In this collaboration-focused episode, we talk about why saying “yes” can free up your imagination, how competition isn’t always a good thing, and why you should commit to being ridiculous.
In this curiosity-driven episode, we talk about why adults should give themselves permission to play, how storytelling can open the hearts of your audience, and why you should embrace the messy parts of life.
In this character-creating episode, we talk about taking charge of your own success, how striving for perfection will stall your progress, and why you don’t have to like your characters.
In this data-driven episode, we talk about the importance of listening and responding, how stories can help us solve problems, and why the visual nature of stories are perfect for helping you connect with your target market.
As we continue our “So You Think You Want To Become A Storyteller” series, we talk about how practice doesn’t need to make perfect, why repetition may not be the best way to get your point across, and how vulnerable storytelling can benefit you and others.
In this pet-centric episode, we talk about how animal intuition is real, what animals can teach us about humanity, and the importance of making contingency plans for your favorite furry friends.
In this playful and audience-focused episode, we talk about the importance of empathizing with your characters, why storytelling is a noble and necessary profession in our society, and how connecting with just one audience member equals success.
In this character and community episode, we talk about why embodying a character is important, how people-watching is a necessary storytelling skill, and why constantly learning means you can never lose.
In this brand-focused episode, we talk about why traditional marketing needs a makeover, how to walk the line between unconventional and mainstream, and how Category Design can revolutionize your business.
In this mindset-shifting episode, we talk about why you should always choose to be bold, how to change the narrative if you don’t like what’s being said, and why stories are the “influencers” in our society.
In this change-making episode, we talk about how a single voice really can make a difference, why an economic recovery post-pandemic relies on Arts & Culture, and how sometimes you need to step up and be your own hero.
In this optimistic episode, we talk about why you really shouldn’t worry about what others think of you, how to look on the bright side of any situation, and why it’s beneficial to embrace your every aspect.
In this mindset-altering episode, we talk about why you should strive for simplicity, how truth is better than fiction, and why you always need a payoff for your audience to keep them engaged.
In the continuation of our “So You Think You Want To Become A Storyteller” series, we discuss why every story can teach us a lesson, how even a good story can fall flat, and why storytelling is a gift to others.
In this bridge-building episode, we talk about how sharing our perspective can make others feel less alone, the difference between truth and facts, and how journaling can help you uncover story gems.
In this quick-witted episode, we talk about how comedy and escapism are good for your health, why comedy sometimes gets a bad rap, and how levity is necessary in even the most dramatic of scenarios.
In this visceral episode, we talk about how to show and not tell in your writing, why you should make your character someone to root for, and how storytelling boosts empathy
In this insightful episode, we talk about how creativity is like a muscle, why you should always remain curious, and how knowing who you are can affect your storytelling ability.
Continuing our brand new series “So You Think You Want to Become a Storyteller…”, in this episode we focus on stories in business, including why an emotional connection builds trust, how to tell a story with purpose, and why you should experiment with your stories.
In this instructional episode, we talk about why you should be nice to your characters, how to get your audience to go along with you no matter the journey, and why you should be more ruthless in your editing.
In this motivational episode, we talk about how authentic stories can build relationships, why your vision of yourself may need a tune-up, and how to break down stories that no longer serve you.
In this sizzling episode, we talk about why comedy should come from truth, how to find your confidence through your characters, and why you should choose to infuse joy into your performances.
In this vibrant episode, we talk about why you should always invest in yourself, how to bring your characters to life, and why looking back can actually slow you down.
In this magical episode, we talk about what adults can learn from fairy tales, how children can be your best critics, and how playacting can help people process trauma.
In this cinematic episode, we talk about how your audience can amplify your stories, why it’s important to give new perspectives a chance, and how a single word can tell an entire story.
In this melodious episode, we talk about how music can manipulate the human experience, why being open-minded is necessary for creativity, and how drawing from different perspectives can enhance your storytelling.
In this brand new series, “So You Think You Want to Become a Storyteller…” we dive right into the fundamentals of storytelling and explore the importance of telling stories on purpose, how stories help you build trust fast, and why you should always have a story ready to tell.
In this lively episode, we talk about the importance of humanizing your characters, how a sense of play and exploration can take your stories to a whole new level, and why representation and diversity should matter to everyone.
In this dynamic episode, we talk about how a love of disco can tie into business success, how to discover your right audience, and why the simple act of liking yourself can boost your sales.
In this confidence-boosting episode, we talk about why you should always strive to be authentic, how to respond to people who try to put limitations on you, and why the act of being in service to others can make the impossible possible.
In this educational episode, we discuss how bartenders hear the best stories, why oral traditions and food go hand in hand, and how it’s possible to infuse a story into a cocktail.
In this insightful episode, we talk about why you should strive for conflict, how heightened storytelling is sometimes the most truthful, and why you should never take yourself too seriously.
In this tenet-filled episode, we talk about why the future belongs to the creative communicators, how nothing happens without an impending event, and why you should always leave it all onstage.
In this wisdom-filled episode, we talk about why you need to resonate with a story in order to execute it properly, how your viewpoint can give new life to old ideas, and why you need to be your own biggest fan.
In this emotionally raw episode, we talk about storytelling as escapism, the trinity of struggle, failure, and success, and how making yourself a character in your own life’s story can change everything.
In this fun-filled episode, we spill a secret tip on how to get over stage fright, share why embracing imperfection makes you a more engaging storyteller and reveal how playing can help boost your sales.
In this episode we reveal what three genres are in every Pixar film, why your theme needs a powerful counter-theme, and how your insecurities can be a powerful storytelling tool.
My guest Arthur Vibert and I get real with how storytelling influences advertising, why we must emotionally connect with our audiences and where creativity is essential.
Join Stefan G. Bucher and I as we explore a unique way to overcome resistance, why different viewpoints are based on the same reality, and how you are your best audience
Our eye-opening episode takes us from front lines to front steps, using stories to bridge human connection, listen with intent and influence others to action.
In this heart-racing episode, we talk about the importance of taking risks through storytelling, and why you should tell stories in service to your audience instead of yourself.
Grandmaster Dave and I talk about best practices for approaching your chosen profession, developing storytelling skills even when it doesn’t come naturally, and life lessons you can learn from Martial Arts.
In our engrossing episode, we talk about perspectives on how to bring stories to life without words. We discuss how photos can tell a story in a single image, the missing stories in photographs posted on social media, and how non-photographers can approach personal storytelling through imagery.
This week the infamous “Steve from Baltimore” and I will explore storytelling from the lens of influence and intention, in the courtroom and beyond.
In this special episode, I talk about one of my favorite topics of all time. You’ll hear seven bite-sized approaches to managing your own mindset so that you can up-level your speaking and storytelling game in a significant way.
People are like, ‘Oh, I looked at my competitors’ sites, and my website needs to be better than theirs.’ No, it really doesn’t. Your website just needs to tell a better STORY than theirs does.
My incredible guest today on the Storytelling School Podcast, José Rolón, experienced an inciting incident of colossal proportion… in real life.
Jeff Babko certainly has plenty of stories to share about his musical career and travels, working with other musicians the world over and collaborating with comedians like Steve Martin and Martin Short.
In this episode, Chloe talks about living with her deformity and using her story to promote healing within herself and others.
Dr. Harry Grammer is the founder and president of New Earth, an organization formed in 2004 to reform the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles County, CA.
Wendy Miller knows a thing or two about TV and jingles and even parodies because she’s written hundreds of them. In our action-packed conversation, we explore why companies use jingles in their marketing and we dig into Wendy’s personal process for creating jingles and episodes.
In this episode, Mike Williams shares how a date night spawned a heartbreaking realization that initiated his productivity journey.
Andrew Abernathey began investing at the age of 13. Thirteen! He saved up $4,000 from a $5-an-hour wage and now, at age 27, has created a company with millions of dollars in assets.
What if you have a personal story that’s hard to tell others? My guest today Brandy Gillmore has personal experience with this.
O.P. and I explore the value of storytelling in the corporate world and by the way, if you aren’t incorporating stories into your business… yet… this is the episode for you.
Jan Rutherford is a former Green Beret, speaker, leadership expert, and coach who runs Crucible wilderness expeditions for executives and veterans around the world.
What if you could have the kind of holiday event that guests talked about for years to come? What about creating a launch party that lands you on the cover of coveted magazines?
My guest today Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff is a pro at communicating the story behind scientific research that is dear to her heart. Her life’s work is in amplifying impact, and storytelling has played a huge role in her professional projects on a worldwide basis.
Dean McFlicker is an award-winning producer and director responsible for productions with some of the world’s biggest stars across the music and television industries. He has produced for HBO, CNN, NBC, Entertainment Tonight, E! NewsDaily, and Good Morning America
Dr. Witt is a licensed psychologist, teacher, author, and story practitioner who lives and breathes in story every day of his life.
Jennifer Bascom knows the art of story. She has performed comedy and improv on stage and television, she’s a playwright, and you may have seen her in a Super Bowl commercial or two.
Tyson McDowell has spent the majority of his career focusing on artificial intelligence. He started as a serial tech entrepreneur. Now, he’s a venture capitalist focused on positively merging humanity with AI-driven technology.
This episode reveals critical tactics on how to tell stories, so grab your pen and a notebook! You’ll hear a series of six, fast action, bite-sized storytelling tactics you’ll be able to immediately put to use.
My guest Arwen Becker has a gift of making it come to life by looking at it from different perspectives. In this episode, Arwen tells us why finances don’t have to be boring and shares how she learned the necessity of financial planning for yourself the hard way.
In this episode, you’ll hear Gloria’s rebuttal to the idea of public relations as nice to have but not needed in telling the story of your business, why some choose to advertise over acquiring PR skills, and why early-stage businesses should forgo holding out for specific publications and be open to all.
My guest today is a force! Attorney, author, speaker, and consultant Unni Turrettini is on a mission to restore trust in leadership while preventing domestic terrorism and cultivating a culture of peace. She looks at stories through so many different lenses, but I especially love that she tackles the hard stuff.
Imagine if you had 1,000 or even 100,000 followers on social media… and lost them all in one day. For my guest today, this isn’t a hypothetical scenario; he knows exactly what that feels like.
My guest today is an expert in the customer experience and more specifically in creating memories. Darren Ross operates the Magic Castle Hotel in Hollywood, CA and has a gift for creating memories unlike anything I’ve ever witnessed before.
Mentor, writer, speaker, spoken-word poet, behavioral scientist–I could spend hours and hours touching on every single one of these titles for my guest, Dr. Jeremy Goldberg.
What exactly does it mean to champion urban health? How does story influence people’s decisions? My guest today is a true thought leader. Dr. Yonette Thomas has had deep training in research and serves as an urban health champion around the globe.
During our interview which is packed with actionable advice, Victoria reveals the impact that stories and storytelling have had on her career.
Gang investigations, patrol, and internal affairs–those are just a few positions my guest today has held during his 16-year career as a law enforcement officer. During his career, Garrett TeSlaa has lived a life of stories, lots of which he can’t share, yet storytelling has infused his profession in some surprising ways.
My guest today, Than Baardson, makes the fight against human trafficking his life’s work. He and his team at Unseen have been leading the charge in accelerating the fight and its root causes around the world for over 10 years now.
In this episode, John and I discuss what inspired him to get involved in improv, his perspective on how story and improv intersect, unexpected reactions (or lack thereof) from your audience, and performing the same thing with different intentions.
You’re in for a treat today as my guest Dan Teadt, a voice coach and performance expert, always provides an audience with plenty to chew on whether he’s working at Carnegie Mellon University, working with clients across the globe, or doing a podcast interview.
Get ready for a different kind of episode! As a speaking strategist, I’ve had the opportunity to work with people all over the globe in just about every industry you can imagine. What’s fascinating is there are certain questions they all ask, no matter what their professional background is.
In this episode, Jonathan and I dig into many powerful aspects of story including why human beings are experts at getting in our own way, how Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) can influence your storytelling, what the impact of hypnotherapist Milton Erickson is on the field as a storyteller and so much more.
During my discussion with Peter, we examine the concept of play when practicing the storytelling craft. He also takes us on an exploration through static and dynamic perspective, two different acting styles and which is directly related to effective storytelling.
During my interview with Shelli, we explore many topics including: How do you know what really lights you up? Which three words changed the trajectory of Shelli’s life? Why was her story of her 8-year old bullied self more effective than her firefighter story? What is Shelli’s definition of story and what nuggets can you walk away with that can change your perception?
During his career and working on Hamilton as its musical director, Julian Reeve brought story to life through music and emotion. In this episode, he talks about the success of Hamilton and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s gift as a storyteller, being better as a performer the freer you feel, and becoming aware of perfectionism’s effect on him and using self-compassion as a tool to manage it.
Greg and I explore questions such as: How has story played a role in the culture of his entire organization? How can telling stories help in fundraising? And what’s a significant lesson you can put into action immediately?
My guest, Mo Barrett, has a remarkable way of bringing her stories to life. In today’s episode, she and I talk about telling stories simply through living and being yourself, even if you can’t always outwardly express it to others. We dive into her 25-year career in the military, the nuances of storytelling that helped propel her speaking career, and her insistence on everyone being able to find their tribe.
In today’s episode, I speak with Alan Irwin, and we talk about improv performance and how it relates to storytelling. We dive deep into characters, discover how else improv can influence and enhance our storytelling ability and learn how Alan prepared himself to give compelling technical talks. Along the way, we discuss some of the lessons I’ve picked up from him during my improv journey and we enjoy a squeaky bunny impression or two.
In this episode, my guest Traver Boehm and I discuss how he uses stories to grow his movement. We explore: How he uses story to his advantage on Instagram when so many believe they can’t tell a story on social media? What makes a great story? Who’s one of his favorite storytellers of all time and why? What advice can he offer to help you become a better storyteller?