Years ago, mealtimes in many homes meant story time – retellings of work experiences, report cards and bargains. When friends, uncles and aunts came to visit and mealtimes were longer, there was more storytelling, gossiping and laughing. (And yes, crying and arguing were part of those stories, too.) Continue Reading →
Our team here at EmotiveStorytelling.com has just spent two days filming and recording the stories of eleven Veterans, most of whom have seen and survived the worst of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was an extraordinary experience that deeply touched all of us who were involved. Each of these Vets has suffered lasting consequences of their combat experience, including Post-Traumatic Stress, mTBI and other emotional pain associated with combat or trauma. Continue Reading →
We’d like to show you an example of a small part of an emotive story focusing on how emotions can be used to provide a powerful resolution to a story. Healing stories, like most stories, have three elements of plot: Conflict which identifies the problem to be solved; Climax, the point of highest tension, and Resolution, the end of the story. In this clip you see the sad resolution of a story about suicide. This is indeed the end of the story.
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We’d like to show you an additional example of emotive storytelling. This time we will focus on how an emotive story can develop a powerful climatic scene. Continue Reading →
I’d like to share a couple of things. One is an idea from the book The Spirituality of Imperfection. “In truth, there are no new stories. Stories become ‘new’ to us – when something – in our own experience – makes us ready to hear them.” Continue Reading →
I have a thought to share with you. And it’s simple. Over the years, I have been fortunate to create and produce stories for some of the smartest people and best organizations. Along the way, I’ve learned a few things. One of the most important has to do with the topic of complexity, and namely, that it’s a problem for people. Continue Reading →
Making things simple turns out to be a difficult task for many in cognitive heavy worlds of healthcare, science, government and business. The art of simplification is an art. No surprise to storytellers, communicators and marketers. Yet, it is a perplexing, and almost an impossible task to accomplish for many responsible for reaching users, patients and employees… or for that matter, most anybody today.