Storytelling Fundamentals for All - 1 Hour Supercourse
- 1.5 hours on-demand video
- 4 articles
- 3 downloadable resources
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- The secret to effective storytelling simple lessons anyone can learn
- How to concept big ideas and present them to make them connect
- Why tension is a storytellers greatest tool -- with simple ways to manufacture it any time you want
- Why taste is critical & how to develop yours
- How to start - a trusty method for breaking through creative blocks and beginning any story
- How to design engagement into your stories
- Simple and effective tools to create more impactful stories
- Much more!
- Come open minded - erase what you think of yourself as a storyteller -- it comes down to simple fundamentals that anyone can learn.
- You want to have influence and know how to connect with your audience
My promise to you: if you give this course an hour of your time, you can become a better storyteller.
I work for a living as a storyteller. These are real, useful methods learned from years of hard-earned experience and countless helpful tips, classes, and books on storytelling -- all boiled down into three simple chapters. I don't waste time on history or pretentious theoretical musings, these are tools I use in my work every day, communicated swiftly and clearly.
This isn't a comprehensive storytelling course -- after all, it's only an hour. Rather, this course comprises the most fundamental lessons I think all storytellers should know -- and ways to avoid mistakes many unsatisfying stories make. These are some helpful fundamentals I use in my own storytelling every day - explained in a simple way I hope anyone can understand. This is the course I wish I'd had and I'm excited to share it with you.
Why is this course effective?
Because I create stories for a living. I've made podcasts, documentaries, and overseen hundreds of branded projects for digital platforms. My work has been distributed on Netflix, Amazon, nominated for Emmys, won film festivals and more. I started my own storytelling company based largely on using these simple principles - you can find samples at my company site listed in my bio.
From Instagram to Facebook to Youtube, I've earned millions of views online through engaging online storytelling and have a deep understanding of how to convert stories most effectively into all shapes and sizes. I use these same principles to train former staff at digital media empire Uproxx and Pepperdine University. And I've used these tools to win numerous studio awards for excellence in story telling.
It doesn't matter what storytelling medium you're trying to improve, if you aren't taking into account how digital media has compressed our consumption habits, then your skills may need an update. And I fundamentally believe they shouldn't be expensive, time consuming or boring.
Please feel free to scan some of this course's reviews -- here are just a few 5 star reviews from real students:
Damien Duma: Honestly speaking I wasn't expecting so much value in such a short course, but it was truly amazing! I am not new to storytelling, but it helped me a lot to understand the whole game better and I got few golden nuggets from the course too. Thank you and well done Matt!
Laura Ann Moore: Thank you for giving me such valuable insight on how to keep people engaged and excited about what I have to offer. The course was short, convenient, and straight to the point. Awesome!
Mario Mendoza: This course arrived to my hands on the perfect moment, exactly how I wanted to be presented.. I really recommend this to everyone at any levels
Why should I care about being a better storyteller?
Being an effective storyteller increases your ability to connect with others. Whether among your friends, your coworkers, or those you want in your circle, you can inspire and draw the world in with a great story. It also shifts your perspective on how you experience and enjoy the world, creating rich memories that benefit you for the rest of your life.
No matter where you're starting from and can help in the following storytelling mediums:
Filmmaking & videography - editing, directing, screenwriting
Branded video content
Creative writing & screenwriting
Pitching & selling ideas
Toasts & Speeches
Interviewing & making a good first impression
This course is for anyone, no matter where you're starting from.
Who is this course for?
Whether you work in digital media, are trying to write a book, finish a screenplay, or speak in public better, this course is designed to increase your engagement, help connect with audiences, and leave them captivated through your stories.
My background is cinema, so many of my references stem from that world, but I believe the fundamental lessons in this course pertain to many avenues of storytelling. I've received 5-star reviews from product managers, tour guides, marketers, entrepreneurs and many more. I try to use an overview of relevant examples and lessons anyone can learn from and apply to their specific needs.
This is a one hour course. My promise is this will make you a better storyteller in an hour - even if that's just one helpful tip you can use in your own storytelling - it doesn't necessarily mean you'll immediately be able to go from zero to writing COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO after only an hour (If only!). The fundamentals taught in this course are widely applicable across mediums. But as Buddha aptly said, "Knowledge can be taught, but wisdom must be experienced." Applying these skills in your own time is essential. Storytelling is a muscle - the more you exercise it, the stronger it will get.
I'm a passionate storyteller and my aim is to help improve your ability to connect and inspire in the quickest amount of time. Thank you for checking out the course!
- You want to be a better leader and inspire others more effectively
- You may want to write, create better content, or make podcasts
- You know that being a better storyteller will enhance your business and inspire your team
- You have a presentation or public speaking event and want to keep your audience engaged
- You're a fan of stories & want to improve your skills
You can continue on with the course whenever you like, but if you want to take this lesson deeper, be sure to download the workbook. It includes links that will help explain more of why you should start with WHY as well as simple thought exercises to get your WHY muscle pumped up!
Some great previous students asked for more tension examples, well now you've got them! This lesson is a bonus to the main 1 hour video course but it's a good one. The understanding of the power of the release and how some great storytellers occasionally choose to NOT RELEASE! Whattt??
The Lubitsch Touch is a delightful aspect of storytelling that is hard to define - filmmaking legend Billy Wilder does it best -- the full link to the Lubitsch Touch video is in your workbook. Also, SHAWN OF THE DEAD (2004) is an amazing film that uses this technique in a fantastic way - highly recommend!
Have a concept but don't know where to begin? Intimidated by the massive story you have to tell? Writers block? This lesson came from a prompt by student Paul from Germany - thank you so much for the great question! I share a tip that I use all the time in my storytelling, using an award-winning podcast I created on a very tight deadline. Link to the full piece is, you guessed it, in your workbook!
This lesson isn't part of the timed "1 HR Supercourse" -- you can skip if you like -- or you can relish in the slow, lovely pace of a normal human being talking at a sort of normal speed. Ah!
What the hell was that taste test all about?? In the previous video, you had a prompt that should get to the heart of identifying your taste - in this video, I'll explain a little more about why it matters and how it can be used in many aspects of your creativity.
Telling you what I told you! This gives a quick recap of the course - what a journey we've been on!
Thank you all so much for taking the class - if you feel you've gotten value from the course, recommending it to others or reviewing this course positively helps SO much. I work really hard to create the best possible course in the shortest amount of time - and I'm constantly adding to this course with new inspirations and from amazing student's input.
I hope I've earned your five star review, if there are suggestions you have for me or course additions you want to suggest, please message me on Udemy or find me on Instagram @m_to_the_liva
Thank you so much -- and happy storytelling!