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Why You Can’t Lose With Storytelling

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.

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How to Take Control of Your Own Story

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.

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How to Rethink Storytelling

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.

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How Humorous Storytelling Connects Us

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.

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How Stories Shape Us

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.

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How Music Sets the Stage in Storytelling

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.

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How Your Voice Can Tell Different Stories

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.

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How Multiple Roles Enhance Your Life Story

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.

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How to Infuse Story Into Your Work

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.

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Finding Your Way Into The Story

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.

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How to Go Beyond the Story

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.

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The Role of Story in Artistic Mediums

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.

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Telling Stories Through a Different Lens

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.

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How to Produce Stories that Land

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.

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Why Stories Amplify Impact

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.

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How to Create the Story You Want to Be Told

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

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How Story Merges AI with Humanity

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.

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Why Storytelling is Vital to Financial Planning

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.

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Why DIY PR Can Give Your Stories Traction

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.

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How Telling Hard Stories Can Create Unity

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.

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The Competitive Advantage of Stories

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.

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Why Storytelling Is Good For Your Career

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.

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The Story Inside Risk

During our interview which is packed with actionable advice, Victoria reveals the impact that stories and storytelling have had on her career.

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Stories Behind the Badge

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.

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How Storytelling Is Battling Human Trafficking

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.

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How Improv Can Amplify Your Story

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.

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Exploring the Voice of Storytelling

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.

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Client Confidential: Answering the Tough Questions

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.

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Examining NLP’s Role in Your Storytelling

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.

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What Stories Teach Us About Possibility

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?

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Why Morals, Repetition and Perfectionism Influence Your Storytelling

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.

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How Generational Storytelling Impacts Culture

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?

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Why Being Yourself Makes for Great Stories

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.

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How Characters and Improv Can Influence Storytelling

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.

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How Stories Grow a Movement

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?