How Humorous Storytelling Connects Us

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This Week’s Episode:

I’m working with a new client on a high-stakes speech about an unprecedented business idea. As we’re working together, I show him how he can use storytelling to help his idea come to life and connect to his audience. So he sends me his first draft... and boy, is it a surprise!

In our sessions, he is always direct and to the point. But while reading his speech, I realize he’s also freaking hilarious! Not only will the audience be rolling on the floor laughing at his humor, his storytelling will help his business idea to really take hold. 

It’s this pairing of comedy, storytelling and innovative ideas that audiences will not be able to forget.

My guest today on the Storytelling School Podcast, Anna Keizer, lives her life in story. In this episode, we’re going to dig into comedy and so much more! We answer questions like:

Why is there such a misconception about comedy’s place in the world? What’s the difference between forcing humor and just letting it come naturally? What makes The Office work so well as a comedy show? How do background and character perspective affect story quality? How can “forced fun” be a good thing?

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Why comedy is necessary in our lives
  • What two storytelling elements make a story great
  • Why escapism through storytelling is valid, healthy, and boosts creativity

Who is Anna?

Anna Keizer is a writer, film producer, and podcaster. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Film/Video from Columbia College Chicago, finished her Master of Arts in Film Studies at Chapman University, and graduated from UCLA’s Writing for Television Professional Program. She also wrote and executive produced the dark comedy short “She Had It Coming” which was an Official Selection of over two dozen film festivals and won several awards on the festival circuit.

Originally from Chicago, Anna moved to California and now calls Los Angeles home. She currently co-hosts the podcast ‘80s Movie Montage in her spare time, alongside her husband, Derek Dehanke.

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You’ll also receive storytelling secrets each week from our show.
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Ready to be unforgettable? Good.

FREE TRAINING: LEARN THE #1 MOST IMPORTANT TOOL THAT YOU NEED TO SUCCEED

  • Increase your confidence
  • Build trust with prospects - fast
  • Stand out against competition
  • Captivate your audience
  • Be the one they remember
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