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Unique Reads For Injecting Magic Into Your Storytelling in 2019

The art of storytelling is worth pursuing, and luckily these authors give away (some) of their best-kept secrets

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It’s difficult to know how to improve your creative writing skills, because there is so much to keep in mind. Writing style and content is also subjective, so how do you universally impress?

The secrets lie in these books, which will guide you on how to create unforgettable characters, use your personal experience to create a realistic and gripping storyline. Added in are also books that explain ways spontaneous story-making can be used in business. Be sure to check those out too!

#1 Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller

Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller
Building a Story Brand by Donald Miller is one of the more interesting business books I’ve read in the last year. As a writer, I found it particularly fascinating because he breaks down the art of creating an effective story into the bare essentials. Armed with this knowledge a business owner (and a writer!) can better understand what kind of stories people are interested in engaging with, and why!

Before buying a copy make sure to compare the price at various outlets:

Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

#2 Better Selling Through Storytelling by John Livesay

Better Selling Through Storytelling by John Livesay
The old way of selling is to push a message or product. The new way of selling is to pull people in with a compelling story – one that is magnetic to clients.

Better Selling Through Storytelling helps people become master storytellers so they can truly love what they do and get off the self-esteem roller coaster of only feeling good if their numbers are up. John Livesay encourages listeners to give up selling – and become storytellers instead! He teaches sales representatives and entrepreneurs alike how to become irresistible to their clients and what the best storytelling strategy is to get a yes.

From learning how not to take rejection personally to overcoming the three faces of fear, listeners learn to embrace disruption with new tools that prepare them for any unexpected waves that come their way and how to get the sale.

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#3 TED Talks Storytelling by Akash Karia

TED Talks Storytelling by Akash Karia
TED Talks Storytelling is Awesome: I have TED Talks Storytelling and it is an amazing book to help one learn advanced storytelling tips. Storytelling is a great way to reach customers, improve relationships and more! I have learned so so much from this book and purchased the Audible. I listen it to on my commute to work frequently.

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#4 Powered by Storytelling by Murray Nossel

Powered by Storytelling by Murray Nossel
This is a simple, but profound book that includes both “the why” and the “how” of best practices for creating and delivering world-class stories. The “how” includes an empirically-validated, three-step process:

1) excavate personal memories and experiences that illustrate the point you’re trying to communicate.

2) craft and shape the elements of your personal story into a classic story structure that connects with a specific audience.

3) present the story using the book’s simple performance techniques. The result is more empathetic, motivating, and effective stories… and storytelling.

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#5 Create A Story – The Invasion of the Vikings by Andrew Massingham

Create A Story - The Invasion of the Vikings by Andrew Massingham
Create A Story A series of fun, engaging activity books which will support a young child in writing their own imaginative short stories. Watch your child build their story as they progress through the book and share the excitement of a unique story in the making.

The Invasion of the Vikings Our writers will be taking their chosen characters on a dangerous journey as they look to defeat the Viking enemy. Who will they meet along the way? What problems will they be faced with?

How will they overcome the many obstacles that will no doubt be put in front of them. All these decisions are down to our young writers. We look forward to seeing which route they choose to take their story down.

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#6 Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath
Made to Stick – Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die’ by Chip and Dan Heath tells the ultimate truth in why as Mark Twain so eloquently put, A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on. When you think about old wives tales, urban legends, conspiracy theories, and other untrue stories – what makes it memorable is all in how you tell the story. On that, this book certainly delivers.

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#7 Creating Unforgettable Characters By Linda Seger

Creating Unforgettable Characters By Linda Seger
Entertainment industry professional Linda Seger has written many excellent books to help writers with their storytelling techniques. I am suggesting this particular book because, without unforgettable characters, even the best plots and most exciting action sequences will be missing the essential ingredients for good storytelling.

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Book Depository (International)Waterstones (International) Read more reviews and buy the book here

Contributors to this article
Adam Cole from Adam Cole Works, LLC

John Livesay from JohnLivesay

Becky Beach from Mom Beach LLC

Bryan Mattimore from Growth Engine

Alisha Billmen from Austin Macauley Publishers

Rio Rocket from RioRocket

Phyllis Zimbler Miller from Phyllis Zimbler Miller

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