Influence When I first started this course my plan was to create a new Twitter account to keep my personal and professional life separate. I quickly found out that I wanted my professional brand to have my personal flair and stuck with my old account I made in June 2011 (yes I was under the allow […]Read more "A Closer Look Into Social Media: Influence and Growth Analysis"
If you’re not drinking at least eight ounces of water eight times a day you’re probably dehydrated. The first and earliest sign of dehydration is just being thirsty! The average adult needs a minimum of half a gallon of water to stay healthy! Proper hydration makes you feel more alert, prevents sicknesses, and promotes overall […]Read more "Drink, Drank, Drunk… What Are You Sipping On?"
Each year more and more people are turning to the internet to create discussions and get their ideas across. It’s also the source where most people receive information, whether it be news or updates on people’s lives, it’s being posted. This has both negative and positive factors for political leaders. A politician can surpass the […]Read more "Social media can make or break a political campaign"
Tracing back as far as to the beginning of mankind, we have evidence that man has always had a desire to story tell. Over thousands of years the theatrical impulse has been used to enforce morals, teach/practice religion, foster understanding, create community, entertain, engage in ritual, comment on social norms and injustices, and escape; all […]Read more "The History of the Theatrical Impulse; and Human Nature’s innate desire to tell stories"
Human beings form connections through stories. Often times bonding between two individuals starts with the narration of significant moment, but this is not always the case. Some people’s voices are heard more than others, valued more by the rest, which leaves a large number of the population silenced. The voices with the most power tell […]Read more "Domestic Abuse & Hashtag Activism: #WhyIStayed"
I had to read a book recently for my public relations management class, Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others*. Kouzes and Posner, the authors of the leadership guide, realized that there were seven prerequisites to effectively leading through encouraging the heart (x). These prerequisites are: Set clear standards Expect the best […]Read more "Thematic Beauty to Encourage an Audience"
Throwing it back Stories can be brought to life by written words in ways that spoken words cannot. The aim of writing a story is to bring the reader back in time to understand why something is presently relevant. An author strings together events and moments in time, but then provides context that allows the reader to know why […]Read more "The essential components to a compelling story"
In 1949, Joseph Campbell published The Hero With A Thousand Faces. In the book, Campbell tracked the mythology of a variety of civilizations, and noted common threads in the storytelling of each. In civilizations across the world, that had no contact with each other, their mythologies were characterized by a 12 step process known as “the Hero’s […]Read more "Sports Journalism and the Hero’s Journey"
Most people know the components of the story arc. First comes the exposition, then the rising action, which leads to the climax, followed by the falling action and finally the resolution (phew that was a mouthful). This arc is what my lovely second grade teacher taught me, and it’s where every great narrative starts, but […]Read more "Want to write a good story? Tell the truth!"
“Well, what was the point?” It’s a statement heard time and time again after telling a story, and it’s a valid question. While plot is the integral and must be present by inherent standards, a good story doesn’t exist without conflict or characters. A reader, listener or viewer can be held spellbound as the characters […]Read more "Character over Conflict: The Root of Storytelling in Social Media"