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Friday Story Musings #1 - Story He(art)

It's Valentines Day tomorrow so let's get to the heart of the matter about business storytelling.-- Created using PowToon -- Free sign up at http://www.powtoon.com/jo...

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What a perfect time to celebrate the link between Valentines Day and business storytelling (it's all about the heart)!


And art :))


We get so caught up in the rough-and-tumble world of winning business, it is easy to overlook that stories are an art form. This means that the 21st century cutting edge business skills of design, creativity, flow, and collaboration are all hidden gems within storytelling just waiting to be mined.


Happy Valentines Day and more to come on this topic!


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Happy Holidays Everyone!

Happy Holidays Everyone! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
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Happy holidays everyone! Thank you for being part of the Just Story It community. You have enriched my life this year and look forward to an awesome 2015 with you. Wishing you joy and peace.


Karen

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John van den Brink's comment, December 24, 2014 12:52 PM
Happy Holidays Karin! And thank you for your scoops!
Karen Dietz's comment, December 29, 2014 2:25 PM
Thank you John and happy New Year!
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Giving Thank$: A Moving Money $tory

Giving Thank$: A Moving Money $tory | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
Do you live in a bubble? Perhaps you live in a community where financial success is pretty much assumed. Where no one talks about money or hardship. Perhaps they even look at money as a symbol of their success. It's a bubble. Meet Sam, who lived in that bubble, but never let [...]
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I was shopping yesterday for a dining room table cover and an orange for the cranberry sauce that I forgot earlier in the week. All in preparation for our special Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow with family. 


But of course, every story was playing Christmas music, hawking Christmas decorations, and urging us to buy buy buy. We are swamped with holiday catalogs plus ads for Black Friday and Cyber Monday.


But the consumerism and materialism can be overwhelming and sometimes it's hard to focus on what's really important.


So instead of curating a piece about some new holiday ad that tells a story so we will buy that product, I've been searching for something different that connects us again to this season of gratitude.


And I found it! Enjoy the story in this post that helps us reframe money, materialism, and the experience of everyday grace.


I am so grateful for all of my wonderful, thoughtful, creative, curious, and fun-loving readers. Thank you for all of your input, comments, questions, ideas, stories, and sharing. You all rock.


I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving season and let's keep telling great stories :)

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, November 27, 2014 11:46 AM

Here's something nice for the holiday season, courtesy of business storyteller Karen Dietz.  Sometimes, we can rise above our circumstances, even when "we have it all."  A good read. Enjoy!  Aloha, Russ.

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Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas

Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is “Will O’ the Wisps”, basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. “Jack O’ Lantern” first popped up being used this way around the mid-17th century in East Anglia, UK and spread from there through parts of England, Ireland, and Scotland.
Karen Dietz's insight:

It's Halloween tomorrow and time for some fun! I've got a list here of cool posts I've found to help us celebrate this favorite holiday.


All Things Pumpkin

First up is the story about how carved pumpkins became known as 'Jack o'lanterns'. It's based on an Irish folktale. Ignore the author's side comments -- hey, it's a folktale, OK? -- and enjoy Jack's creative solutions and eventual comeuppance.


Next, wander over to the article "10 Crazy Facts About Pumpkins" that had me saying, "Who knew?!" http://time.com/3544386/10-crazy-facts-about-pumpkins/


For some great eye candy, next check out these fab photos of amazing carved pumpkins -- something maybe to try out on our own for next year. They are beautiful and inspiring! http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/john-reckner-roger-williams-park-pumpkins 


There's Still Time For An Awesome Costume

Now if you are like me, I'm always scrambling at the last minute for a costume. I am also a big fan of duct tape -- the handyman's secret weapon. I even travel with a small roll for any kind of emergency, LOL! So here's a link about how to use duct tape to make 15 Halloween costumes. Right on! http://mashable.com/2014/10/18/duct-tape-costumes/?utm_reader=feedly 


But how about if you have a group of friends or co-workers and you want to dress up together? Never fear -- here is a post with fab examples of 20 best DIY group costumes you can still whip together http://www.brit.co/diy-group-costumes/


Have fun and Happy Halloween!


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Alexis Niki's curator insight, October 31, 2014 4:45 AM

Happy Halloween, everyone!

Richard Spencer's curator insight, October 31, 2014 9:23 AM

An  interesting  story  -   originating  from  folk  lore  about  a  thief  called  Jack  who  was  chased  by  the  villagers   when  he was  stopped  in  in  his  tracks  by  Satan.

Story  taken  from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o%27-lantern

 

Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met Satan, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting Satan with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told Satan to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (Satan could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin (Satan) disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both folktales, Jack only lets Satan go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, Satan had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and Satan mockingly tossed him an ember from the flames of Hades, that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-lantern.

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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.
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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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Working for Santa: A Spirited Story

Working for Santa: A Spirited Story | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A spirited story: The time I worked for Santa is a time to gain perspective and renew our spirit, along with the spirit of others.
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Here's a wonderful holiday story with a powerful message to carry us all into the new year.


It's a quick read, but it will stay with you :))


Happy holidays everyone. Sending you all peace and joy.


Karen Dietz

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malek's curator insight, December 24, 2013 10:04 AM

Nothing on earth beats hope and faith: the spirit of Santa

Lovely story for a joyeous time

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Fab Third Quarter Thanks to a Leprechaun

Fab Third Quarter Thanks to a Leprechaun | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
A tremendous third quarter was experienced thanks to the discovery of a leprechaun. Enjoy this humorous business cartoon by Andertoons Cartoons.
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Saw this cartoon as I was searching for St. Paddy's Day material and this brought a smile to my face. 


Hope you have a fun holiday. I so appreciate your support and encouragement. So I offer this Irish saying in return:


May life give you...

For every storm, a rainbow,

For every tear, a smile,

For every care, a promise,

And a blessing in each trial.

For every problem life sends,

A faithful friend to share,

For every sigh, a sweet song,

And an answer for each prayer.


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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Halloween Jokes -- Over 300 Good Ones!

Halloween Jokes -- Over 300 Good Ones! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Happy Halloween everyone!


Just for grins today I found a great collection of funny Halloween jokes (there are a lot of not-so-funny ones out there)!


Hope these bring a chuckle and are fun to share.


Here in CA we also celebrate the Day Of The Dead where we hang out in graveyards and honor our ancestors.


Eat, drink and be scarry today!


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60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile

60 Tiny Love Stories to Make You Smile | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

Here’s a selection of 60 tiny love stories recently submitted to our sister site, Makes Me Think, that not only made us think, but warmed our hearts and made us smile too. We hope they do the same for you.


Just in time for Valentine's Day -- some stories to warm your heart and make you smile :)

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Happy New Year To You All!

Closing out 2014 and wishing you all the best in 2015.


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Have fun celebrating the new year and let's rock 2015 :)

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Play W/ This Infographic: How Every Kind Of TV Show Goes

Play W/ This Infographic: How Every Kind Of TV Show Goes | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
"Anatomy of Shows" is a fairly accurate representation of the formulas behind almost every kind of TV program. Maybe go write your own?
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OK -- now for the fun stuff this holiday weekend!


If you are going to be gorging on TV this weekend, here's a fun game to play: use this infographic to see if the show follows the plot described. I bet it does :) Or maybe you'll discover a new variation to share with us.


I love a good TV show, although for most their predictability don't keep me interested. 


But for those days when I just need to veg and any old TV show will do, I keep can keep boredom at bay by comparing what I'm watching with this chart. You can too.


Have fun y'all!


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Russell Roberts's curator insight, November 27, 2014 11:43 AM

Thanks to business storyteller Karen Dietz for this fascinating game. With this guide, you'll figure out the formulas supporting most television programs on the air this season.  Good fun.  Aloha, Russ.

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Want Results? Go For These Monsters of Influence + Storytelling

Amazing monsters of influence have a distinct set of qualities. This presentation showcases the skills you can expect to find in influential monsters. Don't be…
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Article Link: http://www.slideshare.net/barryjfeldman/monsters-of-influence-40606982 


Happy Halloween everyone! Just for fun, I found this timely SlideShare that identifies all the essential qualities for being influential.


Oh, and BTW -- they are also the qualities of fabulous storytelling.


Want to change the world? Then keep this list handy. And each quality is framed as a "Monster" for the holiday -- as in "these are monsters to embrace, because they will bring you results in monster proportions". And that's a good thing :))


Have fun!


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Random Acts Of Kindness

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Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 10-16, 2014. Here are 10 great ways to spread kindness to others from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. You ca...
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Happy Valentines Day everyone!


There are so many ways to celebrate Valentines day -- cards, flowers, gifts, dinner out.


But how about spreading the love with a smile, a hug, a random act of kindness? Fill your day today with Cupid energy and get an ongoing high. This SlideShare program has some great ideas for how to share the spirit of the day to everyone you meet.


Have an awesome day!


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wardchambre's curator insight, February 16, 2014 11:11 AM

So great

Kelly Fromm's curator insight, February 28, 2014 10:14 PM

Just missed random acts of kindness week!

Character Minutes's curator insight, March 3, 2014 9:52 PM

Have students add to their list

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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...
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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

add your insight...

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Halloween Fun: 10 Ghoulish GIFs Giving You Goosebumps

Halloween Fun: 10 Ghoulish GIFs Giving You Goosebumps | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it
R.L. Stine's got nothing on these spooky/scary animations.
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Happy Halloween everyone! And just for fun I found this collection of ghoulish gifts to share with you. Enjoy this day of spooks, ghouls, zombies, creative costumes, and (hopefully) lots of chocolate!


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Thanksgiving Blessing

Thanksgiving Blessing | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

It's Thanksgiving here in the US tomorrow (Nov. 22) and what a perfect time to count our blessings. No matter where you are in the world, I am so thankful for each one of you out there and your loyal following. You are very special and I appreciate all of your support, comments, help, and the pleasure of getting to know you better.


Have a wonderful wonderful day and pass the poem along :)


In gratitude,

Karen


You've Made A Difference
As Thanksgiving Day approaches,
Our blessings we recall;
The things we are most thankful for,
We recollect them all.
You are really special,
In all you say and do.
You've made a difference in our lives;
We're thankful now for you.
     By Joanna Fuchs


Joanna Fuchs is a professional writer. She has written civil service tests for government agencies, a newspaper column, a national newsletter, public relations and marketing materials, Web site content, award-winning children's stories, and more. Currently, she writes greeting card poems for her Web site, www.poemsource.com 


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Roger Fisher's comment, November 22, 2012 10:07 AM
And you have a Happy Thanksgiving too Karen!
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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter! | Just Story It! Biz Storytelling | Scoop.it

May the Easter Bunny bring you lots of chocolate -- and love and joy :)

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