1. Your Brain on Story

    “The power of anecdote is so great that it has a momentum in and of itself.” Ira Glass contends, “no matter how boring the facts are,” with a well-told story, “you feel inherently as if you are on a train that has a destination.” Our craving and connection to story...

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  2. Story’s persuasive effects

    ­ “Until recently we’ve only been able to speculate about story’s persuasive effects. But over the last several decades psychology has begun a serious study of how story affects the human mind. Results repeatedly show that our attitudes, fears, hopes, and values are strongly influenced by story. In fact, fiction...

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  3. It is in our nature to need stories

    “Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that leaves out much of what and how we feel is false. Nature shaped us to be ultra-social, and hence to be sharply attentive to character and plot. We are adapted to physiologically interact with stories. They are...

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  4. What’s Your Story

    I have delivered story workshops all over the country.  Each time I am asked “what is the magic ingredient to a great story?”  At this point folks are usually looking for a list of storytelling techniques or the one single thing they should do or say when telling their story....

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  5. Stories are a Life Preserver

    Two thoughtful perspectives on the power of narrative insight in the age of information overload and the tyranny of choice. “We walk the corridors, searching the shelves and rearranging them, looking for lines of meaning amid leagues of cacophony and incoherence, reading the history of the past and of the...

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