Perfect Pitch Blog
To live a great story, don’t wish away the pain. To tell a great story, don’t pretend there wasn’t any.
There is a famous saying from Theodore Roosevelt that is often quoted as “Nothing worth having comes easy.” Dig around the internet a little and you will find the accurate quote. It is far richer and more powerful than the popular paraphrase. Roosevelt actually said, “Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing […]
“What do I say now?” How good segues strengthen your ideas, make your slide transitions sing, and add meaning to your stories.
“I was just listening to the BBC and they were doing a story on a 14 year old girl killed by cannibals in prehistoric America. Next thing I knew they were talking about wine. For just a second I thought the were recommending the best wine to go with human flesh, then I realized I […]
How Mistakes Create Critical Business Stories That Build Resilience – The Story Compass Series: Knowledge Stories
The Oxford dictionary defines resilience in two ways: The capacity to withstand or to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness The ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity For us humans, the first is a good literal translation. The second is a wonderful metaphor for recovering quickly. And isn’t that […]
Don’t data dump! Inspired by my favorite data storytelling book, Say It With Charts by Gene Zelazny, these two videos will help you tell a story with your data. How should you present a chart? Be a good movie director using a wide shot, medium shot and close shot. Grappling with how much information to […]
Last week, I had to stop a presenter as he was mid-way through explaining his chart. “Can you back up?” I asked. “I think I first need to understand what the numbers on the side mean.” It happens a lot. After spending a few days or even weeks synthesizing data, pulling out the meaning and […]
A few years ago in a session of The Story Compass, a participant asked me, “Don’t you think storytelling is a bit primitive? I think we’ll evolve past it, communicate in a more sophisticated way.” My first thought was, “Whoah! Slow down buddy. You just called the whole course into question!” Then I thought about […]
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR When Carly Franklin tears out a stitch, she doesn’t see that as a failure with her sewing. For Carly, that is sewing. “Just because something is stitched together doesn’t mean that’s how it will stay.” For Carly, this truth also applies to life. When Carly applied to the Ontario College of Art and […]
One evening last week, I warmed up two chocolate chip cookies and, at the urging of my dad, sat down to watch Formula 1: Drive to Survive on Netflix. By the end of three episodes, I had decided two things. First, I would ask my son to hide the cookies. Second, I would be watching […]
Fear of the unknown. Is there anyone not feeling this right now? If our usual changes at work are like Gandalf showing up at our cottage door and asking, “Hey, want to go to Mordor and destroy this dangerous ring?”, COVID is the unmarked van that peeled up onto the sidewalk, threw us in the back, […]
“Tell them that joke you know.” When we think of engaging our audiences, we often think of things like telling a story, a joke, making eye contact or asking a question. And those are great suggestions. (Unless you’re not funny. Then – please – avoid the joke.) But what about giving them a voice? You […]