"If you work at a nonprofit, chances are you do your fair share of storytelling and that you’ve followed every bit of traditional advice. You know to follow a tried-and-true plotline, use emotion-evoking words and finish with a happy ending or offer a solid solution.
Yes, all of these tips do work. But, there’s more that can be done to really get your audience excited about your story — just follow the lead of presidential candidate Donald Trump."
Love him or hate him, Trump has captured the hearts and minds of many supporters. Read the full article to find out more about these 6 storytelling lessons most anyone can learn from Donald Trump:
You can dominate with enthusiasmIt's not all in the detailsUse power wordsKeep your narratives black & whiteGet your audience involvedDon't be afraid to say what you need to say
Via Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)
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Data visualization expert Stephen Few said, “Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” With the influx of data and introduction of self-service analytics tools, we're going to need more people capable of communicating insights effectively. The next generation of data storytellers will not be limited to just analysts and data scientists. Everyone will need to know how to tell a story with numbers.
Today, every marketer understands the value of story as a way to sell just about anything. But, still, few understand the right way to use story and narrative as a way to guide people on the perfect journey.
This is due in large part to the fact that it takes some skill, a bit of hard work and perhaps, more importantly, patience. A great story has many significant elements and to have the greatest impact each element must be built in a certain order – much like the foundation of a house must be laid before the walls and roof have a place to stand.
From Avatar to The Wizard of Oz, Aristotle to Shakespeare, there’s one clear form that dramatic storytelling has followed since its inception.
Cathryn Wellner's insight:
Friends who saw the latest Star Wars complained that it was the same story as the first, told with fantastic technology but not adding anything to the cannon. I respectfully disagree with their complaint because, yes, it was the same story - powerfully retold because it reaches deep within our psyches and sets something humming.
I tell stories because they are the most powerful force in the universe to make a difference in the lives of real people. All great truths come to us through story. Story shapes us constantly, and whether people realize it or not, the story they believe in any given moment has monumental consequences.
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