Why Storytelling is so Powerful

Noted fantasy, science fiction, and screenplay author Neil Gaimen has said countless times in interviews that the importance of storytelling to humanity is of upmost interest to him, as a storyteller himself, and believes this importance is what drives us as a whole to create stories to further add to the collective mythos of our time.

Gaimen cites a story told to him by his cousin Helen, who at the time was in her nineties, and had been a captive of the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII. Reading was punishable by death in concentration camps, and being found with a contraband book was an executable offense. Never-the-less, cousin Helen had obtained a copy of ‘Gone with the Wind,’ which she would spend four hours a night trying to memorize so that she could recite it the following day to the other women forced into sewing duties at the camp. This story kept morale up, and kept these women alive until the Third Reich fell, and they were set free to live their lives once more. Upon hearing this tale, Gaimen says he has never felt more humbled to be a storyteller and provide people with words that make up the tales that may keep them alive in the direst of circumstances. So, just what makes storytelling of such vast importance to humanity as a species and why is it so powerful?

Stories have always served as a link to the overarching human condition and allow us to connect with ideas and truths on a variety of levels, from the self to the universal. Stories serve to put their characters into situations that allow us to live vicariously and develop our outlooks and morals based on the thoughts, actions, and ideas, of our favorite authors and narratives. Furthermore, research has shown our very base thought processes are subtly tied together through a continuing story. We inherently give meaning to our lives and actions, and those of others, through a story. Thus, it can be argued that storytelling, stories, and our links to them are the very literal basis for everything we do, from how we explain simple, to complex, actions, and develop decisions, to how we communicate, understand our own motivations in life, and how we understand our place in life and the world, and those of others.

Often times, storytellers define the very process of being human, and allow us to connect with ourselves, our emotions, our mortality, and that of everyone around us, in ways that we had never considered before. Our brains are wired to understand stories not unlike how we view instructions or diagrams, meaning we process the narratives of stories as real events, which can elicit an emotional response, a sense of presence, and a change in mood. Stories very literally allow us to experience our own humanity in a way that only humans are wired. With this perspective in focus, it should be easy to understand just why storytelling is so compelling, and important to us, and why it would drive those who risked their lives only to hear a narrative of which they could take part.

TED Talks Become This Generation’s Premier Storytelling Platform

Ted Talks is a great platform for people to give lectures on their topics. Their influence makes you more interested than you would at a college lecture or something similar. The great thing is that it doesn’t have to relate to you. Some things that you have never even heard, might be a really engaging Ted Talk.

Josh Luber is a sneaker expert and enthusiast. He is also the creator of an app called “campless” which analyzes the resell value of a person’s sneaker collection. In the Ted Talks he discusses how sneakers have almost become more practical than trading stocks. How one sneaker that costs $160 could resell for five times the retail price. Its a great Ted talks because of how he educates the audience of something that they wouldn’t see on the news. He also makes sure to get the audience’s attention by using humor, metaphors and occasional eye contact.

David Epstein had a lecture titled, “Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?” With this lecture, he talks about science, the work ethic of athletes, and genetics. He uses history and how conditions for sports and sporting environments are now optimized to take less energy to make them perform at a higher level. He brings up points about the optimization of Basketball shoes or make better turf for football. He uses great points to compare athletes and their conditions from the past to compare it to the modern athlete. He really makes the audience think about how body types have changed over the years.

Lastly, there are Eddy Zhong’s, “How School Makes Kids Less Intelligent”. He brings up obvious points how kids of that age don’t know what they really want. He talks about his personal experience of how his parents told him what they wanted him to become and his bad experiences. He talks about his experiences of going to competitions to build prototypes and that inspired him to be creative. He would one day go to a man and they told him he could go to a business. His point is that this is the types of activity that is missing in today’s education.

These are the types of speakers that really make the audience engaged by lecturing people on topics that seem contradictory on the surface. However, through the use of good talk points and creative presentations, there is something you can get from every TED talk.

Why The Best Leaders Are Good Storytellers

The best storytellers are leaders, speakers, trainers, teachers, parents, coaches, and writers. Storytelling is about engaging individuals with ideas. Storytelling projects have been created for consulting services, historic sites, speakers, entrepreneurs and companies all over the world. This is because there are thousands of experts is numerous fields trying to make a more significant impact on their customers, audiences, influential stakeholders and management teams. A good storyteller has power.

For a long time, most businesses have relied on changing ideas using numbers, data, analytics, statistics, and similar information. For numerous years the phrase PowerPoint is dead has been circulating, yet this concept remains the expected and acceptable form of communicating proposals or ideas. There have been pioneers who have chosen to use one-line concepts and simple images to support verbal storytelling. This practice is beginning to move forward, and even world renown speakers are now expected to using simple narratives when they speak. Their message is conveyed with powerful imagery and stories.

Stories are the power that connects speakers to their listeners. Whether the story being told is from real life or complete fiction, the audiences are left with the belief they are getting to know the authentic person. Storytellers have their own lives apart from the corporate setting, they have faced problems causing struggles and had to find a way to overcome this.

People have been around for a long time, as long as campfires. Throughout history, people have gathered around campfires and used stories to explain the way they see the world. Stories represent shared experiences, and information can easily be conveyed by telling a good story. The imagination is triggered when listening to a storyteller.

Most people spent their childhood playing and exploring the world around them. As children, the world was experienced by directly engaging in all its wonders. Children learned by hearing fairy tales and bedtime stories. Stories about the family were common at the dinner table. People learned how to listen to stories while they were young.

Audiences are naturally brought back to this primal listening state when a leader uses storytelling. There is no issue regarding credibility. When a story is told properly it is the preferred method of communication. When a leader learns how to combine the data-based information contained in the left-brain with storytelling, the message they want to convey is irresistible. Their engagement and influence become extremely powerful, and important changes occur because the audience has been moved to act.

How to Create a Vaping Podcast Using Google Hangouts

Do you vape? Do you know a lot of people who do? Maybe you’ve recently quit smoking in favor of vaping. If so, you’ve probably done your research. You probably know which vaping pens are top notch and which ones to avoid. You could probably write a review of your local vaping store and you probably have a handful of preferred vape juice flavors to recommend.

Why not put all of this knowledge and expertise to use?

All across the country, there are people just like you who are looking for information, recommendations and advice as they consider making the switch to vaping.

The timing is perfect for you to create a vaping podcast using Google Hangouts.

In the past, a lot of people have used Skype for podcasts that have an interview or roundtable component, but what if you could have the same stable, reliable video call quality but could also turn your vaping podcast into a live event that also streams to YouTube? You can do all of that with Google Hangouts.

Here is a step-by-step walk-through to begin your podcast.

First, you’ll need to connect your Google+ account with whichever YouTube channel you’ll be using for the podcast. Ideally, you’ll want either a dedicated channel for the podcast or at least a channel that has relevant vaping content for your viewers to browse.

Once those accounts have been connected, you’re ready to log into Google Hangout On Air, start broadcasting, and finally click “Go Live.”

That’s all it takes for you to start streaming your podcast to viewers all over the world. While you broadcast, YouTube will simultaneously record the entire podcast. When it’s finished, you’ll notice that YouTube will have recorded everything as an MP4. In order to get your recording into a format that is usable on a blog, simply export it as an MP3 and then you’ll be able to add an intro, graphic effects and show notes in the video editing software of your choice.

That’s really all you need to know to create a vaping podcast using Google Hangouts. With some dedication and hard work, you should quickly begin to accumulate viewers and subscribers!