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6 Resources That Will Make You a Better Storyteller. Guest Post by Kristin Piombino Storytelling is a hot topic in the communications industry these days.

6 Resources That Will Make You a Better Storyteller

Stories connect people to each other and to their organizations. They humanize giant corporations and make brands relatable to customers. But while stories can work magic for corporate communicators, writing a good story isn’t easy. 7 writing and language sites you should know about. As a medical writer, I often end up spending more time researching an article than I do writing it.

7 writing and language sites you should know about

In that research, I often discover new online sites and tools. In this week’s post, I share some lesser known online resources that can help make your writing, editing and researching tasks easier. This site was developed by the Plain Language Action and Information Network, which is a group of federal employees who support the use of clear communication in government writing. The site includes humorous examples and resources on thinking about your audience, organizing your text, using plain language writing principle, and writing for the Web. Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) The Purdue OWL is a product of the Writing Lab at Purdue University.

[Free guide: 10 ways to improve your writing today. “A Guide to Grammar and Style” by Jack Lynch. Six writing lessons from William Zinsser. Tips for those involved in writing website language. 5 Ways Storytelling Can Kill Your Message. Stories should relay a message and engage audiences, but sometimes they just fall flat.

5 Ways Storytelling Can Kill Your Message

Learn why stories can fail and how you can make your stories effective every time. September 01, 2014 We tell stories because they paint pictures in people’s minds. The Science of Storytelling. An A-to-Z Guide to 2012's Worst Words - Entertainment. Every year is chock-full of words, and we have feelings about those words.

An A-to-Z Guide to 2012's Worst Words - Entertainment

Literally The Worst Word On The Planet. I have always thought of the word 'literally' as someone else's problem.

Literally The Worst Word On The Planet

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.) Secret of Good Writing - 11/05. The A to Z of Excellent Copywriting. Best Quote Sites #websites #socialmedia #quotes #quotations. 10 Ways Specificity Will Help You Build a Profitable Audience. The power of story and theme. 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.

the power of story and theme

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. Rohde led the team that conceptualized, designed and built Animal Kingdom, which veered away from the traditional structure of a theme park and focused more on nature. 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 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.

How brain science can make you a better writer

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. Neuroscientists learned this by observing brain scans as subjects read. Writers can take advantage of these findings to connect with readers in deep, intimate and lasting ways. Storytelling vs. Corporate Speak (A Graphic) Three Basic Elements of Content that Spreads.

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. An infographic about infographics. 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.

Using Stories to Overcome Fear - Peter Guber - The Conversation

That usually leads to a story with an unhappy ending. Tell Stories - Stepcase Lifehack. We live in a world with information overload.

Tell Stories - Stepcase Lifehack

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. Children ask their parents to tell them stories because they like to fit the pieces of the story into a context they can understand. Telling a story is a powerful way to get your message across.

Great Leaders are Great Storytellers : Managing. MLK Shape of Spectacular Speech: A Visual Analysis of MLK's "I Have a Dream" By Maria Popova The poetics of presenting, or why beautiful metaphors are better than beautiful slides.

MLK Shape of Spectacular Speech: A Visual Analysis of MLK's "I Have a Dream"

Six Things You Need To Know About Body Language. 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.