Storytelling School 101: The Simplest Story

Storytelling is the most enduring form of communication. Whether you are a salesman, artist, writer, marketer, director, politician, or almost any other profession, improving your storytelling abilities will make you more effective at your job and aid you in your social life.

Storytelling School is a free video series that will teach you how to improve your storytelling skills by analyzing the techniques of master storytellers (Next week is Walt Disney!).

I have produced the first few videos already and depending on audience demand, (that means you :-p), I will continue producing more going forward. This is an experiment, so let me know if you are interested in seeing more of this kind of content.

The Longer Story

It recently occurred to me that storytelling is at the core of almost all of my interests and projects. Be it digital marketing, writing this blog, or pursuing my bucket list, storytelling is the common trait that unites my passions and keeps me moving forward. I have spent the last decade working individually on those areas of my life (First digital marketing, then writing and most recently bucket listing) and have been looking for a way to make more progress while still maintaining focus.

I realized that if I want to take all of my activities to the next level, storytelling would be a great area to focus on. Improving the foundation that supports my interests will, at least in theory, improve everything I do.

When I looked for a free course on storytelling to learn more, I couldn’t find one. I started deep diving the subject by studying the techniques of master storytellers and realized that I should share my new learnings with all of you (teaching is the best way to learn). Thus this experimental series.

LifeListed.com is a blog about living a happy and purposeful life. My goal is to help all of you improve your life story. This potential video series is a step further. I now want to help all of you improve your life story and then share it in the most effective and helpful way possible.

Check out the video above and let me know if this subject interests you. If so, I’ll keep releasing videos after the initial three.

9 comments… add one

  • John Bardos Mar 28, 2014

    Great idea Danny. We all need to tell good stories if we want to get our ideas out into the world. I look forward to the series.

    • Danny Dover Mar 28, 2014

      Thanks John! Glad to hear that you appreciate the series :-)

  • Jonathan Goodman Mar 28, 2014

    Really exciting Danny. I’m looking forward to more in this series. Though I do have to ask: What’s up with the haircut!! Haha. Keep it real dude!

    • Danny Dover Mar 28, 2014

      lol :-)

      Goofy haircut is because I filmed this while traveling. :-) When this was filmed, I was coming to the end of two months in Saigon and about my 12th country in 2 months.

      Unfortunately, my hair is even worse in the next video in the series. :-p

      Cheers Jonathan!

  • mike vallano Mar 28, 2014

    Yes. Storytelling is very important and something that is not frequently taught or blogged about, but in reality it can make a huge impact–getting buy-in from bosses or clients, persuading people, etc. I’ll be checking out your series. Thanks for taking the time to learn by teaching!

    • Danny Dover Mar 28, 2014

      Excellent, Mike. I happy to hear you think this will be valuable. I think you are right, ” in reality it can make a huge impact”

      Hope life is treating you well!

  • Mary Lane Mar 28, 2014

    Public speaking is basically storytelling. And when you have to tell the same story over and over, it can be difficult to keep it fresh. Learning how some of the best approach the craft sounds great! Thanks for a digging into and presenting this. It’s something that I can apply personally and immediately! You are a wonderful story teller yourself Danny, and I’ll be looking forward to this series for sure – starting with Walt Disney.

    • Danny Dover Mar 28, 2014

      Hey Mary! Always good to hear from you!

      I appreciate your positive support! :-) You are right, storytelling can have a huge impact on public speaking and lots of other life activities. I’ll setup the Walt Disney video to go live next week. Cheers!

  • Pam L Apr 2, 2014

    Hi Danny,
    I just joined Toastmasters to improve my public speaking skills. I think your storytelling series will be quite helpful! Thanks.

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