Turbocharge your life and career with the power of story.
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Turbocharge your life and career with the power of story.

Learn how to tell audio stories so compelling that your audience will be entranced.
4.8 (5 ratings)
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Created by William Verity
Last updated 10/2016
English
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Use the power of story to create a compelling podcast that listeners will love.
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Requirements
  • Doesn't matter if you don't know your Audacity from your Reaper, or your Zoom from your PMD 620. Just bring your imagination.
Description

Want to turbocharge your ability to engage and to persuade? Here's how.

Whatever you want to achieve in life, success will always eventually depend on your power of persuasion.

You need to engage your audience - whether that's your boss, your colleagues, your customers ... or a global audience.

And what this tutorial will prove to you is what you already know - they there is no more effective and powerful way to engage an audience than through the power of story.

Think about your every day - from the moment we wake, we are immersed in stories, big and small, personal and profound, superficial or profoundly moving.

From fairy tales to the Bible parables, from Breaking Bad to winning political office ... narrative is king. 

So this tutorial will focus primarily on the power of story - what makes a great story, why stories are buried so deep in our DNA, how to structure a story, what gives a story power.

And because the stories we tell every day are the stories of the spoken word, the tutorial will go to the heart of the matter. It will till teach you to make words sing, how to use them to seduce your audience, how to use them to express your inner truth.

These skills are both ancient and modern. We are living through an audio revolution, where it's possible to reach the word through the power of the spoken word, and the audio that can enhance those words.

You want to learn how to engage, enthrall and enchant your audience? You've come to the right place.

Watch the first, free lecture and you'll be hooked. Guaranteed.

Who is the target audience?
  • Learn how to tell a story in audio that grabs listeners and doesn't let them go. Learn how great stories work, and what techniques you can use in audio - from music to script, atmosphere to interview skills.
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Curriculum For This Course
36 Lectures
02:51:13
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The magic of the bedtime story.
1 Lecture 14:45

You will learn why stories are not kids' stuff. Why a story - for me - was a matter of life and death.

Preview 14:45
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The power of story.
10 Lectures 34:22

The anecdotal lead - the story within the story. Story is what we use to make meaning in our lives. To make meaning out of random chaos. 'We all need meaning to survive, but order is the creation of the mind, rather than a natural state'.

The story within a story. Story is what we use to make meaning in our lives.
03:58

Michael White and narrative therapy. Good stories are everywhere. Stories give us back control over our lives.

Good stories are everywhere. Stories give us back control over our own lives.
02:49

The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass. Oskar fights fascism by beating his own rhythm in life. What is your powerful story? What does it reveal about you?

What is your powerful story? The Tin Drum by Gunther Grass. Oskar fights fascism
03:17

Outsider witnessing. Telling your story to the world is a fundamental human need. Use that to your advantage.

Outsider witnessing. Telling your story to the world is a fundamental human need
03:16

The Three Little Pigs. Each element of a story serves a purpose to move use from
02:40

The levels of a story. Go deep.
03:49

Ashley Bryant
03:31

Deb Bryant
03:42

Your story always comes first.
04:12

The Three Stages of Creativity: 1: The spark of the idea 2: Collecting your research 3: Organising the research into the right structure.

The three stages of creativity.
03:08
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Researching your story.
10 Lectures 38:30

Think about the venue for your interview. Give away your power if you want to retain it. But don't give away control of the interview.

The secret to a great interview – give away your power.
03:43

Choose a venue where your interview subject feels at home. Like their home.

Where to do the best interview.
02:10

Create a relationship of trust. Use the time before the interview to create a relationship. Find someone's passion and use it. You are your own warm-up act.

How to create a relationship of trust.
04:12

The more similar you are to your interview subject, the harder you make it for yourself. Look for difference.

Why you need to look for difference.
03:39

Active listening. Listen as much for what is not said, as for what is said. Look for the gaps. Open and closed questions. Closed questions can set up powerful further investigations.

The power of active listening.
04:21

Know your general landscape, but keep flexible. Don't write out your questions. Use active listening to form questions. Take cues from your subject.

Why you need to stay flexible.
03:17

Do your research. That's how you'll get something live, fresh and dangerous.

Why research is so important.
04:16

Find the question that nobody has ever asked. That takes research.

How to find the right question.
04:15

At the right time - you need to challenge. What does your subject NOT want to talk about? At the right time.

The power of the challenge.
04:20

The ending is what remains. Think about good endings. Think about your long-term relationship. You've gained their trust, now be worthy of that trust.

Why endings are so important.
04:17
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Using the power of audio.
15 Lectures 01:23:36

The story always comes first. And second. And third. The story always comes first.

The story always comes first.
03:42

The medium is the story. And the story is the medium. A brief overview of the four aspects of audio.

The four aspects of audio: script, interview, atmos, music.
03:31

The spectrum of script. How much of yourself will you use? And how much of your subject? What is your personal style? There's no right and no wrong, but it's critical that you know your place in a story.

The spectrum of script.
04:31

No, no, no.
05:44

Moree Pool.
09:05

Hans and Gina.
13:29

Start thinking in sound. Think about the music of the interview, not just the words.

How to start thinking in sound.
03:46

Find the quietest possible place for your interview. Record atmos separately. This will give you control and make editing easier.

How to record the best possible quality.
04:10

Listen to your venue. Wear headphones. Keep the four elements on separate tracks as much as you can.

Why atmos needs to be separate.
04:44

Don't overuse music. Use its power wisely. Useful sites: freemusic.org or audioblocks.com

The power of music.
06:03

Boys will girls, and girls will be boys.

The Crossdressers Ball.
08:35

Make mistakes. Experiment. Play. Know the rules before you break them. Be mindful.

Why making mistakes is important.
05:32

Let it breathe.
02:20

Techno basics. Recommended programs: Hindenburg, Reaper, Audacity, Pro Tools. Will depend your budget and your needs. Hindenburg is created for podcasting so is easy and intuitive. If I was starting out again, I would use this. Reaper (my choice) is compatible with Wavelab and good value too.

The basics of technology.
04:46

And now, the time is near, and so we face, the final curtain. Hope you enjoyed it and see you again soon. Tell me a story. Contact me via my website williamverity.net or via Twitter @WilliamVerity. Tell me what you think!

Why endings are important.
03:38
About the Instructor
William Verity
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Journalist and podcaster

William Verity started telling stories with a microphone and a portable cassette recorder when he was seven years old.

After graduating from Cambridge University (where he studied anthropology), he worked for 25 years as a print journalist, telling news stories writing long form feature stories.

In 2003, after his daughter died in an accident on sporting field, he used story to survive. In 2007, his book on the year after her death was published by Random House.

Now he works as an award-winning radio producer, creating feature and investigative documentaries for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  He has also taught media and story telling subjects to university students for a decade.

He also co-hosts The Male Room, a podcast exploring the secret lives of men.

Want to know more? Search up his website at williamverity.net