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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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13 Rules for an Effective (and Perhaps Even Inspiring) Commencement Address storytelling tips

I have been listening to many commencement addresses over the past two weeks, and I've been a listener of commencement addresses for a long time.

NPR's The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever, with...

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A profoundly unpleasant person storytelling for business storytelling tips

This is a long one, but it’s also an important one, so please bear with me.

Someone recently described me online as "a profoundly unpleasant person.”

He wrote:

“I friended him on...

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Newsletter 2023-03-19

Hello storytellers and friends,

Happy spring!

Or fall if you’re a friend in the southern hemisphere.

It’s been a busy and fun time at our home these past few weeks, with Charlie working...

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Creating Momentum storytelling for business storytelling tips

I competed at a Moth StorySLAM in Boston earlier this week.

Finished in second place. Lost by a tenth of a point to the storyteller who went last.

So annoying.

Sadly, I remember the second-place...

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