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Interactive Storytelling: 10 Mind-Blowing Stories That Will Change the Way You See The World

Interactive Storytelling: 10 Mind-Blowing Stories That Will Change the Way You See The World | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The best interactive stories, animated infographics and data visualizations now circling the Web and the storytelling techniques you can learn from them.
Karen Dietz's insight:

These 10 short interactive films are amazing. They are all unqiue, employing different methods for viewers to engage with the story.

 

My colleague Mark Goldman reminded me of this piece. I'd seen it earlier but not had the time to dig into it. I took the time today to do so, and am glad I did. I think you will be amazed also.

 

Enjoy the many ways stories can be told -- especially using different techniques and technologies. You don't need all these bells and whistles, but I bet you'll get ideas for ways you want to share some of your stories.

 

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

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, July 12, 11:29 AM
Good find, Karen Dietz! These videos are amazing and inspiring.
Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, July 17, 10:34 AM
Worth checking.
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Take Your Talk On A Walk: How Walking Improves Storytelling & Fosters Creativity

Take Your Talk On A Walk: How Walking Improves Storytelling & Fosters Creativity | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Image via Diego Sevilla Ruiz
A certain Zen proverb goes something like this: 'A five year old can understand it, but an 80 year old cannot do it.' The subject of this riddle-like saying has been described as 'mindfulness'---or being absorbed in the moment, free from routine mental habits.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


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

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ismokuhanen's curator insight, March 15, 2:47 PM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


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

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 24, 11:44 AM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


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

Carlos Vázquez's curator insight, March 25, 1:59 PM

Every time I'm getting a story ready to tell, or every time I give a storied talk, I storyboard my presentation on a set of 3x5 cards (1 image/trigger word per card), than go for a walk.


Why? Because it embeds the story into my body and becomes much more of a whole brain/body experience. That way it's a lot easier to tell when I'm on the stage.


Or if I know I have a talk coming up, but I'm not sure about what I'm going to say, I go on a walk. Presto magic, while on the walk I figure it all out. This is when  I take my cell phone with me that's got the Evernote app on it. I open up a new note in Evernote and can record my thoughts and the talk right into the note while walking. By the time I get back to the office, my thoughts/outline/story are already on my computer waiting for storyboarding and polishing.


Easy peasy!


Now researchers at Stanford Univ. have confirmed how powerful walking is in stimulating creativity. Since storytelling is a creative act, it's no wonder how walking can work so well with them.


You'll enjoy this post, along with the 13:45 minute interview with Mary Oppezzo, one of the 2 Stanford walking researchers featured. Story on!


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

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So Cool! Kaleidoscopes Were as Distracting as Smartphones

So Cool! Kaleidoscopes Were as Distracting as Smartphones | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
It’s hard to imagine now, but in the years after the kaleidoscope was first invented in 1816, it distracted the public as much as an iPhone. A person...
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's time for some Friday Fun.


I love kaleidoscopes and have had several over the years. Gazing into their every changing patterns is mesmerizing -- and so relaxing!


So imagine my delight at finding this article on the backstory of the kaleidoscope. Who knew that in their day, they had the same effect on humans as cell phones do today?


Have a blast reading this article.


If you want to make your own kaleidoscope (or have fun with the kids), here's an easy way to do it from Disney. It's a 5 minute YouTube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FGes6DJUJvY


If you want to see a kaleidoscope in action, check out these short videos:

https://vimeo.com/146673282

https://vimeo.com/146716465


Enjoy the weekend bringing more joy, imagination, and fun into our lives :)


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

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7 Tenets of Biz Storytelling Thinking

7 Tenets of Biz Storytelling Thinking | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Michael Michalko explains that everyone is an artist and that it takes belief and persistence to nurture this quality. He offers seven principles about creative thinking that he wishes he'd known as a student.
Karen Dietz's insight:

OK -- this article never mentions the word storytelling, yet every single tenent listed -- and their definitions -- applies to storytelling. The post focuses on creativity, and storytelling is a creative act.


Here's how they translate into storytelling:

  1. You are a storyteller
  2. Storytelling is work -- it takes effort
  3. You must go through the motions
  4. Your brain is not a computer
  5. There is no right answer
  6. There is no such thing as failure
  7. You don't see things as They are -- you see them as You are


Go read the article by Michael Michalko to get the definitions for each principle. Then stoke those creativity and storytelling fires the rest of the week.


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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.
Karen Dietz's insight:

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, 2015 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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Creative Storytelling: Find A Mysterious Story Under Your Car's Hood

Creative Storytelling: Find A Mysterious Story Under Your Car's Hood | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Since you may have never had a mechanical reason to pop the hood, the brand is giving you a creative one.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What an inventive use of storytelling! Here Toyota has started a new campaign all about 'looking under the hood'. 


What do you get? Photos of the engine block? Schematics of the engine only an engineer would love? Reminders to change your oil filter? Nope!


What you get is a real story -- all kinds of stories. Love stories, mysteries, surprise stories. 


The app is only available in Spain right now, as I understand it. Can we hope for a US app soon? Check it out. Very creative. Should give you some more ideas for ways to bring storytelling into your business.


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Complexity of Great Ideas Conveyed Through Storytelling

Complexity of Great Ideas Conveyed Through Storytelling | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Many moons ago, in middle school, I was sitting in one of the middle rows, in my white shorts and pristine white half sleeve shirt, watching my English teacher write a word on the blackboard
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Article Link: http://linkd.in/1skjw67 


I am always on the hunt for articles that are great examples of stories in action. In this case, LinkedIn connection Karthik Rajan of GDF SUEZ wrote this piece and it really shows how stories can be used effectively to convey complex ideas simply.


Another reason I like this post is that the stories Rajan shares also have more than one idea imbedded in them, and hence contain multiple meanings. Which idea and meaning you will emphasize depends on the situation and your intention as the teller.


In addition to the points Rajan makes, what other ideas and meanings do you find embedded in the stories he shares?


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Bedtime Stories, Innovation and Leadership Success--Critical Connections

Bedtime Stories, Innovation and Leadership Success--Critical Connections | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
One night, as I begin to read a bedtime story to my six year old daughter, she stops me and says –“Dad, why don’t you tell me a story instead of reading it?” I set the book aside and my mind is
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Article Link: http://linkd.in/1oqcHUh 


I've been traveling and working (the kind where you fall exhausted into bed early) but am finally back home and curating. While on the road I've been gathering a nice collection of articles to share with you this week.


This first one comes from Karthik Rajan, Regional VP, Sales at GDF SUEZ in Texas. It's a wonderful article about how bedtime stories with his daughter turned into keen insights into creativity and leadership -- like assumed constraints -- which are business lessons for us all. I really like how Rajan weaves together storytelling in personal and professional life -- because that is how life actually happens! 


This is a well-written post and one I know you will enjoy. It's perfect for the beginning of the week.


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Getting Better at Storytelling: Creative Advice From Ira Glass

A brief film illustrates words of wisdom from the beloved host of This American Life.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Ira Glass, the creator and storyteller of This American Life, rocks. The stories he and his guests tell are always interesting if not down right riveting.


But here Glass is not sharing about the mechanics of how to craft a story. In this short video he talks about the creative process, how/when some people short circuit that, and encouragement to get beyond that point.


This video applies to anyone engaged in storytelling -- and anyone engaged in any creative process -- from the arts to engineering.


For storytelling, you get better at sharing stories by practicing, getting better over time, and developing a body of work. Glass hits on all these points, giving us inspiration to both embark on the journey, and to keep going. 


Keep finding and telling your business stories! You will learn tons.


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ozziegontang's curator insight, February 21, 2014 3:46 PM

Karen Dietz continues to share the gems she collects and the insights that reinforce that we are and have always been storytellers.  Before written history the wisdom and history were passed down orally. Visiting here in Kauai the stories were shared/taught in movement and chant.


We are and have always been story tellers. The stories are thread that link the pearls of wisdom, knowledge, experience and insight together.

Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 2014 1:14 PM
Wonderful comments Ozzie! Many thanks for sharing.
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Releasing Insight in your organisation through the power of story

Releasing Insight in your organisation through the power of story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
In September 2011, Gary Klein, Patrick Lambe and I ran a workshop in Singapore exploring how insight and story work together to release insight in an organisation.
Karen Dietz's insight:

These visuals are worth hanging out with for awhile so we can get how storytelling can generate new insights for organizations.


This is posted by story colleague Shawn Callahan in Australia, and it is a gem.


It's not often I find articles about storytelling and innovation, although this is a great use for stories in any business. If you walk through the visuals Shawn has provided us, we can see the thought progression, and learn how shifting the stories we tell can bring us new insights to discover. These insights in turn can lead to innovations either internally, or with new products and services.


Enjoy!


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8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard for Innovations

8 Steps To Creating A Great Storyboard for Innovations | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
[Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of seven posts on running your own Google Ventures design sprint.
Karen Dietz's insight:

I haven't tried this process but thought you all should know about it right away. It's a great article by Jake Knapp that give us the detailed process he uses at Google Ventures to develop new products and services with a team -- using storyboarding!


We need more processes like this that use story elements or story dynamies or stories themselves for various work applications. Anyone should be able to take what is laid out here and apply it at work.


And I bet many of you will find ways to tweak it to fit your own needs. Do report back when you use this and let us know how it went, if you changed it, and what happened. Many thanks!


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Michael Allenberg's curator insight, June 29, 2013 9:39 AM

I have found that storyboarding integrates seamlessly between Persona development and UI design as a perfect way to visualize the happy paths of already identified Use Cases... This can be an enormous value add for stakeholders. @OneSpring #Visualization #InnovateorDie

Karen Dietz's comment, June 29, 2013 2:54 PM
Great points Michael and thanks for the comment!
Michael Allenberg's comment, July 1, 2013 6:33 PM
Thank you Karen!
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Doing the Impossible Story: Saving Polaroid Film & Cameras

Doing the Impossible Story: Saving Polaroid Film & Cameras | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A Polaroid camera is nothing more than bookshelf eye candy if you don't have the magical film to go with it. Which is why The Impossible Project pulle...
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here is a little bit of inspiration for your Friday.


It's all about how a couple of crazy guys bought the last Polaroid film factory so that 300 million cameras around the globe could still be used.


Now how different is that?! And they succeeded, and are successful. It's a terrific little story.


Other than for your own inspiration, how could you use this story? How about when talking with teams about thinking outside the box. Or when working with executives about hidden market opportunities. Or anytime you are dealing with the principles of creativity and innovation. Just a few ideas :)


Enjoy this piece and have fun!


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Verone Medley Travis's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:51 PM

Polaroids bring back a lot of memories for a lot of people. Glad to hear that the magic will continue.

Karen Dietz's comment, April 21, 2013 1:44 PM
Yes, I was sad about the demise of Polaroid and so glad there's still life beyond digital photography.
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52 Ways to Spark Storytelling Inspiration and Creativity

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Storytellers: 100 Ways To Spark Inspiration. by Amanda Lewan on March 6, 2013. in Inspiration. Storytelling is about creating an emotional connection.

Karen Dietz's insight:

Need to re-set your brain? I'm dragging today and when I saw this list I found several ways I could rejuvenate my mind and being in the next few hours. Yeah!


Sometimes coffee just doesn't do the trick. So here's an awesome list to dust the cobwebs from your mind, kick into creative gear, and get some story inspiration.

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cyneth's curator insight, March 8, 2013 10:43 PM
52 Ways to Spark Storytelling Inspiration and Creativity
Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 9, 2013 4:03 AM

100 trucos para despertar la chispa de la inspiración y la creatividad para Storytelling.

Jerry Linnins's curator insight, March 27, 2013 10:50 AM

Once upon a time...once, when I was at band camp...THERE we were, enemies on the right, enemies on the left, enemies in front, enemies behind. You know what we did?

 

DId I hook ya with my story? Storytelling is a wonderful technique to get your points across and make people remember them.

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4 Types Of Creativity That Storytelling Helps

4 Types Of Creativity That Storytelling Helps | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
These are the cognitive, psychological processes that lead to breakthrough ideas.
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post explaining 4 different types of creativity. In and of itself, this is cool to know and explore.

 

But what I like even better is that when I read each type, I could see how storytelling builds capacity in each of the 4. How? By retelling/re-shaping your stories using each of the 4 methods:

 

  1. Recombine elements of your familiar story then go take a walk to generate new insights and ideas.
  2. Experiment telling your story, not knowing what the end will be when you start. This is a great way to be surprised while also generating new insights and ideas.
  3. Comfortable telling your story? Then choose a different structure or plot form and see how everything -- including you -- transforms.
  4. Have a team co-create a story that's connected to their work. 

 

I call all of this Story Play. Read more to learn about the 4 methods. Then go play with a story to see what happens!

 

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Developing Your Storytelling Voice: The 4 Phases

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No one wishes their way to mastery.
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When we are building storytelling skills, we are really developing your authentic and creative voice. But hardly anyone talks about this in the business storytelling community. 


Which is why I am so thrilled that I found this article to share with you. It's written by Todd Henry for 99U. It clearly explains what you will personally experience as you hone your storytelling abilities.


Even after all these years, I still take storytelling workshops of all types to continue to perfect my skills. Right now I'm in the Crisis Phase (not the best name) where I'm letting my old stories go, finding new ones to tell, and discovering new ways to tell some of my stories so they are new and fresh. It's fun! I'd rename this phase from Crisis to Renewing.


Building your storytelling skills is an amazing and incredibly satisfying journey. Keep going on your path and story on!


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Monica Szwarc's curator insight, January 19, 6:06 AM

Thanks Karen! Great scoop!

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The 4 Phases Of Developing Your Creative Storytelling Voice

No one wishes their way to mastery.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Here's a fabulous post that speaks to the creative process anyone goes through when improving their business storytelling skills and expanding their authentic voice.


It takes awhile to do both, and not many folk in our field talk about the inner process of becoming a fabulous storyteller. This article explains the 4 stages that occur.


I love that for each stage, the author, Todd Henry, provides several provocative questions for us to help us get through it. Brilliant!


The weekend is here, and its a perfect time to contemplate where you are in the process, and what's coming next.


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Creativity, Innovation, and Storytelling For Business Success

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“We're taught to think that all great minds think alike. While this may have worked during pre-21st century industrial times, this is no longer the case today”

Karen Dietz's insight:

Now here's a piece coming from the worlds of creativity and education about the necessity for storytelling -- but it is directly applicable to business.


As you read the article by Menno van DijkLaurie Kemp, whenever the words "education" or "school" are mentioned, simply substitute the word "business" and you'll get their points. 


The authors discuss research from the journal of Creativity And Innovation Management. The focus of the research was how storytelling skills build creativity and innovation abilities. There's even a link to the original research article that you can download for free.


And a business's competitive edge today is in creativity and innovation, right? In fact, that's the competitive edge for the US economy in the global marketplace.


The research focuses on storytelling in schools. But if it's good for students, it's good for business.


The take away? If you are in business of any size, training in storytelling could be a key to your sustainable future. If you are a consultant or coach, adding storytelling skills to your repertoire could keep your pipeline fed (but get trained in storytelling first, please).


Storytelling, creativity, innovation -- go forth and prosper!


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David Hain's curator insight, May 13, 2015 11:25 AM

We're hardwired for stories since cavemen. A 21c communication necessity for change, for sure!

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Storytelling, Innovation + Sci-fi for execs: Leads To New Products

Storytelling, Innovation + Sci-fi for execs: Leads To New Products | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Middle-aged 'Star Wars' fan to brief locals on preparing for future
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great article! And how fabulous that creating science fiction adventures with executives is leading to boosts in creativity plus discovering new products.


Now how innovative is that? It just goes to show how versatile storytelling is, and how when it is creatively applied, whole worlds open up.


Read this article by Roger Showley. It's great this is happening in my own backyard here in San Diego, CA. Not only will you enjoy this very different application of storytelling, you'll get some ideas yourself about how to use storytelling to create a future story, or help you meet future demands.

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13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Stories

13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Stories | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Creating your own images is also an excellent tactic for re-purposing text-only content into enticing images. Here are some examples: Turn quotes into an interesting slideshow, post an event announcement on a pretty picture, place stats onto eye-catching graphs, give a blog post title some pizzaz, create an infographic about the history of your biz, create a catchy, custom featured image for a video, etc. The possibilities are endless.


To help you create images that get BuzzFeed-worthy engagement, here are 13 of our favorite and easy-to-use visual content creation tools....


Via Jeff Domansky
Karen Dietz's insight:

I found this on fellow curator Jeff Domansky's curation "Public Relations and Social Media Insight". When I saw it I went, Yippee!


Finding good tools that don't require a huge learning curve is so important today. Looks like most of these fall into that bucket.


And we all know how important adding visuals into our stories, articles, blogs posts, are. The same goes for creating infographics or other visual content.


Enjoy checking these out and I hope you find new fab tools to play with :)

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ffeog's curator insight, March 13, 2015 4:38 AM

A picture speaks a thousand words - some good resources here for visual content and creation to add a visual dimension to your messages, which tend to perform much better for opens and clicks than text alone.

Carlene Kelsey's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:22 AM

Content is shared in many forms.  These tools make it pretty easy to get creative.

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, March 25, 2015 3:14 PM
Good article to help anyone wanting to create better content.
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Amazing Storytelling Competition: Fairy Tales Architecture 2015

Amazing Storytelling Competition: Fairy Tales Architecture 2015 | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Karen Dietz's insight:

After scanning through dozens of banal articles about business storytelling (yawn), this article pops up on my radar screen and I rejoice. Wow! A cool new adventure in storytelling with architecture and design.


Even better -- it's a competition open to any and all creatives (biz storytellers, that's you!). The goal is to dream about inventive architecture and reflect your creative ideas in a story that's attached/connected to a visual rendering.


Check out the websites listed and download the free PDF of submission info by following the link to "blankspaceproject". This could be a lot of fun. And you could win a cash prize!


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Story Is The How-To: 5 Forces Powering Exceptionally Creative Businesses

Story Is The How-To: 5 Forces Powering Exceptionally Creative Businesses | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Charles Day outlines the five drivers of organizational creativity--gravity, tension, heat, speed, generosity--and how to develop and deploy them.
Karen Dietz's insight:

This is quite a unique article and one I'm going to refer to a lot in my work. The language used to present these ideas is very imaginative -- and they stick in my mind!


But what does it have to do with stories? Mainly this: the author Charles Day's ideas and explanations are top notch. But we are left wondering "How do I executive on these?" The answer includes storytelling.

  1. Conveying gravity happens through sharing stories about why the company exists and why anyone should care.
  2. Maintaining gravity happens when you've got storytelling imbedded in your culture/daily activities.
  3. Tension is experienced through the tension you build into the stories you share.
  4. Applying heat also happens through storytelling. Stories can go viral and ideas can rapidly come into expression.
  5. Speed is about learning more, and what better way to learn quickly than through sharing stories.


OK -- you get the picture. Enjoy this creative re-think about being a creative company and what it takes. Think of story as your go-tool process to realize more creativity in your organization.


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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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 Tips for Creating Content That's Educational—and Unforgettable

5 Tips for Creating Content That's Educational—and Unforgettable | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
As a content marketer, it would be a good thing if your audience thought of you as a favorite teacher, right? So take a lesson from a couple of students in the know about what makes an ace educator...
Karen Dietz's insight:

What a great post to help our business storytelling!


In this context, it is all about sharing stories via the content you are creating for websites, blog posts, articles, e-books, etc.


I really like several of the more creative ideas. Think of these 5 tips as ways to frame or present your stories. Like"letting people get their hands dirty", or "encourage field trips". What??!! you say.


Yep -- read the article for these great tips. You'll be glad you did. And I bet you create some unforgettable content!


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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Audrey's curator insight, August 8, 2013 12:28 PM

How about the flipped classroom.  Give the students general questions they can prepare in relation to the specific topic with instructions on where to find the information e.g.  Youtube, certain websites, the teacher's own flickr presentations.  The classroom then becomes a discussion forum where students can show their knowledge and understanding. 

 

Karen Dietz's comment, August 8, 2013 2:48 PM
Love that idea Audrey!
Guillermo Pérez's curator insight, August 8, 2013 9:56 PM

El contenido como referente y como pretexto para convivir, disfrutar y aprender.

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Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike

Hone "Strategic Patience" & Watch Your Story Creativity Spike | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
An art history professor makes her students sit in front of a painting for three hours. PampG invents the Swiffer. Those events are more alike than...
Karen Dietz's insight:

When I work with clients and their biz stories, and their organizational culture, I often talk about the need to develop patience. I also discuss with them the principle of deceleration resulting in acceleration.


This article, written by Drake Baer, explains both the need for patience and the principle of deceleration in order to accelerate. I know, it sounds so counter-intuitive! But it works.


What does this have to do with storytelling? Because way too often we rush to craft our stories without giving ourselves time to patiently sit with them, think about them, recraft them, learn more about ourselves from them, etc. 


Spending the time to reflect on your story will get you to a more powerful piece more quickly. And your story creativity will definitely kick in by bringing more patience into the process.


This notion is rarely talked about in articles, but acknowledged as part of the story process among some top performance tellers.


So take a breath, relax, reflect, and give your creativity a chance to emerge.


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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John Michel's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:51 PM

Deep patience. Close attention. These are not virtues often associated with college students (or some tech workers, for that matter). But as Harvard art history professor Jennifer L. Roberts recently explained, the skills for finding the "details, relationships, and orders that take time to see" can be introduced.

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Curiosity & Storytelling: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead

Curiosity & Storytelling: Asking the Right Questions to Motivate, Manage & Lead | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Great leaders are able to ask superior questions to achieve great results. If you have all the answers, new ideas & creative solutions may get lost.
Karen Dietz's insight:

Author Claire Laughlin has hit the nail on the head -- curiosity will help you more in business than telling people what to do.


Sure, we all need to be directive at times. But most of the time -- particularly as we move from managing to leading -- it is less about being directive and more about sparking conversations.


In other words, as leaders we need to master asking for, listening to, and creating meaning from the stories of others. From there we can influence others by sharing stories in return.


Learning how to ask for, and listen to stories is critical. And this article helps us understand the role curiosity plays in this dynamic -- how to remain curious as a leader so the critical information we need is not blocked from us.


And how to support the curiosity in others so creativity, along with ideas/solutions/innovations, can flourish.


Go read the article. There is great wisdom here.


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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Renee Baribeau's curator insight, March 18, 2013 2:20 PM

It is all in the question.

Karen Dietz's comment, March 18, 2013 9:59 PM
So true Renee and I spend quite a bit of time with clients on the 'art of the question.'
ozziegontang's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:04 PM

We are talking about being in the Learning Mode rather than the Knowing Mode.

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