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Works at Just Story It -- share your stories, grow your business
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Here are 3 terrific examples of companies successfully using storytelling to grow their business. Yeah! We need more of these and I know  you will get ideas from here for your own company.
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Fab biz stories are all about interesting characters. Here's a terrific post about how to upgrade your characters to keep your readers/listeners engaged!
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What makes content go viral? Tapping the right emotions. This article has a lot of great insights we can all learn from.
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Are you walking your talk? Is there a disconnect between the stories you are telling and what's going on back at the office? Here are 10 strategies for being a 'story doing' company.
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Face-to-face meetings still reign supreme. Here's an article that lists why, and the impact these will have on your business. I love email, but now it's time to get out of the office and talk to folks in person!
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I couldn't agree more +Dennis D. McDonald!  Just finished a face-to-face meeting myself and a new wonderful relationship has been established. I always learn tons more when chatting in person and hearing other people's stories. It's one of the best ways to build trust, as you've said.
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I love comics! Now you can take your biz stories and turn them into comics to share. Fun fun fun. I think the first 3 are best for those of us who can't draw :)
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Happy Halloween everyone! Thought you'd get a kick out of these fun ghoulish GIFs :))
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How is your business doing with its corporate citizenship, governance, and workplace? These are 3 key areas consumers are paying attention to when making purchasing decisions. In your business activities and storytelling, if you are missing these it's negatively impacting your bottom line. This is a fascinating and important article for companies of any size.
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Wild? Well, maybe not. Some of these practices are centuries old, just being aided by technology. But others are interesting. In any event, it's a peak into what's emerging on the horizon. Read my review for more thoughts. And then go to the article to download the free research.
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Business consulting, executive coaching, leadership keynote
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  • Just Story It -- share your stories, grow your business
    Owner, present
  • National Storytelling Network
    Executive Director, 2006 - 2008
  • Polaris Associates, Inc.
    Owner, 1995 - 2005
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Sharing your authentic stories to lead and grow your business.
Introduction
I have a ton of fun helping companies, entrepreneurs, leaders and nonprofits craft and tell their compelling stories.

That leads to growth, increased fund raising, better marketing/branding, and way more effective leadership. Been doing this for many many years.

I am the author of Business Storytelling for Dummies by Wiley Publishers, coming out in November 2013, and available now on Amazon for pre-order.

I also curate content about using stories in business at www.scoop.it/just-story-it.  You can find me on Twitter at @kdietz

Also, check out my website at www.juststoryit.com.  You can take a free Story IQ assessment to figure out your business storytelling skills!

I'm a folklorist, trained storyteller, and been a business consultant/facilitator/trainer for 25+ years.  I've helped organizations share their stories from the Fortune 500 to entrepreneurs. This is my passion!

I wrote the forward and contributed to the book Wake Me Up When The Data Is Over: How Organizations Use Stories to Drive Results.  I've also written tons of other articles.  I excel in creating practical story tools for business to use, and have developed plenty.

Everyone has inspiring stories.  I look forward to hearing yours :)

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My husband Tim is the most awesome guy in the world -- 20 years of marriage and it still feels like year 1 :) I'm also a fiber artist hand-dying silks as a way to bring more beauty to the world.
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FREE for 48 hrs --Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers...
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Believe Me: A Storytelling Manifesto for Change-Makers and Innovators - Kindle edition by Michael Margolis. Download it once and read it on

Why Most Organizations Don’t Know Their Customers: No Stories
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Stories on an Interactive Map -- New Digital Story Tool
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Serial entrepreneur Caterina Fake shares her inspirations for telling stories and building companies. The original title of this blog post i

Public Speaking Payoff: The Presentation ROI of $55,000/Minute
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In his Ted talk, Bryan Stevenson uses the power of storytelling to reach minds and hearts.

Why Storytelling is the Top Business Skill
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No one cares about your marketing goals. But everyone likes a good story. (Leadership skill, too.

Ending Stories: Writing Kick-Ass Closings
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You don’t want your post to fizzle out with a few drab sentences. But how can you come up with something truly inspirational?

Stories or Data? Incalculable Consequences of Both
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"Be suspicious of stories," warns economist Tyler Cowen. Stories lower “your IQ by 10 points or more,” by seducing you into simplistic “good

Glenlivet Gets Up Close and Personal With Their "Single Stories" Banding...
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Looking to mine authentic moments, the single malt brand shares personal stories from leading men, including Bryan Cranston, Ed Burns, and A

Yes, You Can Write Very, Very Short Biz Stories
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6 Nerdy Valentines for your Beloved Scoopiteer
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We couldn't miss out on the day of love! You know that we're usually all about business, but we also have infinite amounts of love for each

Make More Sales With Insight Stories! FREE book through 2/7/14
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"He lays out clear steps for how to build what he calls insight scenarios--which are actually mini stories to share. These get prospects tal

Make More Sales With Insight Stories!
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"He lays out clear steps for how to build what he calls insight scenarios--which are actually mini stories to share. These get prospects tal

6 Things Compelling Leaders Do: tell stories, move people to action
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Many leaders can inspire, but strong leaders move people to action. Here's what makes them special. Via Anne Leong

The latest on how to write an awesome About Me page that tells your story
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Struggling to write your About Me page? Find out how to write a killer about page and the secret ingredients (& inspiration) every blogger s

Episode #13 – “Every guitar has a story.” Turning websites into stories ...
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Karen Dietz's insight: Here is episode #13 from story guru Annette Simmons. Here she interviews Ian Rhodes who takes blah websites and integ

Biz Storytelling: 33 Laws of Content Marketing Success
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There has been a lot of fuss about content marketing and how to make it work if you're a business. In frank and concise language, Marcus She

Best storytelling practices+ examples+ research (nonprofit/for profit)
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Nonprofits are great at collecting data but often fail to share their information in a compelling way. Stories are the answer. With live lin

10 Inspiring Videos To Kick-start 2014 Biz Storytelling
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Check out this awesome list of inspiring marketing talks by the likes of John Cleese, Elizabeth Gilbert and some lesser-known gems.

Chief Storyteller shares his best biz tips
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This is an interview I did with Richard Sheridan, the founder and Chief Storyteller of Menlo Innovations in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In this bri