Simply Begin

 

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Today I have a message for you that is so simple, but it's one that I keep chanting to myself as a mantra, so I want to share it with you and that is simply begin. Now. Once upon a time I set out on a huge goal with a group of friends to train for a 50 mile trail run. We trained over the summer and we often hit the trails of the mountains in North Carolina in the blazing heat. The training runs were always long and hard and brutal, but in the end they were worth it because we climbed for hours in that hot blazing sun all working towards that moment when we would hit the summit and take in the gorgeous views that were at the top of those mountains.


Now I use that memory whenever I'm feeling stuck or feeling fearful about taking on a new challenge because trust me, when I set out to train for a 50 mile trail run, I wasn't even a good runner. This was not...

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Your Social Pages

 

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I’ve got a practical tip for you — It’s so easy to do, yet too many people are overlooking it.

Take a few minutes today to look at your Social Media Profiles and ask yourself — if someone stumbled on my page not knowing anything about me, would they easily grasp who I am and what I am all about?

In other words — is your brand story clearly represented on your pages and channels.

Like it or not, these days potential clients and those looking to collaborate with you are scoping you out long before they initiate contact.

They are lurking on your channels, reading your public posts, perusing your LinkedIn profile and making pre-judged decisions about you before they’ve even talked to you.

So when they come to those profiles, and they read what you’ve highlighted in your summaries and bios, are...

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How to Get Great Testimonials

 

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Yesterday we talked about how valuable getting Testimonials can be to help you tell the story of your business and the impact of the work you do.

I promised today a quick lesson on HOW to get really great testimonials from your clients and customers, so you have perfect little stories to share in your marketing.

The first step is to ASK — you have to make getting testimonials a priority and identify the avenue in which you can reach out to your clients and ask them for their valuable feedback. So asking is a big first step.

Once you ask — do you just leave it up to your clients to tell you whatever the heck they want???? NO!!!

You want to guide them by giving them a framework of questions you want them to answer.

This is key to getting really valuable feedback you can use.

Now just like the Story Formula I teach, you can use that same...

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Why You Need Testimonials

 

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Do you actively seek out Testimonials for your business and brand? Let’s talk about Testimonials and why you need them.

The number one reason why brand stories fall flat is because there is no human connection with the story being told.

Far too many brands today are focused on their products and services rather than the emotional benefits. Companies are too buttoned up. It's time to drop the corporate veil and start sharing stories through the lens of a human being.

People can't see themselves reflected in a story of a faceless organization.
This is why testimonials, and stories of real=life humans is so valuable to your business.

Great emotional brand storytelling must be told by real people -- and it's going to be especially effective if those people are the closest to the front lines in your business.

A customer, A passionate Employee, A...

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How to Open the Curiosity Loop

 

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I know this happens to you. 

You go to a networking event or you meet somebody new and they ask you a very simple question, which is, “What do you do for a living?”….  and all of a sudden you feel unprepared!

It’s like what you do for a living has to fit into this tiny capsule and it seems that no matter how you answer this question. It never feels adequate and it certainly doesn't spark conversation.

 

 

These moments aren't about selling yourself. They are about peeking the Curiosity from those who are inquiring.

 

How can you answer that question in a way that will make that person who's asking want to know more?

 

The one thing you don't want to do is to answer them in a predictable way something like I sell insurance or I'm a nurse or I'm with a network marketing company and we sell...

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The Foundations Of Storytelling: Your Origin Story

 

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At LIGHTbeamers, I teach other women how to dig into their own story and how to use it to create community & connection— which can also help you build your business and brand.

Maybe you've just stumbled across this Flash briefing or my Blog, or maybe you've been tuning in for a while. Either way, you might not really know who I am or why I talk so much about Storytelling.

Over the next 3 days, I’m going to let you in on the 3 FOUNDATIONAL pieces of storytelling you’ll ever need to know…. because I’m here to help make storytelling easy for you — so you can get busy using it in your business and in your marketing to attract your ideal audience and grow your impact.

For over 25 years, I’ve been working in the world of storytelling….as a journalist, writer, video producer, and speaker. Way...

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How to Put Your Story On Repeat

 

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I was chatting with the women in my community recently, answering their questions around sharing their story — and this one came up and I thought it was such a good one, I wanted to address it here, too!

The question was how do you put your story on repeat without feeling like you are boring your audience?

I get asked this question a lot. Women feel uncomfortable sharing their story over and over again for fear they will turn others away, bore them to death, or begin to feel like a narcissistic broken record.

First of all, let’s remember one thing: Not everybody is listening. And even when they are listening, they are doing so in a very noisy world— in today’s digital age, information is coming at us at the speed of light and it’s hard as a consumer to wade through all the noise to find the solutions we are looking for to...

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Case Study: Charity Water

 

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One of my best pieces of advice around learning to become a better storyteller is to study those who tell stories really well.

Studying how others tell stories, and evaluating how those stories make you feel will be a great indicator on if that style of storytelling suits you.

When you learn to evoke emotion and get your audience to feel something, you will get them to take action with their money.

Click the Video to hear this Alexa broadcast, as I dive into a Case study on the amazing work that Charity Water does with its stories.

PHOTO CREDIT: Charity Water

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A Simple Tip to Make Storytelling Easy

 

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I'm sharing a simple tip that will make writing social media posts, emails, livestreaming, recording videos, and delivering presentation so much easier --- and help you become a much better communicator as a result!

Click the video to listen to this episode of my Alexa Flash Briefing for more!

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Amy's Story

 

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Amy Minyard first landed in LIGHTbeamers Community lost and confused about what to do with her story. It was burning a hole inside of her, and once she figured out how to use it, a whole new Amy was born.

I invite you to listen as I share Amy's story.

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