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Instead of a slide deck, next time try a story

This is a story about a story. It begins with a 53-page PowerPoint deck that looked like it had been spliced together by 20 people. Because it had. The CEO was hours away from sending it off to the home office and it was nowhere near presentable. She told me to put my best writer […]
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A victory over Lizard Brain

So this is what the Lizard Brain looks like. It tells you that you don’t have what it takes to write a novel. You really aren’t that good. You don’t have enough passion for it. You spend all your creativity at work. You don’t want to steal time from your kid. So you let the […]
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Do you want to read my book, a chapter at a time?

Molly Barton, VP of digital publishing at Penguin Books, has me resurrecting my whacky idea to write the great American novel in serial form and in collaboration with readers. In a wiki. She writes in Mashable about crowd sourcing books online, giving undiscovered authors the opportunity to build audience and attract publishers. I don’t know […]
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Somebody walking over my grave?

My sister, Teresa Krizman, saw this tombstone while visiting Crested Butte, Colo. Chills down the spine. Literally. BTW, for a Yahoo community discussion about the expression “BLANK walked across my grave,” go here. Tweet
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Story of the week: How to defeat willpower

WNYC’s Radiolab created the most intriguing audio science story I’ve ever heard. Aired this week on NPR’s Morning Edition, two narrators play off each other to lure you through the back story that sets up the report on an astonishing experiment. A marketing professor had a set of subjects memorize a 2-digit number and another […]
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Three narratives told on Yoga Day

The Magician’s story In town only four days, she serendipitously had met the hostess of the Yoga Day USA open house just hours before. Now she stood in the suburban basement, surrounded by strangers sitting cross-legged on mats, and talked about her lineage. She is a descendant of ancient Jewish high priests and of Dakota […]
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A book for resolve: Change or Die

Change or Die by Alan Deutschman was referred to me by a physician who is using its ideas to help her patients make life changes (thanks, Deb). It was an ideal read to usher in a new year, a new decade and a new phase in my career. Many of the change ideas were familiar to […]
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Poet brings vision statement to life

Tears of pride welled up yesterday as I watched a corporate video. A corporate video! Diane Gage-Lofgren, our national VP of communications and PR, had asked a poet/performance artist ┬áto bring life to our communication team’s new vision statement. A stroke of genius. I will forever have a visual and resonant image to add soul […]
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Filmmaker’s advice for great business storytelling

Filmmaker Peter Guber (Rainman, Batman, The Color Purple) once used storytelling to win Fidel Castro’s support for filming in Havana Harbor. The official application form had been torpedoed, but El Presidente enthusiastically endorsed the project once he heard Guber tell of the harbor’s historic significance and Castro’s responsibility to the world to share that piece of […]
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Video storytelling is a whole different game

I’ve been working for a couple of years on my video technical skills. In the past few months, I’ve concentrated more on the storytelling part. I have a long way to go, as my Vimeo portfolio will attest. Kai gives Granny a knitting lesson from Steve Krizman on Vimeo. What I’ve learned so far: Video […]
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