Inspiration for Active Living Plugged In - the Art of Live Storytelling

“Story makes us more alive, more human, more courageous, more loving. Why does anybody tell a story? It does indeed have something to do with faith, faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matter cosmically.” Author Madeleine L'Engle

Dr. Maya Angelou for the October 2013 Cole Haan 1928 ad campaign. This is the director's cut of Dr. Angelou's video. Watch how a great storyteller performs her words.

Ted Talks

The following TED talks are some of the favorites of Melissa, Charlie, Allan and the Pedal Love team when we began to do research on great live talks for the Active Living Plugged In training. They beautifully illustrate how presenting topics in emotionally engaging ways as a great storyteller means you can capture the attention and interest of a much larger audience.

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

This video has over 14 million views

This talk is Dr. Brené Brown's Houston TEDx talk that went viral and brought her to the big TED stage. Since then she's written the critically acclaimed book "Daring Greatly" and is now a feature columnist for Oprah's Magazine "O." Click on the image for the video to start. For her TED talk "Listening to shame"



Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire

This video has over 15 million views

Simon Sinek explores how leaders can inspire cooperation, trust and change. He's the author of the classic book "Start With Why." On his website his motto is "Inspire Someone. The More People You Inspire the More People Will Inspire You." To view the video click the image.



Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter

This video has over 5 million views

A performing poet since she was 14 years old, Sarah Kay is the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry as a literacy and empowerment tool. Click on the image to watch the video.

Finally, here is the man who started Melissa on her own journey to art of being fully human. She first saw this video in 1982 when she was a senior in High School. Note: The video isn't the greatest quality - and it can get out of sync but if you hang in there with it we think you'll find it very valuable. ... In the critically acclaimed The Art of Being Fully Human, Dr. Buscaglia addresses the critical and often neglected issue of what it means to be human, examining our emotions, and the way we experience them. Speaking before a live audience he offers his thoughts on sharing, loving and living life to the fullest.

Here's a another link you might like on Fast Company: The Simple Science to Good Storytelling by Harvey Deutschendorf