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!

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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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Who Would You Interview?

 

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Here's a fascinating prompt for you to use to create engagement with your audience, and showcase a fun piece of your own story in the process.

We recently offered up this prompt inside our LIGHTbeamers Community as a prompt for #wednesdaylive -- our open live-streaming day inside our Facebook Group.

Openly sharing things like "who would you interview" gives you a chance to really highlight a meaningful relationship or person you admire -- and then give you an opportunity to share more about why that person sticks out to you.

Tune in to this Flash Briefing to hear more.

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Profile Audits - What You Need to Know

 

If a complete stranger were to stumble across your information — whether it’s your LInkedIn profile, your Facebook business page, your website, or even an email that might get forwarded from a friend — would that stranger get a quick idea of who you are and what you are all about? In another words, are you properly telling your story on all of your channels? Is your message clear and consistent?

Here’s a quick tip for you today as you assess your marketing funnels. Ask yourself if you are using plain language — or are you trying to be cute, coy, or corporate?

Conversational is the new professional.

Speak in plain language so your ideal audience can easily find you and understand you quickly.Instead of trying to using fancy industry language, or high-brow prose…. just write and speak like you would if you were having a conversation with a close friend. Write & speak in the familial.

This may seem like such a simple and understated...

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How to Avoid the Dart & Run Technique of Storytelling

 
 
Tell me if this sounds like you…. especially when it comes to showing up and sharing pieces of your story. Maybe this is you on social media. Does any of this sound familiar?

  • Writes the About Me page on website and agonizes for 3 days wondering if you got it right.
 
  • Shares a vulnerable piece of your story on social media and 3 minutes later takes the post down.
 
  • Drums up the nerve again to make another post on social media and then doesn’t show up again for 3 weeks. 
 
  • Attempts to do a facebook live to try to connect with audience and when nobody joins you live, you swear it was the worst idea ever and vow to never do it again. 
 
  • Takes a course on storytelling to try to figure out how you can use your story in a compelling way…. but never completes the assignments because your story is too boring and you can’t fathom anyone giving a damn about what you have to say. 
 
 
Is anything of this...
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Does Your Story Spark Joy?

 
 
 I have a confession to make. I spent almost all weekend binging on an original series on Netflix. I watched one episode after another of Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up — a series about decluttering your home. 

Now, hang with me here — because this is leading into something relevant to storytelling. 

If you’re not familiar with Marie Kondo and the Netflix series — the gist of it is she has a 4-part system that is helping people all across the world declutter their homes, clean out their closets, and organize their bathroom drawers. But it goes so much deeper.... 

In each episode, Kondo — who is Japanese and travels with a translator — arrives to help a particular family by showing them how to systematically go through their clothing, books, paper, and miscellaneous areas like kitchen drawers, garages, and sentimental items. 

What’s so fascinating about the show is the storytelling. You can learn so...

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Video, Video, Video

 
Video, Video, Video
I’m going to talk about something today that’s a little counter-intuitive considering this is an AUDIO broadcast. You are listening to me using Audio technology… and what I want to talk about today is VIDEO. 
 
But hang with me here. Because this is important. Especially when it comes to Storytelling in 2019.

But Video is something I know a lot of about — and I want to take a minute to share some insight with you on why You should be embracing Video in getting your own message out into the world… no matter what industry you are in, no matter what your business is.
 
Video allows others to see and hear you, almost as if you were standing in front of them in the same room. And you cannot underestimate what this does to help you build connection with people, and help you build...
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A Mantra To Keep You Going

 
 
A Mantra To Keep You Going
"Simply Begin"..... I keep chanting this to myself as a mantra.
 
Once upon a time, I set a huge goal with a group of friends to train for a 50 mile trail run.  We trained over the Summer, and often hit the trails of the mountains in North Carolina. The training runs were always long and hard.... but in the end, worth it. We'd climb for hours in the hot blazing sun, all working towards that moment when we'd hit the summit and take in the gorgeous views. 
 
I use those memories whenever I'm feeling stuck or feeling fearful about taking on a new challenge. I remind myself to #simplybegin
 
Sometimes, I want all the answers before I begin. Anyone else with me?
 
I want to know the "how".... but all we really need to know is our WHY -- why do we want this? Why is it important? Why does...
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The Stories hiding behind Your Pivotal Moments

 

Listen to our daily blog-casts on Amazon. Enable our "What's Your Story" daily flash briefing and listen using your Alexa device!

 
 I have a journaling exercise for you that can very easily lead to some great storytelling moments to share with your audience.

I want you to examine the Pivotal moments of your life. Everyone has pivotal moments they’ve been through that have affected their career, relationships, finances, spirituality…. so take some time today to examine yours.

Where in your life have you experienced big changes, abrupt endings, new experiences that shaped you and shifted you?

I’ve mentioned on this flash briefing before that one of the best ways to sharpen your storytelling skills is to first sharpen your journaling skills.

Taking some time each day to put pen to paper inside a journal helps you mine the stories that are inside of you….. buried behind a lot of day-to-day monotonous details …. but once you excavate...
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Do you have a vulnerability hangover?

 

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There’s a little-known side-effect to sharing your story that not a lot of people talk about — so let’s talk about it! 

For a lot of people, the idea of having other people look at them, hear them, and observe them is truly unnerving. Think back to your school years, the courage it took sometimes to raise your hand in class and answer a question. All of the other students in the classroom would turn and look at you while you spoke. 

Or, if you ever had to get up in front of the classroom to make a presentation — you likely felt like a ball of nerves.

As we grow up, that stuff doesn’t necessarily go away — it just manifests into a whole different type fear and feeling. I call it a Vulnerability Hangover. 

Part of learning how to share your story is learning...

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