Seven Elements For Telling A Good Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Kristi Hedges Leadership Stories Storytelling

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Share Stories to Further Your Cause

NonProfit Hub

Everyone loves a good story. Whether it’s a tale of a hero overcoming a hardship to find a happy ending, or a tale of misfortune with a valuable lesson learned, it’s ingrained into our DNA to seek out stories. Why tell stories? Find your story. Find a captivating story.

Telling Your Impact Story with Donor Statements

Connection Cafe

Data tells a story, and it’s important that your organization ensures that the correct narrative is being told about your data. In the social good world, storytelling is vital for success, and arguably one of the most important stories to tell is the journey of your donor’s funds.

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5 Tips for Telling Difficult Stories

EveryAction

Storytelling is a constant drumbeat that resonates throughout the nonprofit community, but increasingly, stories are getting hard to tell. Not so much with good stories, which are a welcome and inspiring; mostly, it's the difficult tales of struggle, desperation, injustice, and urgency that are the most complicated to convey - but the need has never been so great. What happens when stories go untold? Let me explain what I mean by “difficult stories.”

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Your Brand Story: Change the Fundraising Game by Driving Donations and Building Relationships

Connection Cafe

As The Children’s Center in Detroit learned first-hand, their unique and compelling brand story was the secret sauce for touching the hearts and moving the minds of donors. What is a brand story? A brand story is a special kind of story. True story.

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The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell

Eric Jacobsen Blog

And, his latest book, The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell , is yet another required read for leaders – managers, CEOs and team leaders. And, the first and most important part of being a great storyteller is knowing what stories to tell ,” explains Paul. Paul : The vision story.

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5 Content Marketing Success Stories Your Nonprofit Needs to Imitate

NetWits

Big Brothers Big Sisters – Leverage video to tell your story. Along the way they’ve used content in the form of life changing stories to help shed light on how they’re making a difference. Yesterday we talked about the importance of content marketing for nonprofits.

Telling Your Story Through Your Annual Report

Wild Apricot

Here are some tips and examples of how to tell your organization's story to make your annual report more engaging and compelling. nonprofit-communications annual reports

Core Components Of A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

A story with a business impact can be as short as one sentence. Whatever the case, it will have maximum impact if it includes the following core components," according to Choy: Structural : A story has a beginning, middle, and end. Choy Stories Storytelling Telling Stories

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The Five Steps to Telling a Beautiful Story

VolunteerMark

Join the conversation today as we share five key step you''ll need to take if you hope to tell beautiful stories as you recruit volunteers Storytelling is a critical part of what we do as volunteer coordinators.

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10 Tips for Turning Photos Into Powerful Stories

John Haydon

The post 10 Tips for Turning Photos Into Powerful Stories appeared first on John Haydon. The Internet is slowly but surely becoming one big picture book. Instagram and Pinterest have grown at astronomic rates precisely because they allow people to easily create, curate and share pictures.

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

SocialFish

It is our story. Does our story attract, captivate and motivate? There’s something about the story that connects with us, who we are, what we think, how we feel and what we like. Storytelling is catching on inside of association circles and beyond.

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A Story From the Team

VisionLink

Here''s one story from a recent call: "Hi Everyone, As you know, in Help Desk we tend to talk to people who are frustrated, confused, or experiencing some sort of issue. Once in a while we get to see the other side, so we decided to share this story with the whole team.

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Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth

EveryAction

Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women. She challenged many contemporary notions by taking on familiar biblical stories but retelling them through the female experience, and was met with contempt and even violence. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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Holy Moly! The #Untech10 Story…

SocialFish

Here’s the story of #Untech10 as it unfolded through press and blog posts. The AMAZING RACE to ASAE TECH 10… The Tom Morrison Story (Extreme Makeover – Social Edition). The #Untech10 Story… appeared first on Social Fish To read the Twitter transcript, go here. [My My blog post: From #Tech10 to #UnTech10! Snow causes ASAE to cancel Tech Show (Meetings.net). ASAE’s Technology Conference: How to handle a crisis admirably (Splash!). untech10 – Learning 2.0

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Bedtime Stories For Managers

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Nights this month, unplug from your mobile phone and both enjoy and learn from Henry Mintzberg ’s 42 former blog posts compiled into his new book, Bedtime Stories for Managers. At less than 200 pages, you can read the 42 succinct, enlightening and actionable stories/lessons in a few hours.

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Scary Supporter Horror Stories

Connection Cafe

So in honor of Freaky Friday, here are 13 real supporter horror stories, none of which involve zombies. He wrote a sob-story email to the volunteer coordinator. (I I got the sob-story, too, and I agreed it was a good excuse.) Author: Jennifer Darrouzet. People share their nightmares with me. Well, ok – maybe that’s overstating it. They vent. And it freaks me out. Friends and family know I work with a lot of nonprofits.

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Your Brain On Good Stories: Why Storytelling Matters For Nonprofits

TechImpact

Your brain loves a good story. There is a distinct chemical reaction that happens in one’s brain when they’re reading a compelling or interesting story. This same chemical is also created when you’re reading stories. What’s your story?

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The Story in the Numbers

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

On Financial Narratives and Financial Footnotes: The Truth Is in the Fine Print Guest Beneblog by Teresa Throckmorton, Benetech's CFO and VP, Finance In a previous blog post, we shared the Seven Benetech Truths : the core values that define our identity and culture, that guide our work, and that tell our story. Our financials are more than numbers: indeed, they tell our story. It’s a story that connects mission, capacity, and capital.

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The top resources for telling beautiful stories at your non-profit

VolunteerMark

You''ve got to tell your story to win over rockstar volunteers. This post is your toolbox for resources you''ll need to do that - dig into it, and equip yourself to share the beautiful stories of the communities you serve

Tell Me a Story

Connection Cafe

It’s important that your organization is cognizant of its “big story,” and tells stories which support it. Two, she refers to the ability that stories have to engage an audience. Stories do this by making the situations described more tangible, relatable, and memorable. This email centers around the story of one woman, Zione, giving birth to her child, and the struggles she faced. Author: Dimitri Lundquist.

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Parenting With A Story

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Growing up in the 1960''s sometimes my parents would say to me, "now, don''t tell stories," heading off what they anticipated might be an untruthful account of events. Truthful stories, of course. Stories demand attention of listeners. Stories inspire.

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Unmissable Stories This Week

SocialFish

Here are a few stories I’ve come across over the last few days that I don’t want you to miss. LinkedIn launches a program to help Nonprofits find board members. LinkedIn Board Connect: Helping Nonprofits Find Board Members on LinkedIn (LinkedIn Blog).

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Creating the Perfect Editorial Calendar – A Cinderella Story

Connection Cafe

This is exactly how the story ends unless you give your editorial calendar the attention it deserves. The daily scramble. The sweeping moments of panic. The Google Calendar crammed with notes to share this on social and send that email. The Evernotes. The sticky notes.

How To Use Stories To Raise Money On Social Media

TechImpact

You can collect fantastic, compelling stories, but if no one hears or sees them, they fall flat. You can manage 10 social media accounts, but if you are not telling great stories and cutting through the online clutter, your audience will not engage.

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Curating Content: How to Leverage Stories from Your Community

Connection Cafe

There’s one common theme that we see in all of them, and in our own community, too: the incredible stories of the people who are fundraising on your behalf, or even working within your organization. What’s more, we have found that their stories are some of our most valuable assets.

How Will Tracking Outcomes Help Your Organization’s Story?

Connection Cafe

And by asking those questions and looking through the outcomes lens for all of our initiatives, our results story began to demonstrate real impact. Take a look at the story for the same program, now with a new results focus: How do you change your story and focus on results?

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Can Stories Be Data?

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Your numerical data can tell stories , but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement? Or as @orgnet says, “Turning data into stories is the real trick.&#. Your numerical data can tell stories, but can stories be data that leads to continuous improvement?

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7 Ways to Use Infographics to Recruit Volunteers and Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

Connection Cafe

The good news is that infographics allow nonprofits to translate their own collections of data into visual stories that motivate their community. Oftentimes, visuals can speak louder than words.

How To Craft A Better Brand Story

SocialFish

Instead, tell the story your audience needs to hear to capture attention and generate engagement. Do you want to improve your association’s brand story? Get at member’s feelings, outcomes and emotions and you can craft a great association brand story. Feelings are your brand.

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Leveraging Online Tools to Help Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story

Byte Technology

Chogger lets you create one-of-a-kind comic strips in a short-story format filled with your own photos that are easy to customize. The post Leveraging Online Tools to Help Tell Your Nonprofit’s Story appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog.

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Does Your Story Matter?

John Haydon

Pinterest Boards and Facebook Page timelines have given you powerful new ways to tell stories through images. And while Pinterest has always been about images (duh), Facebook Page Timelines have features that are nudging you to tell a more visual story. What story should you tell?

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Whoever Tells The Best Story Wins

Eric Jacobsen Blog

Whoever Tells The Best Story Wins , is the new book by Annette Simmons , president of Group Process Consulting. Simply put, your stories help your people feel more engaged and alive." Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Stories Storytelling

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The Year in Review: The Best Tech Stories of 2015

Byte Technology

Certainly one of the biggest stories of the year was the roll out of Apple’s iPhone 6s, and especially its one-of-a-kind 3D Touch feature. The post The Year in Review: The Best Tech Stories of 2015 appeared first on Byte Technology’s Nonprofit Web Design Insights Blog.

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Personal Stories – Arts Orgs Need Not Apply?

Connection Cafe

According to the blog justgiving.com there are 5 key motivators for giving: to support a particular organization, because we are inspired by other’s stories, to support a cause, to feel good, and. Working with arts organizations there are often concern that your constituent stories aren’t as impactful. We are changing the world and there are stories to be told. Our job is to get those people, those lives, those schools and communities to want to tell our stories.

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How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

How and Why Stories Can Bust Nonprofit Silos – Guest Post by Miriam Brosseau and Stephanie Corleto . Stories are for people. We have existing meetings with departments across the organization, but now we’re approaching them with an eye for their stories of impact and success.

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A Foundation-Donor Love Story for the Digital Age

Connection Cafe

And of course, it’s equally important to be able to listen closely to the donor’s response to ensure you’re gaining a stronger understanding of their side of the story, too. Let’s face it: first dates can be awkward.

Generational Giving at Arts & Cultural Organizations – A Donor Story

Connection Cafe

As a kid, I was saturated by symphony performances and choral music. My dad was a conductor and composer, my mom his accompanist. They were also involved in a chorus called the Tanglewood Festival Chorus (TFC, as we referred to it for the next 25 years). Anyone reading this blog that lives in the New England area may know that the symphony I was raised around is the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Numbers, Stories and Pajamas: Inspirations for International Volunteer Day 2015

Connection Cafe

I hope these statistics and stories on the every-changing world of volunteerism encourage your institution to explore new opportunities. If you have a story – please do share!

YouTube Search Stories

NCE Social Media

During the Superbowl, YouTube ran their first ever TV commercial. Google, which owns YouTube, has allowed us, the public, to create similar videos. And it’s Free! You can easily do one for your own agency and use it in your own marketing efforts. You just need to click here to get started. Here is one I did for the NCE Social Media blog. Enjoy.

Generation Rwanda: Two Stories

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

While the exhibit was emotionally wrenching, not to mention disturbing, the most poignant was the children’s memorial that tells the story of innocent child victims of the genocide. They wanted to share their stories on my blog and through video and photos. Here is their stories.

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Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. There are many ways to describe this story – it certainly can be a lot more detailed, but what’s clear is the result of this functionality. And, of course, user stories are great for agile development process.

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Specify Story, not details

Zen and the Art of Nonprofit Technology

I’ve been a fan of user stories for several years now. User stories are a way to describe a set of functionalities of an application in a way that is focused on results – it’s easy to connect to mission. There are many ways to describe this story – it certainly can be a lot more detailed, but what’s clear is the result of this functionality. And, of course, user stories are great for agile development process.

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