This is a page for storytellers. Whether you are sitting around a campfire or standing at a boardroom table getting ready to tell a story, this page is for you.
People who have read my book, The Deliberate Storyteller, or who have attended one of my workshops, often come back with questions about the storytelling craft.
Typical questions include:
- Where do your stories come from?
- What is your technique for collecting stories? How do you find them?
- Do you record people telling stories or do you just listen and then write them down later?
- What do you read?
- What are your favorite stories?
- What are your secrets for becoming a good storyteller?
- Do I have to be a good writer to be a good storyteller?
- Do you have any hints for someone who wants to be a better write or presenter?
- What is the role of photography in storytelling?
- You work in a wide range of industries in your consulting work. How do you stay on top of the issues that affect such diverse customers?
Storytelling is an important part of human life. It has a role to play in every country, every industry, every company, every person. Good stories - well-told stories - lead to better personal and professional relationships, improved competitive advantage for businesses, diverse ways to see and understand the world around us, and richer, fuller lives.
This page is devoted to stories and storytelling. Here I will post a regular series of downloadable essays and occasional Podcasts that will help you become a better storyteller. Be aware: this is not designed to be a simple how-to guide. Some of the topics that I intend to write about will make you scratch your head and wonder where I'm going. But all of them will be interesting and all of them will demonstrate, one way or another, how to be a better storyteller.
Here are some essays to get you started:
2-On Finding Stories
4-The Nature of Trends
6-How Trees Work
7-The Power of Connections
8-Stories as Viruses
9-What we Believe vs. What we Know
10-Random Thoughts on Storytelling
11-The Disappearing Spoon
12-Trends Don't Lead to Solutions
13-What.So What.Now What
15-Storytelling and Intimacy
16-Why Certification Matters
17-What Makes a Good Story
18-Linking Stories to Life
19-Social Media 1918
20-The Quicksand of Business
22-My Pocket Production Studio
23-Peanuts on Storytelling
27-The Conjunction of the Prosaic and the Improbable
28-Videos About Storytelling
29-Big Data vs Big Brother
30-The Immense Power of Human Creativity
31-Why We Use Stories
32-Thoughts on George Orwell
33-Broadband-A Basic Human Right
34-The Periodic Table of Storytelling
35-Dramatic Storytelling Styles
37-Leaps of Language
38-Down the Linguistic Rabbit Hole
39-Is That Really What It's Called
40-Everybody Has a Story to Tell
43-Look Along the Edges
45-The Power of Observation
47-Building an Empire
48-How I came to be a Writer--and Storyteller
49-Back to My Past
51-Why Physics Matters
52-On Adventure and Adventurous People
53-Corporate Acclimatization Societies
54-Learning to Listen
55-Those Answerless Questions