Jill

About Jill Pollack

A dramatic arts-trained refugee from the corporate world, Jill created StoryStudio Chicago—a creative writing school—in 2003, and began developing new approaches to teach storytelling for business, for the page, for the screen, and for changing technology. Her credo? Don’t Be Boring. As Chief Story Wrangler at Story Mode, Jill spends her time chasing down the best stories … and making them better. But telling a great story isn’t enough for Jill; she has to throw some neuroscience into the mix. Art + Science = the answer to just about anything.

Am I Out of a Job?

By |2022-09-26T14:15:31+00:00September 26, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Storytelling, Uncategorized|

Have you see Flippy, the robot designed to manage the fryer in fast food restaurants? It's pretty amazing until you watch it for a few minutes and realize how terrifyingly human it seems. It's "artificial intelligence" or AI, and is supposed to help cook french fries better, faster, and safer. It solves several problems, like finding restaurant workers. [...]

Do You Have the Right Time?

By |2022-09-26T14:02:29+00:00July 28, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life, Storytelling|

The best writers--creative and business--understand the importance and power of time I’m waiting for the plumber to arrive. Ever since our revered plumber/friend Larry retired, our plumbing issues have either been ignored or a fix has been attempted by me. Never a good idea. There is mold making itself at home on the caulking around the [...]

Blocks and Blockages

By |2022-09-26T14:14:49+00:00June 16, 2022|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Uncategorized, Writing|

https://instorymode.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/Blog-Banners-1.mp4   I don’t believe in “writers block,” although that doesn’t stop me from whining about not being able to write. Clearly, I’m not the only one. I recently read about this cafe in Tokyo that offers free coffee and human naggers to check on you every hour to see if you’ve reached your writing goals. Genius! Here [...]

DON’T Mind the Gap

By |2022-05-02T21:32:12+00:00May 2, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Have you ever ridden the London tube? “Mind the Gap” is what you hear over the loudspeaker every time the Tube stops and the doors open. The 'gap' is the space between the train and the platform. The phrase has become iconic and it has taken up residence in my head this month. I’ve been thinking [...]

It’s getting started, not crossing the finish line

By |2022-02-24T20:27:08+00:00February 24, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|

Why would you write something if there wasn’t a need for it? If you write mostly for work, it’s a fair question. Yet, we do all kinds of things for which there isn’t a “need.” Some of you bake bread even though you can buy it at the store. Or maybe you put together miniature airplanes [...]

It’s the Commas That Terrify Me

By |2021-12-16T16:10:59+00:00December 16, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Semicolons aren’t so bad. But that whole don’t end a sentence with a preposition really gets me, sort of. And what exactly is a run-on sentence if I have a lot to say and it all comes pouring out and I throw a few commas in there won’t my reader understand what I’m trying to say? [...]

Productivity vs Workflow; Why do I feel like a failure?

By |2021-09-20T18:32:50+00:00September 20, 2021|Categories: Creative Confidence, Creativity, Life, Writing|

“Some words have a meaning to them that we don’t often think about but yet still affects us, which has applications to persuasion, social influence and bias in our judgments and decisions,” said David J Hauser, social psychologist. The power of words is undeniable. Choose the wrong one and instead of motivating your team to go [...]

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