During The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference we heard from a lot of great presenters, and nearly every one of them had great book recommendations to share.
Today I wanted to share a complete list of the book recommendations from the conference. The ones that I haven’t read are on my personal reading list for this Spring!
(P.S. be sure to read to the end of the post to learn how to win one of these books!)
Lead With a Story by Paul Smith
Story Proof: The Science Behind the Startling Power of Story by Kendall Haven
The Life You Can Save: How to Do Your Part to End World Poverty by Peter Singer
Winning The Story Wars: Why Those Who Tell (and Live) the Best Stories Will Rule the Future by Jonah Sacs
The Science of Giving: Experimental Approaches to the Study of Charity by Daniel M. Oppenheimer
Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath
Wired For Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron
The Last Taboo: Money as a Symbol & Reality in Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis by David W. Krueger
Influence: Science and Practice by Robert B. Ciadini
Writing to Deadline: The Journalist at Work by Donald Murray
To celebrate the end of The Storytelling Non-Profit Virtual Conference, we’re giving one lucky attendee a book of their choice!
Here’s how to win one of the #storytellingnp recommended books:
Leave a comment below and tell us your biggest takeaway from the conference.
The giveaway will be open until Friday, March 6th at 5 pm Pacific. We’ll announce the winner at the end of this post on Monday, March 9th.
UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who entered our book giveaway! Our winner is Amanda.
Rachel Ramjattan says
great storytelling means going where the action is, developing relationships with the people who can help you gather the stories and writing concisely with compassion. Takes practice, practice, practice!
Thanks for a great conference Vanessa. Your workshops were informative and helpful.
You need to have a variety of ways of presenting information to a variety of demographics in order to give each of your donors what they want i.e. Segmentation! (Some ‘Jennifer’s have low literacy, some want quick bite-sized info, but all want to connect to something greater than the individual level – Must connect to the personal!)
I learned that I need to understand what will move my audience to action. Tell my story from a different point of view; have a purpose; stir the audience’s emotion.
Marc Pitman’s rule of 3’s were really helpful! Sometimes, it feels like there are so many messages we’re trying to randomly communicate. But the idea of just choosing 3–and sticking with them–and organizing everything we communicate around them, helps provide important focus.
I took away that I need to most importantly develop a connection with our readers and have a resolution of a problem that involves them!
Don’t share what you do – share what the donors are doing to make an impact. Show how THEY are making the difference – making the change!