Re-Framing Reality: Reinventing Your Story

If you’ve downloaded and read our Storytelling Manifesto, then you know – there’s a much bigger story (in all of us) that’s ripe for the telling.

I’ve been struck by how many people (and companies) I know are in the midst of reinvention. And it’s not easy. Re-framing your reality — while staying true to who you are — is no walk in the park. Reinvention is the new black.

In this first of my video blog series, I share with you a little bit about the metaphysics of storytelling: how the stories we tell literally make the world.

Reinvention Summit: Nov 11-22

Many of us are struggling with shifting careers, a new age of communications, and the desire to find deeper meaning in our work. Yet most of us don’t have a vocabulary for how to lead, much less navigate, through this dramatic reinvention process. Even the visionaries amongst us need help translating their message into cultural acceptance.

That’s what inspired us to organize the Reinvention Summit: The World’s First Virtual Conference on the Future of Storytelling. It takes place online, Nov 11-22, 2010. 30+ hours of content, social networking, and bonus materials, starting at just $11.11. For the cost of a beer and sandwich, you can join us for this historic global happening. I promise it will be unlike anything you’ve experienced before.

The Summit represents something really bold, ambitious, and possibly a little scary. We’re working to expand the conversation on the role and relevance of storytelling. We believe that everybody is a storyteller: and that we each have the power to re-story our lives — and in the process re-story the world.

If you want to make a difference in the world, with your business, and creative social endeavor – it all begins by deepening your relationship and knowledge of narrative. That’s the foundation from which all innovation/change truly flows. Early bird registration is through November 1. So check it out, if you feel inspired to join us.

What do YOU see as the metaphysics of storytelling?

Would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

15 thoughts on “Re-Framing Reality: Reinventing Your Story”

  1. Michael,

    Love your passion and dedication to create an ever bigger space for the narrative! It’s paradoxically true: the more you are convinced about your story, the less you have to convince others. I believe you :-).
    Peter, The Storybag

    1. Thanks Peter! Thrilled to have your bag and mojo in the mix. You remind me of street philosopher and NYC artist De La Vega, who says – “Believe in yourself, and stop trying to convince others”.

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  3. Hey Michael, I discovered you over at Rise To The Top. Great interview over there, and I am very interested in what you are doing.

    “Identifying with the story being told,” instead of being persuasive, manipulative, or talking down to others, is a key distinction. I think a great word to describe it is “empathy,” the ability we all have to step into a role outside of ourselves.

    Empathy helps us to relate to our tribe in a personal and meaningful way. It creates connections and it provides a sense of belonging.

    I get very skeptical nowadays when I see entrepreneurs and businessmen talk about marketing as a “numbers game,” where they insist that you must make as many sale pitches as possible. Not only does this sound like a tedious and overbearing task, I think it misses the fundamental glue that connects an organization with its community.

    Going to bookmark your site and I hope to see more of you in the future!

    1. Hi Steven –

      Thanks for following the interview over here to learn more. Empathy is totally a natural by-product of telling and listening to each other’s stories. We discover the invisible lines of connection, that remind us what we share in common.

      Hope you’ve downloaded the manifesto (it’s free) which further explores how to find your story and create something others want to be a part of.

  4. Hey Michael,

    You earned yourself a new subscriber. Good job. Your ideas are really interesting.

    One thing bothered me though, your eyes aren’t looking at the camera! I understand you’re probably reading from the screen, but readers/viewers will connect better if you look them in the eyes.

    All the best,

    1. Thanks Doug. Thrilled to have you join our reader community. I appreciate the feedback, and heard the same for others.

      Wasn’t reading any notes, just have to learn how to better focus up at the tiny pinhole camera of my imac, instead of looking at my own reflection 😉

      Will definitely improve that in the next video. Just wrapping up three days at Zappos, with lots of deep reflections and personal learnings to share. Hope to post another video shortly.

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  6. Aloha Michael, just a quick personal insight about me, I was shy and introvert person. And when I graduated from high school I ventured off on my own. Make a long story short, I was desperate to earn more money to live on my own so I ended up in car sales. Who would ever known it, a shy island gal.
    Anyhow I had to make a change which I did. And when you’re selling cars one of the trainings are telling stories and get the customers off the thought of buying a car, so I used to talk about anything that came to mind. I guess I did a pretty good job, because deals where getting closed. I didn’t know what I was doing but I figure my stories was working so I kept to it. In fact, I enjoyed my job and my transformation occurred on my job turning from an introvert to a extrovert and I enjoyed socializing with people. A great ending story for me. Lani kee 🙂

    1. Mahalo Lani! Thrilled that you’ve come by to visit and share your wonderful
      story. It’s an amazing feeling when we become comfortable sharing with
      others, and we discover the invisible lines of connection.

  7. Good stuff, Michael. I’m thrilled to see a practice devoted to storytelling in marketing. I’m a marketing executive and have been preaching the value of storytelling to my colleagues as well as in my blog. A quick storytelling tip I tell my friends:
    Stand for something. And stand there. It’s very tempting as a marketer to glob onto the next big “cool” thing. Or to instigate change. That’s how we’re wired. It’s part of what makes us good at what we do. Drawing a line in the sand and saying this is what you stand for and not wavering makes your stories resonate. It makes your stories matter.

    1. Yes! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your comments. You’re so right, a
      big power and draw of storytelling is having a point of view. We want to
      hear people and brands, taking a stand. Demonstrating what they believe in.
      And if we agree with that same belief, then we want to be in relationship.

  8. Monica Guzman Preston pointed me to you and GetStoried in a comment on an Intersect story I shared on Stories, Identities and Finite & Infinite Games.

    I see lots of alignment between your metaphysics of stories and some of the stories about stories I shared by other great thinkers such as Dan P. McAdams, James P. Carse, Brene Brown and Seb Paquet.

    As I mentioned in my response to Monica’s comment (at Intersect), your ideas about reinvention seem well aligned with another story I recently encountered on Psychology Today by Douglas LaBrier: Why the Loss of Your Job Could be a Gain for Your Life.

    A personal crisis is a terrible thing to waste.

    1. Joe – thanks for your comments and joining us here at Get Storied.

      I’m really grateful for you pointing me again to Dan McAdams book and the
      other great references in your inspired blog post

      This issue of identity, storytelling, and digital personas are huge areas of
      interest for me. Excited to connect with you further around this. Love your
      note, “a personal crisis is a terrible thing to waste.”

      Metaphors be with you,


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