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With all its resolutions and its “words of the year” and its best intentions, the turn of a new year can feel overwhelming for lots of us. . . especially in a year like 2021.  Completely transparent: It’s been a smidge hard for me to step into any mode of excitement or expectation for the […]

The one question to ask NOW if you want to discover your purpose

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Purpose

In 1910, Russian filmmaker Lev Kuleshov changed the way films would forever be edited.   He had a hunch that if you just zeroed in on an actor’s face, a whole range of emotions could be communicated. And his theory blew the lid on the whole bag of audience manipulation tricks.   Using the EXACT SAME editing […]

This one tool will change the way you see (and tell) your story

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Story

We are all stepping into story with a very particular paradigm. We each have a worldview that shapes how we see and how we tell stories, and that worldview shapes the TRUTH we emerge with.

And when you don’t know what your paradigm is, when you’ve not done the work of discovering the pieces of your own worldview, then story loses its power – over you + over everyone else in your orbit.

13 Ways to Write a Story

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Story

On Saturday, the fam and I caught a 9 PM showing of 1917.   For just under two hours, we traveled into a century-old story about war and friendship. And as we sat there, watching the near one-shot tale teach us everything we’d ever need to know about unfathomable loss and unbelievable courage, I’m not sure any […]

4 easy-to-use tools for a better brand story

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Story

 “And Lord, please be with Marlena and Bo and Hope. You know how awful Stefano is. Please keep them safe.”  The year was 1997, and my husband and I were sitting around the table with a few friends telling stories about our crazy families. When our friend Chris recited the words his Grandma prayed before EVERY […]

What’s the secret to telling great stories?

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Story

This could be dangerous, putting this all out here in a post like this, but here goes nothing.   Before you read another word, you’ve got to pinky swear and sailor swear that you won’t ever, ever, ever leak a word of this to anyone who carries a badge.   Deal?   Good. Let’s delve in for some story time.   Once upon a time […]

6 ways to avoid confirmation bias

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Story