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.

What Can You Do Right Now?

By |2020-12-22T21:00:32+00:00December 22, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Katie doesn’t know what to do with me. There are seven of us here today and as she rattles off assignments, I hear everyone’s name but my own. “Randy, you’ll be in the loading dock. Sue, you’ll be a shopper.” Everyone gets up to start work and then it’s just Katie and me. She’s looking a [...]

How Does That Make You Feel?

By |2020-12-15T22:58:13+00:00December 15, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

Raise your hand if you’ve been in therapy. Thank you, everyone. Put your hands down now. Like many of you, I am no stranger to psychotherapy and owe my life to some amazing therapists. However, their insistence on talking about emotions makes me crazy. I am much more the cerebral type and would prefer to talk [...]

On Giving Up

By |2020-11-17T16:12:47+00:00November 17, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|

It begins with love at first sight. Maybe the thought surprises you, waking up with you in the morning after a night of heavy dreaming. You date for a while and the words flow easily. You have finally found your story. But then little things begin to bother you. Your fingers move more hesitantly and eventually, [...]

Are You On A Mission?

By |2020-09-15T15:04:34+00:00September 15, 2020|Categories: Creative Confidence, Everyday Communication, Storytelling, Uncategorized|

MISSION STATEMENTS SUCK. At least that’s what I thought until recently when Beth and I had to coach our leadership development students to write their own personal mission statements. My job was to help them to decide what their statement should be. This entailed long discussions of how we spend our time at work, versus how we wished we spent [...]

What’s a Meta For?

By |2020-08-30T15:42:02+00:00August 28, 2020|Categories: Everyday Communication, Storytelling|

Who doesn’t love a good metaphor or simile? They may not be as fun as a barrel of monkeys and perhaps you find them dull as dishwater. Now because time is money...I’ll move on. (See what I did there?) We talk about these two language tools all the time with our Story Mode community. But one student [...]

How To Not Write

By |2018-08-02T23:02:20+00:00August 2, 2018|Categories: Creativity, Writing|

1. Wake up early, before your alarm clock. Tell yourself it’s too early and go back to sleep. 2. Stretch, breathe deeply, then pick up your phone and play Candy Crush Saga for 32 minutes. Check off “meditation” in your habit tracker app because the game has become so easy for you, it’s practically like meditating. [...]

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