Monday, November 4, 2013

Slow and Steady: Stor e Telling July August 2010

Tortoise and Hare
from Childhood Favorites
and Fairy Tales
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here . I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the National Storytelling Network.

Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful.


Mother Nature is in full bloom so I offer you some stories to brighten your summer days!

Among the Meadow People by Clara Dillingham Pierson, 1901.

The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children, by Jane Andrews, 1888.

August 3 is National Watermelon Day so let’s finish off the summer in style with some ripe and juicy watermelon tales!

The Golden Watermelon – Uzbek 

Never Mind Them Watermelons – Alabama, United States

Tony Beaver and the Watermelon Party – West Virginia, USA - As always, Jackie serves up a plate full of tales perfect for the season. Dive in!

The Story of Watermelon Island - Vietnam

Watermelon Magic - Vietnam

July 14 is Bastille Day so I offer some stories to celebrate the beautiful country of France.

The Fairy Tales of Marie-Catherine d´Aulony
Marie-Catherine lived in France during the time of Charles Perrault but her tales were shared in a more conversational style and usually featured a female protagonist. Many of her works were collected by Andrew Lang in his Fairy Books.

The Enormous Nose

Quackling – French folktale adapted by Aaron Shepard

Since this issue is on Marketing and Technology I offer some blog posts I have shared through 2008 through 2010. I hope you will find them useful.

Tales, Technology and Techniques – Ancient Tradition Meets the 21st Century
In 2008 I was invited to take part in a panel discussion at the National Storytelling Conference in Tennessee. This is the handout I prepared for the attendees, which is still relevant today. You will find information on:

  • Blogs
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Forums
  • Listservs
  • Podcasts
  • Social Networks
  • Telecourses
  • Teleconferencing
  • YouTube
  • Webmarketing

Branding: It Doesn’t Need to Hurt!
If you are new to the business of storytelling or revamping your image, here are some sites to help you brand yourself with style.  

The Business Side of Storytelling
Running your own business can be liberating but it can also resemble running through a maze, constantly trying to catch up, find your way, peek over the next short, being your own boss can be exhausting.

Grow Your Business in 2010
"It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn." - B.C. Forbes

Put Some Pizazz in Your Presentations
Many storytellers also present workshops at conferences and schools around the country. While our presentations are interactive, there are times when we should take the opportunity to use available technology; it may further define our message and make the information easier for your audience to digest.

Weaving Storytelling and Business with an Authentic Voice
Storytelling is the ancient art of Oral Tradition and now business executives are discovering what the revered seanchaĆ­ and griots have known for centuries; there is power in story. They are applying the premise to connect with their customer base in commercials and public relations, sometimes with poor results.

And if you missed any of the previous “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series so far.




April May 2010


Karen Chace 2013 ©

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