What people really want to learn about story

When I started StoryCraft in 2017, I was excited, thrilled even, to teach people about story structure so they could tell better stories. What I didn’t know then was that people didn’t need story structure, they really wanted to learn something else. My first clue was when clients and workshop participants asked over and over […]

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When a Simple Question Makes You Freeze

You know that thing where you’re in a group and someone asks you something that seems innocent like “where are you from” or invites you to “tell me about yourself” and you just freeze? Yeah, me too. My mind races. I’m trying to analyze my audience, gauge the situation, and figure out how much energy […]

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October 2020 Book Review

October was a very busy month, largely due to launching the Perfect Story Formula for the first time. However, I did read the books pictured above and listened to Moriarty by Anthony Horowitz and Squirm by Carl Hiassen. It was so busy that I’m feeling good that I managed to read at all, to be […]

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How to Make Your Resume Personal

Given all the advice out there on keywords, layouts, and language, it can take some time before you start thinking about making your resume personal. That’s a shame, because you can be sure that the HR person and interviewer who received your application will check your resume before they read your cover letter.  Finding a […]

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4 Ways to Tell exciting stories about your (boring) life

4 Ways to Tell Exciting Stories About Your (Boring) Life

You probably think your life is pretty routine and that you don’t have exciting stories to tell. You get up, eat breakfast, go to work, take kids to school, study yourself, write, whatever it is that you do to fill your days. This mundane life does not seem to be the stuff of stories, let […]

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September 2020 Book Review

September was an outstanding reading month. In fact, nearly everything I read was a winner. That means this will be a treat to write and possibly a treat to read as well! The Last Girl by Nadia Murad In 2018, Nadia Murad won a Nobel Peace Prize for her work to end the use of […]

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How to Use Your Professional Story to Get Hired Faster

Your professional story is made up of a carefully curated set of personal and professional stories you use to tell people about your professional goals and accomplishments. It’s the story of you. A professional story augments your resume or CV. It offers the person who reads your LinkedIn profile or your CV/resume a glimpse of […]

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Who Needs a Professional Story, Anyway?

A professional story is the story you use to talk about your education, motivation, skills, experiences, goal, and vision of the future. With a professional story, you can change the way you talk about work. Break free from the resume trap and start telling a story about what you do that includes you and not […]

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Your Professional Story is Like a TED Talk

Your professional story is an aspirational story about where you’ve come from and where you want to go in your professional life. It’s a story on a large scale that you can use to tell people about yourself.  The thing is that your professional story is usually long. The story I tell about how academics […]

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