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Explaining my 2023 hiatus

Happy New Year, storytelling friends!

I hope your 2024 will be one filled with success, surprise, and lots of love.

For all of us at Storyworthy, we are so excited to begin 2024 with a fresh start...

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3 Strategies to vary the length of any story storytelling for business storytelling tips

While speaking to business leaders in Victoria, Canada, I told a seven-minute story about a spoon. I used the story to illustrate several points and highlight strategies that I frequently use in...

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Keep things simple. Assume nothing. newsletters storytelling tips

A simple but important thought:

Keep things simple. Assume nothing.

My friend is preparing to tell a story in which one of her friends experiences an ectopic pregnancy. I’ve heard of this...

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You're grinding the story to a halt! How to avoid boring your audience storytelling for business storytelling tips

Travel should never simply be travel.

So often I hear a storyteller say:

“So I get into the car and drive the 12 miles to Joan’s house. When I arrive, I walk up to the door and ring the...

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Start with a Moment of Meaning storytelling tips

In medias res: (Latin) the practice of beginning an epic or other narrative by plunging into a crucial situation that is part of a related chain of events; the situation is an extension of previous...

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You Have Choice When You Begin a Story storytelling tips

You can establish characters and setting or you can establish wonder, suspense, intrigue, and/or humor.

What do you think is better?

So often I hear storytellers begin their stories with...

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Finding Inspiration for Stories storytelling tips

Taking a lesson from my friend, Bengi, I spent this week going through old photos and finding some new stories.

Ever since Bengi has begun digitizing and sending me photos from our teenage days...

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Careful not to ruin your endings it steals the joy from a story newsletters storytelling for business storytelling tips

I was listening to a very well told story last week about a woman struggling with infertility. It was heartfelt, humorous, cleverly constructed, and well framed.

Outstanding in every way except...

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Jello, Diet Coke, and a Reminder About Being Different newsletters stories storytelling tips

The best gift that I received, and the one that can teach us all something important was this:

A can of my favorite beverage - Diet Coke - encased in jello.

The best thing about this gift:

It...

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Be careful that your words don’t betray your story newsletters storytelling for business storytelling tips

In working with a storyteller, he said, “I figured it wasn’t going to work out, and all my effort had been wasted.”

See the problem?

“I figured…” is a subtle...

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A single word can transform your story - Storytelling Tips storytelling tips

A simple but effective tip for you:

When appropriate, include the season in your story. I LOVE words that come affixed to a kabillion adjectives because I don’t love adjectives in general.

In...

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Effective communication often requires you to do what others are not newsletters stories storytelling tips

I had just settled into my seat, preparing for the second leg of my flight from Hartford to Victoria, British Columbia, when the pilot emerged from the cockpit and introduced himself to us. He told...

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