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How a two minute story helped feed and shelter the homeless - Sparkol

How a two minute story helped feed and shelter the homeless - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Speech writing. What a job huh? Putting words in mouths, lumps in throats, and flames in hearts. Here's a true speech writing story of my own to help you win hearts and minds.
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8 Presentation openers that grab your audience from the get-go - Sparkol

8 Presentation openers that grab your audience from the get-go - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Your message is concrete. Your argument is watertight. But are you opening your presentation in the most engaging way? Here are 8 tried-and-tested techniques for starting your presentation with a bang.
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5 Storytelling Techniques For Business Liftoff

5 Storytelling Techniques For Business Liftoff | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Cross-posted from Ishmael’s Corner By Lou Hoffman Storytelling is the new “black” when it comes to business communications. To understand the plight of storytelling, consider READ MORE...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 7, 2015 1:58 PM

Colleague Lou Hoffman, who specializes in the PR and corporate communications world, has written a great post about the actual practice of using storytelling in the real world.


Hoffman puts the frequency of telling actual stories in business communications at only about 10% -- and he suggests that number is high. That's why he and his company use the framework of storytelling techniques in corporate communications so storytelling can be applied in a more meaningful way in business.


Makes sense to me. And it probably will to you, too. This a great way to put all the storytelling hype into perspective, and Hoffman offers concrete examples of how 5 techniques can assist your business. 


Have a great week and 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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Video Tools for Teachers - Digital Video

This presentation is based on my book - Digital Video - A manual for language teachers. It covers a range of uses for video in language learning as both communication and content. A number of tools are presented and a range of activities.


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Ludmila Ponkratova's curator insight, December 12, 2015 4:54 PM

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carmen campos's curator insight, December 13, 2015 8:08 AM

A plethora of great resources for the language teacher !!!  Love them!

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5 Sites With Tips and Tools for Creating Presentations

5 Sites With Tips and Tools for Creating Presentations | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Have an important presentation coming up? You should really be working on that instead of browsing the Internet, but if that doesn’t sound good to you right now here are a few sites and tools that might help get you started.

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30 Universal Strategies For Learning - TeachThought

30 Universal Strategies For Learning - TeachThought | Serious Play | Scoop.it
As teachers, we’re all trying to better understand how people learn–not now they’re taught in terms of teaching strategies, but more so learning strategies–only not really strategies. Learning actions, or cognitive actions. Strategies for learning.

Self-directed and social learning will undoubtedly be at the core of any sort of future learning–both near and far future. But to improve learning in both self-directed and teacher-centered learning environments, it can be illuminating to look past the activities, projects, and courses to try to see what sort of brain-level actions learners are performing. Like push-ups, wind sprints, and weight training are physical actions that help train an athlete’s body, what kind of cognitive actions train a learner’s mind?

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Rosidah Awang's curator insight, November 25, 2015 3:25 AM

Tips on learning strategies.

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The Evidence Stack — How To Show What You Say - Make a Powerful Point

The Evidence Stack — How To Show What You Say - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Have you heard the joke about the tractor salesman and the farmer? No? Here goes. A tractor salesman visits a farmer and asks to demonstrate his new tractor. “Sure, go on then,” replies the farmer. The salesman jumps in, plows… read more...
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The Secret Bone Structure to All Great Presentations - Make a Powerful Point

The Secret Bone Structure to All Great Presentations - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
What do the the HSBC Hong Kong Building, Angelina Jolie and your next presentation all have in common? No, this is not some bad joke involving Brad Pitt. The answer (hopefully for your presentation) is great bone structure. read more...
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The Only 8 Ways to Start Your Presentation

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These 8 great presentation hooks get audiences on the edge of their seats and give them a sense of what’s coming.
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32 formas de usar o Padlet em sala de Aula – Estratégias (4) | Projeto i-LEWA

32 formas de usar o Padlet em sala de Aula – Estratégias (4) | Projeto i-LEWA | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Uma ferramenta simples de utilização intuitiva que rentabilizará sem dúvida a utilização dos iPads. Concluímos a tradução da apresentação que se segue, no contexto deste projeto. Esperamos que vos seja útil

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9 New Office Online Features to Manage Documents & Collaboration

9 New Office Online Features to Manage Documents & Collaboration | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Office Online has received some pretty interesting updates in the past few months, but they've been overshadowed by the release of its bigger brother, Office 2016. The Office web version of the ever-present productivity suite includes copies of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and Sway, as well as Skype integration and tools new to Office 2016,…
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Ensinar e aprender com TIC

Apresentação usada nas Jornadas Pedagógicas do Agrupamento de Escolas Morgado de Mateus. Vila Real - UTAD - Complexo Pedagógico
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How to turn a tedious talk into TED royalty - Sparkol

How to turn a tedious talk into TED royalty - Sparkol | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Some presentation topics are inherently boring, but often a talk is bad simply because it lacks structure. Here’s a simple strategy for making a boring talk 100% more bearable.
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Conscious Storytelling For Decreasing Conflict, Violence, and War

Conscious Storytelling For Decreasing Conflict, Violence, and War | Serious Play | Scoop.it
America's transition from a violent, war-like country will only come about if a compelling vision for peace is articulated and communicated widely, and results in a new social movement for peace.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 9, 2015 12:04 PM

In business we periodically talk about the role of storytellers and the critical role they play in consciously shaping thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs -- mostly as it relates to employee and corporate performance, i.e. culture.


But maybe in the wake of all the recent mass shootings, all of us -- individuals and companies -- need to up our storytelling game and claim our role as shapers around conflict more directly. 


Hence this article by Peter Coleman, Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia Univ. who wrote this piece for the Huffington Post. He gives us 6 ways any one of us can shape conversations that lead us to a more peaceful workplace and world.


Read the well-written article for all the details -- and the eye-opening stats he shares.


Each of these 6 activities can guide our storytelling:

  1. Stories of tolerance, goodwill, and collaboration
  2. Stories of communities banding together to successfully overcome an obstacle (instead of a lone hero)
  3. Stories of independent folks cooperating together on a project and how it worked so well
  4. Stories of non-warring people/cultures
  5. Stories of symbols and rituals of promoting non-violence
  6. Stories of conflicts that were constructive; stories of how to move conflict from being destructive to constructive


We already have a multitude of stories in each of these 6 buckets. Now, more than ever, we need to tell them, and more widely.


Sadly, Coleman is already receiving hateful comments on his writing. Hate is easy. What is noble, and brings out the best in us as human beings takes work. Saying war is a part of our innate biology that we can't do anything about is a cop out.


For those who think I'm clueless about war, I grew up the daughter of a career Army officer, my dad survived Korea and Vietnam, I've been around generals and senior officers and the military industrial complex all my life, my dad (a tank engineer) had a significant role in creating the Abrams tank (the most successful tank ever), helped redesign the ballistics missile system in Europe in the 1970s, and when we were in Europe we lived with a "red phone" in our house so Dad could get the latest intelligence on terrorist activities. So I'm hardly a stranger to the culture of war. Conflict will always be with us, as will the military. 


Yet each one of us can work to make a difference by consciously choosing stories like those above as an antidote to war. Let's do it. Game 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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Why Brevity Makes You Look and Sound Like a Leader

Why Brevity Makes You Look and Sound Like a Leader | Serious Play | Scoop.it

Hope springs eternal whenever anyone steps to the front of the room. And then hope dies. The speaker is a mere mortal. He wants to tell us everything he knows about the process for installing hydraulic pumps in nuclear submarines. We wait for our release, like Muscovites wait for spring. 


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SketchBubble's curator insight, December 8, 2015 1:16 AM

Brevity works, because people have ever shortening attention spans. This change in attention spans is often discussed in negative terms, as a deterioration in our ability to focus. 

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5 Inspiring Filmmaking Tutorials Under 5 Minutes

5 Inspiring Filmmaking Tutorials Under 5 Minutes | Serious Play | Scoop.it
These 5 quick filmmaking tutorials are a great way to get some quick inspiration!
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Create Your Own Comic

Create Your Own Comic | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Marvel.com is the source for Marvel comics, digital comics, comic strips, and more featuring Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk, X-Men and all your favorite superheroes.

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carmen campos's curator insight, December 13, 2015 8:12 AM

EAsy to use!

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drag, drop, create own dialogue

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כלי ליצירה של קטעי קומיקס עם גיבורי מארוול.

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Story(telling), (selling) or (positioning)? - Make a Powerful Point

Story(telling), (selling) or (positioning)? - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
If you've been through the "friend of a new parent" experience, you understand that whipping out the baby photos and pouring lovingly over every pore and cowlick on the little cherub's head is great for 2 minutes. 10 minutes tops, depending on your tolerance level... read more...
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7 lessons presenters can learn from storytellers - Make a Powerful Point

7 lessons presenters can learn from storytellers - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Everyone loves a good story. Thag and Ugg* told stories of their hunting prowess and the time they brought home a particularly large woolly mammoth for dinner. Homer (not Simpson) gave us the Iliad. But when it comes to Ursula** giving a boardroom presentation, they are somehow ... read more...
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What Type of Presenter Are You? - Make a Powerful Point

What Type of Presenter Are You? - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Different people have different strengths when presenting, depending on their presenter types. Find out what yours, and how to make them work for you.
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The Dirty Rhetoric Guide to Horrifying Writing - Make a Powerful Point

The Dirty Rhetoric Guide to Horrifying Writing - Make a Powerful Point | Serious Play | Scoop.it
Learn the rhetorical techniques behind all of the Halloween classics such as The Legend of Sleep Hollow, or Dracula.
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10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative — D’Construct By Lifehack Malaysia

10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative - D'Construct By Lifehack Malaysia - Medium
Lessons from Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon.
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