopped doing that. Until now!
Here are 3 ways I thought of for myself to tell the Just Story It 'story' using these tools:
I like to use quotes at the end of my presentations. Now I can jazz up those quotes and make them more visually memorable.
I can take storytelling quotes, use these tools to make them look really cool, then share them on my website, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, etc. That will be fun!
Share my quotes in fun ways in my email newsletters.
Who know what other ideas I'll come up with? Now I have the tools, I'll be able to play with quotes in simple and less time-consuming ways. Yeah!
Here's hoping you have just as much fun :) The links are:
SlideTalk makes it easy to publish, edit and share PowerPoint presentations, business presentations, tutorials, eLearning material, education material and documentation of events as talking presentations, thanks to using high quality text-to-speech and image processing software to hide from you all boring details of creating a talking video, and leaving you free to focus on the creative and pedagogical tasks.
SlickFlick sent me to their site to see what I thought about their new tool for quickly and easily creating stories and then sharing them.
I checked out a few and I think it would be a terrific tool to use for sharing your business stories -- but only if you are using an iPhone, iPad, etc. Forget it if you are an Android user.
Once you have your photos, you can simply add text to them, link them together, and voila -- you have a story.
If you follow all the best ways to tell your biz stories -- an opening that grabs, showcasing your customer's challenge, the resolution, an inspiring ending that moves people to action -- then this portalbe tool could be a godsend for those with too much to do, and too little time.
The only thing I really don't like is that the stories you create stay on their site, which is a social networking site. This definitely won't work for businesses -- we need to imbed our stories on our websites, in other content we develop, and we need an interface that is professional in order to win more businesses.
Hopefully SlickFlick will offer these capabilities. Until then, this app may not work for you at all.
I am not affiliated with the company and have no relationship with them. Just thought this tool might be helpful. Let me know if you try it out and write a review in the comments below. Thanks!
Here is a cool list for you of tools you can use to augment your online storytelling. Add timelines, maps, video, links, charts, create infographics, etc. with these tools to build rich communication pieces. And to include different types of visual formats into your biz stories.
Some of these I've already curated (Meograph, Visual.ly) and some are new to check out.
What I like is that with this list they are all now in one tidy place.
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.
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 .... :))
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?
Robin Good: Rachel Smith explains in very simple words how you can use your iPad to capture and record visually the key ideas and concepts presented during a lecture, keynote, training class or presentation.
She provides a good round-up of four relevant tools that can be used for this task, analyzing their key pros and cons as well as providing logistic and technical advice on how to best organize and setup yourself for doing visual recording on the iPad.
As similar tools will provide more ready-made icons, templates and patterns available for this kind of real-time idea-capturing, this rare and pioneering visual recording work will begin to catch up even more rapidly.
Now this looks really cool -- and very helpful. Capturing stories visually is a handy talent to have. And you don't need to be an artist to do it. This video walks you through how to visually capture a presentation at a conference on your iPad.
As I said, you could use it to capture stories you hear, or stories you want to tell and share, in addition to presentations.
Thanks go to fellow curator Robin Good for finding and sharing this very useful video!
Create your interactive story by adding multimedia, apps, graphics, text boxes. Organise and structure your storyboard in the way you want.
Well, this tool looks promising! I'm requested an invite so I can play with it. I've been disappointed lately in trying out new digital storytellingtools because they come with so little documention about how to use their tool, or have tutorials that are too simplistic (and not helpful) that I've started to shy away from wasting time trying them out.
Yet this one is intriguing because it promises built-in engagement functions. Now that's different and way cool if it works!
But I'll explore this one. If you try it out, let me know how it goes.
Thank you to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for originally scooping this tool.
Story maps use the concepts and tools of geography to tell stories about the world. They combine intelligent Web maps with text, multimedia content, and intuitive user experiences to inform, educate, entertain, and inspire people about a wide variety of topics. Most story maps are designed for non-technical audiences.
Hey -- here's another cool set of tools/templates to use for innovative storytelling!
Want to tell your story using maps? For example, do you have customers across the nation or globe? You can find ways perhaps to share this story using story maps.
This site contains a Workflows & Best Practices guide for how to use and create these maps, and a white paper on Telling Stories With Maps. And then there are free templates to download to get you started!
Hmmmmm -- so interesting. Yet another fab tool for visual storytelling to add to your biz story toolkit!