Day 94: The danger of a single story.

Day 94- The danger of a single story

Do you have a single story? That one story, that  one thing about you that really defines who you are, the story that people will construct about you without actually getting to know you? It's their shorthand  for 'you'. Ted speaker and novelist Chimamanda Adichie shares with her Ted audience her experiences of being defined by a single story and why the single story can be a dangerous thing. What is the single story? The single story is the shorthand that we default to when we  have limited information about a person or situation.  We might have a snippet of information such as a person's birthplace and then we subconsciously raid our internal reference bank and construct a story about a person based solely on our preconceived ideas.   The danger in this of-course is that so often we construct the wrong story and this ends up breeding resentment, conflicts and on a global scales even wars. Chimamanda was an early reader, writing … [Read more...]

Day 93: What are the clues to a great story?

Day 93- The clues to a  great story- A post inspired by Ted speaker Andrew Stanton

Are you a pretty bad storyteller or you usually have a pretty captive audience? Do you know  what the ingredients to a good story is? Filmmaker (Toy Story) Andrew Stanton does and in his Ted talk, “The clues to a great story” he’s got the audience hooked within the first sixty seconds. How does he do it? Well, you will need to keep reading to find out. The ingredients of a good story Storytelling is at the core of every human experience, it’s what we do. Stories have no boundaries and can take giant leaps through time and location. Andrew talks about what it takes to tell a good story and it really comes down to three words; make me care, but how can we make someone care? Andrew’s Ted talk is full of great nuggets of wisdom but here are my three favourites.   The punchline. You have to know the punchline of your story and know that every part of the story is leading to this one main singular goal. Absence of … [Read more...]

Day 24: How Sting beat writers block – a musical Ted talk with an encore

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Imagine being a world renown singer-songwriter who has penned more award winning lyrics than you had ever dreamed possible. What would happen if one day the songs just dried up. The words stopped coming and what would follow is years of writers block? What would you do? For music legend Sting that was his living reality and  when the words stopped coming Sting knew he needed reclaim his missing muse, he just didn't expect it to be from the place he escaped. Sting’s Ted talk was different to most Ted talks I have watched and I am not referring to the several times he broke out in song with his guitar, although as a Sting fan that was definitely a bonus for me. What really made Sting’s Ted talk stand out was the  way it appeared that he was just simply telling a story between friends - captivating, engaging and honest. His story  took us on a journey through his humble beginnings as a boy living near "a shadow of a shipyard" to present … [Read more...]