8 storytelling structures

The Videoscribe people just published a great encapsulation of 8 different storytelling arcs. They have also provided some great examples of the use of each of them. If you are interested in telling powerful stories that move your listener, this is a great article to read and save. And, if you don't know Videoscribe, it is an amazing piece of software that allows you to create your own whiteboa...
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It’s official. Visual literacy belongs in a leader’s toolbox.

What makes it official? This month's Inc. magazine says that to be a more compelling leader you need to do four things: Tell a compelling story. Communicate with a great image Be present physically. They mean be visible. (We would say be mentally present as well). Encourage, even force collaboration. I can help with 2 out of four items on this list, your story and visual literacy.
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Storybird

Exactly three years from the day they met, she said, “I’ll walk with you to the edge of the map. After that, it’s all darkness and I can’t promise to stay.”That's how I began my story on storybird, a site that allows you to choose from wonderful images that inspire stories. You build the story page by page.Poke around and see what you think. If you want to add to the story, comment here and I'll i...
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Mike Rhode’s new book on Sketchnoting

It's out!!! Mike Rhode has completed The Sketchnote Handbook, an illustrated guide to visual notetaking. It's lovely and has lots of great information in it. I particularly like the chapter titled, Sketchnoting Patterns, which deals with page layout.It's worth a look. And Amazon has wisely decided to produce a print facsimile Kindle version which means that the digital book looks like the print bo...
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An interesting article about situational ethics and trick or treating

I just read this NPR article on anonymity and behavior. It made me think of my last formal workplace, where anonymous complaints about others were encouraged in the interest of creating a less-hostile workplace. I found it to be entirely misguided in that it discouraged the formation of healthy adult relationships except with those whom you liked and agreed with. I wondered what the application mi...
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TEDx San Antonio and Collaborative Sketchnoting

TEDx San Antonio was great. That part was expected. The Sketchnote boards were interesting in that the old "I can't draw!!! Really. I can't draw," seemed to get in the way of large scale contributions. There were 300 attendees. However, there wasn't a lot of time during breaks and lunch as technology had caused some issues with the schedule. One of the speakers, a very funny comic named Molly Bank...
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Collaborative Sketchnote Frameworks

I'm so excited!!!! I've been asked to provide Sketchnote frameworks for TEDx San Antonio 2012. It's hard not to end each sentence with an exclamation point. We're going to try out something new to see if we can create a piece of memory graphiti from each talk. I have 8 more to produce, but I thought I'd share the What is Sketchnoting? And Rules for Collaborative Sketchnoting here to see what you t...
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“Bold blog: Groupthinkers would rather feel righteous than be right”

I got this as a link from one of the bajillion e-newsletters that I subscribe to. This one is SmartBlog on Leadership and often has a nugget to two worth thinking about. That, combined with the fact that a new copy seems to hit my inbox about 700 times a week makes it somewhat troublesome. I feel obligated to give it a glance before letting is drop off the top of the Inbox. This was the nugget I f...
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