Crafting the stories that shaped us: Me & Shayne Koyczan

This repost of a February 2013 article which was originally entitled:

 Power of others’ words to shape our self-concept 

It now has new life due to this site’s story focus!

“Spotting and celebrating the different” has been a talent and sensitivity that’s been great for my business. As a writer, a public relations strategist and creator of unique marketing materials, it’s been a gift.

Original article follows:

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  It’s a sing-songy phrase children were taught to use to “hit back” when they were made fun of or when they were being bullied.

I used it once when I was young and under verbal assault. I don’t remember what  the insult was. I do remember thinking, “Yah, the magic little ditty? It isn’t doing anything for me.” [Continue reading]

Storytelling for business-master the fun & the profit

Little girl dressed as a book full of stories to be told

Storytelling... it started for you in childhood. Storytelling started for all of us before we had language as we know it and depend on it today.  In fact, the human capacity for storytelling began about the same time that our brains developed the … [Continue reading]

Helena’s Day Off: Harley-Davidson, Diwali & Doldrums

A dinner stop of Indian cuisine to mark Diwali festival of light with one plate of delish rogan josh

Today in Process   T.I.P. Whew- a full week where I got to be someone different each day – freelance writer, city tour guide, VBOT trade show attendee, editor and then-- my ‘relaxation’ at end of week in a coffee shop as a colleague trying to find … [Continue reading]

Blog Buster Makes Your Words Count …….Consistently

If you are like most people, you find it hard to talk about yourself so that others want to listen. This is especially true in today’s marketplace where we are all distracted by the whirl of new things and bombarded by thousands of messages that … [Continue reading]

Day 29 StoryMarket collects stories that sell at VBOT trade show

A group of people mind their posture while standing up in conversation

Still time to head down and register on site at the: The Vancouver Board of Trade Show Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3:30 PM  Westin Bayshore - Grand Ballroom  1601 Bayshore Drive Reception and Trade Show:  3:30 - 7:00 p.m. Come and meet … [Continue reading]

Day 24 The people on my StoryMarket street

CBC Radio carried news of the day's set up of the Wooden Boat Show at Granville Island. My morning wake up gears clicked and it seemed like a good target for some tea at the Blue Parrot overlooking the water. Ideal for a quick scan of the boats … [Continue reading]

Day 23 Story Market visits BNI Grand Fortune City

Time - how to spend it profitably and productively? On August 20 I took a smart time out yet it was still work. Super energizing and FUN. … [Continue reading]

Day 22 On 3 Steps to a Smarter You

Did you catch the whiff of new school supplies? Still summer days to go but evidence of return to formal schooling is everywhere. Society's structure for the kids. Us workaday folks need to get our brain boosts also, to keep up with the high tech, … [Continue reading]

Day 21 Where do you get stalled & what do you do about it?

I've got a program that spots typos and the occasional MIA comma in my public posts installed. And apparently it also calculates my effectiveness in all my document drafts. It sent me a personalized email today stating this week's yield: 8818 … [Continue reading]

Day 18 Reimagining the To Do List as Dance Card

"I'm dancing as fast as I can," is a well-worn phrase. It's easily claimed by people overloaded at work and scampering madly to keep up with all the tasks heaped onto the 'dance' card of their desks. It's a bold statement, too. It reflects a … [Continue reading]