THE STORY LAB

RESOURCES, THOUGHTS, AND insights FOR women business owners + Authentic Leaders

telling better brand stories, TOGETHER.

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A few weeks ago, I permanently closed my business Instagram account.  It was a decision I had been mulling over for months, but like a kid who can never escape the social pressures of junior high, I kept tuning in, kept playing the social capital game, kept trying to fit in to the Millennial-powered platform, […]

Why I left Instagram (as a business owner)

Woman holding a phone looking at her Instagram feed

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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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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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“Why are you so paranoid?” We stood there in the kitchen, rinsing the last bit of Thanksgiving dinner from the delicate china plates. Voices echoed from the family room — football and UNO masking the mundane hum of small talk.   I’ve always hated this post-meal clean up session. I’m trapped in conversation, stuck in the spotlight […]

Making Sense of the Stories that Come Before Us

We are all made of stories

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Live your values.   👆🏽Those three words =  the present-day mantra of every influencer, every corporation, every brand, and every thought leader.  While this should feel refreshing to someone who makes her living helping women business owners discover and live out their values, I’m actually a little concerned >> because while the rallying cry is for everyone to live […]

How to create your brand’s values

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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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