Telling your story
The chemical and psychological makeup of our minds affects how we consume content: Our brains are wired to connect with compelling stories. Brand storytelling tactics focus on different functions of the brain related to understanding and perception. The brain processes images 60 times faster than text, and 92 percent of consumers want brands to create stories around ads. Because of this, marketers should be delivering linear content with clear narratives and using images to tell their stories. The Science of Storytelling
Every year is chock-full of words, and we have feelings about those words. We live with them, we love them, we let them roll around in our mouths, and we express them. We think about them and spit them out, vehemently, when we are angry. We grow tired of them, we dislike some on sight, and we drop them, eventually, and move on to hate others. An A-to-Z Guide to 2012's Worst Words - Entertainment
I have always thought of the word 'literally' as someone else's problem. Then, suddenly, it arrived: My summer of Literally. A recent family vacation revealed my brother as one of the worst offenders. He likes to couple ‘literally’ with the phrase… 'on the planet,' as in, “You are literally the best sister on the planet.” (Or rather, you were.) Other literally fans (is it the heat?) Literally The Worst Word On The Planet
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October 19, 2011 “Making magical things happen is a process,” said Joe Rohde, senior vice president and creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, at yesterday’s morning keynote General Session at the 2011 PRSA International Conference in Orlando, Fla. He used examples from his work at Walt Disney World Resort’s Animal Kingdom theme park to further explain the importance of theme and story. the power of story and theme
3 Reasons to Master the Art of Storytelling Storytelling is a timeless human tradition. Before the written word, people would memorize elaborate stories full of morals that shaped cultures for generations. Today, kids can barely sit through class, but spend hundreds of hours devouring Harry Potter books. We are wired for communicating through and learning from stories. Unfortunately, storytelling has become a lost art in many businesses.
The Secret to Powerful Communication in Two Words
How brain science can make you a better writer A TV ad for kayak.com features an unscrupulous doctor manipulating a patient’s exposed brain, turning him into a puppet who flails away at a keyboard hunting and pecking for online travel deals. It’s funny to some, offensive to others, but it illustrates a larger point that is important for writers. The brain influences the way readers respond to words, for better or worse. A growing body of research reveals that different parts of the brain respond to language in unique ways.
Storytelling vs. Corporate Speak (A Graphic) | Brandtelling
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Once upon a time, in a faraway kingdom, there was a salesman who traveled the countryside, peddling his wares. Everyone loved his product except the evil king, who wanted to do away with it. One day the king said, “This product is ruining my kingdom and I want to destroy it. Once Upon A Time At The Office: 10 Storytelling Tips To Help You Be More Persuasive
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
Infographics in PR Infographics are taking the Web by storm. Not the infographics pioneered by USA Today to make the news more exciting for people that don’t like to read, but rather the so-long-you-need-to-scroll and so-darn-good-you-have-to-read-and-want-to-share kind. Infographics are out of control – everyone is using them. That usually means they work great. Are infographics linkbait?
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Using Stories to Overcome Fear - Peter Guber - The Conversation by Peter Guber | 8:04 AM February 15, 2011 In uncertain times, if leaders don’t tell and sell a purposeful story that incites their employees, partners, investors, boards of directors, and other stakeholders to manage fear, confront uncertainty, and collaborate with change, someone else will write their future. That usually leads to a story with an unhappy ending. Fear can paralyze or catalyze an organization.
We live in a world with information overload. Data, facts, statistics and definitive answers to specific questions are immediately available from search engines on the internet. But people want more than facts. They want understanding. They want meaning. They want context. Tell Stories - Stepcase Lifehack
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by Maria Popova The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides. On August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. rose to the top of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and delivered his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech before 250,000 civil rights supporters. MLK Shape of Spectacular Speech: A Visual Analysis of MLK's "I Have a Dream"
In our media training workshops, our clients are usually shocked to learn how much they communicate with their body language – and how little they know about what their bodies are saying. They often joke that they wouldn’t want to play poker against me, since I’d be able to easily read whether or not they’re bluffing. I assure them that if that were true, I’d have retired by age 30 and would be relaxing on my private island hideaway by now. Still, it’s true that being able to monitor your own body language – and read the body language of others – offers you great advantages as a communicator. Six Things You Need To Know About Body Language | Media and Presentation Training