My Faith in Others is Renewed – A Belgian Story About Going The Extra Mile

Walk your talkI did something really stupid en route to a wedding in Brussels with my wife today (and revisited a valuable lesson along the way).


3 Lessons Steven Spielberg Can Teach You About Better Storytelling

Uncover storytelling secrets for speakers from Stephen SpielbergAre there secrets to better storytelling?

You bet. In the hands of a master, like filmmaker extraordinaire Steven Spielberg, ordinary or even ‘meh’ stories can be transformed into riveting fare.

And much of what sets Steven apart as a teller of tales comes from his ability to find and use ‘outside of the box’ nuances to heighten viewer experiences.

Here’s a for instance quote that illustrates how he thinks:

“Why pay a dollar for a bookmark? Why not use your dollar as a bookmark?”

Don’t you love it?

By looking beyond the obvious, he finds myriad ways to add new angles, flavours and/or perspectives to most any story.

And in today’s video I dig into 3 specific things Spielberg does when telling stories that can instantly help you to boost your storytelling impact.


Why Being Authentic Matters When Creating Business Videos

Create Authentic Business VideosIt’s hard enough for expert speakers to create compelling and inspiring content – but, what does it take to meet both of these goals via business videos AND for these to go viral too? And…Should you want your videos to go viral?

While preparing for a brand new, FREE 7 Day Marketing Video Challenge for SME owners and professionals that I’m rolling out with April Heavens-Woodcock from 8 May 2017 (and you’re welcome to click here, if you’d like to take part), my missus asked me a tough question:

So what makes a video go viral anyway?


Why Highly ‘Visual Stories’ Add Serious Sparkle to Your Presentations

Tell visual storiesDon’t you just love listening to an exceptional storyteller in action – where you find yourself ‘visually’ engrossed in an unfolding story, dying to know what’s going to happen next, and mentally transported to new worlds?

In today’s post, I’m going to share a single, simple tip you can use to bring your storytelling to a new level when giving presentations – where you don’t merely chronicle events in a purely narrative fashion, but add spice, sparkle, and scintillation to stories via the ancient art of showing ahead of telling.

But, rather than tell you about this tip, I’m going to show you – courtesy of a recent interview given by the always entertaining Tom Hanks on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show.