“But, do they call me McGregor the Builder? No!”
Storytelling is joke telling
Make me care
6:35 The audience actually wants to work for their meal. They just don’t wanna know that they’re doing that!
You’re born with a temperament, and you’re wired a certain way. And you don’t have any say about it. And there’s no changing it. All you can do is learn to recognize it, and own it. …
A major threshold is passed when you mature enough to acknowledge what drives you and to take the wheel and steer it.
… and you’re still learning who you are
British playwright William Archer:
“Drama is anticipation mingled with uncertainty.”
When you’re telling a story, have you constructed anticipation?
“Who are you?”
Everything Lawrence did was an attempt for him to figure out where his place was in the world
the secret sauce is: Can you invoke wonder?
5:50 We long to feel understood, and heard, and like we’re making a difference in the world.
Dave Lieber is the national-award-winning Watchdog newspaper columnist for The Dallas Morning News, a prize-winning author and storytelling expert. For his investigative newspaper column, Dave receives 50 pitches a week for story ideas – and takes the best two. He knows how to find and identify memorable stories that people care about.
Rich Sheridan on Storytelling
By Menlo Innovations
July 6, 2015
Menlo CEO and Chief Storyteller Rich Sheridan joined Karen Dietz to talk about storytelling for her Just Story It Podcast.
Rich gives a little background into how storytelling became part of Menlo’s tradition and why he thinks storytelling has woven its way into the fabric of business.
University of Michigan
embarrassing generalities: people naturally tell stories; our brains are wired for stories; stories rewire out brains; stories can get us into trouble; and forms of storytelling change, so no need to worry about the demise of novels, because fiction persists in video games.
Michael Gazzaniga’s split-brain experiments and the discovery of “the tale-spinning homunculus who resides in the left brain” (103). Summarizing Gazzaniga’s research, Gottschall draws an interesting and potentially provocative conclusion: “The storytelling mind is allergic to uncertainty, randomness, and coincidence. It is addicted to meaning. If the storytelling mind cannot find meaningful patterns in the world, it will try to impose them. In short, the storytelling mind is a factory that churns out true stories when it can, but will manufacture lies when it can’t”.
That quotation exemplifies Gottschall at his best, but it does not lead into an argument about how humans should live with this storytelling mind; how we might avoid its dangers and capitalize on its capacities.
how Richard Wagner’s operas influenced Hitler: “Hitler ‘lived’ Wagner’s work, he believed himself to be a Wagnerian hero,”
Bill Harley: A Storyteller for All Ages
November 22, 2005
MARK: Well, that’s part of it, that your kids want to know so much about you and anything that you tell them about anything in your past is just jewels to them, you know.
NICK: Bill, I was curious. Were you influenced at all by Shel Silverstein When I was a kid–and I’m in my 50s now, but I grew up listening to Shel Silverstein and some of his poetry. He sang a lot of just quirky, off-the-wall, like, “I’m Being Eaten by a Boa Constrictor” and…
And so I’d be working and after about 10 minutes, my body would say, `Get up!’ and so I’d get up.
And my body’d say, `Walk around!’ and I would walk around. And Mrs. Elliot would say, `Bill?’ I’d say, `Yeah?’ She’d say, `What are you doing?’ I’d say, `I don’t know.’ She’d say, `Would you please sit down?’ I’d say, `Sure.’ I was happy to sit down. I always did what Mrs. Elliot told me to do, so I sat down. And then, 10 minutes later, my body would say, `Get up!’
HARLEY: Well, you know, the other thing about that is my experience is children are desperate for stories about when their parents were children. And I think part of that is they want to know that they are really going to grow up, you know
Storytelling on Skis
January 14, 2004
Bill Harley finds himself among elite folk in a ski-lift line.
After pre-judging a group of teenage girls from New Jersey, one of the girls launches into a traditional Haitian folk tale.
This changes his entire impression of them — and reminds him of the power of stories.
The Town Around the Bend: Bedtime Stories and Songs
by Bill Harley