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Connection: Hollywood Storytelling meets Critical Thinking (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Randy Olson , Dorie Barton , Brian Palermo

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The power and importance of storytelling is now widely accepted, but this book goes further to focus on storymaking. CONNECTION brings together a former scientist, a story consultant, and an improv actor to give you the critical thinking of science combined with a century of Hollywood knowledge in the creation and shaping of stories. The material is relevant to lawyers, politicians, public health workers, educators, activists-- everyone. In today's "Twitterfied" world, CONNECTION provides the narrative tools for effective communication.

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RANDY OLSON is the writer/director of the feature films Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus, (Tribeca ‘06, Showtime ‘07), Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy (Outfest ‘08), and author of Don’t Be Such a Scientist: Talking Substance in an Age of Style (Island Press ‘09). His work focuses on the challenges involved in communicating science to the general public and on the current attacks on mainstream science in fields such as evolution and climate science. He is a former marine biologist (Ph.D. Harvard University) who achieved tenure at the University of New Hampshire before changing careers to filmmaking by obtaining an M.F.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California. He is an adjunct faculty member with the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC. His production company, Prairie Starfish Productions, is based at Raleigh Studios in Los Angeles. DORIE BARTON has been a professional actor in the film and television industry for twenty years, and a script consultant and writing coach for fifteen. Her work as a consultant and coach has led her to story development work with screenwriters, filmmakers, novelists, literary managers, and production companies, working on independent and studio projects, and both narrative and documentary films. Her work on camera as an actor has included several television series as a regular and recurring character, numerous guest star roles, and work in independent and studio pictures. She is also a multi award-winning stage performer, and has been a member of the esteemed Evidence Room theatre company since 2001. She holds a BFA from the renowned California Institute of the Arts, created by Walt Disney to provide artists with a well-rounded education in all art forms. BRIAN PALERMO is an actor with a wide range of performances in television, film, and top comedy venues. Palermo graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. He has been a performer, director, and teacher with The Groundlings, Los Angeles’ premiere comedy theatre for over 15 years. On the other side of the camera, Palermo was a staff writer on the animated series Histeria! for Warner Bros. and has written scripts for Disney’s The Weekenders and Dave the Barbarian. He’s also written and produced promotional commercials for Fox and The Disney Channel, among others.


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5.0 von 5 Sternen Communication wisdom that works 3. September 2013
Von Thomas Hayden - Veröffentlicht auf
I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this book, and I'm planning to use it with my science communication students at Stanford this fall. But the rock-solid communication approach it delivers will be useful far beyond academia.

Here's the thing about communication: we already know how to do it. The principals of truly effective communication have been worked out not through scientific study or psychological insight, but in the long, unbroken chain of human storytelling that starts somewhere around a campfire a hundred thousand years ago and continues until today. The problem is that some of the people with the most interesting stories to tell - and I think scientists are chief among that group - have forgotten the storytelling lessons that underlie any successful effort in communication. Worse, many have come to see the storytelling approach, used so successfully by everyone from trial lawyers, to politicians, to the entire pop culture nexus known as "Hollywood," as a sell-out move.

Nothing could be further from the truth, and the authors of "Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking" make that abundantly clear. Storytelling is tool, pure and simple. And it can be used to get others excited about your cause, your product, or your science just as effectively as Hollywood uses it to sell tickets and sugar water.

But how can you use the storytelling technique to deliver the message you want to get across? That's the question "Connection" answers, by breaking the most effective storytelling techniques of Hollywood down into a clear, straightforward and achievable three-step approach. It's deceptively simple, and it's going to help a lot of people make a difference with their message.

I look forward to using "Connection" with my science communication students this fall, and I'll recommend it to the scientists I work with, too. But the lessons, insights and exercises in this book apply way beyond the academic world. There isn't a communicator out there - whether that's a salesperson, a CEO, an environmental campaigner, or yes, a scientist - who won't benefit from absorbing the lessons so effectively communicated here.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Grail 4. September 2013
Von Ron Britton - Veröffentlicht auf
My much anticipated advance copy of "Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking" arrived and I read it straight through.... With their interesting stories and examples along the way, Randy, Dorie and Brian take you step by step, helping us to construct, sculpt and deliver a complete story.

"Connection" gets you thinking about lots of possibilities.

I found myself ambling into the nature of communications between the public, and scientists and managers in government, business, and non-governmental organizations. There are so many important topics that an informed public needs to have at their fingertips and those of us working in government, private sector and non-governmental organizations need to join with the public to resolve the issues not just argue them....that takes telling stories for everyone to comprehend. The storytelling techniques presented in "Connection" could just be the grail, the "how-to," the "self-help" tools to give everyone a voice to tell meaningful stories with a point and direction... to bring us more broadly into a constructive discussion.

We know the good story tellers and we like to have them around...nothing worse than the story with a crummy ending, no point, no humor... "Connection" gives us the excellent tools and models for us all to not only develop our stories but to craft them and deliver them.

This was a genuine fun read with a lot of tools to try out!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Project Manager's Perspective 7. September 2013
Von Don Perez, PMP - Veröffentlicht auf
In a world where an overwhelming percentage of projects fail to be delivered on schedule and project managers compete for the time and support of their stakeholders and project teams, good communication is often the difference maker. But how can a project manager draw in project teams and stakeholders to the dry, boring world of project execution? Connection: Hollywood Storytelling Meets Critical Thinking provides an interesting answer to this question. It's not the subject matter that's dry and boring - it's the PM's communication of that subject matter.

The three authors provide three unique, complementary perspectives on the subject of communication through telling stories. The conversational, "For Dummies" writing styles allow the reader to effortlessly breeze through many sections in a single sitting. The book is well organized and provides a cookbook, step-by-step recipe to conveying good information in a "story style" while winning audiences over to your way of thinking.

I would highly recommend the book to project managers and other business professionals who struggle to effectively communicate - namely all of us.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen A very surprising disappointment after his last book (which was brilliant) 10. Dezember 2013
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I was so, so, so surprised when I read this book (caveat: I only read up to 50 pp). I'm a Randy Olson hero-worshipper. His last book "Don't be Such a Scientist" was one of the best books I've ever read. I'm a scientific/medical writer, I'm a scientist, I communicate about science, I'm a college professor, I teach my students how to communicate about science, and I teach critical thinking. So I was stoked when this book came out. But... it read COMPLETELY differently than his last. This sounded more like a you-can-do-it life-coach guru-y kind of thing. The tone was different, the content was different, and it hadn't much substance to it. On page 36 he was making the point that it was important to get to the point immediately, and I was thinking "he hasn't made the point yet." On page 41 there was an egregious typo (it's/its) that was a blow to my editorial sensitivities, and on page 50 he candidly said he was taking his information from Wikipedia to provide context for a discussion of Hegelian philosophy (arguably - you're reading my own review out of context - keep that in mind). Typos? Wikipedia? This guy is a famous writer/author/speaker/producer ("Flock of Dodos") with a PhD in biology from Harvard who was a tenured prof at UNH who bagged it and got an MFA in film. I couldn't understand the typo and use of Wikipedia... I couldn't see how a book editor could let that go. Then I noticed the book was self-published. I also didn't understand that, unless Olson's starting his own "brand." Surely his former publisher had right of first refusal and would have published a second book? This book was an extension of a workshop he and two colleagues (also authors on this book) created ("Word, Sentence, Paragraph"). So maybe I wasn't reading it in the right frame of mind. I was expecting it to be like his last book. I blamed myself for this; I was sure I was just looking at trees and not the forest. Maybe I was.

To be honest, I put the book down after page 50 and did not finish it - maybe it got a lot better.

Make no mistake, Randy Olson is brilliant and talented and an insightful communicator. His former book "Don't be Such a Scientist" should be required reading not just for scientific communicators, but scientists in general. Get that book. Give this one a miss.

Jeez... I even feel guilty writing this review...
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Valuable communication tools for every day! 4. September 2013
Von Jeff Nimoy - Veröffentlicht auf
As someone in the Entertainment Industry, many times when I'm listening to a non-Hollywood type tell me a story, I can't help myself from thinking, "No one ever taught this poor person how to tell a story that keeps your interest throughout and has a poignant ending." This book offers valuable lessons for people to communicate in a much better way, no matter what profession they're in. I highly recommend it!
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