5 exercises to improve your storytelling skills

PR Daily

In " The Talent Code ," Daniel Coyle names it "deep practice," small exercises that are both challenging and repetitive. Tired of the same advice to "read more" and "write more," I've been experimenting with my own challenging and repetitive exercises to. Try a few of these exercises.

‘Ask Bobby’ Twitter exercise fails

PR Daily

Here’s the tweet that kicked off the doomed #AskBobby experiment, which The Daily Dot described as “another ill-advised, wobbling clambering for social media relevance by a person profoundly unsuited to the exercise”: Have questions for Bobby Jindal? New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was supposed to own the news day Tuesday, with his announcement from his old high school that he was entering the 2016 presidential race.

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The Steep Mental Exercise of Child’s Hill

Sword and the Script

Child’s Hill was a Mental Exercise. He took us out there to exercise our minds. Then again, it we might just have another look if we considered these cyclical endeavors as a mental exercise…if we viewed them as Child’s Hill. by Frank Strong.

Here’s What Your High School English Teacher Meant by “Show, Don’t Tell” in Storytelling

Ishmael's Corner

One of my favorite go-to exercises for our storytelling workshop leans on the movie, “500 Days of Summer.” The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications.

3 improv exercises to improve communications

PR Daily

For this exercise, ask your partner questions to find out two things that you have in common. If there is someone in your life who interrupts you constantly—such as a teenage son or daughter—this exercise can help you address it. Inspiration comes to those who seek it.

TCIP #036 – How To Conduct a Crisis Simulation with Garth Rowan

Melissa Agnes

”; “who should be involved in the exercise?”; So I decided to dedicate this week’s episode of The Crisis Intelligence Podcast to answering these questions and helping those of you out there who are interested in conducting a crisis simulation, develop the best scenario and exercise you can for your team. This episode of The Crisis Intelligence Podcast discusses: What a crisis simulation is and why it’s such a rewarding exercise.

Social Media Strategy Template

The Proactive Report

Analyze the data gathered from this monitoring exercise. Download the PDF of the Social Media Strategy Template here.

Social Media Strategy Template

The Proactive Report

Analyze the data gathered from this monitoring exercise. Download the PDF of the Social Media Strategy Template here. link]. In January 2014 almost three-quarters of all adults were active in social media, according to the Pew Research Center.

3 Must-Do’s (Right Now) to Make 2015 Crisis-Free

Melissa Agnes

I’m not talking about a traditional table-top exercise here, those are lame and ineffective. Then, work with a specialized team that will help you make this exercise a great success. Happy New Year!

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Art and Science: The Three Pillars of Storytelling Mapped to Data


So I went through an exercise recently that helped bring some clarity: I defined the things I believe make great stories.

The Year of the PR Tech Tester

PR Expanded

The exercise I discuss in my video is a fun way to increase Tech Testing opportunities among friends, and to learn so much more about different types of technology with your colleagues and peers. We’re moving into the year of the PR Tech Tester.

Crisis Management Concerns That Leave You Vulnerable

Melissa Agnes

’s Emergency Management Conference, where I put city officials through a simulated earthquake exercise. Using Agnes + Day’s crisis simulation platform , the exercise simulated the digital noise that is a guaranteed result of any crisis or emergency today.

TCIP #004 – Simulating Crises for Crisis Preparedness with Rob Burton

Melissa Agnes

Rob and I discuss our experience with crisis simulations, along with current trends that we’re seeing and biggest “aha moments” that we’ve experienced personally, as well as those that we’ve watched our clients experience due to the simulation exercise.

Can You Teach Creativity? The #PRStudChat Community Shares Insights

PR Expanded

At the same time, we agreed that exercising Creative PR is both valuable and a necessity today. With technology advancing, consumer behavior changing and shorter attention spans, it has become increasingly difficult to build relationships.

Blogger Outreach Versus Media Relations: What Marketers Need To Know


What it means for marketers: Although most bloggers are highly ethical, you need to exercise caution in who you approach and how. According to a 2013 Technorati study , blogs are one of the most important online sources of purchase influence.

How To Identify your Crisis Plan’s Blind Spots

Melissa Agnes

Who should be involved in this exercise? Therefore, the more people you involve in this exercise, the better the brainstorming session you will engage in.

Why Back To Business As Usual Is The Biggest Crisis Management Mistake Of All

Melissa Agnes

It’s critical to act on these learnings, make changes to processes, conduct training where knowledge gaps have been revealed and exercise the revised plan. By Jonathan Hemus.

Content Marketing Lessons Learned From Our Best Performing Blog Posts


It’s definitely a useful exercise to discover what’s working (and what isn’t). A quick check of my Twitter feed on Tuesday morning told me it’s that time of year: the end of December when bloggers write about their most popular posts from the last year. Everyone is doing it.

Teaching Crisis Communication: Embracing the Research to Practice Model

Melissa Agnes

The other half is spent on current cases and situations facing the industry and providing exercises to apply these principles. Assign applied projects and exercises: Have students always combine research and practice in their assignments. Post by Karen Freberg.

3 Must-Do’s (Right Now) to Make 2015 Crisis-Free

Melissa Agnes

I’m not talking about a traditional table-top exercise here, those are lame and ineffective. Then, work with a specialized team that will help you make this exercise a great success. Happy New Year!

4 Ways to Spark Creativity in PR


Inspired by my good friend Amy Taylor , “gamestorming” is an exercise my team and I use when we need to come up with a bunch of different creative ideas (and quickly). We do this exercise fairly often and have come away with some super creative (and comprehensive!)

8 unusual ways to boost your writing efficiency

PR Daily

Get some exercise. You might ask: What does exercise possibly have to do with writing? Our brains require oxygen, and sitting doesn't help generate it, but exercising does. If you exercise, your brain will work more effectively. Multitask only with exercising.

Making That Pesky and Inaccurate Information on the Internet Go Away

Ishmael's Corner

The app evangelizes a healthy lifestyle, encouraging people to embrace the one exercise that can be done anywhere, walking. The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications. It’s not easy. Here’s the situation.

The Deep Work Habits of 28 Highly Productive People


Daily intensive exercise. Except for when I exercise, I stopped watching TV. We then do retrospective exercises to tease out ways we can work better together and improve the business. Plus built-in exercise. Do you struggle to get stuff done? Focus. Achieve things.

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Mental resilience

Stephen Waddington

Exercise is powerful as it improves your personal wellbeing as well as your mental state. This is a story about how I manage my mental health. It’s a story about death, illness and relationship breakdown. It’s a story about life.

The Value of a Crisis Simulation

Melissa Agnes

Simulate everything from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram (and any other social media channel needed for your team’s exercise), to the search engines, as well as major news sites and blogs.

7 Steps To Creating Customer Personas To Build Your Consumer Brand


It’s a particularly important exercise for organizations such as consumer companies that have many different business challenges because it places the focus squarely on the customer. Are you dissatisfied with the results of your marketing campaigns?

Information Silos are Hurting your Crisis Preparedness

Melissa Agnes

Conduct team building exercises that are cross-departmental. Some organizations do this naturally, while others tend to have their department heads decide on team-building exercises for solely their departments. Information silos can trigger issues and handicap your crisis management.

Intentional Focus


In fact, I did basically this exercise last year, but got waaaaayyyy off track by Month 2. Last year, like so many people I know, I made a few resolutions. But, I only stuck to one — the one that was tangible … measurable. The goal was to read 24 books. See my reading list here.)

Rethink FHRITP: Together We Can Make it Mean Something Good


Famous men vs. famous women: Famous men get a pass but famous women are diminished , reduced to questions about diet, exercise, their weight and fashion designers.

The Power of One Very Happy Customer

Doktor Spinn

The Word-of-Mouth Test Here’s a mental exercise to try: Imagine two friends hanging out. This article originally appeared on Idea Hunt. In my day job, I help companies of all sizes to reach greater audiences and get those audiences buzzing.

How to Balance Smartphone Addiction the Steve Jobs Way

Social PR Chat

When you are in bed at night, try Yogananda’s 20 body part exercise, focusing on relaxation. This exercise relaxes and also balances the inner energy flow, which might help you to be relaxed during sleep. What would Steve Jobs think about smartphone addiction today?

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Finding Your Mission, Vision, Values, and Strategy

Shift Communications

One exercise that SHIFTers often do with clients is to ask them to summarize their corporate mission in a single tweet, in 140 characters. If it isn’t, you’ll need to repeat the exercise until your mission matches the reason people are inspired to work for you.

Dignity Health striving to make the world more mindful

PR Daily

This video on Dignity Health’s Facebook page takes you step by step through a breathing exercise to restore a sense of calm: A landing page. The premise is simple: Everybody benefits when people are more mindful of themselves and others.

Painless (I Promise) Primer on “PR in China”

Ishmael's Corner

It turned into a Kafka-esque exercise when the third stop found something out.more. The Art Of Storytelling In Business Communications And Public Relations. Techniques For Effective Business Communications. I made my first trip to China in 1998. To say it seemed like another planet doesn’t quite capture the feeling. Try a different universe. I remember attempting to place a classified ad in China that required signoff from multiple government entities.

10 proven ways to make content go viral

PR Daily

If you’ve been involved in any sort of marketing exercises over the last five or so years, the word “viral” probably drives you nuts, along with phrases like: “Let’s just post a viral video.”.

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Behind-The-Scenes Look At How To Deliver a TEDx Talk

Melissa Agnes

However, after experiencing this process, I highly recommend this exercise to every communication professional out there. However, creating the title is also a great exercise to keep your speech focused and on track.

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Increasing PR Productivity With New Tech Tools

ImPRessions - Crenshaw Communications

At the very least, it’s a fun and enlightening exercise. Whoever said “there are only so many hours in the day” definitely doesn’t work in public relations. Our work is 24/7 and then some, when a major announcement or event is planned.

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9 Media Relations Tips for 2016


This exercise alone should provide you with enough background to understand the different types of content that a journalist might like to receive to accompany your story – which can improve your chances of securing coverage. #3.

A Three Week Check-In

Waxing UnLyrical

For me, this means making some form of exercise a regular part of my day, whatever shape that exercise takes, getting enough rest, and eating better food… which means I have to cook more, and cook regularly. Waxing UnLyrical personal, possibly poetic, musings on public relations, media, communication, and everything in between About Shonali A Three Week Check-In January 22nd, 2011 Tweet One of the things I wanted to do more of this year was to pay more attention to wellness.