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The Rise of Web 3.0

The Rise of Web 3.0

Have you ever been excited for a new movie to come out? Maybe it's the sequel to a beloved series? Maybe it's based on a great book you love and you can't wait to see it on screen? Either way you feel that adrenaline rush of energy when you see the trailer.  So you...

How to Win An Election… Every time.

How to Win An Election… Every time.

So, you've decided to run for office and you're wondering how to win an election. You assemble your team, you define a campaign strategy (for incumbents, stay the course; for challengers, we need change!), and then you need volunteers. Before you go any farther...

More To The Story

More To The Story

The best stories are wide as well as deep; wide enough for everyone to "get" the story but deep enough for anyone to find more story if they want it. Star Wars is an incredible example of this. Millions "get" the heroes journey that pits Luke Skywalker against his...

No Conflict Means a Bad Story

No Conflict Means a Bad Story

Much of my life has been spent in pursuit of sitting. I'd like to say I did something more with my time, but I can't honestly admit to a more lofty goal than the desire to do nothing. And I was really bored. Not the rainy day Saturday bored, but the kind of bored that...

Are You Prepared For Your Final Review?

Are You Prepared For Your Final Review?

Maybe you've heard this piece of advice before, but give it another chance; Dream about your funeral. Rather than being morbid or taking this as an opportunity to decide on the specific type of wood for your casket, use this moment to think about what you want others...

Your Story Is The Mojo

Your Story Is The Mojo

Every major company has a great story that you probably know, and you definitely know if you are a fan. Steve Jobs starting Apple computer in the garage, Bill Gates leaving Harvard to launch Microsoft with Paul Allen, Thomas Edison and General Electric, Colonel...

Failure is Great

Failure is Great

As you try to live a more exciting and helpful Lifestory, you will inevitably make some decisions that simply don't work. Some of those decisions might have consequences that seem too big to overcome. They're not. Heroes are quite dumb. They have to be. In order to...

Is Truth Better Than Fiction?

Is Truth Better Than Fiction?

I read a tweet saying there's not enough stories about people connecting, coming together, and fighting a common enemy. The context was community stories and wanting more stories about coming together as a group. That got me thinking, did the writer mean that there...

The Group vs The Individual Story

The Group vs The Individual Story

Every morning on Twitter, I ask people how I can help them.  A recent request asked for more stories about communities of people persevering, more stories that share the gift of groups. The Tweeter thinks we're addicted to lone hero stories, and miss out on the gift...

Why Anguish Is Good

In stories, anguish or pain can only be  effectively dealt with if neither are the exclusive focus of the story. Anguish is better introduced as a temporary state, something that must be overcome. In the same way we must deal with pain, as a temporary situation, a...

Your Story Sucks, How To Tell Great Stories

Your Story Sucks, How To Tell Great Stories

I told my friends that they needed to make up an imaginary friend named Bob. People could relate to a big guy named Bob. My friends own a small dance studio in downtown Tacoma, WA and their students were slow to commit to anything more than a few classes at a time, so...

Is Your Art A Hobby Or A Business?

Is Your Art A Hobby Or A Business?

Once upon a time, I wrote a piece about how an artist stood out at a local street fair by being interesting and unique. As a consequence, that artist sold more than her peers and connected with several new clients. By offering unique and interesting products, both she...

Why the Why is the Story

Too often we tell small stories without connecting to some larger story. When that happens, the audience loses interest. Without the larger story, the small stories don't have meaning. People need a "why", a larger, better story to follow. That's called context. The...

5 Ways to Make Social Media Work

5 Ways to Make Social Media Work

After publishing a series of bedtime stories for parents to tell their kids and a devotional for Christians in Business, I needed a new project. So, I've begun work on a book for authors and artists about using Social Media to its fullest. These are a few main points...

How to Be a Unique Artist

How to Be a Unique Artist

In a previous article I wrote about how uniqueness will help you sell more art. You need to create unique art, or at least something more interesting than what people can buy at Target. So how do you do that? Here are some ideas:   - For Painters - Find another...

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