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Hanging Out in Our Underwear

Stories get told when extra-ordinary events happen, and these change relationship only when they feel personal.  Read on…. During a recent visit to Austin, I met a ring-tailed tooter named JoAnn.  As true Southern ladies, we got to know one another before mentioning anything tacky like the property I called to discuss.  We shared our

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Juicy, Colorful, Textured and Vivid

Create a vivid picture by using descriptive details that light up more than one part of a listener’s sensory cortex. Mix up sensory details sound and vision when you describe a detail like a quiet face, a blue humming, or screaming purple. Every sense you stimulate makes your story feel more like a real experience.

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From “Contact” to Friend

I have to confess I never liked the word “contacts.”  I have always preferred to make friends but social networking warmed me up to the word: contacts.  I probably don’t know you personally, but I appreciate you because you and I ARE connected.  I wish I knew you better, knew some of your stories.  And

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Storytelling and Structure…not so much

“What’s your opinion on the topic of structuring business presentations as Story?” Question from: Gonzales Alvarez Good question, Gonzales. Let me begin by giving my definition of a story: A story is a narrated sequence of words or other triggers in a way that an simulated experience (def: images, smells, sounds, tastes, touches, and emotions) is

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Raf asked me about "untrue stories"

“How true does a story have to be?” Raf – a good buddy who stretches my brain – asked me to visit  http://significantobjects.com/ where people make up stories and compete to see how much value they can add. I puff up with pride and can barely muffle my “told you so!” when well told stories take

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Storyteller’s Confession: My Secret Mission

I’ve been trying to infiltrate the halls of power for decades. My secret mission is to increase the diversity of thought by teaching those without a voice how to tell their stories and by teaching leaders how to find and retell stories that broaden everyone’s understanding.

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 8 of 8

We need a Magic School for Storytellers Thirty years before J. K. Rowling created Harry Potter, Ursula Le Guin’s Earthsea series imagined a magic school that taught apprentice sorcerers how to avoid abusing the power of magic. Le Guin points out early in the series that “even to light a candle is to cast a

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 7 of 8

Truth in Storytelling When I wrote the first edition of The Story Factor twenty years ago, I began with the idea that people don’t want more information. They want faith in you and your positive intentions. I never suspected that two decades later we’d be discussing an explosion of stories that intentionally undermine this faith. Without

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 6 of 8

The Moral Dilemmas of a Lion, a Scarecrow, and a Tin Man Frank Baum’s original introduction to The Wizard of Oz, written in 1900, made it clear that he felt children no longer needed the stereotypical “old-time fairy tale” that “may now be classed as ‘historical’ in the children’s library.” Baum claimed the time had

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Stories with a Moral Blueprint – part 5 of 8

  Blueprints for Building Trust Learning to drive was fun until I hit the mailbox. I burst into tears, blaming my dad, “You told me not to brake when turning corners!” It wasn’t my fault that he neglected to clarify I should brake before turning the corner so I could release the brakes while turning

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