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What can we learn from this Governor Nikki Haley #Education Tweet?

Here is a tweet from Governor Nikki Haley concerning education reform in South Carolina on July 9, 2014.

This one tweet became an instant case study for every social consultant, pr manager, and crisis communication manager.

This has become an example or even a great leading discussion to consider the following:

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Who is telling “your” story? What a novel freaking question!? #getalife

So I found this on a pr/marketing firm’s website…and I think they raise an interesting question. Let’s look at this statement:

“Successful companies tell their stories well. Multiple channels today allow for storytelling on many levels. Our team helps clients tell those stories in the traditional way as well as through the digital and social media channels. It’s one thing to get good publicity and another to leverage it. We also help clients navigate the choppy waters of storytelling in less than ideal situations. Our advice to clients is simple: Tell your own story (good, bad or ugly) and tell it fast or someone else will.”

Yes…so who is telling your story? You? Your organization? The people in the organization? What is a good story?

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Why i hate the “storytelling” buzzword…

So my good friend Olivier Blanchard shared a post I wrote on Facebook (seen above) and this generated a pretty interesting discussion. So I thought I would share a few of the comments and my responses.

Cémanthe – you know…I 100% agree…I am tired of the industry using this buzzword –> “Storytelling”…it actually pisses me off…thus the point of this article.

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A storyteller is spinner of yarns…

Love this…

“A storyteller is spinner of yarns, a teller of tales, a bard, minstrel, rhymer or raconteur who delights in audiences and attentive faces that ask, “what’s next?” Storytellers play their part in delivering lessons to society, they create communities by bringing people together in a shared experience. Storybook reading has a focus on the book and the pictures. Storytelling eliminates that object that comes between the teller and the audience.”

Image from www.incourage.me/inrl-countdown
Quote is from www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/Mar/21/storytelling-jessica-baris

Happy Mothers Day…love for the mothers in my life

There are two videos that have truly impact me the last few weeks…so I really wanted to share. These are for the mothers in my life and to the many mothers out there.

For you single moms…for those Linda’s of the world…the Mom of my world!
This is for those single moms, that have sacrificed, have done it all of their children…when the odds were stacked up…you were more entrepreneurial than any high net-worth millionaire. You innovated, you scaled, you found ways to make it all happen…against all odds. You did not do it for the money…you did if for love.

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What a day…A Call To Men in Anderson

In 2012 I was struck, hit upside the head, and right in the chest with the news of a friend who had been murdered. I had worked along side her to help create an event called Ecoplosion. She worked for Clemson University in the Master of Real Estate Development Program and was a crucial part of putting together a big economic development event in Greenville, SC. Her name is Marge Putnam.

I was struck in the head and in the chest. It knocked the breathe out of me to learn that this beautiful woman, mother, grandmother, community leader was killed by her husband who then killed himself.

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Stories of Passion or Passionate Storytelling? #Porsche #B59

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A friend sent me this video the other day and I was completely intrigued. His note to me…

Reed Smith says:
“I love cars… this is a great example of a really cool car. But they chose to talk about the car though the owners not just simple telling you about the car.”

The link he sent me included the video above and comeback ground information about this story and the Porsche 911 B59.

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#Storytelling –> Texture is Connectivity

I was up late reading and stumbled across this article about a photoessay by Photographer Nancy Borowick sharing her story…both of her parents fighting cancer. No…this is not a story of one of her parents fighting cancer and the other standing along side as a support system. BOTH of her parents have cancer and BOTH are fighting cancer simultaneously.

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Do you have a little over 13 minutes? #storytelling

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Many wonder if storytelling is alive and well during primetime television especially with news organizations. I have been a huge fan of 60 minutes for years. One of the main reasons…their ability to tell a wonderful story combining so many story-lines into one final piece.

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What is “Good Content”?

So my friend Dr. V has tackled a question I  think many of us are trying to figure out: What is content?

He shares his thoughts (original blog post):

“Content is retrievable information that can be consumed. It’s stuff that can be heard, seen, shared, curated and commented upon.

Content is a human creation, something translated from the realm of the mind into some tangible form. This could be an idea shaped into a piece of writing or a scene uniquely captured as an image or video. The subjective process of translation is how the view of the mind’s eye becomes content.

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A Brave New World – C100 & 5D mkiii Combined

The shift has happened and a brave new world is opening for the way I capture and tell stories. For years, I have been trying to find a new way that combines my love for digital images and motion into one platform for digital photojournalism.

I have always tried to purchase cameras that match the workflow where I was trained; ENG or electronic news gathering. The equipment I always purchased matched the tools in the television news realm of ENG. Remember, I used to be a television new photojournalist. Television news cameras, audio, and lighting workflows was one of efficiency regardless of the situation.

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It is time –> A Call To Men

In 2012 I was struck, hit upside the head, and right in the chest with the news of a friend who had been murdered. I had worked along side her to help create an event called Ecoplosion. She worked for Clemson University in the Master of Real Estate Development Program and was a crucial part of putting together a big economic development event in Greenville, SC. Her name is Marge Putnam.

I was struck in the head and in the chest. It knocked the breathe out of me to learn that this beautiful woman, mother, grandmother, community leader was killed by her husband who then killed himself.

I was struck in the head to learn the statistics. South Carolina ranks as the #1 state in the nation for women killed by men; 1 in 5 female college students are sexually assaulted; 1 in 4 women are the victims of domestic violence; and over 50% of middle and high-school girls experience sexual harassment in school.

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Biggest Strategic Risk – Boards that are not Digitally Savvy

In today’s high stakes game of business and fundraising, this blog post from the Wharton Business School was completely inspiring and revealing.

I want to spend a few minutes sharing a few key points that truly resonated with me. Most importantly, this article Wharton blog post reinforces the notion that leadership not only must support digital initiatives as business strategy, but they must be deeply a part of the conversation.

The most important paragraph:

“Business model risk is today’s biggest strategic risk, and companies without boards that are digitally savvy could find themselves starved of investor capital, according to this opinion piece written by Deloitte & Touche partners William J. Ribaudo and Henry Ristuccia; Barry Libert, CEO of OpenMatters, and his associate Megan Beck Fenley.”

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Leveraging new content verticals – Warren Buffett style #storytelling

Everyone wants to be a thought leader…every organization wants own their content verticals…but what are you really owning.

Why are “we” trying to own the content verticals that the populous hopes to conquer. Thought leaders, whether individuals or brands, want to be heard, want to connect, want people to join the conversation. But why try to own that popular conversation?

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