Creative Storytelling

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Jendi Coursey is a mother and a small business owner. This is her story of starting Indigo Studios and following her passion of photography. Jendi has business advice up her sleeves to share with you — take a look & listen.

As the owner of Indigo Studios, she works with a talented team of creative professionals to help businesses grow. Also, as a photographer, she enjoys providing clients with FUN portrait sessions (seriously!) and beautiful event photos that they’ll enjoy for years to come.

We created the interview in a digital story format! You’ll see why she has a reputation for fun photo sessions and helping businesses grow.


Tell Your Story Like a Movie Script

by Elizabeth Zirk on November 29, 2011

in Blogging, Creative Storytelling

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Include both highs and lows. Don't delete unsavory bits. Keep it real. People are fascinated with personal stories! What story do you want to tell?

We’ve all seen at least one. A movie based on a real person’s life. A biopic, they call it in Hollywood. I can think of a handful of recent films scripted and based in reality.

Erin BrokovichThe Social Network127 HoursThe Blind Side.

And you know these movies by name, even if you haven’t seen them, because they garnered Oscar attention and had pretty famous actors in them. Julia Roberts won her Oscar for Erin Brokovich. So did Sandra Bullock for The Blind Side. And who doesn’t know that The Social Network is about Facebook?

All of these movies are big Oscar heavyweights and millions of people around the world love these movies BECAUSE THE STORIES ARE REAL. [click to continue…]


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When I asked my mom Vergilia whom she was grateful for in the momentous time when she, her 3 siblings, and parents arrived in the United States from Japan just after World War 2, this is the story that emerged. [click to continue…]


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Know that wisdom about a picture saying more than 1,000 words? It’s true. There’s nothing like good visuals to complement words or to brand an entity.

ImaginePod uses photography, hand drawing, and digital image smithing to tell a story visually. People get the idea more quickly when they can see what you’re talking about. It’s not rocket science but it’s super effective. Do it!

Leonard Lake’s horizon across the lake is a very recognizable [click to continue…]


Video Story: Dad’s Magic

by Adriana Dakin on August 25, 2011

in Creative Storytelling, Video Stories

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One year ago today, my father Henry Dakin died at age 73. He had lived a very productive life, helping organizations promote themselves right to the very end.

A video or digital story is a great way to pull together photos and voices in celebration. This story gives a view into our family albums back to about 1939. After brushing up my skills by creating a video for Young Women Social Entrepreneurs, [click to continue…]


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Want to check out Tumblr — a social micro-blogging platform that allows you to create short, fresh posts to your tumblelog?

Tumblr’s clean interface makes it easy to create and share anything — post texts, photos, quotes, links, dialogues, audio, video, slideshows, and more.

With Tumblr you can use GoogleAnalytics to watch your audience and which posts are most enjoyed. Use the tags to guide your audience and to get your posts into the search engines. Ask questions on other Tumblr accounts to get followers and attention.

Here is a short video tutorial on how to use Tumblr:

A couple of months ago I got hooked on Tumblr (see my blog) — or see my more formal Tumblr blog — and discovered the fantastic community that it offers. Here are some tips …

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Thinking you might like to spice up your blog with a video interview of one of your favorite people (a team member, mentor, relative, friend etc)? Here’s an example.

For Roots of Peace, I talked with two of their team members in Vietnam via Skype. Together, we [click to continue…]


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Want to know how you can focus your efforts in social media and use tools that make it all a bit easier?

Here is a video story created after presenting to the Ukiah Women in Business Network and to prepare for a workshop today with WEST Company small business owners. Sort of face-paced to get it all into 5 minutes.

Feel free to contact us if this leaves you with questions or ideas on your mind.