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The Gift of Literacy and Storytelling

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The Gift of Literacy and Storytelling

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“A child who reads will be an adult who thinks”  – Sasha Salmina

Increasing and improving literacy in the USA is a mission of Be the Star You Are!® Joven Hundal hosts this program about literacy launching the show with the chapter, The Gift of Literacy by Kimberly Morgan from the new book, Be the Star You Are! Millennials to Boomers (buy autographed copies at www.CynthiaBrian.com/online-store) 36-time Moth StorySLAM champion and 5-time GrandSLAM champion, bestselling author, and award-winning teacher, Matthew Dicks, provides perspective on the power of storytelling with his new book, Storyworthy. Storytelling is a skill that can help us in every aspect of our lives. Matthew encourages us to find a story in the simple moments of living. Reporter Kenneth Jeon talks about the importance of pictures and visuals to increase literacy as they are generally more accessible and easy to understand. He asserts that Videos and pictures provide an alternative, probably more appealing medium to which people can relate the words they read and from which people can practice their analytical skills.

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“Reading gives you a new perspective on life” – Roald Dahl


Matthew Dicks is a bestselling novelist, thirty-six-time Moth StorySLAM champion, and five-time GrandSLAM champion. In addition to his widespread teaching, writing, and performing, he cofounded (with his wife) Speak Up, which produces sold-out storytelling performances throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York at least once a month. He lives in Newington, Connecticut. His website is www.MatthewDicks.com.

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Listen at Voice America Radio: https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/109096/the-gift-of-literacy





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The Importance of Storytelling for Business

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The Importance of Storytelling for Business

Do you know the power of your story? Whether it’s how you started your business or something fascinating about how you got to where you are, we all have a story. It’s how we connect with those around us — friends, family, and even customers. Being able to tell your story and use stories as examples that others can relate to is extremely important when it comes to your customers learning to know like and trust you.

This week on Marketing That Won’t Break The Bank, we’ll explore the importance of storytelling and the various ways you can use it in your business. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 20th at noon PT, and I’ll tell you a story…

Soul Phone: Integrating your Story into Your Phone Conversations By Frances Leary

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Soul Phone: Integrating your Story into Your Phone Conversations By Frances Leary


In this most recent episode of The Soulcial Hour, with host Frances Leary, explore the power of the telephone as a tool for business growth and to achieve our greater purpose. Our guest Mary Jane Copps, also known as The Phone Lady, will share her expertise on how to use the phone as an extension of who you are and how to build your story into your conversations.

Mary Jane Copps, CEO of Telephone Talent Inc., embraced her alter ego, The Phone Lady, in 2006 and has worked with over 400 clients training over 10,000 individuals how to communicate more effectively on the telephone. Mary Jane has been profiled as a communications expert by the Wall Street Journal, National Post, The Globe & Mail, CBC, CTV, Global as well as other publications, television and radio outlets throughout North America (including a very silly skit on This Hour Has 22 Minutes!). She is also the author of: The Phone Book: Essential Telephone Communication Skills and write a weekly blog on all things phone. In May of this year, Mary Jane was awarded the national 2016 BDC Mentorship Award through Futurpreneur Canada for her work with young entrepreneurs, helping them grow their businesses and maximize their impact on the economic growth of Atlantic Canada. Connect with Mary Jane at: http://thephonelady.com, https://twitter.com/thephoneladyca, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryjanecopps.

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Integrating Your Story Into Your Marketing By Frances Leary

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Integrating Your Story Into Your Marketing By Frances Leary


In this episode of The Soulcial Hour with guest Shannon Shields, learn how develop your marketing strategy with your story at its core – and inject the soul of your business into all your communication. Discover techniques that will allow you to connect more deeply with your audience by communicating who you are and how you help your customers. By approaching marketing this way, every brochure, every social post, every blog is an extension of your story and further connects your business with your target audience in a meaningful way.
Shannon Shields is the Director of Marketing and Business Development at Wired Flare, an experienced entrepreneur, and a talented connector of people. Having graduated with a Business Management Degree from Dalhousie University, Shannon has spent time developing her skills in both corporate and self-employed settings. She is currently an active member on the Board of Directors for the St. Margaret’s Bay Chamber of Commerce and won the 2013 award for Innovation in Marketing. Shannon has a passion for client business development and is committed to supporting the companies she loves and helping them realize their online marketing potential. A lover of all things local, you’ve got a good chance of running into Shannon at any local Nova Scotia café. Be sure to say hi.  You can connect with Shannon here: http://wiredflare.com, https://twitter.com/Shanloveslocal, https://www.linkedin.com/in/shannonmshields, https://twitter.com/wiredflare, and https://www.facebook.com/WiredFlare.

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Finding Meaning Through Storytelling

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Finding Meaning Through Storytelling

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Katherine Ketchum is a story teller and in the telling of the stories she explores some very profound thoughts and teachings. We will look at her book, “Experiencing Spirituality: Finding Meaning Through Storytelling” which was just released in paperback, Some of the things we hope to discuss are: how great wisdom stories can enrich our spiritual lives; how being “spiritual” is more than just being “non-religious;” the importance of imperfection and failure; and the need to experience rather than intellectualize spirituality. The book is one to sit and savor and I think this discussion will be the same. Come join us on ‘The Self Improvement Show‘ 6/18 @ 1pm PT

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