Best of the Best Quotes on Storytelling-Michael Margolis, Get Storied

Quotes and Musings on Storytelling by World No 1 Storyteller Michael Margolis, Get Storied
(Best Storytellers in the World)

Quotes and musings have been divided into 3 broad categories which represent the 3 areas of storytelling viz.

1) People Storytelling
2) Organization storytelling
3) Spiritual Healing by Storytelling

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'You Matter' and so does 'Your Story' 
(People Storytelling)

Your greatest achievement will always be your life's story.  
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The 3 Cs of storytelling: circumstance, choice, consequence
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Start with the story that's yours to tell.
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We all will experience pain, struggle, and trauma; suffering is a choice to cling and remain attached to the story.
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The story you tell yourself is the story of how you see the world and your place in it.
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Whether your succeeding or failing, just look at your story.
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Always know why you're telling the story.
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Without story, you easily get lost. With story, you easily get stuck. 
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Purposeful storytelling is an act of empathy. 
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It's the journey from one emotional state to another that makes your story comes to life.
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The hardest story to tell is always your own.
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We love stories that make us feel good about ourselves. Go for the happy ending.
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Want to learn story-telling? Practice more story-listening.
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That which you fear is the other half of the story begging to be expressed.
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Either you're a master of your destiny or a victim of your story.
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Finding freedom in your story requires a looser grip.
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The heart wants to tell an infinite story.
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Characters are what get us emotionally invested in any story.
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A storyteller is always at the mercy of the audience, who can choose to accept, reject, or interpret the story as they see fit. 
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I story therefore I am. 
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The hardest choice as a storyteller is to decide what matters most and what belongs on the cutting room floor 
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The power of your story grows exponentially as more and more people accept your story as their truth. 
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All acts of creating, building, and sustaining are an act of story. 
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Character trumps credentials...especially when it comes to the story of your personal brand 
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The story people are interested in most, is a story that is somehow about them. 
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You filter, envision, and bend the experience of reality through the stories you consume and create. 
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When done right: The more personal and specific the story, the more universal the message and truth. 
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Like an alchemist, your story needs the right elements to transmute lead of life into gold. 
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To connect with the muse of storytelling, you must purify both heart and intentions. 
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Once upon a time.........they lived happily ever after. The middle of the story is often the hardest part. 
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You have a story the world wants to know. 
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 We go through life, collecting experiences, in order to have stories to tell, about that which we already intuitively know. 
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 Always try to tell your story in service to your audience, not your own ego validation. 
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"Good versus evil" storytelling is so 20th century (or 13th century for that matter). 
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What do you see? How do you get others see the same thing you do? That's really why story matters.
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What are you most curious about? What riddle you are trying to solve? Why is that so personal for you? That's your core story.
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Natural authority is telling the story of who you were born to be. No need for outside validation.
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Every story needs a conflict. Question is, are you choosing the right battle to fight? 
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If you're not telling your story, somebody is telling it for you.
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Your story is always in the eye of the beholder.
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The body only knows one story: pain and comfort.
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The mind only knows one story: possibility and obstacle.
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The heart only knows one story: expansion and contraction.
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While we all eventually die, your stories can live forever.
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The story chooses you as much as you choose the story.
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The intention behind your story greatly influences whether people embrace or reject your message.
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We are drama seeking creatures because we learn best through circumstance, choice, and consequence.
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II
Organization Storytelling

Emotional content and creative tension. Time and time again, this is what I see missing most from a company or brand's core story.
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What makes a business story is the emotional content. You have to dig beneath the surface to reveal the humanity.
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Who are the story-keepers inside your company? Do they even know they have this job...to tend the fire? 
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Your marketing story must address and reconcile the shadow (disbelief is always there for a reason).
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If you want to learn about a culture, listen to the stories. If you want to change a culture, change the stories. 
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Culture = the stories we share in common.
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The story of your field, sector or issue must begin with faith in the future.
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The bigger the story, the more room for people to locate themselves inside of it.
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Most entrepreneurs desperately fail, trying to prove & validate their work instead of building a story that speaks for itself.
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Storytelling means revealing something beyond self-congratulations.
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In business, try to make your customer the hero of the story. It beats just cheering for yourself.
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III
Spiritual Healing (by) Storytelling

Your greatest source of untapped power is the place in your story that needs to be reconciled.
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On one hand, there are the stories you are born into, and on another, the stories you choose to live.
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Walking the path as a pilgrim of story. That's all there is really.
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Is your life a comedy or a tragedy? Just depends on how you write the story.
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Your story finds completion only when you come into relationship with the shadow.
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The soul only knows one story: oneness and separation. 
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There's a different story when you sit in the emptiness.
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Transformation requires a witness; which is why we have to tell our story. 

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Brief Profile
 
As CEO and founder of Get Storied, Michael leads one of the world's leading advisory and learning companies devoted to transformational storytelling. Get Storied develops bespoke strategic stories for a range of iconic organizations and their leaders (CMOs, CEOs, and senior execs). Get Storied is also into training/ teaching of business storytelling as a developmental pathway for thousands of innovators and change-makers who have a high-stakes story to tell. He has been a Venture Coach at New York University's Stern School of Business.
 
FOUNDED: 2009. (Since 2002, in a previous incarnation).
Website -- www.getstoried.com
CLIENTS:
NASA, PwC, Sanofi, SAP, Bloomberg, Greenpeace, Flavorpill, SustainAbility,
SECTORS: Healthcare, Technology, Libraries, Financial, Social Change, Media
SPEAKING: Zappos,  Reebok,
SXSW, TEDx, Etsy, BlogWorld, #140, UN Foundation
TEACHING: 30,000+ innovators and change-makers over the last 10 years

(Quotes have been curated from multiple sources by Dr Amit Nagpal)

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