How to Tell a Great Story: The 3 Cs of Storytelling

Nonfiction writers need good storytelling skills and techniques as much as do fiction writers. Watch this video tutorial with the 3 Cs of Storytelling

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Nonfiction Writing and Storytelling Skills: How Much of My Story Do I Tell? Video Tutorial

If you've ever struggled with how much of a personal story to include in an article or nonfiction book chapter, you're not alone. That's one of the biggest issues about which people ask me with regard to storytelling.

Watch this video tutorial to gain insight into how much of your story to tell and how to focus on relevance and emotion in order to connect with your reader.

For more help with storytelling skills, you can get the streaming or DVD format of Story Power, a 90 minute in-depth storytelling class I did in Atlanta.

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Adding Locations to Your Stories

Whether you're writing a novel, short story, creative nonfiction piece or something else, including well known places adds life to your tale.

Here's an example from the paranormal suspense novel on which I'm working, They All Died Smiling. Part of the book happens in Chicago, and thus some of the action occurs at places that anyone from the Windy City can recognize.

One scene happens at Lou Mitchell's, in business since 1923.. I have eaten at this landmark, but it has been abo9ut 3 decades since I was last in town.

Why did I choose this location? Because it's real, even if th4e staff and customers appearing in it are figments of my vivid imagination. Using real places brings an immediacy to a tale, even if the reader has never been there.

When you as the author have experienced something, you write about it with a depth of sensory detail that you may miss if you're writing about "some made-up restaurant."

One of the scenes happens in the Chicago subway and I share my real-life experiences of being rocked back on my heels by the wind of an approaching train with my character. Had I never been there, I might not know what it's like to be there. Members of my critique group said they appreciated the sensory details that make the experience come to life for them.

If you know me well, you may be surprised I'm writing a story that takes place here on earth. True, I often create worlds for fantasy stories. Yet even for those, I translate my experiences right here on terra firma to other worlds and realities.

Bestselling author Ruth Weeks said, "You are at an advantage as a blind person, because you focus on more than the visuals, and it comes out in your work."

How will you add real-world places to your stories? Answer in the comments, and feel encouraged to share this posts with your people.

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How Do You open Your Story? 7 Great Openers

This article from +Writer's Digest  is geared for novelists, but it is equally useful for anyone writing short stories. I write body, as well as nonfiction.

This week, I've written 3 short stories so far, and of the 7 great openers mentioned in this article, I've used 3 different ones. Overall, establishing a character's voice and setting the  mood are the methods I like most.

Each story asks for its what it needs. The trick is to listen and follow the lead.

How did you open your most recent story?

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7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel
Here are several different approaches to help you nail that perfect first sentence (or two).

7 Ways to Create a Killer Opening Line For Your Novel |
Writing a dynamite first line that captivates readers and encourages them to read on is difficult. Here are several different approaches to writing a killer opening line (and examples from classic novels to accompany each).


This is your brain on stories!

Who doesn't love a good story? You love a good read or a good roll your eyes when someone gets BORING when talking about their latest exploits.

#storytelling   definitely changes you.

Maybe you haven't thought of what happens in the brain, but a #story changes your brain, quite literally!

You get spooked easily after watching a horror movie.
You cry when hearing a story of loss.
You get mad watching or hearing a story in which the main character is mad.

Here's some insight in this article, the "Science of Storytelling"

This piece is a great follow-up to the latest storytelling blog post on WriteOnPurpose:
Thanks +Paul McClelland  for bringing this story to my attention.

Follow your bliss!
Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady #thestorylady
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I haven't thought about this before but it makes perfect sense

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains
A good story can make or break a presentation, article, or conversation. But why is that? When Buffer co-founder Leo Widrich started to market his product through stories instead of benefits and bullet points, sign-ups went through the roof. Here he shares the science of why storytelling is so uniquely powerful.


Speakers: How Do You Move Your Listeners?

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When planning a presentation, consider your intended outcome. What would you like your audience to experience?

Think of your favorite speaker(s).

Who is your favorite speaker?

What is it about their presentation that makes you love them so much?

Two of my favorite speakers are Chief Robert and Terri Lynn TallTree. When I hear them speak, I feel myself relax into a whole new rhythm. The stresses of the day fall away. My breath deepens. I feel more connected and supported.

As a presenter, whether from a stage, in a video, or on a webinar, you as the speaker want to make an impact –  to move the audience. You are creating an emotional state.

The TallTrees bring their listeners into a state of calm connection. The possibility of a blissful life becomes a felt reality. They're not just talking about it –  they're causing their audience to experience it as reality.

Move Them.

What is it that causes a change of state?

There is no doubt that a well-done presentation moves people. The best orators of history are testament to this. Master presenter Nancy Duarte's TedTalk about great presentations is really more about storytelling.

Great storytelling is what moves people!

There are 2 storytelling elements in a great presentation.

1. The Universal Story –  the hero's journey:

This is the quest story of the seeker desiring change, going through many trials and tribulations, and ultimately triumphing against all odds.

In the context of your presentation, the audience members are each the hero. Not you the speaker. Each person who experiences your presentation is the hero.

2. Movement –  Change of emotional state.

When a speaker doesn't move you, you say they're boring, you stop listening, shut down and go away. Great presentations cause an emotional state within you.

People Want You to Move Them

Nancy Duarte shares a brilliant waveform in this Ted Talk that you'll love. It's simple to understand so that you can implement this cool structure into your presentations.

As you watch the video, start thinking about how you'll put what you learn into action for your own talks.

Watch the Nancy Duarte TedTalk Video

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PS If you want to develop your storytelling skills, check out the streaming video called Story Power. You'll develop your own hero's journey story.

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How does sharing your story help you connect with your ideal reader or customer?

How does sharing your story help you connect with your ideal reader or customer?

Stories are human glue. Stories unite people like nothing else, because by listening generously and sharing truthfully, the barriers that seem to divide one person from another melt away.

Please watch this Interactive storytelling presentation and you will discover how to tell your own hero's journey story.

The hero's journey is your zero to hero story of overcoming challenges to end up on top.

A huge thanks for making this video go to +Andy Brine  Andy Brine.
And for more help with sharing your #hero story, check out the Story Power streaming video seminar which goes in more depth than this YouTube video. It's at

#story #storytelling #thestorylady #authenticity

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Authentic Customer Connection: Hero's Journey Storytelling for Entrepreneurs

Last night I have the pleasure to co-host the we following event with +Ronda Del Boccio . We spoke about The Heros Journey and how you can use the structure to create authentic connections with your clients. We also touch on how you can you it to increase your authority and credibility in your marketplace.

You can find out more by watching the video below. 

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#024 What Part of My Story Should I Share? Storytelling Help in Awakened Author Adventure Episode 24

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#024 What Part of My Story Should I Share? Storytelling Help in Awakened Author Adventure Episode 24

Welcome to the Awakened Author Adventure free writing podcast, where visionaries like you come for resources, tools and direction to help you write, publish and share your life-changing book!

Each week you get help in 1 of the 5 keys to author success in the BLISS Butterfly System, including how to write a book, book marketing help and more.

Your guide on this adventure is #1 best selling author, speaker and mentor Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady, (namely me). I’m PASSIONATE about turning world-changers into bestselling authors with grace, joy and ease.

Today’s teaching comes from the B for being on purpose in the BLISS Butterfly System.

If your book is not related with your purpose, you'll feel disconnected. Being an author is more than merely cranking out books. Watching or listening to this episode will show you the value and power of YOUR personal journey from zero to hero.

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Cool Tool of the Week

This week's cool tool is an amazing app/browser extension that lets you send any webpage to your Kindle Reader or free Kindle app for more convenient reading.

You can find the Send to Kindle mobile app in Google Play, Amazon apps and the IOS App Store. Get the browser extension.  there is also a WordPress Plugin to add this button to your blog so readers can send articles to their Kindle for later enjoyment.

The Power of Storytelling

What was your favorite bedtime story as a kid? (You can answer in the comments!)

Even today, you are wired for stories. Maybe you loved to hear the story of Cinderella or the Zax as a child, but today you watch movies and/or read novels.

If you watch TV programs or reality shows, the stories of the characters or contestants captivate you.

Sharing your own story is a big part of the adventure, Yet you may wonder…How much of it do you share, though?

Think of that one kind of story everyone loves and you have your answer. Find out more about the hero's journey story in today's episode!

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How do YOU share your #story ?

How do YOU share your #story ?

I just got a phone call that I KNEW within 30 seconds was meant to be a sales call. The guy asked leading questions, and I was waiting for the attempt to sell. Sure enough, it came! NO, I didn't buy.

I wouldn't have anyway, but one thing he did NOT do was paint the picture of how my life would be with the coaching as compared to now. That's a powerful missed opportunity.

He focused too much on content and not enough on context.

Has that happened to YOU?

Here's an excellent #infographic about #storytelling from +Denise Wakeman(Thanks Denise - you always share the good stuff!) ..  Yes, the internet is FULL. We don't need more content, but more conteXt. Stories provide this context.

What do you learn from it?

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Use Effective Storytelling to Cut Through the Noise [#Infographic]

While this infographic may simplify why storytelling is a key ingredient to getting your message noticed, the stats are staggering. The number of messages you're competing with to stand out is enormous, so what do you do?

Check out the entire infographic on The Future of Ink:

When you study the stats in #5 –  Don’t Let Your Information Get Lost – you’ll see, as a digital publisher, there is an opportunity for you to create content in multiple formats conducive to storytelling, such as ebooks, digital magazines, or video. 

What do you think of this infographic? How do you get your story out to the world? Please share your story in the comments below!

#storytelling   #contentmarketingtips  


Does Storytelling Change How You Think?

I just had an interesting conversation with my dear friend and colleague +Jason Oman about how much business using the internet has changed since he started over 10 years ago.

Then, "push marketing" worked. Push your stuff in front of people's faces and they're likely to buy. You could put up a product on the most popular site for info products and it was easy to get a bunch of people you never met to promote it for you

Today things are much different. Attention spans are shorter, trust is harder won, and there are a million town cryers trying to part people from their money.

What works? How do you get people's attention in an attention economy? Storytelling!

Storytelling is, I say, the second oldest vocation after motherhood. You know that a great book or movie can enthrall y ou for long periods of time, but do you know that storytelling  changes your brain?

This is a really good article by New Yourk Times #bestselling #author Jonathon Gottschall that +Birddog B2B shared.

What caught my attention in particular is the scientific proof of what those of us who love storytelling already know: That stories literally change your brain.

When you' hear, read or see a story unfolding, you r emotions get involved. As you'll read in the examples, an angry person in a movie will evoke that emotion in your brain even if you're in a good mood.

Check it out and feel the power of stories!

What story has caused you to take an action recently?

Have you voted for a contestant on #DWTS or #TheVoic because of their story?
Have you bought something or given a donation because the advert pulled your heart-strings?

Share in the comments below!

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Intrusive, self-centered marketing no longer works the way it once did. What will replace the legacy model? Stories.

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else
Author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytelling--not just escapism stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our...


Storytelling Techniques: How Can I Find and Use Stories in Your Life to Teach My Audience?


having storytelling techniques at your fingertips can provide tremendous inspiration for blogging, videos, and more.

When feeding my flock of chickens one day, they were clambering all over me and the food trying to get at it, and I realized what a fantastic demonstration of “feed your hungry market” they had created, so I made a video!

Watch the video now..

You don't have to be talking exclusively about your topic or expertise in order to teach something valuable to your audience. Metaphorical examples are among the best storytelling techniques, because you're connecting the dots for the reader in a way that tends to bypass resistance.

Where to find storytelling ideas

Story ideas are absolutely EVERYWHERE. Just pay attention while you're off living life. Here is an example I love.


What raising chickens has taught me about pitching (articles)

by Garrett Heath

Growing tired of the hefty price for organic, free-range eggs, I began keeping chickens in my San Antonio backyard.

I watched my feathered flock of Ruby, Tallahassee, and Shiloh grow from little chirping fuzzballs to sizeable clucking hens.

Though it appeared that they might never start laying, the past two weeks I have had my fill of farm-fresh eggs. I have found a lot of similarities between raising chickens and pitching stories and news for placement:

Do your research.

Prior to getting chickens, I did a lot of research into raising them. I gathered information on everything I could—from the best breed of chicken for my climate to how long chicks should stay under a heat lamp.

As you begin pitching stories, you have to go through a similar style of research. Subscribe to RSS feeds and look at what content does well on the sites you want to place content on. Do research into the editors and creators of the site. Share their stories on Twitter, or comment on Facebook. A little preparation can go a long way.

Baby chicks need gentle hands.

Baby chicks are delicate. They must have either the warmth of a heat lamp or a mother hen because it’s easy for chicks to get cold.

There is medicated chick feed to prevent Cocciodosis, a parasite to which chicks are particularly susceptible. Because they are smaller and more fragile, you have to be gentler in handling a chick than a full-grown hen.

Approaching an outlet you have never written for is different from approaching one you have a relationship with. Emails with a familiar editor can be more casual, but you’d be wise to approach correspondence with a new person more carefully.

Grapes are different from broccoli.

As my chickens began to develop, moving out from under the heat lamp and into the backyard, I found they loved treats—something different from the usual feed I scatter for them.

They have discerning taste, though. Tomatoes, strawberries, and grapes (their favorite) will bring them running, but foods such as cucumbers or broccoli warrant only mild interest before they turn their beaks away in disgust.

Knowing not only what types of content, but also the tone in which they should be written, is key to ensuring the outlet you pitch to is receptive. After all, no one likes broccoli. Not even chickens.

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An egg—finally (have a carton ready).

I thought my chickens would never lay eggs. I put a lot of effort into raising them from fluffy chicks to adult hens, from making sure they had a cozy coop, to waking up early (and I am not a morning person) to feed and water them.

I grew disillusioned as I checked the nesting box; it evolved from being something I looked forward to with anticipation of that first egg to a perfunctory task. Then it happened: On one of those routine checks I got an egg—and I kept getting eggs, multiple eggs, every day, allowing me to enjoy farm fresh, organic, free-range omelets and quiche whenever I got the craving.

Placing articles takes the same dogged determination, but when you find an outlet receptive to your stories you can build a trusting, professional relationship. Stories get pitched, your news appears on the site, omelets get made.

Garrett Heath blogs for Rackspace and has experience as a technical project manager in the cloud. Read his personal blog on restaurants and culture in San Antonio, or follow him on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and App Dot Net @gmh.

What can you learn from these examples?

1. Be present to what is happening in life.

2. Notice where you can draw a connection between the event and your customers/readers.

3. Keep something on which to take notes handy. (phone, notepad, etc.)

4. use these stories to teach your audience.

For more help with storytelling, get a fun yet intensive storytelling workshop on the Story Power storytelling techniques training, which you can a download or DVD from Amazon. Get it right now.

Follow your bliss!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story Lady



Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

Can Storytelling Techniques Help Develop a Powerful Mindset?

Check out storytelling techniques in action by remembering the thoughts that run around inside your head. These might be thoughts about:

  • The economy
  • Business
  • Your love life
  • Your kids
  • Your partner
  • The job market
  • Losing weight
  • Breaking a bad habit

Whatever thoughts run around inside your head are your own storytelling techniques in action!

People are constantly telling themselves stories about the day. A musician just complained to me that he is having a hard times getting gigs (jobs) because of the current leader of his country. What the  WHAT???

Catch yourself telling stories about your life.

What story do you tell yourself about things that happen?

Imagine you have a day in which these things happen:

  • the delivery boy throws your newspaper into the bushes; plus the sprinkler is on. Your paper is drenched and unreadable.
  • A computer virus wipes out your entire hard drive.
  • Your tire blows out on the way to a big meeting and you have to walk miles. And it's raining hard.
  • Your child continues to give you the silent treatment for no apparent reason.

The typical response one might imagine for each of these is some version of “oh NO!” (with or without cuss words).

Eeyore (from the Winnie the Pooh series) comes to mind. He complains that things like that always happen to him. Here's one of the great Eeyore quotes:

Nobody tells me. Nobody keeps me informed. I make it 17 days come Friday since anyone spoke to me.

A series of orange juice commercials catches my ear, because they are a fantastic mindset lesson.

When the person who is going to have a series of “bad” things happen in a day, his or her response is “perfect!” (said with enthusiasm, not sarcasm)  rather than dread.

Here is one of those orange juice commercials:

Watch the video now.

Perception Shapes Reality

There is no “set response” to a thing happening.

Here is my version of responding to a “bad day” with positive expectancy and a great mindset:

Imagine I'm looking into a crystal ball that predicts my day…

Crystal Ball: “Your website will be down for six hours.

Me: “Excellent! Right after I send my customers a special coupon?”

Crystal Ball: “Yep.”

Me: “Perfect! Anything else?”

Crystal Ball: “The order button link will not work for no apparent reason.”

Me: “Great! And I'll spend several hours trying to track down the problem, right?”

Crystal Ball: “Sure will.”

Me “Good thing I had my mindshift!”

Use storytelling techniques to aft a powerful story

1. Catch your typical story running in your mind.

2. Decide the more positive, profitable story you wish to tell yourself.

3. Write down that new beneficial story

4. Rehearse saying it often.

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Will you practice storytelling techniques that move you toward your goals? I sure hope so!

Follow your B.L.I.S.S.!

Ronda Del Boccio, the Story lady

#1 bestselling nonfiction and fantasy author * Celebrity Author Mentor

Creator of the BLISS Butterfly and the Awakened Author Challenge

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