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Byliner Has Sold Over 100,000 Original E-Singles

Byliner Has Sold Over 100,000 Original E-Singles | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Longform journalism site Byliner has sold over 100,000 of its “Byliner Originals” since launching the program in April, says CEO John Tayman in the newest issue of Nieman Reports.
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Pulp Magazines Project

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Wow! Some wonderful stuff in this collection.

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Good Storytelling Begins with Figuring out What you Think

Good Storytelling Begins with Figuring out What you Think | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
In this commencement address for the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences at Northwestern University, Dan Pink shares a personal story about the wisest advice he ever got on how to live. A fellow linguistic, he received this advice from a professor (minute 7:36): Sometimes you need to write to figure it (nda: what you are thinking) out. That is wise advice indeed -- and not just about how to figure out what you are thinking through writing. Pink asks the students to engage in an experiment, to go out into the world and find someone in their mid career stage, someone who they admire, who is doing something that contributes to the world, and ask that person how they got there. 97/100 times, the smartest, most interesting, most dynamic, most impactful people answer will answer that question like this: "it's a long story". My parents and friends did ask me the same question Pink posits at the beginning of his talk, "what are you going to do with all that?" due to my picking Liberal Arts/linguistics at the University of Bologna. When someone asks me how I got to where I got today, as GapJumpers did in its interview series on Medium, I do answer, "It's a long story". Good storytelling begins with figuring out what you think and you do that by experiencing, observing, and trying things. How to get motivated to write is often by getting on with the actual writing. As Pink says: Sometimes, the only...
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I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories.

I so wish I could say: Daddy, thank you so much for the stories. | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"My father added a whole dimension to my childhood, one that I took for granted.

 

When my sister and I were little, we had an almost daily ritual with my father: drawing stories.

 

He would sit us on his lap and get out his clipboard, a piece of paper and his black click pen. He’d divide the paper into four parts, and draw as he told a story. Sometimes he drew old favorites and we knew what would be in each of the four drawings. Sometimes he let us decide what he should say and draw. But most of the time, we had no idea what would come next.

 

And that was really fun."

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Facts Tell, Stories Sell – How Infotainment Inspires Action in B2B Marketing

Facts Tell, Stories Sell – How Infotainment Inspires Action in B2B Marketing | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Stories, told well, are incredibly effective at engaging intellectually and emotionally with buyers. Turns out, I’m not alone in this thinking as LinkedIn Marketing Solutions (a TopRank client) has put together an excellent eBook highlighting 10 B2B Marketing Masters and their insights on storytelling."

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Data Goes Best With a Good Story (and Vice Versa)

Data Goes Best With a Good Story (and Vice Versa) | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Storytelling with data is having its moment in the journalism world. After leaving The New York Timeslast year, Nate Silver has launched his new data journalism venture with ESPN , former Washington Post blogger and columnist Ezra Klein is expanding his chart-filled approach beyond public policy atVox.com, and both the Times and the Post are starting their own data-driven sites to replace their departed stars."

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Ken Schneider's curator insight, April 29, 7:05 AM

Story First; Technology Second - yet another example of why you should share your story

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How to Prepare Your Brand for Business Storytelling Success

How to Prepare Your Brand for Business Storytelling Success | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Business storytelling leverages well-crafted narratives in a diverse range of content types. When it's done well, it can effectively support your brand, forging a strong connection with your audien...
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The Indispensable Power of Story

The Indispensable Power of Story | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Some people have a way of making the complex clear.  They know who they are, why they do what they do, and where they want to go. Because they have internalized all this, they are able to sharply crystallize ideas and vision. They speak in simple, relatable terms. And they can get a lot accomplished.


Making your words understandable and inspirational isn’t about dumbing them down. Instead, it requires bringing in elements such as anecdote, mnemonic, metaphor, storytelling, and analogy in ways that connect the essence of a message with both logic and emotion. Almost everyone leading or creating has a vision, but the challenge is often expressing it in ways that relate and connect. Quick, think of some former Presidents of the United States and presidential candidates. Which ones are most memorable? Which ones are most likable? Which ones won?  The leaders who stick in your mind are likely the ones who humanize their message and deliver it in ways that connect with everyone at some level, in turn inspiring others to relate to them while better appreciating the mission at hand."

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My Kingdom For Some Structure

My Kingdom For Some Structure | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Producer Bradley Campbell says story structure is a like a map, it shows you were to go. For this episode of HowSound, Bradley drew story structures on napkins (really) and we dissect his drawings. [...]
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How Powerful Brand Storytelling Can Supplant Commercials

How Powerful Brand Storytelling Can Supplant Commercials | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"For marketers and agencies, Chipotle’s success in brand storytelling points to something fairly profound. Far from the converging paid, earned, and owned media landscapes, some brands are so singularly focused on storytelling that they’re weaning themselves from paid altogether. That should blow your hair back. As Coulter says while discussing the Chipotle account, “We don’t think about commercials.”

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Meograph

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Meograph is the easiest way to create multimedia stories.
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They've just updated their creation interface. It's easier. It's much more intuitive. And the mobile experience is excellent.

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A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool

A New Geo-Tagged Storytelling Site Might Be The Ultimate Travel Tool | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
How do we discover new cities to visit? How do we remember where we've been? With all the tools at our fingertips, I'd still argue it's actually not all that easy. Hi, which just opened to the public today, is a beautifully designed way to find, share, and tell stories about places.
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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, March 26, 7:02 PM

Good one, Gregg Morris!

Geek Girl Travel's curator insight, March 26, 9:37 PM

Oooh, I an going to try this!

Tony Hall's curator insight, March 27, 6:44 PM

This really quite cool. I haven't investigated the privacy aspect of using Hi but it looks simple to use. I'm heading heading to Siem Reap on Sunday so I will start to use it there:)

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22 Rules of Storytelling from Pixar

22 Rules of Storytelling from Pixar | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
#1: You admire a character for trying more than for their successes.

#2: You gotta keep...
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Still good after all these years. (Apologies to Paul Simon.)

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The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool

The Irresistible Power of Storytelling as a Strategic Business Tool | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"It’s not often that you hear Budweiser and Shakespeare mentioned in the same breath. But according to new research from Johns Hopkins University, the Bard’s deft application of storytelling techniques featured prominently in the beer company’s Super Bowl commercial."

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Graeme Reid's curator insight, March 12, 3:19 PM

So true.  As the article points out - Data can persuade people, but it doesn’t inspire them to act; to do that, you need to wrap your vision in a story that fires the imagination and stirs the soul.

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Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"The big problem is that just because storytelling is becoming more popular doesn’t mean it’s always being done well. In truth, effective storytelling is deceptively difficult, requiring dedication, focus, and ongoing practice (talent plays a bit part, as well).

 

Few people know more about crafting a successful story than Pilar Alessandra, a popular and respected Hollywood script consultant."

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Nice interview!

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Presentation Zen: George Takei's bold TEDxKyoto Talk

Presentation Zen: George Takei's bold TEDxKyoto Talk | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

What's your story?


"We always hear that this is the era of telling your story. "The world needs to hear your story," our friends keep telling us. But this raises the question—a question I hear perhaps more than any  other: How can I tell my story and not bore the audience? The answer is actually quite simple. Your story is really their story."

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 21, 7:13 AM

Yes, what a terrific point Takei makes. This is the essence of business storytelling. Enjoy this TED talk this weekend and enjoy your day!


And many thanks to fellow curator Gregg Morris for finding and sharing this.

Miklos Szilagyi's curator insight, June 22, 5:13 AM

Great presentation about a not-everyday story of Georg Takei (alias Hikaru Sulu from the staff of  Star Trek's Enterprise...)

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Presentation Zen: Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential

Presentation Zen: Story structure, simplicity, & hacking away at the unessential | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
For a lot of us, the reality is not that we have too few ideas, it's that we have too many. This may not sound like a problem, but it becomes problematic when we get bogged down in analysis paralysis...
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Presentation Zen: Storyboarding & the art of finding your story

Presentation Zen: Storyboarding & the art of finding your story | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Storyboarding as we know it may have been pioneered by filmmakers and animators, but we can use many of the same concepts in the development of other forms of storytelling including keynote presentations or short-form presentations such as those made...
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Jeni Mawter's curator insight, May 6, 5:28 PM

Lost? Storyboarding can help you find the essence of you children's or young adult story.

Urban Book Editor's curator insight, May 10, 5:47 AM

We can also use storyboarding to work out scenes in novels. If outlines feel too limiting, try storyboards instead.

Samantha Melvin's curator insight, May 11, 3:14 PM

Great resource for CEDFA, this demonstrates the importance of planning "slides" in order to communicate our ideas effectively--teaching this to students is important, as they can learn to be efficient at getting their ideas out in the world #ufglobal #arted #communication #storyboarding 

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Storehouse Storytelling App Gets Embeds And Improved Community Building Tools | TechCrunch

Storehouse Storytelling App Gets Embeds And Improved Community Building Tools | TechCrunch | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Storehouse, an app for iPad that functions as a story creation tool with images, video and text, is getting a nice update today. The update brings the ability to embed stories in blogs and on the web, as well as comments and an easy way to find Storehouse users on Twitter and Facebook."

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, April 24, 8:39 AM

Hey -- fellow curator Gregg Morris found this and I thought you should know about this too. I hope this works for you!  Karen

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 5, 10:56 AM

Free app.

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How great marketers tell stories

How great marketers tell stories | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Former P&G marketing chief Jim Stengel says that the best companies tell two types of stories to build strong and enduring brands."

 

"The Brand Ideal, or Purpose, of Louisville Slugger is "to make players great." That statement could sound like puffery, except that the stories surrounding the brand make it plain and true. This is the case for most Ideal-driven businesses. Stories make the Ideal wheel spin.

 

Much has been written about the importance of storytelling in marketing and management, but nowhere do tales have a taller order than inside the walls of Ideal-driven companies. They bring definition to the Ideal. They authenticate it and animate it. They inspire and direct its activation.  They reaffirm the course and perpetuate the narrative."

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Pat Heffernan's curator insight, April 20, 12:30 PM

When positive social change is the purpose, good storytelling is just as effective (and essential).

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Nancy Duarte of the Art of Storytelling

Nancy Duarte of the Art of Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Do you know your audience's resonant frequency? Every time you present to a group -- whether that be your colleagues, management team, the CEO, company investors, your customers, or conference attendees -- you have an opportunity to connect. However, transmission is only the tip of the iceberg. What all great presenters and communicators have in common is their ability to get you started on a journey -- one that will prompt you to do something differently. What causes this change? One of my favorite visual storytellers, Nancy Duarte, has written a remarkable guide on how to present visual stories that transform. Resonate (Amazon affiliate link) is a must read -- buy a copy for every member of your team and see the impact on results directly. The book will teach you how to give a presentation and change the world. Changing the world is hard, and you can do that only when the ideas you present connect with people. Stories convey meaning and resonate with people. They are the hero, not you. Therefore every time you present, you're given an opportunity to plan a journey, tune into the audience's resonant frequency, and move to action. [more on why stories Resonate here] I had the opportunity to ask Nancy Duarte a few questions recently. Here is our conversation. +++ Great communicators have the ability to go beyond holding attention to moving audiences. The best literally march words into action as it was said about Sir William Churchill. Many have talked about...
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Story Resumes

Story Resumes | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Visually AWESOME resumes that TELL YOUR STORY and get you NOTICED
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I like this site. It's clean and concise. And I'm fascinated with its  focus on storytelling in the HR world.

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Narrative Leadership Associates

Narrative Leadership Associates | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

Telling the Story opens a door into the world of narrative leadership, showing how leaders affect our understanding of what is possible and desirable through the stories they tell and embody. This book will help executives, managers and concerned citizens to identify what stories are and how they work; when to tell a story and how to tell one well.

 

It offers a challenge to consider the purposes behind our stories: what are we leading for? It will help practitioners identify their own authentic story and use this to lead convincingly. Using tips, exercises and examples, Telling the Story will help leaders build on their own current practices using the vital art of narrative leadership.   This book is both practical and thought–provoking, to encourage leaders to consider the big stories of our time and how we can use our own stories to create and take responsibility for the kind of future we want.

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I just had the pleasure of meeting Geoff via email. He seems to be surrounded by a very talented and capable group of folks at Narrative Leadership. I'll get a review of the book posted as soon as I've finished reading it.

 

I encourage you to browse his site. You can also find him writing at cominghometostory.com and leadership.com.

 

I wish that every day started with emails like his in my inbox!

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David Hain's curator insight, April 1, 9:15 AM

Leaders need to tell stories - this book will help!

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Seth's Blog: The cure or the story?

Seth's Blog: The cure or the story? | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"The plumber, the roofer and the electrician sell us a cure. They come to our house, fix the problem, and leave.


The consultant, the doctor (often) and the politician sell us the narrative. They don't always change things, but they give us a story, a way to think about what's happening. Often, that story helps us fix our problems on our own.

 

The best parents, of course, are in the story business. Teachers and bosses, too."

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Doesn't say it all. But it gets close.

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This storytelling thing twists my brain..ainainainaiiiinnnn

This storytelling thing twists my brain..ainainainaiiiinnnn | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Yes, storytelling twists your brain but it’s a healthy twist because you can go only as far as your own imagination can go. That is – if you don’t let others force their images into your brain."

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Pay attention to the questions...

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The Power to Connect Through Visual Storytelling

The Power to Connect Through Visual Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

"Consumers are faced with more social media channels and messages than ever before, resulting in a challenging environment for marketers to stand out and drive awareness and action around desired messages and campaigns. With the average consumer attention span now between 2.8-8 seconds, curating snackable pieces of content into a visual story has emerged as a powerful strategy."

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Looks promising...

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