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7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters | Visme

7 Storytelling Techniques Used by the Most Inspiring TED Presenters | Visme | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it

"Not only are they [stories] indispensable tools for novelists, they are useful for presenters, business leaders, marketers, and journalists. They can come in all forms, from slide decks and infographics to videos and static images.

 

Based on some of my findings of what makes a story captivating, along with advice given by leading experts, here are several ways you can make your next presentation one your audience will never forget."

 

Read the full article to find out more about these seven storytelling techniques and to see TED talks that exemplify them:

Immerse your audience in a storyTell a personal storyCreate suspenseBring characters to lifeShow. Don’t tell.Build up to a S.T.A.R. momentEnd with a positive takeaway
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Marco Favero's curator insight, July 17, 2015 4:44 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Writing Rightly

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Writing Rightly | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.

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Provides a good, common sense approach to actually getting down and writing an eBook from start to finish. Recommended.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 18, 2014 2:23 PM

 

There are so many good points in this article, I barely know where to begin. Let's be honest; writing an ebook is a huge undertaking. The brainstorming for a topic, outlining, writing, proofing, then publishing and promoting. Whew!

 

However, Juri's article takes out the guesswork. Use it as your personal plan for one or several books. The bonus? You'll end up with an selling ebook instead of one filling Amazon's dust bins. Here's what you'll get:

 

1)  A SCHEDULE (already laid out for you!)

2)  Great TIPS to START

3)  Great TIPS to stay ON TRACK

4)  Great TIPS to FINISH

 

I would print this out, post it on your wall, and start scribbling on a post-it. In 30 days, you can pick it back up and have your book finished in the next 30! You can't beat that for speed.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://blog.sellfy.com/tips-tricks/how-to-write-an-ebook/

 

 

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The Keys to Good Science Fiction & Fantasy Storytelling | WritersDigest.com

The Keys to Good Science Fiction & Fantasy Storytelling | WritersDigest.com | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Writing strong exposition in speculative fiction (or SF, the umbrella term for fantastical fiction genres such as science fiction, fantasy, paranormal and horror) is a balancing act. It’s like watering a plant. Too little water and it dries up and dies; too much water and it rots and drowns. Here's how to get it just right.

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7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly

7 Simple Edits That Make Your Writing 100% More Powerful | Writing Rightly | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Ever wonder why your writing lacks the impact of your writing heroes? Find out the simple secret they don't want you to know.

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Penelope's curator insight, July 2, 2014 9:07 PM

 

If you want to be a full-time author or blogger, always strive to perfect your craft. There's always room for improvement.

 

This article is full of those numbered lists we love so much. Read, pick a number, implement, and give your writing an instant facelift!

 

Forget the fillers! Dump wimpy words! Trim the flab! are a few.

 

What's your favorite?

 

 ***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://boostblogtraffic.com/editing-tips/

donhornsby's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:00 AM

(From the article): Fortunately, editing isn’t rocket science. If you have someone to show you how.

 

So let’s break down the rules that’ll help you transform your unremarkable draft into a perfectly polished post.

Jacques Goyette's curator insight, July 16, 2014 6:02 PM

Very useful secrets !

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I'm in a right Huff

I'm in a right Huff | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
I got invited to write for the Huffington Post today. I really did. A nice man from Huff had seen my tweets, read some of my blog, and wrote a very kind email to me suggesting that I'd make a good ...
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Leslie Jamison: confessional writing is not self-indulgent - The Guardian

Leslie Jamison: confessional writing is not self-indulgent - The Guardian | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
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Leslie Jamison: confessional writing is not self-indulgent
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Confessional writing often gets a bad rap. People call it self-absorbed, solipsistic, self-indulgent.
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Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter

Brand Storytelling Lessons From a Successful Screenwriter | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Just because storytelling is becoming popular doesn't mean it's always being done well. Get some brand storytelling lessons from a successful screenwriter.
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The Atavist: Changing Digital Storytelling

The idea for the company started with a few beers and a distaste for the direction in which online content was heading. Three years later, its founders are trying to redefine how we create and read stories.
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3 Storytelling Tips From "Breaking Bad" Creator Vince Gilligan

3 Storytelling Tips From "Breaking Bad" Creator Vince Gilligan | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
A show like Breaking Bad doesnt just spring fully formed from a writers mind. Here, series creator Vince Gilligan talks about the ways he worked on...
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Made me think of a conversation with my son, an avid Game of thrones fan. He adores the TV version, and one of the things he's commented on most often is the complete willingness of the writer to kill off the most essential characters - to constantly surprise. So another writer/series following these key tips and having exponential success. 

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Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Many More

Tell Better Stories In 2014: Storytelling Insight From Margaret Atwood, Ricky Gervais, And Many More | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Take a look back at the stories about stories published on Co.Create in 2013, including pearls of wisdom from Ricky Gervais, Margaret Atwood, a former...
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8 Creative Storytelling Methods

8 Creative Storytelling Methods | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Is paperback passé? Today storytellers are deconstructing books and getting innovative -- both online and offline.
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The Art of Persuasive Storytelling

The Art of Persuasive Storytelling | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
"Your ability to shape your future depends on how well you communicate where you want to be when you get there. When ideas are communicated effectively, people follow and change." - Nancy Duarte

Did you know that you have the power to chan...
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New guide reveals how to tell your organization's story | Ragan

New guide reveals how to tell your organization's story | Ragan | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it

"Have you wondered how to shoot a hospital video story that moves your audience to tears?  Or how to write a CEO speech that will earn a standing ovation?

 

Nasdaq Corporate Solutions and Ragan Communications are offering a free guide—Strategic Storytelling—full of tips for telling your organization's story though a wide range channels, from newsletters to videos."

 

Read the full article to obtain the link to this free guide featuring advice and case studies from corporations such as Intel, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and American Express Open Forum. This 24 page guide covers:

The three elements of a storyHow to find stories within your companyStarting your story: the anecdotal ledeHow to bring your story to life with videoHow to write memorable speeches & intriguing op-edsHow to write compelling press releasesStorytelling using brand journalismHow to get emotional with imagesHow to educate and entertain with infographics



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Kim Zinke (aka Gimli Goose)'s curator insight, July 10, 2015 1:02 PM

Your company isn’t just an organization. It is a story. There are narratives to be found in its history, employees, and

customers. You can present your story in white papers, videos, blogs, speeches, op-eds, websites, and even press
releases.  Use this nicely laid out guide, full of examples and links to additional information, to help you understand the why's and how's of organizational storytelling.  And how to be strategic about it.

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27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know

27 WordPress Hacks Every Serious Blogger Needs to Know | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Ever wonder if you're wasting time in WordPress? These little-known hacks will transform you from a WordPress wimp into a WordPress wizard.
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Bird by Bird: Anne Lamott’s Timeless Advice on Writing and Why Perfectionism Kills Creativity

"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life."

Anne Lamott'
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"Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft."

Just one succinct and direct quote from an excellent tool in the writer's tool box. Have just read Bird by Bird - It's a keeper, a boomerang read!

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Five Ways to Write Strong Dialogue

Five Ways to Write Strong Dialogue | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Every writer struggles with elements of craft. Some with putting cohesive, illuminating prose on the page, others with developing elements of plot, others still with brevity, and still others with ...

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About naked mole rats

About naked mole rats | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
The world is full of weird things, but few of them are weirder than the Naked Mole Rat. Look at him, sitting up there at the top of my blog. He looks like Thatcher's neck. Like Voldemort's soul. Li...
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Best blog 'about' page I've ever read. By far.

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21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors

21 Harsh But Eye-Opening Writing Tips From Great Authors | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass. (Harsh but cool. Writing advice from experts.

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Slashed Reads's curator insight, June 26, 2014 11:58 AM

Must read inspiration. 

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9 (Short) Storytelling Tips From A Master Of Movie Trailers

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Buddha Jones co-founder John Long discusses mini-storytelling principles and the art of modern trailer making.
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Content Marketing Catchup: The Sponsored Content Debate, the Storytelling Arms Race, and More Must-Read Stories

Content Marketing Catchup: The Sponsored Content Debate, the Storytelling Arms Race, and More Must-Read Stories | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Here's what you missed while running down Broadway painted red, white and blue, celebrating a bizarrely successful 1-0 USMNT loss to Germany.
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Neil Gaiman's Journal

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Just because it's the journal of one of my most admired writers - an inspiration and exemplar for me and anyone else who might like to go there.

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Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling--Visualized

Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling--Visualized | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
See the rules that make up the Pixar playbook, as image macros.
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GKBC - Giving Kudos to Brilliant Content

GKBC - Giving Kudos to Brilliant Content | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Writing tips, articles on how to improve writing skills, and advice about writing careers and creative careers. Plus: work experience opportunities available.
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Storytelling to Win Support for a Cause Should Be Tied to Social Change - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription)

Storytelling to Win Support for a Cause Should Be Tied to Social Change - Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) | Writing - craft and exemplars | Scoop.it
Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) Storytelling to Win Support for a Cause Should Be Tied to Social Change Chronicle of Philanthropy (subscription) That's an important distinction for nonprofits that use storytelling to raise money, rally...
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Important thoughts on how we use storytelling in the social justice context. Thought provoking.

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