I created this collage to explain my feelings about Christmas. Everyone has their own. This is what I like to believe.
During this holy time, know that all times are holy, that every religion holds truth, that each tradition is sacred, and that it is in the simple sharing of love that we make our beliefs come alive, and our dreams come true. Let this Christmas Day remind us that Christ came to invite us to offer love to all humankind, and to open the door of God's kingdom to every soul.
Fine Art America is hosting an online photography contest. Five winners will be selected to have their photos appear in a national TV commercial.
Please vote for my digital art creation of "My Guy" that I submitted in a Fine Art America contest. Your vote would really mean a lot to me. Thanks so much. I'd love to see Tark (my personal Angel) be selected.
image should be a text explaining what is in the image. In the photojournalistic world, it is called the W's : Where, When, What, Who, Why.
Oh this is so cool! This is another new tool for taking a static photo and turning it into a story. I love the examples shared in this blog post. I'm getting lots of ideas already and know you will too once you review the material here.
Here are the best articles from across the web that I can find on using stories and storytelling in business.
I've chosen them because they actually make a contribution to our knowledge and wisdom about stories, show us how to apply stories to growing our businesses, or give valuable how-to tips.
I weed out all the junk. And besides, who needs another post in why storytelling is important?? Where's the beef?? We want the meat!
I've written reviews of each article to share what I like best, what you can get from reading the article, or what may be missing in the article.
How To Find A Topic: Click on the Tags tab above, and then click on one of the tags. All the articles on that topic will appear.
I may occassionally review an article that I think is problematic as a way to educate us all, although most I will simply pass over. If you wonder if I've seen an article that is not included here, send me a message and I'll respond.
After doing biz story work for over a decade (and with a PhD in Folklore) I hope you find many great insights and tips here. Many thanks for visiting and enjoy the articles!
And I hope you will also visit my website for more tips and tools, & take the free Story IQ assessment so you can see how well developed your storytelling skills and knowledge is: http://www.juststoryit.com/storyiq ;
Wow! What a great presentation on corporate storytelling using the very cool tool Prezi. Totally awesome. And very complete. Videos are imbedded that back up the points made. And the material is RICH with valuable points, insights, and information.
I'm in the process of building a presentation using Prezi and can't wait to finish it soon. This piece is inspiring me to get going.
Guest post written by Jamie Tedford Jamie Tedford is founder at CEO of Brand Networks, a social branding consultancy. Jamie Tedford As anticipated, Facebook Timeline for Pages was announced Wednesday.
All right -- I've had it today. I'm burning through the articles and am getting annoyed at all of the blog posts on storytelling and branding. Why? Here's the tone of them all: push push push your stories! Find them. Craft them. Push them out to your customers. Whether it's about the new Facebook timeline, or finding and telling your brand's stories, it's still the same old advertising/pr/marketing paradigm of 'telling.'
Yuck! These folks are totally missing the dynamics of engaging content through stories which includes listening, conversations, and story sharing back and forth. Oh, and where's the conversation about authenticity?? It seems like brand storytelling is all about morphing and shaping stories to hook customers. Danger, danger! That sounds more like manipulation than authentic storied conversations.
OK, I'll get off my soap box now.
Here's what you can take away from this article that I like: tips in this article to use storytelling elements for your Facebook timeline.
Your story is always being told, regardless of whether or not you decide to be the writer and director. If you think Facebook Timelines are only about highlighting and pinning pics, you are missing the point.
Here is what I like about this article -- it actually contains concrete ideas for how to bring stories into your Facebook timeline. There are even links to Facebook company pages where forms of storytelling are actually happening. I think we have a ways to go yet in terms of being able to effectively share stories via social media. But this is a good beginning.
I hope you get some good ideas from this post!
Thank you fellow curator Debra Askanase @askdebra for recommending this article!
Internal Communications can be defined in a number of ways; but the primary objective of the function should be to share your organisational narrative with employees, and facilitate and encourage c...
I like this article about internal organizational story sharing because it is all about focusing on listening to, and validating, the voices of your staff. So often companies forget that organizational storytelling is not just simply telling your story to the outside world. It is also about carefully nurturing, crafting, and sharing the stories being told within your organization.
There are good insights and tips in this article that will give you solid ideas of what you can do to get started immediately.
Visual, as it turns out, is also the direction in which the world of online marketing has headed.
The rise of visual storytelling as a means of spreading a marketing message couldn’t possibly have evaded you. A number of image-based platforms out there, including Pinterest, Instagram, and SlideShare, have already made a strong statement about how visual content can impact business results.
Images, presentations, and infographics are getting shared with ease, attracting thousands of views and sending tons of traffic to their original sources. Then, marketers assume the responsibility of qualifying the new visits and converting them into leads.
I like the 3 tips shared at the end of this post for how to get started. And I like that the author covers 3 tools everyone can use to bring visual storytelling into their marketing.
And thank you fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this article!
Imagine this scenario: As a real estate professional, you’re walking a potential buyer through yet another home. You’re not sure how many homes you’ve seen with them. It seems like ...
I think this is a great article not only for real estate agents, but also for any business. And I really like the practical advice and examples specifically geared towards real estate professionals!
Here's how any business can use this advice: find out what your customer stories are, and then craft your biz stories to connect with their stories. CAUTION: don't make up stories. Making up biz stories to hook customers is manipulation.
Instead, craft your authentic business stories. Part of your work is attracting customers who can connect with your stories. But don't do this blind -- find out as much as you can about the kinds of customers you want to work with and their stories. There should be natural connections between your stories and theirs. So find them!
Read the rest of this article for more insights and concrete examples.
My clients are just like yours: They want to Skype, email and text. But here's why you still need face time.
This article is indirectly about story sharing, yet it is a terrific reminder in this age of texting and Skypeing that meeting in person is invaluable and still the richest communication channel we have.
Want to make an impression? What to gain understanding about your prospect or customer on multiple levels? Want to reach a depth of relationship with them? Want to hear their stories and have an opportunity to share yours in more meaningful ways? (That's the tip I would add to make the list 6 in number.)
Then carve out time to meet in person. Take the 5 reasons listed here to heart and gain more business!
Recently, while I was in Las Vegas for the WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) trade show, one thing that caught my eye was the proliferation of crowds at the booths selling camera bags that looked like designer purses.