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Story Listening: Getting work done & making a difference -- K. Dietz TEDx talk

Karen Dietz, owner of Just Story It, shares her recent TEDx talk on how to listen for stories that will help you/your business/your nonprofit make a difference in the world.


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Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:48 PM

Hi Folks!


Many people have been asking me when my TEDx talk will be available and it's finally be posted for viewing.


During the presentation I not only talk a bit about my background and lessons I've learned about storytelling, but I also share a simply story listening process I learned years ago from storyteller Doug Lipman.


I use the process all the time in my work -- because it's so powerful, and because it is at the root of how work gets done, and how making a difference in the world really happens. Anyone can do this process and I encourage you to try it out.


I hope you enjoy this 15 minutes and begin to relate to stories in this way. Happy story listening!


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

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:25 PM

Inspiration on how to J"ust Story it" from the professional founder.

Karen Dietz's comment, December 2, 2013 2:04 PM
Thank you Monica!
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The Ways Storytelling Helped Raise $6.8 Mil in 24 Hrs

The Ways Storytelling Helped Raise $6.8 Mil in 24 Hrs | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
How does a charitable institution raise $6.8 million in one single day?  Ask Columbia University, and their agency, Story WorldWide.

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, August 12, 2013 3:18 PM

Here is a terrific example of Columbia University (CU) using storytelling, combined with other techniques, to create an exceedingly effective fundraising campaign. As story colleague Omar Kattan writes in this article, CU and their fundraising partner took several steps at the same time. They developed:


  1. A content hub on Facebook containing the mission and story of Giving Day told through an animated film.
  2. A donation form, leaderboard, YouTube videos and two live streaming round-table discussions with online chat components.
  3. They also also provided regularly updated content, ongoing conversation management and rapid-response troubleshooting during the 24-hour fundraising event. 


It was a concentrated effort that won big. I particularly liked point #3 -- including ongoing conversation in the mix. Conversation and story sharing is critically important when using stories in fundraising. When the organization shares a story, it prompts a story in return. So make sure you provide for this as you work with your business stories!


And I like how Omar also included links to the actual stories the campaign used. The video from CU on the website is more a promo piece than a story. But stories were part of the campaign and it made a difference.


Go read the article, look at the other amazing stats shared, and enjoy the stories.


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content Just Story It at www.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

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How to Create a Culture of Storytelling | Philanthropy for All

How to Create a Culture of Storytelling | Philanthropy for All | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it

There’s no denying it, storytelling can seem challenging. But I’ve taken the stance that storytelling can be demystified and that anyone can do it.

 

Read the full article to find five tips for creating a culture of storytelling at your organization:

1. Communicate to all staff members what kind of stories you are looking for

2. Hold a staff meeting to openly discuss what storytelling is, why it matters and why all staff members play a vital role in it

3. Make time at your staff meetings to tell stories.

4. Schedule an ongoing time to casually meet with staff from programs to talk about updates from their work and utilize it as a time to probe into any interesting stories they might have.

5. Start your own story bank for future reference.


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Karen Dietz's comment, February 27, 2013 8:37 PM
Absolutely Monica! Glad you pointed that out.
Ignacio Conejo Moreno's curator insight, March 1, 2013 3:16 AM

Desmitificando: Todo el mundo puede crear Storytelling.

 

He aquí algunas claves útiles para hacerlo, aprovechando las vivencias diarias del equipo.

Harpal S.sandhu's curator insight, March 4, 2013 8:53 PM

PHILANTHROPY

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Storytelling for social change — Starks Communications, LLC

Storytelling for social change — Starks Communications, LLC | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
An excellent article in the February issue of Sojourners magazine discusses “leadership storytelling” – or public narrative – as a vehicle for social change. The author of the article, Eboo Patel, founder of the Interfaith Youth ...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, January 17, 2013 5:23 PM

I love this article because it points to 3 specific stories that need to be shared in order for social change to happen.


If you are a business or nonprofit focused on making a difference in the world and advocating for social change, these 3 stories are critical to craft and tell.


As the author Cynthia Starks says, the stories need to be:

  1. The story of Self -- why YOU are passionate about this cause. This is the story that most people/organizations ignore. But if people don't know who you are and why you are involved, minimal trust and influence will be built. 
  2. The story of Us -- which is a story of inclusiveness. In crafting social change stories, people want to come together in community. 
  3. The story of Now -- which is a story that builds urgency and galvanizes action.


This is a quick article with more insights than I shared. So go read it :)


This review was written by Karen Dietz for her curated content on business storytelling atwww.scoop.it/t/just-story-it

Mohammed Omar Faruque Masud's comment, January 17, 2013 8:11 PM
Sweet Words of Love!
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8 Tips for nonprofit [& for profit biz] storytelling

8 Tips for nonprofit [& for profit biz] storytelling | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
What’s your story? Finding and telling an organization’s most compelling stories is always my first step in the consulting process.

 

Here are 8 great storytelling tips for any nonprofit or for profit business. It's all about how to find your stories.

 

There are plenty of articles on how to tell a really engaging story that moves people to action. But where do you get those stories from?

 

Follow these tips and you will soon have a wealth of stories to choose from!  I particularly like tip #6 -- Listen. Yes! So often this is left out of the equation. We are so busy thinking about the questions to ask and how to respond that we forget that the magic in evoking stories is simply to listen delightedly -- not critically.

 

And then tip #8 -- don't polish your stories too much. Well, keep them authentic but do clean them up a bit. There is no excuse not to have a well-crafted story. Not everyone on video is a good storyteller. And turning a recorded story into a well-written story takes crafting. My advice? Craft an awesome story while keeping it authentic --you want the person telling the story to be shown in the best light possible!


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Success for charities amplifying stories on social media-how they do it

Success for charities amplifying stories on social media-how they do it | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
How global charity Free The Children amplifies stories and builds brand awareness on social media.

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Joe Daluz's curator insight, October 8, 2013 2:02 PM

MyAngola is looking forward to learn how to help children in Angola,Africa.

Tom George's comment, October 8, 2013 2:25 PM
This is a great piece Karen, I actually curated it on IB. Kind of cool we both curated. I would like to allow you to share your Scoop.its to IB via the Wordpress share function. Your Scoop.its are fantastic
Karen Dietz's comment, October 9, 2013 3:18 PM
Thanks Tom and next week I'll work on curating on IB. Right now my curations are automatically going to my own wordpress site via scoop.it. But now that my work load has lightened up I'll try posting to IB again :)
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A Quarter for a Tale: The "Business Storytelling" Warning Label

A Quarter for a Tale: The "Business Storytelling" Warning Label | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Article: "The Warning Label for Business Storytelling" http://t.co/lhFGgnP30w

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, March 2, 2013 4:29 PM

Biz Story colleague Sean Buvala wrote this piece and it brought a grin to my face -- because IT IS TRUE!!


So glad he put together a biz storytelling warning label for us all. Good job Sean!


Unlike those annoying warning labels that come with every pillow you buy (and quickly remove at home), keep this one about storytelling front and center.


If you don't you'll be sorry.


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

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, March 3, 2013 4:34 AM

Yeah, normal... too great a dose of everything is dangerous... be it positivity, story-telling, practically anything... "The dose makes the poison..." Like it...

Karen Dietz's comment, March 3, 2013 8:44 PM
Thank you for the commen Miklos and glad you found the post valuable!
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7 great reasons to embed a storytelling culture in your business | MojoLife

7 great reasons to embed a storytelling culture in your business | MojoLife | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, February 15, 2013 6:38 AM

This is a quick article giving sound reasoning for why organizations need to create a storied culture.


If you are a business leader, here is your beginning roadmap for working with stories in your organization.


If you are an entrepreneur growing a business, here is your beginning roadmap for building a storied culture with employees and vendors. 


And if you are a consultant, here's a list of reasons 'why' a storied culture is important that you can use in presentations and workshops with clients.


What else would you add to this list?


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Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded

Storytelling in Fundraising: When Your Donor Responds with These Five Simple Words, You’ve Succeeded | Stories - an experience for your audience - | Scoop.it
Books and articles on storytelling and narrative in fundraising are proliferating nearly as quickly as bad storytelling and narrative in fundraising (could there be a connection?). In an effort to ...

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 12, 2012 8:02 PM

What a great post that reminds us what is most important in our business storytelling and how to achieve it -- whether it be in fundraising, sales, or marketing.


Are you following the Golden Theme? The Golden Theme for stories is: we are all the same.


If you can express the Golden Theme and do what the author Eric Foley suggests, you will have the Midas touch. 


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Michael Katz's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:33 PM

It's all about making connections.