This Week in Storytelling Mar. 19, 2010

by Gregg on March 19, 2010

A quick note before we get going. I have been asked to highlight my top 3-5 entries each week. I’m still experimenting with how I’d like to present that, so until I get the formatting worked out I’ll just list them at the top of the post. One caveat. I spend a lot of time in and around “story” and “storytelling” each day. There is so much worthwhile work going on in the field right now, as I’m sure all of you know, and as is reflected by the number of entries here each week. As far as I’m concerned, all of them are worth reading, but I understand that we’re all awash in more data than we can possibly process at the moment. In light of that, I’ll do my best to make sure those first couple of entries appeal to as many as possible. It might be that I eventually wind up highlighting an entry from each of the various storytelling areas, personal, business/corporate, brand, literary, festival/event, etc. Thank you for your patience over the next few weeks as I try to get this worked out. Any feedback you’d like to give about this will be gratefully accepted.

I am also starting to include a few tweets in the curation. These will be some interesting storytelling nuggets that I’ve snagged from the Twitter stream over the course of the week.

I have also started a daily storytelling curation post with 3 or 4 items of interest and a little bit of editorial. I don’t envision including many of those in this weekly post so you may want to look through those if you have an interest or subscribe if you use an RSS Reader and give them a look.

Rob’s Thoughts: The New Reality of Engagement – Stories that Drive Action
This is a post from last summer that I came upon courtesy of Jay Golden. It will take a little time to get through but I think you’ll find it worthwhile and thought provoking as well.

Presentation Zen: We learn from stories and experience
Garr Reynolds, author of the Presentation Zen book and blog, talks about learning situations and the opportunity to use stories. Whether you’re telling brand stories or personal stories, engaging people’s emotions through your stories, and crafting them in such a way to do so, will generally lead to the kind of response you just can’t get via other means.

Corporate Storytelling: WHACK them on the head – 5 ways to get (and keep) your reader’s attention
James Frey asks, and then answers, this question: “Many individuals and businesses have interesting stories to tell, but if there is no one who wants to hear it, does it still make a sound?”

The Cape Girardeau Storytelling Festival
Stephanie Lynch offers up some thoughts on what we can learn from storytellers before we post content to our own blogs or Facebook pages.

You Can’t Change Anything You Hate
Michael Margolis, who was nice enough to spend an hour or so on the phone with me this past Monday, talks about Chip and Dan Heath’s new book Switch, and how it put into context one of his own axioms. He goes on to address this as it relates to emotions, change and our stories.

PressThink: News Without the Narrative Needed to Make Sense of the News: What I Will Say at South by Southwest
Jay Rosen outlined what he was going to be talking about at SXSW. Jay is on the faculty at NYU and is one of the top thinkers in the field of Journalism today.

Honey, Don’t Bother Mommy. I’m Too Busy With My Blog and Building My Brand.
Lou Hoffman pointed this one out.

New Storytelling Q&A Series Launching This Spring
Dr. Kathy Hansen is going to be starting up a new Q&A series this spring. You can visit the current list of storytellers that she’s interviewed here: Story Practitioners. There is a gold mine of storytelling information in those interviews.

Interview Dialogue Series
Michael Margolis is launching a bi-weekly show and interview series. He plans to make each one interactive and then to distribute them as iTunes podcasts.

Storytelling for User Experience Book Site
It’s at the printers! This should be a very good read. There is some wonderful storytelling work being done in the user experience field right now. Kathy Hansen has a great post about the topic here: User-Experience Storytelling Article Provides Superb Primer

How to Write Your Life Story – Tips for Memoir Writers
Some great tips and ideas on personal stories and storytelling.

Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory
A very intriguing video about our “experiencing self” and our “remembering self”. You get to draw the storytelling inferences.

The Power of Saying “We Blew It”
A terrific take on the Dominos Pizza ad campaign from Lou Hoffman. He relates it back to his Vonnegut Storytelling tip #6.

Tweet: #storytelling is the key…
From Sean Buvala at How true is this?

Darpa Wants Self-Guiding, Storytelling Cameras
Just a tad Orwellian?

Twitter: “A soul never thinks…

Storytelling: When we choose to distort history.
This post and the one following talk about the Digital Storytelling 10 event taking place today in the UK. Wish I could be there.

Digital Storytelling event will rethink formats for digital journalism

The Kahani MovementJay Golden pointed this one out.

How Experts Can Really Help Beginners
On learning to listen and speak each other’s language.

Twitter / Joe Hall: Religion and story of Christ was an originator of transmedia…

It’s Not Gold; It’s Golden Grahams
Very cool General Mills storytelling promotion.

Titleist Stories of Trust
This too is a great corporate storytelling effort.

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