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Your Relationship With An Audience Starts Before You Walk On Stage

Your Relationship With An Audience Starts Before You Walk On Stage | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
How to connect with an audience before you begin to speak.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a quick article with lots of insight. It's rare that I find a post about connecting with your audience before giving a presentation.


Almost all the articles I find are focused on creating the presentation. Or on delivery. Hardly anyone talks about preparing for the relationship with your audience. Until now!


There's advice here on your introduction, your "offstage beat" (cultivating the attitude you walk on stage with), and mingling with your audience before hand.


Connecting well with your audience is a critical success factor. Read this article to build these practices into your presentations.


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

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, January 21, 2014 8:34 PM

Use this before making your pitch to a panel of investors. Excellent ideas.

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How to Build an Audience w/ Business Storytelling

How to Build an Audience w/ Business Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"There’s been a fevered interest in the art of storytelling among the business crowd the last few years.

 

The masters and the hacks alike are thumping from every available pulpit that storytelling is the most powerful device on earth in regard to human influence.

 

We are told that story — applied to salesmanship, preaching, advertising, conversation, marketing, songwriting, and blogging — contains the power to deliver the world to the deft storyteller’s door.

 

This is correct. The writer runs this show.

 

But what is a well-told story? How do we know we’re getting down to the true thing?"


Via Gregg Morris
Karen Dietz's insight:

I still periodically come across people in business who think storytelling is only for kids -- and certainly not part of hard-boiled business.


So I love the insights shared here about crafting great stories -- and why to do so. It's a quick but powerful read. And it will definitely get your thinking in order about why storytelling is so important.


Thanks fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this gem!


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Brad Tollefson's curator insight, January 16, 2014 2:51 AM

How do you build an audience with story? It’s about media not marketing, baby.... Nice...

Peter Fruhmann's curator insight, January 16, 2014 4:24 AM
Information is … information. The audience will not tune in to watch information. You wouldn’t, I wouldn’t. No one would or will. The audience will only tune in and stay tuned in to watch drama, says David Mamet. This short article by Robert Bruce on the difference between information and 'story' hits the nail on the head
Gav Morris's curator insight, January 18, 2014 5:53 AM

A good start is to work out the myths. Dispel myths in your story.

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Michael Bay's Epic Fail : What to do instead (hint: storytelling)

Michael Bay's Epic Fail : What to do instead (hint: storytelling) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Michael Bay blanked out during his Samsung presentation at the CES conference in Vegas. A teleprompter issue had him at a loss for words and walking off stage.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Michael Bay's presentation disaster has been making the rounds for days now. Here's a SlideShare piece with advice for how to avoid something similar in your life.


I like most of the points made here -- especially 'know your stuff' and the insights about a presentation not being about perfection.


The point I disagree with is practicing in front of a mirror. Why? Because storytelling is practiced with a trusted listening partner.  


In the end, if Michael had actually prepared his presentation as a story several things would have happened:

  1. He would have remembered all of his points
  2. He wouldn't have needed to rely on technology or a teleprompter to deliver his talk.


I can tell story was never part of his presentation -- I bet it was just a bunch of boring facts and figures. Which is why he got flustered and walked off stage saying he couldn't remember what he was supposed to say.


Never ever let this happen to you. Craft your presentation as a story! You'll will not have to worry about technology failing. And you will always win the day.


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Memloom: A New Way To Tell Stories

Memloom: A New Way To Tell Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Memloom, a new startup launching today, is looking to find a niche somewhere in between blogging and photo-printing services, like those provided by..
Karen Dietz's insight:

This new technology looks pretty interesting and I did sign up for it. Now I'm just waiting to receive the invitation so I can play and test it out.


When working with photos, videos, etc. to tell a story, when you want to add text and audio, it can be clunky. Photos themselves don't tell a story following the traditional story arc -- they require context and a narrative to do that.


So maybe Memloom is the answer. Try it out or tuck it away for future reference. And let us know what you think!


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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 9, 2014 2:14 PM

Interesting  idea,  could use as a class project too!

Dr. Pamela Rutledge's curator insight, January 9, 2014 2:31 PM

Is Memloom all that different from other digital storytelling tools?  I am hoping for a iPhone version where stories can be compiled on the fly, reflective of the chaos of real life.

corneja's curator insight, January 10, 2014 8:27 PM

Memloon seems an easy tool for building stories for our photos. Could it will be used by brands? Maybe, I guess.

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Chief Storyteller shares his best biz tips

Chief Storyteller shares his best biz tips | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

This is an interview I did with Richard Sheridan, the founder and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this brief video, he shares some of the great things they’ve done to make Menlo a very happy workplace.

Among other things Rich talks about:

How leaders can pump fear out of the roomNever working more than 40 hours a weekEliminating meetingsEliminating internal emailCreating a physical space that’s conducive to happiness at work


Via Gregg Morris
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great video! Not only is the video about how to eliminate fear and create an awesome workplace, Sheridan also shares other business wisdom. I love that the company has eliminated internal emails (WOW!), using instead what they call 'high tech voice technology' :))


This is a 10 minute video which I know you will enjoy. It's inspiring and you can do some of these same techniques in your business.


Thank you fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this gem!


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Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, January 8, 2014 10:02 AM

Hapiness in the workplace sounds great.

Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:58 PM

I agree, Gregg - eliminating meetings puts him high on my list!

Judy Grossman's curator insight, June 12, 2014 11:54 AM

Creating happiness in the workplace helps everyone thrive.

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10 Inspiring Videos To Kick-start 2014 Biz Storytelling

10 Inspiring Videos To Kick-start 2014 Biz Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Check out this awesome list of inspiring marketing talks by the likes of John Cleese, Elizabeth Gilbert and some lesser-known gems.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great collection of videos about marketing to help us all grow business in 2014! Several of them are directly about storytelling. Others are about creativity and risk taking. All are superb.


Enjoy watching these videos and being inspired. Then map out the steps you are going to take to make 2014 a banner year. Game on!


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5 Ways to Create Audio Slideshows and Tell Your Story

5 Ways to Create Audio Slideshows and Tell Your Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Somewhere between a PowerPoint presentation and a full-fledged video is the audio slideshow. Creating audio slideshows can be a good way to add meaning to slides that otherwise might not mean much without a presenter. Here are some ways that students can create audio slideshows.


Via Baiba Svenca
Karen Dietz's insight:

Many thanks to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for finding this post and sharing it.


I think it's really cool because we all need good tools to add audio to any slideshows we create as a way to tell our business stories. The list was originally compiled for teachers and students but we can all benefit.


I hope these come in handy for you!


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Danielle Annick Le Pape's curator insight, January 2, 2014 3:55 PM

slideshows avec son

InFLE-InELE 's curator insight, January 3, 2014 6:32 AM

Créer des présentations agrémentées avec du son

Michael Williams StoryCoaching's curator insight, January 3, 2014 1:03 PM

A practical guide to creating audio slideshows . . . great for teachers and anyone wanting to learn how to enhance their PowerPoint and other presentations.

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Top Stories for 2013

Top Stories for 2013 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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It’s always fun to review the year and see what my reader’s most favorite articles were. So here’s the list for 2013!

 

The first list contains the ones that received the most views. The second list has the posts that generated the most buzz.

 

If you missed any of them, go grab them now. Have fun and I can’t wait to see what 2014 brings :)

 

Most Views:

  1. Presentations Infographic -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=presentations+infographic%3A+making  
  2. 7 Tips to Beautiful PowerPoint Presentations -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=7+tips+to+beautiful
  3. 10 Examples of Storytelling Web Design -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=10+examples+of+storytelling+web
  4. 5 Powerful Ways for Opening a Presentation -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=5+powerful+ways
  5. Seven Steps to Perfect Stories?? -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=seven+steps+to+perfect+stories
  6. 8 Steps to Creating A Great Storyboard for Innovations -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=8+steps+to+creating
  7. Storytelling – the #1 Business Skill for the Next 5 Years -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=the+%231+business+skill
  8. Why Your Brain Loves Music (and Stories) -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=brain+loves+music
  9. Using Story in Design, Innovation, Problem Solving -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=using+story+in+design%2C+innovation
  10. Big Marketing Activity Coloring Book -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=big+marketing+activity+coloring

 

 

Most Buzz:

  1. Create Great Video Stories -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=create+great+video+stories+with+new
  2. Creating Great Images With Quotes -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=creating+great+images+with+quotes
  3. How to Create Storied Videos to Capture Your Audience -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it/p/4010657482/2013/11/08/how-to-create-storied-videos-to-capture-your-audience
  4. 7 Tips to Beautiful PowerPoint Presentations -- -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=7+tips+to+beautiful
  5. 7 Great iPad Apps for Creating Comic Strips -- http://www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it?q=7+great+ipad+apps+for+creating


Happy New Year everyone! Let's rock it in 2014!


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Patricia Stitson's curator insight, January 3, 2014 12:51 PM

Thanks for the insight Karen!

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Happy New Year! The 25 Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013

Happy New Year! The 25 Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The Most Popular Street Art Pieces Of 2013 On StreetArtNews With Banksy, Invader, Etam Cru and more...
Karen Dietz's insight:

I love art, and I get a big kick out of street art. I find people's creativity to be very inspirational, and street art lots of fun. Business storytelling is an art that also continues to inspire me -- business people have the most amazing stories to tell.


So as a lead-in to 2014, here is some way cool street art to bring  you smiles, and to get your creative juices flowing. Enjoy the New Year and my 2014 totally rock for you!


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Henrik Safegaard - Cloneartist's curator insight, January 1, 2014 12:18 PM

2013's most notorious event has been Banksy's month long show in New York City, "Better Out Than In" and to no surprise he ranks #1 this year.  So that we are able to feature a variety of artists we've grouped the whole of Banksy's epic October exhibition under the above stencil which was used to announce the 31 pieces that followed, and subsequently became the most viewed piece of the whole year.

Click to see the pictures.

Maria Jose Barrios's curator insight, January 1, 2014 3:13 PM

Con 2013 llega a su fin, es hora de desvelar las 25 piezas más populares del año (basado en páginas vistas únicas) en StreetArtNews.

Alejandro Coronado's curator insight, January 2, 2014 9:00 AM

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Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories

Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
As the new year approaches, I am resolved to read and listen to more stories and that means less of other kinds of content, such as opinion, most social media and even some elements of news. Why would I do this?
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great short article with a powerful message: vow to listen to more stories in 2014 and improve your brain -- and your life, and your well-being.


Of course, it all depends on what kinds of stories you listen to. As I always say, "garbage in, garbage out". So select your stories really well to get the most benefits. Me? I feed myself stories that induce awe, wonder, beauty, inspiration, kindness, gratitutde, optimism, hope, empathy, appreciation, respect, laughter, and the like. And yes, action and spy thrillers can qualify :))


Have fun reading this post on storytelling, the brain, and quality of life.


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Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours

Success: the stories you tell yourself decide yours | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

"Your identity story is your own epic saga. Quite literally the tale of who you are and where you are going. It’s the way you make meaning out of the ocean of chaos we call life.  Stories are the subatomic particles of the self. They are the keys to changing everything.


How to instantly identify toxic narratives.  Start getting very real with yourself, about the stories you’re telling yourself. Here’s a huge hint: They are also the stories you tell others to explain yourself."


Read the full article to find out how more about these tips to transform your identity narratives to revolutionize your life:

  • Pick out a goal you really desire but you’ve struggled to attain
  • Get objective about your terrible story
  • Pick a totally new story that presupposes you’ll soon achieve your goal

Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post to read to get ready for 2014. What limiting stories are you telling yourself that you could change or drop so you can be more successful? There are tips here to revolutionize your life.


Many thanks to fellow curator Kim Zimke for finding and sharing this article! Let's get our game on for 2014 :)


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malek's curator insight, December 30, 2013 8:01 AM

A long article and it's  well worth the time it takes to read !

Want to change your life, start with your identity, tell yourself the story of success.

Brent MacKinnon's curator insight, December 30, 2013 9:06 AM

I like the introduction to this post. It speaks to the deep sense making about your own life and the broad themes that make up who and what you are.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 5, 2014 1:39 PM

Here is some inspiration for telling your own story!

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It's all about pull: The New 4Ps of Marketing (from storytelling)

It's all about pull: The New 4Ps of Marketing (from storytelling) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

The 4Ps is a concept originally coined in the 1960s by E.J. McCarthy. In short, if you have the right Product, in the right Place, at the right Price, supported by the right Promotion, you will likely have the right marketing mix in place to be successful. It’s an idea that is still taught in many marketing classes and continues to have traction in certain marketing circles. However, in the Age of Now this model seems out of touch with the expectations of empowered consumers. In turn, we are seeing the traditional 4Ps give way to a new set: Purpose, Passion, Participation, and Profit...


Via Jeff Domansky
Karen Dietz's insight:

I found this article on fellow curator Jeff Domansky's site and so glad I did.


As Jeff writes in his review, the 4 P's of marketing used to be: Product, Place, Price, and Promotion. Boy, has that changed -- particularly with the advent of business storytelling! The 4 P's are now People, Passion, Purpose, Profits.


As far as business storytelling goes, companies now pull people into their worlds by sharing stories of their people (employees & customers), their passion (what keeps them going), purpose for being (what's the difference you are making in the world?), and profits will follow.


This article is a perfect companion to the other one I curated today on Responsible Business Stories. Thanks Jeff or this piece!


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Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, December 28, 2013 12:48 PM

Very interesting (and highly relevant to the helping professions such as coaching...) move from the original 4Ps of marketing (the right Product, in the right Place, at the right Price, supported by the right Promotion) to the new 4Ps:

Purpose (what your business stands for),

Passion (all about leveraging the power of your people to build your brand, see Empowerment...), 

Participation (companies are looking for partners with the same values whom they can work with to make a difference and further their reach)

Profit (self-explanatory...)

 

Now, this is not a gobbledygook, these are real elements and here also appears the unavoidable need for a passionate, involved, engaged, aligned and empowered staff... do you understand the importance of this? It is a free advertisement for the helping professions, guys...

Anthony M Turner's curator insight, January 2, 2014 5:12 PM

this makes a lot of sense....

Ashley Pero's curator insight, January 31, 2014 10:45 AM

Great insights on marketing that might make the whole concept seem less foreign to nonprofits.

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Are You a Boring Company? Get out of the rut with storytelling.

Are You a Boring Company? Get out of the rut with storytelling. | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
This is a story of how we become adults and get lost into the business stuffs. We forget enjoying life, making and listening stories. This is one reason why com
Karen Dietz's insight:

I ran across this SlideShare piece today and it made me smile. It is short and sweet and to the point. It explains why we in business typically avoid stories -- and how to stop.


I plan on sharing this with my MBA students because it makes a very valid point. So grab this piece and get over any hesitations you have about business storytelling!


PS: There is an ad at the end for the company who put together this presentation, just so you know.


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Mirjana Podvorac's curator insight, December 27, 2013 6:22 AM

Dear Karen, Who wants to be boring, and then again, who still believes in fairy tales; children, teachers…, not the people who are good with numbers and need to make important decisions! A few days ago I was told by my superior that I still have a lot to learn, that I seem to be living in an alternative universe where people still WANT to listen to fairy tales. Well, as helpless and childish it may seem, I do believe that you cannot take people for granted, you cannot patronise them in order to “convert” them, you need to try to understand them and their needs or they will be “converted” by the ones who do, or, at least are trying to. Thank you for your scoop and your comment. Good luck with your MBA students, they are lucky to have you!

malek's curator insight, December 27, 2013 7:54 AM

An article to make your day.

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Want That Job? Add Storytelling to Your Interview

Want That Job? Add Storytelling to Your Interview | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Story Telling? Story telling is a very compelling way to inform the interviewer that you know your stuff. The purpose of telling stories is to get you to talk

Via Gregg Morris
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article explains in detail which stories you need to prepare for your job interview. I love this!


Stories are the best way to convey who you are, your values, work ethic, successes, and what you've learned over the years. If you want that job, craft and tell your stories using this article as a guide.


Thanks Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this gem!

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Best storytelling practices+ examples+ research (nonprofit/for profit)

Best storytelling practices+ examples+ research (nonprofit/for profit) | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Nonprofits are great at collecting data but often fail to share their information in a compelling way. Stories are the answer. With live links to video examples
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's another SlideShare program with some really interesting research, along with solid insights about how to do storytelling really well - whether you are a for-profit or non-profit.


Enjoy these terrific slides and the examples shared!


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Moya Sayer-Jones's curator insight, January 16, 2014 9:26 PM

NFP's might not have a lot of $$ but they have a lot of stories! The trick is to use themto get not just to the heart of funders and supporters but also to their heads. 

La Tulipe's curator insight, January 18, 2014 10:16 AM

manipulation

 

Everett Bowes's curator insight, January 19, 2014 2:27 PM

great points in this slideshow.  click the links to view the associated videos.

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22 QUOTES FOR INSPIRED AUTHORS/Storytellers

22 QUOTES FOR INSPIRED AUTHORS/Storytellers | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Are you an author? Do you love words and books? Need some inspiration? Facing writers block? Gotta finish that book and need a booster shot? These 22 quotes fro
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great way to start off the week! I love these qoutes and many apply to storytelling.


Enjoy this boost to the week!


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Latest Research On Effecitve Biz Story Endings

Latest Research On Effecitve Biz Story Endings | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Kendall Haven, author of Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story recently wrote me about his latest research on business story endings.


It's way cool stuff. Bottom line: positive characters and positive endings are not as effective as we thought when desiring to shift behaviors.


Read the brief conversation between myself and Kendall, and then use the latest information to start crafting stories that will act as catalysts for change.


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Saving Storytelling in the age of the Smartphone

Saving Storytelling in the age of the Smartphone | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
“I am going to be a little boring,” Sherry Turkle announces as we sit down to tea in the living room of her sprawling Boston townhouse.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This article makes me both sad and more committed to storytelling than ever before. The author, Meg Garber, is talking with and about Sherry Turkle, the writer of the book Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other, and working on her next book Reclaiming Conversation.


The article is about how we are so focused on the screens in front of us that we are sacrificing actually talking with each other. Where does storytelling go, along with its benefits of building empathy, relationship, context, meaning, wisdom, imagination, inspiration, passion, purpose, creativity, etc.)? Down the tubes, I'm afraid.


This phenomenon is prevalent in the US today. This is a consequence of technology that I don't think is such a great outcome. The article is a fascinating discussion of what is happening today and well worth the read.


So my resolve to engage in more storytelling through face-to-face conversations just ramped up today. Because this also provides significant business benefits.


How about you? 


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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 9, 2014 2:16 PM

Lots of ideas inside  article

Paul Dixon's curator insight, February 4, 2014 2:13 AM

There is nothing more enjoyerable then a good rabbit with friends, or talking to a new person finding out about THEM, not telling them how great we are. Nature gave us two ears and one mouth!

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Story Branding and Archetypes podcast

Story Branding and Archetypes podcast | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Jim Signorelli approaches story using a tried and true process. After gathering the back story and the facts, they conduct an archetypal analysis asking the team to individually choose the archetype that best represents their brand.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Biz story guru Annette Simmons interviews Jim Signorelli, author of Story Branding, about how to use archetypes to build both stories and brands. This is powerful stuff and you won't want to miss this podcast.


The podcast is also available on iTunes and you might want to subscribe to The Story Factor channel. Annette keeps hitting home runs here :))


Jim uses the archetypes developed by Carol Pearson. I do too so I can attest to their validity. 


As you listen to the podcast, ask yourself "What archetype best typifies my business?" It's a sure path to figuring out your brand.


Have fun with this one -- it's a great start to 2014. Cheers!


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Storytelling makes the list again! 12 “it” careers in 2014

Storytelling makes the list again! 12 “it” careers in 2014 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
2013 has been quite a year for the startup community and social and technology-related businesses in particular. In just a few months, Twitter went public, Google Glass showed up ...
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Storytelling in various forms is ranking right near the top of hot careers for 2014. Yeah! This just goes to show storytelling's staying power. It definitely is not a fad or passing trend.


Besides storytelling, the jobs of 'content creator' is all about storytelling. As is 'director of content' and 'content manager'. It's hard to direct or manage content without quality storytelling skills. Otherwise, how do you know you are providing top notch content?


Bottom line: get more training in storytelling! You'll be glad you did :)


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Linda Salna's curator insight, January 2, 2014 8:56 AM

Storytellers have been popular since the beginning of time

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A New Year's Resolution to Make You Happy + Live a Different Story

A New Year's Resolution to Make You Happy + Live a Different Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Tired of New Year's Resolutions that fail? Try this new kind of goal-setting approach for 2014.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's New Year's eve here in the US (New Year's day in other parts of the world) and time to refocus for 2014.


Here's a lovely article about a few different New Year's resolutions that will dramatically change your life. And give you way better stories to share.


Enjoy and happy New Year. May 2014 rock your world in all good ways.


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The Rice Process's curator insight, December 31, 2013 5:41 PM

Well worth the read. 

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Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me

Inspiration and Appreciation: What 1 Entrepreneur Taught Me | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
I met up with an old friend for coffee last Saturday. Going in, I knew I would enjoy catching up with somebody I had not seen for a decade, but I did not expect I would walk away with two lessons in entrepreneurship.
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This is a companion article that fits nicely with the other I just posted on "Positive Brain Impact: A Plan To Feed It Stories".


As the author, Jerry Jao, says here: "As the CEO of a company, my job is to inspire and motivate my team. But, what most people don't realize is that even inspiration people (aka: the cheerleaders) need to seek inspiration themselves. I lost track of that lesson when I got caught up with the hustle and bustle of growing my company."


Truer words could not be said. Countless times leaders I work with ask me where to find inspirational stories. I definitely help them, but that question also tells me they are not seeking inspiration themselves.


This article shares a terrific story which I know you will like, along with important advice: actively listen for stories to keep you inspired. You will have a ready supply when it's your turn to share an inspiring story that helps your business.


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Being a better leader: 11 Simple Concepts (storytelling as foundation)

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Being likeable will help you in your job, business, relationships, and life. I interviewed dozens of successful business leaders in my last book, Likeable Business, to determine what made them so

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This post is originally from fellow curator Bobby Dillard. Thanks for this Bobby!


What a great chart! And of course I like it because storytelling is a foundational piece. But that aside, it does show how critical storytelling has become to being an effective leader. What to motivate and inspire people? Stories are your best vehicle. Want to have your values and vision come alive and be embodied? Stories are the answer again.


And great storytelling doesn't happen without great listening, too. So I'm doubly happy that listening also made it into the chart as another foundational skill.


Keep this chart handy -- I know I'm going to as I work with leaders and MBA students. And may 2014 totally rock for you!


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Carol Carter's curator insight, December 27, 2013 2:51 PM

Worth a read for anyone who wants to build a great team or company!

Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, December 30, 2013 11:54 PM

The core value of a transleader.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 31, 2013 1:42 PM

Great structure.  Simple in nature but hard to execute in a genuine way every time.  Worth looking to by all leaders.

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Jim Signorelli's Holiday Story: The Big Give

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Episode #10 -- Jim Signorell's Christmas Story "The Big Give" from The Story Factor podcasts.

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I know -- Christmas is gone by several days. That's what happens when story colleagues create great stories to share and I decide to take some holiday time off: I miss getting something like this to you :))


But don't think that this story doesn't have timeless value. And an important business lesson for us all as we head into 2014. 


This is a wonderful story by colleague Jim Signorelli, author of Story Branding. The lesson is powerful. How can we translate this lesson from the personal to the business world? Well, think about your giving and gratitude patterns with clients, vendors, business associates, etc. Are you making the connections you want, or just going through the motions?


This 15 minute story will get you thinking. Jim offered this story as part of Annette Simmons' Story Factor podcasts, also available on iTunes. Jim is a masterful storyteller, too. You won't want to miss this.


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Is your company inspirational? Top 2013 Responsible Biz Stories

Is your company inspirational? Top 2013 Responsible Biz Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Businesses that are successfully developing both loyal employees and loyal customers are doing it by creating culture of purpose. Here's how they did...
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As we get ready for 2014, there's a boat load of stuff to think about for your company -- not the least of which is how inspirational you are.


Let's face it -- marketing and branding is changing significantly as business storytelling becomes more mainstream. And one of the major changes is the shift to meaning. Does your company provide meaning to customers?? 


One of the best ways to provide meaning is through social causes. This isn't something you slap onto your company to do good. It's part of your mission and critical to your reason for being. 


This article explains why social responsibility is so critical today, how it provides meaning for your customer, and gives 13 examples of the top companies doing this today -- with results. All lessons we can take to heart.


Time to get your social good on. May 2014 bring you business growth, and may meaningful storytelling via social responsibility provide that fuel!


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