Everyone Has a Story To Tell

What yours? We want to help you tell it.

Our tribe continues to grow and gather from all four directions.

Lets get to know each other. Come introduce yourself:

  • What are you working on?
  • How do you hope storytelling can make a difference?
  • What would you like Get Storied to teach and share with you?

Please post in the comments below

Share about yourself, including your secret super-powers. Ask a question, and I’ll point you to relevant resources and links. I’ll read and respond to everyone (just be nice).

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  • http://www.JamillahWarner.com Jamillah Warner

    I’m a poet with a passion for business, at least that’s the short and sweet version. Born to a former salesman, the oldest daughter of two entrepreneurs with great big hearts (they are always in the business of helping people)….and I just want more out of my life and out of the lives of everyone around me. 

    - I have a tendency to focus on how communication impacts everything and I have always believed that we (all of us) are superheroes of some kind, so thank you for your take on it!And thanks for get storied, glad to be a part of this “tribe”

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Jamillah – I love your superhero energy here in the mix. Love the poet and business mashup. I think that’s how we should all approach life – as creative art and expression.

  • Gloria Nikolas

    I am a Program and Planning Analyst.  I have always had strong communication skills.  I am always looking for ways to expand and improve on telling my story.  My story is still inside me and will probably take years to develop to the point that I am confident to share my life story.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Gloria – thanks for taking the step to put yourself out there, here. You’re already sharing your life story…just a crack open in the door. Over time it will grow. Appreciate you introducing yourself.

  • CelesteandCo.

    Hi Michael, 
    Help!  Any ideas on how to approach a great About Me…  for someone who sports both a creative development hat (e.g. name ideation, colorist, design thinker, brand identity, concept development, product development) versus a strategic/ biz dev hat (knowledge base around consumer and b & b marketing and PR; human resources and operations)…

    I need to find a way to clearly and interestingly, explain myself … yet in a comprehensive, compelling way. Thanks so much in advance for insights… With best, Celeste

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Celeste –

      Great seeing you last week. I recommend you choose a theme or story to wrap everything else around. For instance, think of how you see the world – my sense from knowing you is that its a combination of aesthetic alignment and harmony in the details. You also are phenomenal researcher, connector of people/ideas, and you see patterns everywhere (i.e. you connect the dots).

      Not trying to push a sale here, though you might find the http://www.thenewaboutme.com system as the perfect structure to further shape, and package your story. Lets catch up soon!

  • Vlad Nikolov

    A normal trilingual child from a bilingual family, I went into advertising at the ripe old age of 26 and never looked back. Looking back though, I have a record of telling engaging and believable made-up stories (like urging my school buddies to look around the house for that gaming console I claimed to own but allegedly well hidden from me by my parents, concerned with my marks at school). Those experiences proved usable for advertising copywriting and Creative Director’s job later.
    I am recently working on a launch campaign for a new brand of packaged pastries. I make a living by telling a good story about brands and products but tend to forget the importance of my own storybeing well told. I joined the club to get myself constantly reminded that I need to tell my own story better. A repeated alarm on the subject is what I expect to overcome snoozing and get my presentation right. Cheers Michael.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Vlad, my sweet tooth thanks you for your stories. And I’m grateful to have a fellow brand marketer in the tribe. Glad to know we can support each other in remembering the personal side of storytelling, and that most of us storytellers are drawn to the fire, as an exploration of our own selves and relationship with the world. Excited to hear your own thinking and evolving around these issues.

  • Doc Seth

    Hi Michael, love your site and vision!

    I’m a husband, dad of 3, and an “Elevator”.  I’ve lived in Oregon, Utah, Hawaii, France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Hungary.  I speak fluent French.

    I love network marketing, Vince Flynn novels and making French Crepes with Nutella for breakfast. My City-League basketball team just went undefeated and won our City Championship.

    I gave up my Chiropractic career to focus on being an Entrepreneur 100%.

    Working on 2 books and currently co-authoring the sequel to a recent best-seller.

    I’m the owner of ElevateEverything.com, a site that I created to encourage entrepreneurs everywhere to elevate themselves so they can in turn elevate their families and their communities.. and eventually the world.

    I love incorporating stories in my posts and putting pictures in people’s mind to drive home important principles!

    I love your Manifesto and look forward to learning from you for years to come!  I can definitely see us doing a JV in the future!

    Make it a great day, and as always…

    Elevate Everything!

    Doc Seth
    ~husband, dad, elevator~

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Doc! Thanks for stopping by. I love the “open kimono” style of your about page/bio on your site. What a great introduction to yourself. And really vibe with the “play your own game” ethos. Look forward to connecting more.

  • Loralee Hutton

    I’m a preachers kid from a gypsy family going back at least 4 generations.  They might not call themselves that, but it’s true.  All of my family had a passion for packing it all up and getting on the road, leaving our baggage behind literally and figuratively for long periods of time.

    I used to think it was normal, but maybe not! It’s in my blood, and I’m the most passionate & creative while planning my next adventure.  I show up better for my clients, when I’ve got travel plans in my calendar.  

    For the past 5 years I’ve been working towards changing my accounting consulting business from 100% in person 1-1 coaching, to an elegant blend of offline and online.  And now I’m ready to launch in style.  I’m putting almost all of my earthly belongings into storage & making the road my home for the next 6 months or longer.  Back to my roots.  Sorry Grandad, I’m not selling pots and pans and spices from the back of the car.  Loved you for your passion though!

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hot damn! Love your vision of location independence Loralee. It’s definitely something we’re equally working on here at Get Storied, and in the coming years,  plan to spend a bunch of time on the road, setting up hubs and linkages in cities around the world. In 2012, we’re going to be sharing more of the tools and strategies for how to build a platform that allows you to operate and thrive from anywhere in the world.

  • http://twitter.com/visualsspeak visualsspeak

    I am super passionate about creating visuals that get people telling stories. Getting beyond the habitual stories they always tell, and surfacing new insights and ways to look at the world. I’m interested in connecting to others who are using storytelling for personal and professional development as well as people who are using the arts in various ways. 

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hot Damn! I love what you do. Stay tuned for the next Reinvention Summit in November where we’ll gather over 1,000 members of the tribe online for a virtual conference on the future of storytelling. Lots of networking that comes with this too.

  • Terri

    Hi, I am the host of a TV show about businesses.  I would like to know how to better tell my story as well as how to teach other businesses how to tell their story.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Terri – thanks for introducing yourself. What an awesome job! Will definitely keep sharing content that I think can be relevant to you and your audience.

  • Wendy

    What are you working on? The Whole Warrior Project- a package via flash drive of coping strategies our warriors can take with and use in battle during deployment as well as post-deployment to deal with healing the trauma of battle.How do you hope storytelling can make a difference? Sharing the story helps to heal. It helps all of us better understand what is really happening and hopefully we will cease to continue making repeated mistakes.What would you like Get Storied to teach and share with you? How to get the story out! How to engage others in the story. And how to do it with no money!

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Wendy – thanks for doing such important and humbling work. Excited to share with you strategies for getting the story out. The money bit…can show you how to build stuff for pennies on the dollar, but you also have to embrace the need to build your financial base to grow and scale. In your case, recommend thinking more of “who really cares” about your story? How/why would they want to be involved/buy/invest? For instance, are you marketing this package to families with a deployed soldier, or churchs/community groups that do projects in support of soldiers? Focus on getting others invested in the story.

  • http://www.sellingcare.co.uk Glen Crosier

    Hey Michael – I help everyday people with less ordinary ideas. Right now I’m working with social enterprises working in local communities here in England. Looking forward to *that* webinar – lol – keep up the great work, Glen

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Glen – I appreciate the encouragement. I started my career as a social entrepreneur, and storytelling around those dimensions is close to my heart. Stay tuned for more content and programming on that end, especially in 2012. Also working on a Global Tour with social enterprise hubs as one of the key lever points.

  • http://twitter.com/Snufkin Snufkin

    I’d like to get over my reserve/modesty in be better at articulating who I am in terms of unique skills/experiences. My suspicion is that people who have successful online profiles have either worked at this skill or are naturally talented. And oddly enough, I’m very good at public speaking (classic ENTP personality) and could probably verbally tell somebody. In writing, not so much. I just killed myself over a cover letter application for a company I wanted to get my foot in the door and since they didn’t respond (and hired somebody else), I’m looking for Lessons Learned. 

    Otherwise, the common threads for me would be International Relations (I was in the Peace Corps, speak Spanish as a Second Language, & been all over Latin America including Cuba & Brazil) and working with Digital Information in the Clean/Renewable Energy and Science/Technology Business industries. 

    • Jennifer

      Snufkin, are you a fan of author Tove Jansson by any chance?

      • http://twitter.com/Snufkin Snufkin

        “I’ll come when it suits me. Perhaps I shan’t come at all. I just may set off in another direction entirely.”

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Snufkin – I can totally relate to you. I’m so much more comfortable telling my story in dialogue/talking than in writing. Do you ever record your talks and get them transcribed? That’s a great way to capture your voice and personality – without over thinking in it while staring at a blank page.

  • Stormy Sweitzer

    HI Michael,
    I love your story-telling approach, but have fallen victim to dry, corporate-speak that influenced the earlier part of my career.  I listened in to your call last Wed for as long as you spoke and look forward to the recording to help me get my story out in a meaningful, interesting way.

    What am I working on – using my entrepreneurial skills and save-the-world sensibilities to help nonprofits create dependable revenue strategies, and teaching people with food allergies how to make the transition to a new way of eating.  Looking forward to Getting Storied.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Stormy -

      Love the bridge building that you’re working on. I used to be kind of uptight and uncomfortable in my own skin, and as I became more confident in myself, the story became much easier to tell. It begins by following the energy just as you currently are. What are the issues, ideas, and projects that get you fired up. That energy is a teacher. There’s a natural story for you tell there, because its what matters to you.

  • Anonymous

    I am a web marketer, and I recently got my license in massage therapy. I’ve seen that nearly all massage therapists struggle with presenting themselves (their vision of their practice, etc). In their attempt to seem professional and legitimate, they stop being relatable. I’m putting together workshops to teach them how to better represent themselves (online and off), so what I’m learning from Get Storied, I hope to apply both to myself and to what I teach them. 

    I really appreciate your recommendation during Friday’s webinar to read the Medici Effect. I hadn’t ever heard of it, but it’s perfect for what I’m trying to do. I’m about half way through it and it’s giving voice to a lot of experiences I’ve had. Thank you.

    As for what I’d love to learn more about- DATA. I’m trying to teach the therapists that just because something looks good to them (think: papyrus font, stock photography, third person bio, vistaprint templates, etc), it doesn’t mean that it translates to their target audience. I’m introducing Calls To Action and A/B testing. So, while I LOVE what is being taught from Get Storied, the more data I can get that statistically supports the idea that people buy people, not products, the stronger case I’ll have in trying to help them move to this model. (“It just sounds better” isn’t an argument you can make to a group of people who think that their site needs to launch music and have no text on the home page.)

    I know you’re conducting a study for About pages, and I’ll definitely reference that once it’s complete. I don’t know if you have anything in the works for how your Before/After pages not only READ, but CONVERT, but if you do, those stats will definitely help in my efforts to show a measurable benefit of being authentically connected.
    Thanks again for the book recommendation, and for the inspiring vision and mission of Get Storied!

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Amy – thanks for sharing your story and journey here. Grateful you’ve signed up for The New About Me, and are enjoying the book recommendation.

      I have to admit, I have a love/hate relationship with DATA. Sure, we’re doing a study on About pages and will data to share in the process. But in general, I find our culture tries to hard to over-rationalize a story to death.

      Instead my bias, is always to focus on what really matters, talk about in terms that others can relate with, and help them overcome the objections and obstacles that stand in the way of implementation. This approach doesn’t require “data” to prove I’m right, it requires resonance that gets people to believe in themselves and to choose a path in alignment with what they think is most important.

      I know my perspective is a bit contrarian in a world that worships data, statistics, and the need to validate/prove everything. You can’t create a real change or innovation if you are dependent on the past to validate its existence. Of course, whatever you create has to be relevant to people – if folks don’t believe in your story, all the blind faith in the world, won’t buy you a cup of coffee.

      Welcome your thoughts and comments…

  • Tim

    Tried some thing different, how’s this?

    OK. Here we go. I’m a Leo. I enjoy long walks on the beach and
    Monster Truck and Tractor Pulls. Oh…that’s probably not what you are
    interested in huh?

    Tell you what; I’ll give you 2 versions. For those of you who don’t
    like to read more than the standard 160 characters in a text, FB post or
    tweet, here ya go:

    “Tim Tialdo – Self-Proclaimed Media Pimp, Fitness Buff and Dance
    music Addict. In his spare time, Tim stunt doubles for George St. Pierre
    and mentors young disadvantaged children. Oh yeah and he wears sex
    panther, a formidable scent that stings the nostrils.”

    Now if that just teased your curiosity, please read on for the more traditional description of who and what I’m all about.

    Tim grew up in Belleville, Illinois where his love for the camera
    didn’t develop until people kept telling him he had a great voice. He
    followed that calling and studied radio/television at Southern Illinois
    University at Carbondale. After graduation Tialdo was lucky to
    immediately begin working inside the research department at “Access
    Hollywood” in Los Angeles, CA. After learning the in’s and out’s of
    Hollywood, he pursued an on-air career in TV news, which included 5
    years and stops at NBC affiliates in Clarksburg, West Virginia and
    Springfield, Missouri as an anchor and reporter.

    Looking to utilize his personality a bit more, Tim stepped away from
    news and took his first full time entertainment gig in 2008 as a field
    host for “Great Day St. Louis” on CBS in St. Louis. Tialdo then strapped
    on his entrepreneurial boots and created/executive produced and hosted
    the entertainment magazine show SPOT TV on ABC in St. Louis.

    In 2006, after competing in a bodybuilding show, Tim began emceeing
    as a secondary career. In 5 years he’s worked with the biggest names in
    the fitness industry and has become one of the most sought after emcees
    in the bodybuilding world.

    Tim has enjoyed some great opportunities during his television career
    including numerous celebrity interviews and behind the scenes features
    with The Today Show, Jeopardy, and Wheel of Fortune. He’s hosted several
    state beauty pageants and has published articles in Parks and
    Recreation magazine and has presented at national conferences for the
    NRPA on how to deal with the media.

    In addition to his broadcast career, Tim many commercial and
    corporate video credits to his name. He’s filmed statewide and national
    commercial campaigns. Tim continues to emcee many charitable events. He
    founded the annual “Spike It For Diabetes” Volleyball Tournament in
    Springfield, MO and was a big brother for 4 years in the Big Brother/Big
    Sister program.

    In his daily life Tim is very involved in health and fitness. He’s a
    former Natural Bodybuilder and also played competitive volleyball for 16
    years. In his spare time, Tim works in the Internet Marketing space
    where he continually is learning how to take what he does to the next


  • http://harvstmoon17.blogspot.com/ Denise Mulligan

    Hi Michael,
    I love the whole idea of your Storytelling University and manifesto. I come from a storytelling family. My personal tribe loves to talk!  They are funny and tell very funny stories. I enjoy making art and I like to blog.  Eventually, when I have some inventory to sell, I’d like to get a little online business going.  I would like to learn how to tell a better story.  How to talk about myself without sounding pompous or boring.  I believe in connecting people through storytelling. I would like people to be interested in my stories and keep returning to my blog and maybe buy some artwork.  
    If you have any suggestions or great websites for blogging, I’d love to hear about them.
    Good luck on your continued success!

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Denise! Appreciate you introducing yourself.

      My suggestion: start producing content/products now. Even if it’s a simple white paper or free report. The web works on the concept of the gift economy, you need to share something that people can pay forward. And you want to give people something to talk about. Thus the reason I give my manifesto away for free, when I could easily charge for it.

      Great websites for blogging. Start with http://www.copyblogger.com, http://www.problogger.com, and http://www.socialtriggers.com. Great balance of articles on finding your point of view and practical stuff to trick out and grow your site.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=10618874 Chase Sherman

    Michael, I went through your exercise for developing a compelling story… thought I’d post it:

    Most would say I’m a 23 year-old punk kid who’s got no business trying to start his own business.

    Especially when I’ve got no corporate experience under my belt.  I get it, most CEOs and managers will look at me like I’m nuts.

    And to top it, four months into ‘real-life mode’ I sold my car and moved back to LA in order to buy myself more time. Fortunately I could live at my mom’s and work on my business at her office because she had an extra desk.

    But here’s the way I see it — because you’ve just now heard what the rest of the world thinks (and how I set myself up for absolute commitment to my work).

    To start off you must know that right when I graduated high school Facebook and other social media platforms were just getting started.  And although I wasn’t leveraging them for business up until this last year, I was using Facebook before many were even able to get on it.

    I can remember every one of my friends using their new college emails to claim their profile.  From the perspective of a college student, I saw Facebook evolve into what it is today.

    Consequently, I’m now translating what I know into my company.

    Now before we jump into the business, you should also know I’m interested in creating a life that fulfills me.  As a result, I’ve invested much of my time in search for gratifying work.  I love learning from people who’ve seen a lot and done a lot.

    I’m a personal development fiend.  I love listening to guys like Tony Robbins, Earl Nightengale, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Eckhart Tolle, Wayne Dyer, Deepak Chopra, Tim Ferris, Jack Canfield, and Brendon Burchard.

    I eat this stuff for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I try to train my mind to be prepared for opportunities.  There’s something nice about always being ‘on.’  Thinking about the next move. Strategizing.

    As a 23 year-old college graduate, I think I’m in the best position to do great work.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Chase – I love your passion and mojo. And totally agree, entrepreneurship is increasingly an exercise in personal development. You are well on the path. As a digital native you intuitively understand how the social web allows any of us to create our own world and play our own game. You are both doing that for yourself and teaching others to do the same. No greater way to build an online business than to invite people on the journey with you. Excited to collaborate with you some more.

      My favorite Napoleon Hill quote (from 100 years ago):
      “People buy your personality and ideas, before they buy your products and services.”

  • http://twitter.com/angelarare Angela Bushman

    I’m a writer and mar-comm strategist, a single mother and homeowner, a maven, active and adventurous. I’m  obsessed with Bob Schneider (the singer-songwriter), standup paddling, Endangered Species Chocolate’s Tiger Bar and eating locally-grown, organic foods. 

    I love synthesizing complex information from divergent sources and turning out messages that are easy-to-understand for regular people. And I love making my clients happy! I love hearing that I have a gift.

    As a side project, I wrote a book about dads just being fathers / caregivers and I’m trying to get it funded on kickstarter.com — you can learn more and support it here: http://kck.st/mxTJs8 

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Angela – Great to have you amongst the tribe. Hmmmm….you said chocolate.

  • Mantecagirl

    I’m a public library director in California (that’s two strikes in case anyone is interested). The perfect storm of anti-tax, a terrible economy, anti-public sector sentiment and an assumption that technology is making libraries irrelevant requires new energy and new stories to tell. If people only knew how amazing libraries are and how we make a difference in someone’s life each and every day!

    I am working on repositioning a library system that faces some real issues, including economic ones, but also a crisis in confidence from a few years ago that resulted in the arrest of two library employees and a scathing grand jury report.  As the new kid on the block, (2 years on the job) I am juggling lots of plates and need help working on a cogent and coherent message that reinforces all the good we do AND that we’re doing all we can to rebuild the public’s trust. 

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Wow! I can really sympathize with your efforts and the challenging need to reinvent the library story. Wonder what can be done to transform libraries into more of a true community learning center. And/or the 21st century version of imaginarium…a place where your imagination can run wild, and you can explore the world. In many ways a reinvention of the old story of libraries, but recontextualized for today’s issues.

  • Cakewalk76

    My name is Muneeza. My story is one of ‘unusals’ – everything about my life is unusual. I feel like I don’t really ‘belong’ in any place. I am from Pakistan, born there, but never lived. Moved to kuwait at the age of 11 months old. Left there during the Gulf war at age 14. Ended up in Pakistan for a few months. Then moved to Oman with my family and ended up there for 9 years. Then moved to Dubai. (Where I met the love of my life – but that’s a whole different story!). Stayed there for two years before landing an admission into my top business school – London Business School. Went there for a year and then married the love of my life and moved to the US. Stamford CT!! Been here 8 years… I have lived in many different places, but don’t feel like I belong anywhere, but yet I connect everywhere. I don’t really fit in being a Pakistani who never really grew up there, I can never be a citizen or ‘belong’ to the Persian Gulf states where I spent most of my life, England came close to feeling like I belonged, and then of course I ended up in the US of A where I just wanted to runaway and never return. I guess some folks call me a world citizen, whatever that means. All I know is that I love connecting with people, connecting to their hearts and healing their hearts. 

    So far, you’re thinking – her life doesn’t sound so unusual to me so far – actually it sounds pretty good. Well, I haven’t mentioned so far, that all the while growing up, I was a pretty sick kid. I was beridden with respiratory problems from the age of 4 months, first with bronchitis, tuberculosis and then a host of coughs, colds and flus and numerous other infections my whole life. This led to pretty severe allergies and asthma. It was interesting that the culmination of my journey to heal my sickness happened in the very place from where I wanted to escape, the US. I was the person who said I would never live in the US (lesson learned: never say never) and yet the place which made me feel so imprisoned also gave me the ultimate liberation of body, mind and spirit. 

    It was here in the US where I found the courage to leave a 13 year career in finance, an amazing cushy job at NBC as Director of Finance for Television Operations, overnight. My health in the US was abysmal. I was rushed into the hospital emergency room about 8 times in my first year here! It was hard to perform well at a job I didn’t love with a body that wouldn’t cooperate. I was finally pushed to my upper limits for tolerating this life and I decided that I was going to quit. The only person I told was my husband. The next day when I handed in my resignation, EVERYONE was shocked. They hadn’t seen that coming. But life is full of contrasts, right? In the deepest darkest days I experienced feeling unwell, lonely and despaired, is where I saw the light to finally walk away and change my life. It was in the contrast of the darkness that I even saw the light. And boy was it some light. That is the light that has led me to live the life I always WANTED. The life where I was able to lose weight, heal my body (within 2 weeks I was able to leave a life of 5 drugs a day FOREVER and its been 6 years since I had a drug), find a career that I absolutely LOVE (I am a health, nutrition and lifestyle coach helping people find their own way back to health), 2 beautiful children I could never have had with all the drugs I was taking, and now doing deeply spiritual work to heal my own deep-seated limiting thoughts and beliefs and I want to shout my story from the rooftops. It IS inspiring, it is beautiful and it can be yours too. The story of how my children were born, calmly, serenely, comfortably, ecstatically and pain-free, is a whole other chapter in my book of life. It is why I became a HypnoBirthing teacher, using hypnosis to prepare for labour and birth. 

    I always wanted to be a healer. Little did I know that the deep contrast of ill health I experienced for almost 30 years of my life would be the foundation on which I would grow into a passionate and compassionate healer. Healing through foods and through birth.

    This is my story. It is the story of everyday miracles. And my passion is to inspire the world with my story. That is why I am a world citizen. 

    • Cakewalk76

      So Michael, I just posted my story (I was inspired to write so I let it flow), and I guess I should answer the questions you put up: I am working on growing my businesses (HypnoBirthing and nutrition coaching). I reached somewhat of a lull and I want to turn that around. I am riding a huge wave of expansion as I write this, and I love how my story inspires folks. I want to tell it in the most compelling way possible to reach and inspire as many folks as possible. I want to learn from GetStoried the most effective way to tell my story, write my about page, harness word of mouth marketing (your manifesto is brilliant). My websites are http://healthymoon.com and http://letsbirthcalmly.com and I would love to learn how to incorporate the story in an effective way on other marketing material like a brochure or a flyer. Also I want to know whether a video (live) story is more compelling than a story told in the written word. My secret super powers (I have many LOL): Making quantum leaps of time (basically getting a lot of S*&# done when I need to), I love to write creatively, I am a voracious reader (I read two books a month), I am a multitasker (with 2 kids that is a job requirement) and I am super organised (when inspired so). I am a super pleasure seeker (I like to take the easy road of least resistance and I think I have that down to an art)… I have moments of being scattered and my goal is to now focus on my work and bring the message and brand that is me, together for the world to see….

  • Rachel Rubin

    Hi Michael! I’m from Chicago and work as an I/T eCommerce analyst for a large corporation. For fun I have a food blog. I have started down an additional path and am writing a non-fiction book of historical short stories. With that I plan to get a new blog started as well. Lots of fun times ahead! I look forward to connecting more with you and your tribe.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Rachel – Yum, I love food. Especially when chocolate is involved. Appreciate all your creative interests and that you’re a woman of creative action. Excited to see your next chapters take shape.

  • http://www.wordswords.com.au/ Di Mace

    You may be wondering who I am.

    I spin gold from the straw at hand; I’m a business writer,
    thinker, blogger, storyteller, believer in the impossible, darer, re-inventor, idea
    starter, learner and searcher for the perfect pencil case.


    I am a writer and marketer: I help businesses make
    money using words. By combining the science of marketing with the art of
    storytelling, I develop persuasive communications.

    Why? Because everything has a story. And a good story
    moves you. It can inspire you to remember, to act, to buy.


    My name is Di
    Mace and my background includes marketing, corporate and magazine work;
    across business, creative and marketing writing.  As a freelance
    copywriter I specialise in the power of the written word. I have more than
    twenty years’ experience in marcom and corporate communications that need to do
    a job – to sell something. That ‘thing’ may be a product, idea,
    service, person or a company that just wants to make things happen.

    I love your storied movement. But I’d love to see you cover stories about companies and people other
    than large corporations. To truly spread the power of story it needs to be
    shown in all contexts, not just the international brands and people who are
    well known – that’s unrealistic and unreachable for the many than could and can
    benefit from storytelling.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Thanks for the great feedback Di. We talk a lot of about the journey of entrepreneurs and social change agents here too. Stay tuned for our Reinvention Summit, virtual conference on storytelling November where we’ll have a huge diversity of voices, perspectives, and angles on the movement.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hi Di – thanks for introducing yourself here as a fellow storyteller. We’ve got lots of content for people and organizations beyond large corporations. Check out http://www.thenewaboutme.com, our system for personal brand storytelling, and http://www.reinventionsummit.com, our virtual conference for entrepreneurs and creatives on the power of storytelling.

  • Dellabeffa

    Hi, I’m Carla Della Beffa, a visual and video artist and a student of life. My work is about connecting experiences and sharing knowledge and emotions: that’s why I can be a good choice as an international artist-in-residence in universities, foundations or museums. If you are among them, trust me, even if you can’t yet find many reassuring big names in my story. Be the first. 

    I started painting in 1993, just before the international advertising agency where I was creative director dismissed me. I discovered the Internet in 1996: slow modems inspired my technologically simple net-art and website, http://www.carladellabeffa.com. Went on to digital photography, two published books, video art. Change is the key: I need the evolution.

    My family name, Della Beffa, means joke. I love red wine but not pasta, unlike your typical Italian.

  • Alyse

    I am Alyse Hart and the earliest words I remember my parents using to describe me were…you are SUCH a storyteller,  instigator and precocious. It wasn’t a compliment- it meant that I embroidered things and got people moving. Felt like something I ought to hide. Except with some friends. My letters from Sleep away camp reporting on the disgusting food and my bunkmates quirky behavior made me a hit with my small fan following who really loved stories from New Hampshire.  That helped me embrace my inner observer and communicator.

    Back to my family though. Three generations  were in sales. They liked talking to everyone and no answers were cut and dry—no, they always had a backstory. These guys used both sides of their brains. Since I had trouble learning and academia wasn’t for me I followed my Grandmother’s advice ( she was a 3rd grade graduate) “if you can get along with people–you can make a living.” So…. I defaulted into sales and wasn’t really any good at it. I couldn’t “man up” and close…. no not me. I had to  create rapport– I had to know their story.  Eventually I found my success in advertising and magazine print sales and enjoyed long relationships with customers.

    For a while I became a little obsessed about gender differences. I crabbed a bit. Wrote a book called “Your Corporate Recovery”  and noticed that women weren’t using their greatest assets. Sell it Like a Woman was born and it was a guy who hired me for my first workshop teaching. He was smart. Women balked or threw eggs 4 years ago but something is changing and call it 2012 coming or evolution but we all need to be seen and heard and thanks for giving permission to all to do it. It’s what makes me interested in others and allows me to “click” with people or not. So excited to be here.

  • Alyse

    I am Alyse Hart and the earliest words I remember my parents using to describe me were…you are SUCH a storyteller,  instigator and precocious. It wasn’t a compliment- it meant that I embroidered things and got people moving. Felt like something I ought to hide. Except with some friends. My letters from Sleep away camp reporting on the disgusting food and my bunkmates quirky behavior made me a hit with my small fan following who really loved stories from New Hampshire.  That helped me embrace my inner observer and communicator.

    Back to my family though. Three generations  were in sales. They liked talking to everyone and no answers were cut and dry—no, they always had a backstory. These guys used both sides of their brains. Since I had trouble learning and academia wasn’t for me I followed my Grandmother’s advice ( she was a 3rd grade graduate) “if you can get along with people–you can make a living.” So…. I defaulted into sales and wasn’t really any good at it. I couldn’t “man up” and close…. no not me. I had to  create rapport– I had to know their story.  Eventually I found my success in advertising and magazine print sales and enjoyed long relationships with customers.

    For a while I became a little obsessed about gender differences. I crabbed a bit. Wrote a book called “Your Corporate Recovery”  and noticed that women weren’t using their greatest assets. Sell it Like a Woman was born and it was a guy who hired me for my first workshop teaching. He was smart. Women balked or threw eggs 4 years ago but something is changing and call it 2012 coming or evolution but we all need to be seen and heard and thanks for giving permission to all to do it. It’s what makes me interested in others and allows me to “click” with people or not. So excited to be here.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NVLZLS5JKOKZ6AYQJXAGCCDAMQ Melvin Bowman

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2 (64GB) and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $674 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, CentHub.com

  • http://organizing20.org Charles Lenchner

    I’ve spent 25 years working for social justice and social change with nonprofits, political candidates, advocacy groups and unions. At some point, I realized that there was a big difference between the actual tasks I was engaged in (marketing, event planning, organizing, fundraising, and lobbying) and the goals I was pursuing (peace, love and justice). But when I stepped away from the crowd to look at the actual mechanics of my work, it seemed that I was breaking ranks somehow.

    For the last two years I’ve been running a series of trainings to help advocates for economic justice use online communication tools better. To succeed, the labor movement doesn’t just need better organizers, they need hundreds or thousands of new digital labor strategists. Unfortunately, for many labor organizations no one qualified is wearing that hat. Even worse, there are many who are qualified but they don’t have the status power to wield influence.

    I’d like to offer my training to more people across the country. Not so much because ‘my’ training is so great, but because I’m in touch with so many pro-bono volunteers willing to come together and share their specific skills to others in the community. Digital strategy trainings for social change do exist, but they are few and far between.

    One of the challenges to working with the labor community is that it relies a great deal on long established relationships. This means that a veteran communicator who doesn’t understand new media can get the contracts while freelancers with better skills and lower prices aren’t even in the mix. I’d like to change this situation, something I think would benefit unions AND provide work for great union allies who can do a better job.

    I really enjoyed your presentation on story, and immediately started working on my superhero profile. The one serious question I had was about how to make my audience feel like the hero. My audience is a mixed bunch, and range from outgoing creatives to cautious by the book folks.How can I make them the stars of my stories?

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Charles – thanks for introducing yourself here.

      In terms of making your audience the hero, its important to remember that you can’t please EVERYONE. So focus on connecting those who you can most easily relate to. The answer lies in your own journey, and what you’ve had to overcome or learn the hard way. In my case, I serve entrepreneurs and change-makers because my entire life has been focused on translating world-changing ideas into cultural acceptance. So that’s who I focus the hero story on. Make sense? So while your audience is a “mixed bunch” start making choices about who you feel most called to serve (and are in a position to benefit from your work).

      You might want to connect with John Hlinko of Left Action – http://leftaction.com/ around your work. Just mention my name.

  • Paddyslantern

    After a serious spine injury that has hindered my ability to live life fully alive for the last 5 years I am about to open up a specilty coffee bar. I have decided that doctors only know so much and not working hospitality and providing people a lift for the day will not be my story. Thanks for believe me book, I have happily recommended it to many friends. Love the reality check that we have a story and need to tell a story. I am amazed with the timing of discovering your manifesto and the encouragement of
    making my story bigger than just premium coffee.
    Many thanks, keep on talking mate.

    • Paddyslantern

      P.s My name is Sam Carey,
      I live, work and play in Adelaide South Australia. After waking up April fools day 2006 and could not walk I have been on a tour of pain. I am on my way back in the driving seat of living my life. My super power is consuming caffeine and making friends along the way. I don’t use Facebook but add friends to my list everyday. Just about to turn my super power into my first business. Making friends and selling specialty coffee.
      Thanks again Michael!

      • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

        Hey Sam – thanks for tuning in from Adelaide. Great to have you here. My special powers come from chocolate, so we must be distant cousins of some kind. ;-) Excited to hear about your new business and how you are living beyond the expectations and limitations others have put upon you regarding your health.

  • http://www.elsakendall-cv.com/archives/portfolio/portfolio Elsa Kendall

    Hi Michael, I heard you on Srini’s June podcast recently and was stunned at the synchronicity once again of the DOE (Dept of Energy/Divine Orchestrator of Everything). Listening to you I was really moved (understatement) by the fact there was someone else who sounded as passionate about the personal story, and inspiring others to share theirs, as I was.

    I’d just finished putting my CV together as an e-CV (actually an entire web site) for the director of e-Commerce at a bricks and mortar company.  As destiny would have it I didn’t hear from them. . . and was totally relieved! I realized the whole exercise had been a grand conspiracy to motivate the socks off me to get going with what I’ve wanted to do for some time: create my own online business.

    After nearly literally dying a few months ago, then going through several personal deaths in recent months I now know there is absolutely nothing to lose. I’ve been photographing and writing since I was about eight years old. My passion for storytelling is equally matched by my passion for inspiring others to do
    the same, both through photographs and words. My site is gaining momentum in the recesses of my imagination, and will physically launch this November. It will be geared toward photographers of any ilk, but is unlimited with regard to who can participate. 

    I don’t have a superhero. Yikes! But when I was a little kid I was inspired by Pippi Longstocking, Atticus Finch, and Gypsy Rose Lee, in that order.

    I’m totally inspired by the work you are doing and really look forward
    to becoming more involved with Get Storied as I come back into the
    world. Point me to any links on your site you feel would be of help. Grazie!

  • http://www.sailingbo.com Bo

    Hey Michael!  Been following along for a while.  Love what you’re doing.

    My name is Bo.  I left my job back in January and dream of sailing around the world.  The plan is to begin the 3 year journey in 2012.  Between now & then I’m just trying to devise random ways of letting people sail around the world vicariously through me and my writing.  The first?  Allowing people to “sponsor a mile” of the trip in order to receive a postcard from the other side of the world.

    Any other ideas welcome! :)

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Hey Bo! Way to go after your dream. Love the idea of sponsor a mile, although this assumes people are invested in YOUR story. How can you offer a gift back where your journey is really about THEIR story, not yours? Make it less about living vicariously through you, and instead invite people onto your journey from the perspective of how it it can help and inspire your readers to set sails on their own dreams. I know you know this already. Just really think about the design and story campaign to focus on what you’re inviting your audience into (and remember, the story is never about you), you’re just a mirror back for people.

  • Sharon

    Hi Michael

    Hi Michael

    I’ve really enjoyed reading the comments, seems there’s a lot of Reinventing going on! My name is Sharon, I am The Reinvention Diva, and I love stories. I’m a mother of two and wife of one, I’m happy to put this right up there as the most important thing in my life. My family are my pride and joy.

    I heard about the Reinvention Summit last year and am looking forward to the next one, I wasn’t able to take part but will this time as this subject is right up my street. I’m working on my online magazine, where we tell the stories of women who have reinvented themselves in many different facets of their lives. We recently concentrated on career reinvention.

    I’ve discovered that I enjoy interviewing people and I’m actually quite good at it. The women I’ve spoken with so far are incredible, they openly share what they have created and changed and how they did it. I think for me that is the interesting part of a reinvention story: How.

    My super power is cooking a mean mac and cheese, I’ve refined it so well. I enjoy communicating through food and use this as one way to let my boys know I adore them.

    I’d like Get Storied to help me learn how to tell my story, and how to approach would be interviewees to share theirs.

    Thank you so much


  • Peter Voiceoverartist

    I am a 50+ pale,male citizen of the New South Africa.
    I am an ex radio broadcast lecturer and am passionate about radio broadcasting.
    To this end I am trying to set up an NPO that will alow broadcast students from around the world to pay to come here and offer their skills to community radio stations that really do need them whilst at the same time taking in some of the most incredable natural beauty in the world

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Love your vision Peter, both its laser focus and how it reflects your own journey and passion. Excited to hear how to evolves. Also love your personal intro – I’m equally pale male, I like to say swiss-african (my dad is from Zimbabwe and I grew up in Switzerland). Life is a funny story…

  • http://www.wix.com/deathstories/wherethetreefalls Charkin

    Hi I’m Charlene.
    I love the power of story. My day job is as a food co-op marketer, I met Michael at the NCGA Marketing Matters in May. I tell the story of good food sustainable grown by day, but outside of work I am part of the growing home funeral movement, reclaiming the right to care for our dead at home. Yes, I’m the food and death writer! Interesting combo, wouldn’t you say?

    I am also gathering stories for an anthology -Where the tree falls, the forest rises.

    The larger story is not just that death is a part of life, something we will all experience, so let’s not be afraid to talk about it, but to look for the transformation that occurs that is uniquely the product of your life and the beloved who has died. In acknowledging the reality of death, we become free to truly live. To discover who we are while we are still here. And those things are better expressed through story than lecturing about it.

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Wow Charlene! I love your shadow warrior spirit. Thanks for having the courage to help us discuss and engage around our deepest fear. By facing death, we discover life. You have to connect with Erin Donley of http://www.marketingyourtruth.com, who is equally called to help the world work through their relationship on this topic. Go and twin powers activate.

  • TimT

    Hi everyone!  My name is Tim and I like to solve problems so even though I work in corporate America, my heart belongs to the social sector and their unique and innovative way of making our world a better place.  When I am not in a suit and tie, you can find me playing softball in the summer, board games in the winter, and getting out and about as much as I can. 

  • Faith Singer

    My name is Faith Singer and I’m a teller of stories – my own and those that are closest to me. I’ve worked in executive management for 25 years and I’m looking to change the direction of my life. Trying to get a website and blog up and running, along with starting my own business and nonprofit. My secret super-power is connectedness and all I want to do is help others to overcome obstacles, just as I have. My favorite superhero as a child was Wonder Woman. She was strong and caring – traits that I can relate to. I look forward to learning how to utilize storytelling to change the world. Silence is a killer – giving voice to the truth of the human condition connects us all. We’re not alone – we have each other!

  • alicat

    My name is Ali and I’m a 30-something mom of 2 wonderboys, a (inconsistent, often unpaid) writer, recent (finally) graduate of college, jack (jill) of all trades but master of none, in-recovery (and loving feeling awake finally), and lover of stories. That’s an understatement. I’m hungry for stories- both to learn from, listen to, and tell. I believe many of the posts below said it best.

    My hero is Studs Terkel.  I would love to do in this decade what he did in the 50′s.  Take a recorder around the country and collect an oral history of everyday folks who are everyday heroes and heroines.  I’m also in the process of collecting stories about coaches, football coaches specifically (no offense to any other sport).  But that’s kind of a long story… that I don’t know how to tell yet but want to learn. 

    I have lots to learn. I’m a painfully-shy-learning-challenged-late-bloomer-former-addict, not having a clue how to do what’s in my heart yet but mesmerized with life’s twists, turns, fates, fortuitous events, failures, successes, and love.  My hope is to collect stories and then give them away.  If these stories make even 1 person feel not so alone, or some sense of hope, or inspire action, it’s worth recording a hundred stories.

     I feel like stories promote peace and awaken understanding.  Mr. Roger’s mom said something akin to: ‘Wherever there’s bad things happening because of bad people, there’s good things happening because of good people.’ (ali paraphrase) I think storytelling is part of the solution side of things, part of the good things.

    Anything is possible, and as Coach Taylor instills in his players, fictional as they may be, “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”
    I might not understand the “How-to’s” yet, but I feel like if I keep ears and heart open and have courage to tell tales that need to be told that maybe the How-to’s will come… one day at a time. 

  • http://twitter.com/filipc FilipC

    Hi Michael,

    My name is Filip (say ‘Philip’), age 30, living in Brussels, Belgium.

    I worked as a copywriter in an ad agency, managed the marketing of Belgium’s pioneering datingsite (long before social media became a hype), and am now working as an interactive marketeer for a consulancy company.

    Originally I was fully dedicated to painting and drawing comic books. But even when a picture is worth more than a thousand words, you still need a story. Therefore, past years I dived into screenwriting theory and learned what makes a good story. For two years, I followed courses at a Belgian screenwriting academy.

    In my day-to-day career, I’m focusing on building brands and dialogues, mostly via digital media. It is there I discovered that screenwriting techniques can be applied to almost anything in business. Why? Because it’s part of our lives!

    Storytelling is what distinguishes mankind from the animals. It’s in our DNA. It’s how we pass our knowledge (our culture), it’s how we get involved and engaged in the broader community.

    So I made the switch from screenwriting to storytelling. I started to blog about it and continue to broaden (and share!) my knowledge.

    Currently my ‘things-to-do-LONG-before-I’m-dead’ list contains the following three things:

    - write/draw my graphic novel
    - focus my marketing activities more on storytelling
    - launch my tech startup that allows brands to connect with their customers via mobile devices (September 1 in private beta)

    For the storytelling part, I’m very grateful to find out about your Get Storied universe, Michael!

    What I wanted to know is: you’re focusing on storytelling on a personal level, but will you broaden it up to other domains in the future, like branding?

    Looking forward to hear from you!


    @filipc:twitter @frametales:twitter

    PS: My superhero’s are Tim Kring (HEROES), Matthew Weiner (MAD MEN) and Alan Ball (TRUE BLOOD). In my opinion they master storytelling in the best way possible!

  • Katharine

    My name is Katharine and I’m really interested in knowledge management.  I’m doing an internal strategy project where I work right now and I’m interested in how people share information and how we can make that more effective even when everyone is super busy.  I like learning what makes people tick and using applied psychology to improve organizational effectiveness.  In practice, this means I like emailing people lots of useful things I think they’ll like and I’m thinking about starting a leadership development email list/wiki page at work.

    I also enjoy yoga, chocolate, and TED talks on my apartment treadmill.  I am also a nerd (U.Chicago grad, Phi Beta Kappa) and read lots of magazines like Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation review, etc.

  • http://twitter.com/PeterSterlacci Peter Sterlacci

    Hi Michael,
    I’m Peter Sterlacci founder of BeYB – Believe, Become, Be Your Brand based in Kyoto Japan. I will start my intro with a couple of questions. 

    How do you stand out in a culture that teaches you to fit in?  Does the nail that sticks out always have to be hammered down? In the United States, for example, standing out is valued and almost expected. But
    in other countries, like Japan, people values fitting-in. The reality is that the world of work has changed forever. And careerists world-wide must now stand out and demonstrate their unique promise of values or run the risk of losing opportunity.

    My mission is to guide on-the-move careerists in global companies in Japan through a 3-stage process to uncover, communicate, and manage their personal brands. In Stage 1, we uncover your strengths and
    attributes.  By doing this you can establish a firm belief in your brand. In Stage 2, we create the tools you need to become your brand. This includes your own personal brand statement, a branded bio, resume and cover letter, and a brand communication plan so you can manage your brand online and offline. Finally, Stage 3 is all about total brand management so you can clearly, consistently, and constantly be your brand.

    My motto is ‘personal branding with a spin’.  You see I am passionate about cycling. As an avid cyclist, I often starts my days with a training ride. My own focus and determination in cycling has led me to the podium in many races, and I transfer this same commitment to achievement to those with whom I work. Actually, the idea for my consulting service—’BeYB‘ – Believe. Become. Be Your Brand—actually came to me on an early morning ride. So naturally it makes sense for my own brand image to be geared toward cycling. By combining personal branding strategy with cycling imagery my clients are motivated to shift gears, get out of the saddle, and sprint to career success!

    My own brand is about confidence, action, and collaboration. I have a natural drive for action that creates momentum when I work with clients. But I balance this with a comfortable bond of trust as I coach my
    clients outside of their comfort zones to believe, become, and be their brands.

    To quote Charles M. Schultz, “Life is like a 10-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we do not use.” I am personally energized when my clients discover and use all of their gears to capitalize on their unique strengths. You see my goal is not about fixing weaknesses. Rather I seek to transform something strong into something superb.

    Come over and visit my site at: http://www.petersterlacci.com or my facebook page at: http://www.facebook.com/believebecomebeyourbrand


  • http://www.linkedin.com/pub/tim-mushey/8/428/305 Tim Mushey

    Hi Michael! Thanks for the incredible content. I was first introduced to your work through a Mike Koenigs video a few months ago, and have been following you ever since.
    I have a diverse outside sales background spanning over 11 years. My passions include sales, sales management & leadership. Oh yeah, and since I am from Western Canada I am a hockey fanatic! I have battled a stuttering issue since childhood, and continue to work on that as I start a part time online business. My business will be focusing on the sales profession, leadership and certainly personal development. The stuttering community has a special place in my heart, and I plan on being involved in that as well.
    I realize the power of video and speaking engagements, so I want to be on top of my game as I move forward with these exciting new opportunities. I have finally started my first Toastmasters group this fall, which I am looking forward to.

  • Ramesh

    Hi, I am Ramesh, I work for a newspaper as a senior editor. Yesterday one of my colleagues asked me about a book I was carrying. Though I had finished reading some 60-70 pages I was at a loss to tell him what it was all about in graphic details. I managed to say something, but still I felt awful that I didn’t know how to tell a story. I didn’t even remember what I read. What should I do? 

  • Afolabi

    Hi Michael, I am Afolabi, I have a passion for writing and I have so many stories in my heart I wanna tell. I Want to learn how to express my self better in writing by captivating the attention of my readers till they are done.

  • http://www.dimackey.com/ Di

    I imagine it won’t surprise you to know that life so far seems to have led me to this point of reading your Believe Me Story Manifestion, that point where I stop and think, ‘Oh, but wait, haven’t people been telling me that they would buy my book if I would write my story?’ 
    Thanks for the huge surge of energy and enlightenment here in my life, just as I’m setting off on a new venture … just as I’m having to tell my story and identify my tribe, just as I’m at that point where pretty much everything you say in the manifesto is a much-needed, much-appreciated thing that I needed to ‘get’.
    I have subscribed to your world and I’m looking forward to future wisdoms :-)

    • http://www.getstoried.com/ Michael Margolis

      Wow Di! Comments like yours are what I live for. :-) Thanks for sharing your experience on the threshold. Go for it! And let us know as you step into the next chapter of the story.

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