Podcast Of The Week: Quentin Tarantino

Oh to be a fly on the wall for this one. Rounders and Pulp Fiction were critical parts of my formative years, and I still hold these movies on such a pedestal when it comes to dialogue, stories, and character. To have the writers of each sitting together and geeking out over each other's work … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Quentin Tarantino

Three Essential Books For Storytelling (And How I Use Them)

Since this conversation has been had with a number of you over the past few months, I decided to make it a post and highlight how the three intersect. These books matter as much for writing a novel as they do for getting that pitch ready for your boardroom, talking up your youth sports team … Continue reading Three Essential Books For Storytelling (And How I Use Them)

Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

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The first time I heard him, it was (probably) a Napster lifted version of "Alphabet Aerobics." Somebody inevitably pitched it to me as, "dude, you've gotta hear this. He does the whole alphabet in rhyme and it's just redonculous." Yes, that was certainly my gateway introduction to Gift of Gab. Yes, we also said redonculous. … Continue reading Sunday Music: Remembering Gift of Gab

Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

John Stewart interviewing George Carlin. Pay extra attention to his framing of comedy as a form of oratory rhetoric. This is ALL professional communication. Make it sing. "It's just natural." And stick around to near the end when he answers, "Why do you still care so much?" Carlin was a true artist. https://youtu.be/nCGGWeD_EJk ps. I … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: George Carlin With John Stewart

Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

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Storyboarding, or the act of breaking a story down into individual panels (think like a comic strip), has always fascinated me. It's a reminder that the sweeping story that floods past you is actually created from all of these individual frames, stitched together. And, in movies, somebody like Jennifer Yuh Nelson has the job of … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: Storyboarding (Where You Make Your Mistakes)

Applying Keith Johnstone’s Status Seesaw

A guy slips and falls on a banana peel. Classic. Well, classic-funny if it’s a fancy looking gentleman with a monocle and a top hat, but kind of sad and distressing if it’s a feeble old man with a cane. Why? Status. Every interaction is a status game. Keith Johnstone breaks it down better than … Continue reading Applying Keith Johnstone’s Status Seesaw

Podcast Of The Week: John Green Reviews Adam Grant’s WorkLife

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First - thank you to everyone who responded with podcast app suggestions. I’m going to start my experiment with Spotify since they’ve got some of my people exclusively and I’ve been reluctantly missing out for long enough (Brene, Esther - I’m back). I’ve already raved about John Green’s book, The Anthropocene Reviewed, but if you … Continue reading Podcast Of The Week: John Green Reviews Adam Grant’s WorkLife

What’s The Story You’re Going To Tell Them?

Have something you want people to know about you or your business? Good. Now, answer these two questions: Who wants what, and what stops them from getting it? That tells you who the hero is and what they’re up against. That’s the magnet that’s going to suck people in. Anybody who hears you start it … Continue reading What’s The Story You’re Going To Tell Them?