According to Malcolm Gladwell, author of the bestselling book Blink, humans make decisions often with little or no data. Marketing guru Seth Godin mentions Gladwell’s book in All Marketers Are Liars. Godin says that we can’t function without a story and “consumers make up a theory about what’s going on and then work hard to refine that theory.”
Since we may never get the chance to make a good first impression, what’s the best way to tell your story since the window of impressionability is so short? Godin says the best way is:
1. Tell a true story.
2. Make a promise.
3. Be subtle.
4. Engage the customer (it happens fast).
5. Appeal to the senses, not logic.
6. Appeal to your specific audience (not to everyone).
All this points to the best way Godin says to market yourself which is to be authentic.
To continue from yesterday’s thread about digital storytelling, below is a short YouTube video featuring the 7 elements Joe Lambert of the Center for Digital Storytelling recommends you include:
1) Point of View – what is the point of this production? Who am I telling the story to? Why am I telling it now?
2) Dramatic Opinion – employ a question that needs to be answered, such as, will boy meet girl?
3) Emotional Content – research shows that emotion enhances knowledge and understanding.
4) Voice – can touch the viewer deeper than the written word. Inflection can make important differences.
5) Soundtrack – adds another layer of meaning. Be sure it is complementing the piece and not distracting from it.
6) Pacing – time for the viewer to absort and process the information.
7) Economy – a picture may say a thousand words. Or no image may be needed. Also you don’t have to be literal.
At the end of the summer I attended the Craigslist Foundation Bootcamp and one workshop I attended was about storytelling. The teacher was Joe Lambert, Executive Director of the Center For Digital Storytelling. Lambert shared what he called the 4 C’s of Simple Story Tools for storytelling.
The Four C’s are:
1st paragraph: Connect
Use a single moment with expectation
2nd paragraph: Context
What is essential to have audience understand the moment
3rd paragraph: Climax
What change came out of the moment?
4th paragraph: Closure
What are you thinking right now?
Of note, digital storytelling is for pieces 2 to 4 minutes in length.
I have to admit, I’ve done a rotten job of telling the story of ArtSpirit7. In case you missed the posting I wrote about the book, The Art Spirit, I will take this opportunity to briefly explain how I came to write this blog under the name ArtSpirit7.
This name was chosen partly because “ArtSpirit” was already taken, so I added the “7” to the end since I am the seventh child in my family and it sounded catchy. Many moons ago I studied painting at The Art Students League in New York, which is where Robert Henri taught (in the 1920s) long before I was at the League. The Art Spirit is a book compiled by Margery A. Ryerson of the essential beliefs and theories of a great teacher and artist Robert Henri.
The first mention of the art spirit is in the first page of the book:
“Museums of art will not make a country an art country. But where there is the art spirit there will be precious works to fill museums. Better still, there will be the happiness that is in the making. Art tends towards balance, order, judgment of relative values, the laws of growth, the economy of living – very good things for anyone to be interested in.”