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This piece was written by Raf Stevens, author of "No Story No Fans"
I selected this because the author gives some very good tips on how to use storytelling that lets your audience know who you are and why they should trust you. People work with and buy from people they like. If you're not connecting with others through your content online, this article will help you.
Many organizations are not even aware that their message has lost all connection with their audience
The strange thing with all this is that the solution to creating compelling content is so obvious: Use stories and storytelling
Do you think that you or your business is in touch with its own stories? And can they be told in a way that connects them with their audience in this hyper-connected world?
Chances are this might not be the case if you have trouble answering any of the following questions:
**What story really defines you?
**How does your story fit with the heart of your organization?
**How is your story emotionally engaging to your audience?
**Can your audiences retell your story?
**In what ways can they develop trust in your story and act upon it?
Here are a couple of good takeaways:
Remember the universal truth:
Nobody wants to be sold, but everyone wants to be helped. Create content that:
**answers your audience's questions
**provides them with answers and solutions or demonstrates how your offerings can help them in their everyday lives
Honesty among people is important, but trust is critical for marketers to gain audience support. So make sure your story demonstrates why you arae worthy of your audience's trust.
Curated by Jan Gordon covering "Storytelling, Social Media & Beyond"
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