Works Categories: Creative Toolkit

To-Dos and Shoes

How well do you know your audience? Connecting with an audience means getting to know them. You need to understand what lights them up and drags them down. What motivates them? What’s on their mind? Before you can put yourself in their shoes, you might want to notice what kind

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Video Planner

Get your (video) story straight. Our Video Planner worksheet is a simple, straightforward way to strategize a video before you start recording. It’s a Word doc, so you can easily experiment with our template and make it your own. Download: Video Planner by Story Mode

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Top 10 Editing Pointers

Masterpieces are not written. They’re edited. Not sure how to clean up your own content? Looking for a tactful way to show someone else how to become a better editor. Download and send the infographic below! Hear your words out loud. Reorder the information. Proofread from bottom to top. Know

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Talk-Over Tip Sheet

Don’t just hand it off. Talk it over. When it comes to collaborating on content—or getting it approved, shared, published, or whatever—a short conversation can save you much time and frustration. Instead of tossing content over the wall in a linear hand-off, have a Talk-Over! Conducting a Talk-Over is simple,

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Storytelling Superpowers

Develop your superpowers! Power your business with Super Stories by engaging these 5 creative powers: Time Pressure Magic Number 39 New Perspective Odd Combos Change of Scenery Above all, #RefuseToBeBoring! Download: Storytelling Superpowers

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StorySelling Tracker

Here’s a way to notice and celebrate progress. If you’re a person who flexes those storytelling muscles in conversation with customers, this tracker is for you. By keeping notes on your customer interactions, you raise your awareness of good (and bad) habits, and you can see and celebrate your progress.

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Story Starter

These 6 questions will shape your story.  Before you craft a business story, answer these six questions. In just a few minutes of strategic thinking, you’ll find the right start for your story. Pressed for time? You can also use the abbreviated Power Starter, which focuses on just three questions.

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Presentation Tracker

Track your speakable moments. If you’re trying to grow your confidence and skill as a presenter, here’s a tracker that will help you manage and make progress. By keeping notes on your “speakable moments,” you raise your awareness of good (and bad) habits, and you can see and celebrate your

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Presentation Prep Sheet

A few minutes of prep will make you a star. Are you slated to present at the next team meeting, business review, or industry conference? Maybe you have a sales opportunity or new client pitch. What’s your first step? Please, for the love of all things interesting, don’t say “open

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Power Starter

Want to craft a powerfully persuasive story? Get your mind in Story Mode by answering these three questions. In (almost) no time, you’ll be on your way to storytelling success. This is an abbreviated version of the Story Starter tool, which includes three additional questions for even more focused thought.

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Looks Matter Tip Sheet

To win hearts and minds, first catch eyes. When you’re sharing a message via print—whether hard copy or digital—you need more than just the right words. Here are some tips for visually organizing your ideas on the page. Download: Looks Matter Tip Sheet

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Headlines Tell the Story

Let your headlines do the heavy lifting. Working on a presentation, storyboard, or even a social media campaign? Use this worksheet to get your first draft down. Work fast and don’t second guess your flashes of brilliance. Jot down even the craziest ideas. Once you have a loose plan in

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