Tickle Your Story Bones - Storytelling Workshop

Discovered your Story Bone yet?

Tickle Your Story Bones – Storytelling Workshop

By | Golpo - Storytelling for Children, Storyteller's Diary, Storytelling Camps, Storytelling Workshop | No Comments

“So has your Story Bones been tickled?” I asked to a roomful of excited parents and teachers.

“Yes…yes..yessss!!” yelled back my audience.

“So where did you find it hiding in your body?” I fired the next one quickly.

There was an awkward pause. People smiled back, as if telling me that it is hidden in a secret corner of their soul, one they now know exists but cannot put their fingers to!

I looked around expectantly. Until a teacher rightfully said, “It keeps moving about!” Read More

Stories Solopreneurs Share

Stories Solopreneurs Share

By | Golpo Connect, Storyteller's Diary, Thoughts on Storytelling | 2 Comments

We solopreneurs are a crazy lot! We’ve all chosen to follow our hearts, because our minds would not be at rest if we don’t! We dream, doodle and plan a lot and then procrastinate for rest of the time! We always take on more than what our plates can carry. If we are our own boss then we are also the sales, marketing, receptionist, peon and driver for our business. Ask us and we will also be ready to walk from door-to-door to sell our products and services! Or stand at traffic signals dishing out pamphlets! Our mind is always cluttered with people who we want to work with or meet and talk to, yet we all walk a very personal and lonely journey. We feel over-worked, nervous and excited all at the same time. Our passion fuels us more than the revenue that we earn and even then we land up questioning our dreams, passions and journey every single day.  Read More

10 Lessons from 100 Stories - 2

10 Lessons from 100 Stories : How Ideas Became Stories At HCL Technologies – Part 2

By | Corporate Golpo, Storyteller's Diary | No Comments

Last week I shared the top 5 lessons from telling 100 stories at HCL.

You may ask how different are these stories anyway? In an IT / ITES organization, these are all engineers that we are talking about! When I started writing this piece, I realized that I could actually write 100 lessons from 100 stories! That would mean sharing all the 100 stories!

What makes each of these stories unique is that there is a different client in every case. The complexity of the problem is different. The response to challenge, problem solving and the genesis of every idea is different.

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I Am A Storyteller

Once A Storyteller, Always A Storyteller

By | Storyteller's Diary | One Comment

Fancy, how ‘journalist’ was never my choice of professional description. Yes I am trained in journalism and I worked in a news organization for much of my professional career. I also never fancied sitting before the camera to anchor, I thought it too much trouble to look impressionable! The truth is that I never liked describing myself as a journalist. Instead I said what I was, a Producer. To me then and even now a show Director and Producer is where the power rests. I enjoyed immersing myself in stories, interviewing people, sifting through their stories, rewriting them and telling them effectively through visual narratives. As a trainee producer who reported and produced her own ‘stories’ I was hands and feet on the ground. In my fair share of reporting, I have travelled with politicians soaking the heat and dust of Indian elections, door-stepped them for sound bytes,  chatted with celebrities to tell their stories, helped some rewind their lives to the forgotten crevices of their memories and narrating anecdotes. I have meticulously gathered narratives from various sources, to weave stories that have been forgotten. On the way I have stumbled and discovered stories that people have overlooked and yet have to be told loud and clear.  Read More