Author: Kevin Anderson

Making Your Story Sing | Storytelling for Podcasters #6

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 In the last episode, I introduced you to The Story Stack, the framework I’ve developed to create stories more quickly. But storytelling is a creative act. Stories should be unique. If we create them using a set formula, they will inevitably start to sound all-too familiar. And nobody wants that. In stage one of The Story Stack, we create a first draft by following a step-by-step process. In the second, and final stage, we get creative. We take the...

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Creating the First Draft of Your Story | Storytelling for Podcasters #5

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 This is the second time I’ve written this episode. Take one was okay, but, it left me cold. Take two is much better AND much more valuable. I want to help you create the stories for your podcast shows as quickly, and, as efficiently as possible. I’ve created a framework for creating stories that, so far, I’ve only shared with my coaching clients. I thought now was the ideal time to share it with the World. In fact, I’m...

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Becoming a Relentless Story Hunter | Storytelling for Podcasters #4

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 Do you remember the ‘Story drought of ‘87`? Or how about the ‘Story Famine’ of ‘98? Of course you don’t – because they never happened. There are no story shortages. Billions of stories are created every day. Stories that are added to the stories created yesterday, last week, last year and hundreds of years before your own story began. The problem is not lack of stories. The problem is finding the stories that matter. The stories that will connect...

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Mix Up Your Story Types to Create Engaging Episodes | Storytelling for Podcasters #3

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 My Dad and Father-in-law are predictable animals. Every time we go out for a meal, we all know what they’ll have for dessert; Ice cream. They are blind to everything else on the menu. But it doesn’t stop them looking.It’s a routine. A habit. But we all know what they’ll opt for. It’s funny and will become an Anderson-Lyall family story that will be handed down to future generations. But I couldn’t do that. I like to mix things...

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The Story Structure | Storytelling for Podcasters #2

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 Structure in any creative endeavor feels counterintuitive. But in the world of storytelling, the simple three act structure is still the foundation for most tales. The great thing is that it comes naturally. It’s the structure that flows through the books we read, the films we watch and the TV shows we devour. In the second episode of our Storytelling for Podcasters series, I want to talk about the basic story structure. The three acts of your story. Or,...

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Why is Storytelling Important for Podcasters? | Storytelling for Podcasters #1

Read the rest:  Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 The Power of Storytelling Stories have the power to move people. Stories make a connection and are remembered. We live our life through stories. Whether that’s the stories we experience or the stories we consume – we are story animals. My business and my life are all about stories. I’ve made some of the biggest personal breakthroughs by writing my story. I write very short fiction for pleasure, and I help people embrace storytelling for their own business or...

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Dealing With bad Reviews | #6 Hang Up Your Hangups

Introduction | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 Dealing With Bad Reviews – Turning a Negative Into a Positive I embarked on a writing challenge at the start of the year.  My plan is to write a new 100-word story every day. Initially, I was going to keep them to myself and maybe publish them some day. But, I decided that it was best if I shared them on Facebook. Why?  Because I wanted feedback. I wanted people to judge my writing. I want to hear the positive...

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What if nobody listens to me? | #5 Hang Up Your Hangups

Introduction | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 Series 2 Episode 5 – The real fear that can hold you back. The Sound of Silence – My Narrative Experiment I’ve been a bit self-conscious about using audio and video platforms. But I decided to give podcasting a bash. The results were, frankly, embarrassing. I’d narrated some personal stories I’d written, created a prototype, and let my trusted friends decide if it worked as a concept. I feared it didn’t. My friends concurred. The reality?  Nobody would listen to my podcast show...

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What if People Don’t Like Me? | #4 Hang Up Your Hangups

Introduction | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 There’s no getting away from it, I like to be liked. There are people in life who don’t care what people think of them; I’m just not one of them. Here’s the thing, I’d like to be one of them. And what I’ve realised over the last year, is that to be different and to stand out from the crowd, I have to accept that not everyone will like me. Accepting that not everyone will like you, or the podcast...

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I’m Boring | #3 Hang Up Your Hangups

Introduction | Episode 1 | Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 Boring Myself I had that most excellent experience, recently, of being asked to come on someone else’s show. Caroline McKenna, the host of The Charity Peeks Podcast, asked me to introduce the concept of storytelling for the non-profit sector. I had some rough notes on my iPad, but I didn’t refer to them. As I was being interviewed, I found that I was boring myself. Now, if I was bored of my delivery, imagine how the listeners would be feeling....

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