Become great at storytelling

Online course

By Miri Rodriguez,

Head of Global Internship Program @ Microsoft Corporation

Course length: 1h 16min

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English subtitles Certificate included

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A distinctive brand story helps define and successfully communicate unique personal and business attributes.

Storytelling has become a powerful business tool in today’s digital age because it begins and ends with empathy, driving an immersive and emotional experience for stakeholders and audiences that inspires them to action.

In this insightful and heartfelt course, Miri leverages excerpts from her book Brand Storytelling to help you become a skilled storyteller so that you can successfully keep relevant in the marketplace, drive engaging relationships and win in business and in life.

Introduction video (1 minute)

Learn the five steps of design thinking as a model to plan, design and launch stories. In this tried and true method, students will be able to practically submit their brand stories through the empathize, identify, ideate, prototype and test phases, understanding each step for storytelling success.

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After taking this course you’ll…

  • Learn what is brand storytelling…and what is not – Gain a clear definition of storytelling as a connection tool for user-centered experience
  • Understand Design Thinking – Learn about this powerful problem-solving framework that puts people at the center of design solutions
  • Craft your story with empathy and Design Thinking Principles – Take your story through the five steps of design thinking and learn to prototype stories
  • Understand the three levels of empathy for business results – Embracing empathy as a business innovation tool in today’s digital market
  • Leverage visual elements in storytelling – the power of color, typography, photo, video and digital assets to take storytelling to the next level

Miri Rodriguez

Head of Global Internship Program @ Microsoft Corporation

Miri Rodriguez is a globally recognized Storyteller, Head of Global Internship Program at Microsoft and author of Brand Storytelling. She is a creative journalist and content strategist, evangelizing brand narrative and showcasing how thought leaders can leverage storytelling techniques for culture activation and influence in the digital age.

Miri has earned several awards in digital marketing and customer experience and is ranked as top in-demand speaker at leading industry conferences around the world. Miri brings 15+ years of expertise, valuable industry and consulting insights matched with a lighthearted and connected delivery approach.

Your course curriculum

Storytelling

1 What is—and what is not—storytelling

Understanding the power of story and dispelling ideas of what it is not Topics covered: Learn the elements, structure and attributes of storyDefine the story arc (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, resolution)Understand the 8 basic stru

2 Introduction to Design Thinking for storytelling

Leveraging design thinking to prototype stories Topics covered: Understand the Design Thinking stepsUnderstand how to submit stories through the Design Thinking modelBegin to conceptualize empathize, define and ideate phases Resources Resources The 22

3 Step one: Empathize

Becoming an empath to tell effective stories Topics covered: Empathy is a skill setLearn the 3 levels of empathy: cognitive, emotional, compassionateFinding your story’s universal truth Resources Resources Empathy VS Sympathy Blog post/article Wired fo

4 Step two: Defining

The importance of defining the story mission, character, plot and conclusion for a successful story Topics covered: Creating a story missionDefining the story charactersCreating a story outline Resources Resources Fiction Writing Template Template Miss

5 Step three: Ideating

Ideation is about taking your story arc and giving it intersectionality (several layers from several angles) Topics covered: Ideation as a great tool to tell storiesBrainstorming sessions and ideasUsing the SCAMPER brainstorming tool Resources Resource

6 Step four: Prototype

Creating low cost, low effort story concepts Topics covered: Learning to create story conceptsPrototyping story linesIdentifying the best prototypes by using the Napkin Pitch model Resources Lesson slide deck

7 Step five: Test

Learn to benchmark your storytelling Topics covered: Success indicators in storytellingHow to fail with a story Resources Resources 500 Questions To Help You Write A Better Story Video 100 questions to help evaluate your story Blog post/article 50 Stor

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Learn Storytelling: FAQ

What will you learn in this course?

After taking this course, you will:

  • Learn what is brand storytelling, and what it isn’t – Gain a clear definition of storytelling as a connection tool for user-centered experience
  • Understand Design Thinking – Learn about this powerful problem-solving framework that puts people at the center of design solutions
  • Craft your story with empathy and Design Thinking Principles – Take your story through the five steps of design thinking and learn to prototype stories
  • Understand the three levels of empathy for business results – Embracing empathy as a business innovation tool in today’s digital market
  • Leverage visual elements in storytelling – the power of color, typography, photo, video and digital assets to take storytelling to the next level

What does the course include?

Our Storytelling training includes 8 lessons, 16 downloadable resources, 1h 16min of video material, several assignments, and a final exam.

Are subtitles available for the lessons?

Lessons have English subtitles and transcriptions available.

Will I receive a certificate of completion?

After taking this course, you will receive the Storytelling Certification from CXL, with credentials that you can add to your LinkedIn profile.

What is the refund policy?

All plans come with a 7-day refund period .

How long will it take for me to finish it?

This is entirely up to you – it’s how many study hours per week you can put in. This course is 1h 16min long.