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Narrative Medicine - Story Collider Magazine

Narrative Medicine - Story Collider Magazine | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

Story Collider reporter Steven Berkowitz discussed the concept of narrative medicine — the idea that storytelling can empower patients and make medical care more effective — with psychologist and Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker Dr. Murray Nossel and psychiatrist Dr. Paul Browde, who teach in Columbia University’s Narrative Medicine program.

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What Bloggers Can Teach B2B Brands About the Art of Storytelling

What Bloggers Can Teach B2B Brands About the Art of Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
It’s not hard to write a story about a family sitting around the dinner table, or the man on the football pitch, or the child conquering a challenge. But when it comes time to write a blog post about your B2B product, the words don’t seem to flow quite as well.

It’s too easy to fall into the trap of viewing your company blog reader as a faceless logo or flat business card, and the end result is a 400-word advertisement or an instruction manual. If your B2B content marketing is failing to bring in the readers, this might be why.

In search of a solution, I turned to a group of popular bloggers. With millions of page and video views to their names as well as critical acclaim, these powerhouses know a thing or two about writing stories readers love to share. I asked them how they weave brand information into their content and what advice they would offer about the art of storytelling.

Here are their key tips.
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donhornsby's curator insight, November 30, 9:24 AM
Being real means finding a voice and style that matches up your internal team with the external face, so customers get a consistent experience. Be honest about what type of content you’re creating, not trying to turn every product feature into a 500 word story, and finding those kernels of truth where a story can shine. Most importantly, be realistic about what you're trying to achieve, setting small goals and taking what the readers want into account.
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Every story is the same

Every story is the same | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
In the video above, Will Schoder explains Harmon’s theory using a number of different stories (movies, books, TV shows, etc.) as examples, most notably the original Star Wars, which George Lucas created using Campbell’s ideas.
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The Viral Power of Storytelling in Content Marketing

The Viral Power of Storytelling in Content Marketing | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
The first logical question here is why you should try to use storytelling in your marketing strategy. Well, there are several reasons for that.

First of all, stories are interesting. People are curious in nature, and many of them are good listeners. When a narration is genuinely impressive, they are willing to spend a lot of time digging into these stories. In childhood, we love to listen to fairy tales; when we grow up, we hear the stories of our friends. Captivating stories are entertaining for everyone, even asocial people.

Second of all, stories gain trust. Whomever you decide to share your personal stories with, it makes you closer, right? The thing is that storytelling is quite an intimate thing. You don’t tell stories just to anyone. The same as in life, publishing an engaging story on your site will help you become closer to your readers who will come back for more stories.

And finally, people are just more perceptive towards stories, in contrast to dry statistics and facts. Last year there was some research conducted at Pennsylvania University involving physicians that proved this point. The study showed that doctors perceive and remember the information about using anesthetics better if this information is offered in the form of a story about a patient Frank.

Another research study (this time a sociological one), conducted by The Journal of Marketing Theory and Practice, showed that despite the content itself (whether there are kittens or celebrities), the success of a post is mostly defined by its structure. It turned out that people like stories the most.

We are social creatures who need to compare ourselves to other people, feel a connection to them and put ourselves in their shoes.
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How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers

How to Use Instagram Stories: A Simple Guide for Marketers | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Stories provides Instagram users with a chance to share posts at a higher frequency. While Instagram photos are typically reserved for perfectly composed shots, Stories allows you to share the little moments that may not be as picture-perfect.

Instagram is positioning this feature as a solution to over posting. There is a significant separate space where your Instagram Stories live and you can post as frequently as you want without worrying about over flooding your friends’ feeds or filling the grid on your profile page.
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How to Use Brand Story for Crisis Management

How to Use Brand Story for Crisis Management | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
If the worst were to happen, are you prepared to act swiftly and protect yourself and your brand?

By understanding your message deeply and thoroughly, you can prepare for certain unpleasant situations. But more importantly, cultivating a corporate crisis management culture will help keep your story consistent and compelling.

Melissa Agnes is passionate about brand crisis management and prevention. She strongly encourages any organization to take the time to delve deep into their core values to learn how to best articulate and follow them. She also suggests a few simple questions to ask before ever launching a campaign or advertisement that might help avoid a crisis altogether.

Melissa takes us on a journey through her career, touching on what led her to this particular niche. She shares why it’s so important to deeply understand what your brand stands for, how speed and accuracy are paramount, and how owning your story and communicating directly will often save the day.
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5 Visual Storytelling Trends That are Shaping The Future of Communication

5 Visual Storytelling Trends That are Shaping The Future of Communication | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Visual storytelling is one of the most potent forms of communication in existence today. From films and virtual reality experiences to interactive games and data visualizations, visual stories are revolutionizing the way we persuade audiences with our messages.

While brands and marketers have generally lagged behind filmmakers and the media in the visual storytelling department, this is rapidly becoming a thing of the past as marketing shifts from “interrupting what people are interested into becoming what people are interested in,” in the words of Marriott’s VP of content marketing, David Beebe.

As the Internet of Things and wearable tech take us closer to a perpetually connected world, visual storytelling will be all around us. From having conversations with our favorite characters to playing games that will help feed the homeless, these visual storytelling trends will allow us to live within stories of our making and, in the process, blur the lines between reality and fiction.

Restrained only by the pace of technological innovation, here are five visual storytelling trends that will shape the future of all communication-related fields:
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How to Create a Compelling Six-Second Brand Story?

How to Create a Compelling Six-Second Brand Story? | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
The reality is that you have six seconds to tell your brand story and make a connection with your customer. Yes, six seconds. A 6-second window to give your customers, your audience, a reason to care, and a reason to want to learn more about your offer. Success in those six seconds depends on the perceived value that your brand will bring to the customers’ lives: the “Why you do what you do.” This message needs to be always refined through the lens of simplicity, clarity and alignment; the three foundational pillars that a brand story absolutely must have to connect and engage with the customer.
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5 Ways to Inspire Imagination Through Simple Visual Storytelling

5 Ways to Inspire Imagination Through Simple Visual Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
You’ll see how the context, and some subtle changes, alter the emotional response you feel. This post showcases imagination - the readers imagination. How do you inspire imagination? Often by providing fewer details. With less detail, your reader has no choice but to let their imagination will fill in the gaps. Their experiences, emotional state, and passions add meaning to the image. When done right, those emotions can touch passions and strike up anxieties that compel action. 
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Storytelling advice from Akira Kurosawa

Storytelling advice from Akira Kurosawa | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Akira Kurosawa was one of the masters of cinema. Below is a six-minute interview where Kurosawa offers advice to aspiring filmmakers, but the advice can be applied more widely to other creative disciplines as well.

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How to Craft a Marketing Story that People Embrace and Share

You’re telling a story.

Whether you know it or not, or intend to or not … you absolutely are.

Everything you do to market your business is another paragraph, page, or chapter in the story people hear from you. And the story people hear is the one they act (or don’t act) on, and repeat (or don’t repeat) to others.

Now, it’s not necessarily fatal if you’re not aware you’re telling a story, and you’ll never completely control your story anyway. But purposeful storytelling is the mark of the great novelist, screenwriter, and playwright — and purposeful marketing stories are a sure sign of a great content marketer.

So why not tell your story on purpose? Here’s how.
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Purposeful story's-telling... Your best marketing tool
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6 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Digital Marketing

6 Visual Storytelling Trends That Will Change the Way You Do Digital Marketing | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
When you combine the timeless necessity of storytelling with the sheer power of visual content, you arrive at one of the most potent forces shaping the future of communication today: Visual storytelling.

Here are some of the trends I believe will shape the future of this field by blurring the lines between once-neatly-defined concepts.
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Jeff Bullas shares six visual storytelling trends to note.

Barbara Ganley's curator insight, September 21, 7:48 AM
Though VT nonprofits won't likely be walking down the VR road anytime soon, it's important to see what's out there & what's possible.
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How to Build a More Human Brand Story

How to Build a More Human Brand Story | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it

Do you know how to humanize your interactions with your consumers? Do you understand the art and science of sharing? Are you ready to reconnect your brand to each individual in your audience?

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How I changed the story I was telling myself

How I changed the story I was telling myself | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
The truest stories are the ones that don’t hold you back or keep you quiet. They are the ones that not only empower you — but — reinforce all the good things about the very person you are.
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The Danger In Storytelling

The Danger In Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
One of the principles that every good copywriter learned in her first six weeks on the job was "tell a story." The reason is simple -- people remember stories (sadly, storytelling has now become an inescapable and insufferable cliché that every dimwit marketing poseur is required by law to mention twice in every sentence. But we'll leave that for another day.)

But storytelling has its dangers.

The danger is that anecdotes make far better stories than data.
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The most innovative CMOs in the world — The Storytellers

The most innovative CMOs in the world — The Storytellers | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Here we celebrate the "storytellers."

These are the CMOs who have mastered the art of telling stories across platforms; the marketers who have created appointment-to-view advertising campaigns that consumers actually choose to watch; and those who have turned around the perception of their companies with messaging that gets to the heart of what their brand stands for.
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Let Emotion Be Your Guide

Let Emotion Be Your Guide | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
So we decided to throw out the focus on the hospital website, concentrate on where emotion was taking us, and trust that we would be able to reconcile our findings with our client’s needs. We, as human beings, wanted to hear other human beings tell us about the difficulties of caring for a mother with Alzheimer’s disease. We wanted to know what it felt like to receive a cancer diagnosis after a long journey to many doctors across a spectrum of specialties. We wanted to understand what we could do, in any small way, to help make these Worst Days minutely less horrible, less terrifying, and less out-of-control. We knew that the client was behind the two-way mirror, concerned about the website navigation, but we also knew that we were going to get to someplace much more important and meaningful by following wherever these stories took us.
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5 Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won't Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones

5 Tips for Telling Stories That Are So Interesting Listeners Won't Be Tempted to Pull Out Their Phones | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
I took a deep breath and braced myself for at least another five minutes of rambling through totally unnecessary details. Why? Well, to be brutally honest, because I know that my friend isn’t exactly the most engaging storyteller I’ve ever met—meaning it was going to take all of my attention and willpower to make it through her seemingly endless and impossible-to-follow tale of woe.

You’ve been there before, right? We’ve all experienced those moments when we’ve had to do our best to actively listen while someone’s droning his or her way through a story more long-winded than Moby Dick. And, what’s even worse than that? Being the person who’s rambling incessantly.

Let’s face it—we’re not all natural-born storytellers. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t run into a ton of different situations where we need to do just that. Whether you need to explain a time you overcame a challenge in a job interview or share a catchy personal anecdote at a networking event, we all run into those instances in which we need to craft a compelling narrative—preferably without our audience’s eyes glazing over.

So, how can you tell a story that’s interesting and engaging? Well, these five tips are a great place to start.
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How NOT to Tell a Story

How NOT to Tell a Story | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
All of this chicanery aside…what’s important for us as writers and entrepreneurs etc. is to remember that having a comprehensive understanding of story structure is not just helpful for us as creators. 

It’s an indispensable analytical tool to save us from charlatans. 

When we understand story structure we are empowered to see through the hype and directly question the motivations of the messenger.  Here’s the post again to walk you through why this advertisement set off my story alarms.
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Using storytelling to make a case for social change

Using storytelling to make a case for social change | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
I asked TEDxKyoto founder Jay Klaphake which of the many good talks at TEDxKyoto was a great example of storytelling, he replied immediately that it was the 2014 talk by Sahel Rosa. Sahel’s presentation is a wonderful example of a presenter using their personal story to (1) shine a spotlight on a social issue, and (2) to make a pitch for people to support her cause.
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Narrative medicine for social and physician wellness

Narrative medicine for social and physician wellness | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Narrative medicine as a literary form that engages care providers including physicians to share their witnessed stories of humanity can be an instrumental tool to repeatedly resuscitate the physician. Relationship centered medicine has been considered a way to help doctors stay in love with doctoring and that premise is supported by narrative medicine to help refocus the efforts of medicine around relationships.
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How Finding Your Story Can Set You Free

How Finding Your Story Can Set You Free | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Own Your Story and Own Yourself

Are you following your passion? What story are you telling yourself every day?

It might not always be comfortable, but taking the time to redefine your inner story will help you find yourself and your future success.

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg

Dear Mark Zuckerberg | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Dear Mark Zuckerberg I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Facebook needs an editor — to stop Facebook from editing. It needs someone to sav
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Why Brand Stories Must Move From Fiction to Nonfiction – Convince and Convert: Social Media Consulting and Content Marketing Consulting

Why Brand Stories Must Move From Fiction to Nonfiction – Convince and Convert: Social Media Consulting and Content Marketing Consulting | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Storytelling in business is all the rage.

Companies of every shape, size, and description now seek to sell goods and services via heroic tales in place of bullet points, features, and benefits.

It’s an interesting – and often effective – tactic. In fact, we talk about it every week on our Business of Story podcast – a great show hosted by Park Howell.

But the problem with many of these branded stories is that many of the brands who are telling them lack the conviction to go all-in.

Many of these “stories” are just that…works of fiction (in whole or in part).

Many of these “stories” are just pretty commercials made to wear beat up sweatpants to try to boost authenticity and believability.

Many of these “stories” are curated and polished like a rock in a tumbler, until you can see your own reflection in their pseudo-artifice.

The storytelling pendulum is about to swing back the other way
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How 16 Characteristics of Greatness Apply to Storytelling

How 16 Characteristics of Greatness Apply to Storytelling | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Don also believes that empathy is a core storytelling component and that including humor in your work and being deliberate about your inner circle is paramount.

Through his careful efforts and years of interaction with extraordinary individuals, he has extracted 16 characteristics of greatness that he openly shares and applies to storytelling.
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7 Tools for Visual Storytelling | Search Engine Journal

7 Tools for Visual Storytelling | Search Engine Journal | Story and Narrative | Scoop.it
Pictures, not words, were the very first method with which humans recorded their history. Visuals capture more information in one shot than a book full of words because they allow you to fill in the story with your imagination.

A picture of a family playing catch in the park has billions of interpretations and plot lines that are waiting for a story to fill in the details.
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