Teddington RNLI Stories #9 From The River Thames

More RNLI stories as part of my role as Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO).

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Read my latest Richmond & Twickenham Times articles and the RNLI corporate website sharing Teddington RNLI stories from the River Thames. I’ve also encouraged my colleagues at Teddington RNLI to share their stories and highlight the great work of the RNLI.

RNLI Tim Ody LOM – RTT 8 Feb 2019

RNLI – Callum Goddard – RTT Article 22 Feb 2019

And do check out the latest Saving Lives At Sea series on BBC Two which was aired in 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bh1xx3

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/

Richmond and Twickenham Times

Paul Stallard – Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/teddington-lifeboat-station

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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The New Witchcraft

Earlier this month, hundreds of marks were discovered at Cresswell Crags caves on the border of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire; they are believed to have been put there to stop witches from rising from the underworld. Symbols show diagonal lines, crosses, and mazes, believed to deter and trap evil, and VV, believed to be emblematic of the Virgin Mary. One of the interesting parts of this story – apart from the fact that the cave’s managers knew the marks were there but thought they were Victorian graffiti – is that they are believed to date from the early 1800s, almost 100 years after the tide of recriminations against suspected witches in England had ended.

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Or had they? Though many of the Acts against witchcraft were repealed in 1736, witch hunting still went on. In 1863, an alleged male witch was drowned in a pond in Headingham, Essex and in 1945 the body of an elderly farm labourer was found near the village of Meon Hill in Warwickshire. His throat had been cut and his body was pinned to the earth with a pitchfork. The murder remains unsolved, but the man was believed to be a wizard. And, of course, the last version of the UK witchcraft act was not repealed until 1951.

In the UK, as across the world, there is evidence of a past belief in witchcraft, and some belief in witchcraft still seems to exist. As recently as 2014, the BBC reported that the Thames Valley police are still having to deal with emergency calls about witches, with 48 reports on supernatural or extra-terrestrial events between 2010 and 2013 alone. One caller claimed that her sister-in-law was practicing witchcraft and voodoo on her; one man knocked on a woman’s window claiming that he had seen the ghost of his grandmother in her house; and a Berkshire woman claimed her Christmas tree was “writhing” and that “there was an alien climbing around in it”.

Now, of course, there is a chance that some or all of these calls can be related to mental health issues or prank calls, but the relationship between strangeness and witchcraft that still exists in the 21st century is interesting. Donald Trump continues to cry ‘witch hunt’ every time someone accuses him of something that he may – or may not – have done; celebrities such as Lana del Rey claim to be witches, while others, such as Beyonce and Stevie Nicks, have allegedly been accused of witchcraft; and witch groups across the world gather to hex unpopular politicians and public figures. I think the fact that the UK parliament still has a page dedicated to witchcraft speaks volumes about our continued interest.

The media has also cottoned onto this resurgence and made it somewhat of a fashion trend. In February 2019, Marie Claire UK published an article called ‘Witchcraft is officially a thing – are you a basic witch?’ It discusses the upsurge in witch-related sites on social media and an increasing interest in media, such as the Netflix remake of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But it also offers the modern reader a ‘basic witch starter kit’ – linking witchcraft to modern consumerism and trends such as the girl squad – and gives a spell for long-lasting love, in which you burn certain herbs in a dish, then run your finger through the smoke, and use this finger to ‘swipe’ on Tinder in order to find the love of your life.

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Image courtesy of Marie Claire

https://www.marieclaire.co.uk/entertainment/books/witchcraft-641518

However, there is a much more serious side to 21st-cenrury witchcraft. As Arthur Miller wrote The Crucible to show parallels between 1950s McCarthyism and the Salem witch-hunts, so this resurgence of interest in witchcraft in the 21st century can be linked to phenomena such as global warming, seen as our environment turning against us; social unrest through Brexit here and Trump’s policies in the US; and a disenchantment with scientific and rational explanations for those things we feel defy explanation. People are increasingly looking to the supernatural for both explanation and to resolve their anxieties.

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The Crucible

Tragically, some people and cultures also look to those they define as witches as the cause of their anxieties, and this is especially true in the case of children, with news reports increasing about instances of chid murder related to witchcraft. In 2017, The Telegraph reported 1,500 child abuse cases a year in the UK alone linked to belief in witchcraft and demonic possession, and charities say this figure is likely to be an underestimate because many social workers did not know how to spot the signs. There is a need for increased awareness and training, but also for more education, especially in those communities affected. It is one thing for Marie Claire to encourage middle-class, middle-aged readers to dabble in a little light-hearted love spell, but when children’s lives are at risk, we are in danger of sliding back to a time when the cry of ‘witch’ put whole communities at risk.

This article is by Dr Krissie West, lecturer, writer and editor and Storytelling Consultant at The Story Consultancy

Krissie is the author of two forthcoming books: ‘The Weary Little Wanderer’, about author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott and her works for children and ‘The Guilt of Innocent Blood: Reading the Salem Witch Child‘, which explores the role of children in the Salem witch trials. Both books are published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Krissie is a sessional lecturer in English literature at the University of Reading, and recently completed her PhD in American literature. She also lectures and researches in the US on Transcendentalism, with her work taking her to Harvard University, Boston and San Francisco. Krissie also specialises in social media, both as co-founder of We the Humanities, and as a lecturer and coach for academics, businesses and individuals.

Find Krissie at:

www.wethehumanities.org

https://twitter.com/WetheHumanities

https://twitter.com/krisreadsbooks

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kristina-west-80150612

Krissie West

The Story Consultancy works with Krissie on projects involving ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  Krissie brings her unrivalled expertise in literature to help clients, agencies and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

Krissie works with our team to create different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts through to social media and blogging, looking at how these are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt these for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard of The Story Consultancy.

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Networking Network #2

I have been appointed by Network Career Consultants to help them to market their recruitment services within the creative industries.

In my role as Business Development Consultant I will work with Stuart Newman, Managing Director  and Stewart Baldwin, Director and Head of Production and the wider team as required to help Network develop new clients and market their services.

Network have been recruiting quality candidates for the design and integrated marketing communities as well as the interior and architectural fields covering both consultancy and in-house environments since 1984.

During this time Network have built a reputation of providing honest recruitment advice and support in a friendly manner to clients and candidates alike.

Stuart Newman said: ‘It’s great to have someone of Paul’s undoubted expertise and business storytelling skills work with myself and Stewart and our team. We want to find new ways of marketing what we do and having known Paul for over 25 years I felt he could help my team learn how best to build great client relations and share our success stories. Paul will also seek to open some new doors for us from his vast global network of contacts. Getting the best out of your people, finding good people and hiring and keeping great talent is vital for any business. That’s what we do at Network. We help companies to find and keep the best people  and help people get the best out of themselves in their career. Paul shares our passion for people!’

Do follow Network on LinkedIn (Network LinkedIn) and if you want to know more about Network, sign up for email job alerts or search the latest jobs then visit the website: (NetworkWebsite).

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By Paul Stallard, Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

http://www.network.cc

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Engineering Stories #2: David Lindsley’s ‘Far Point’ Audiobook Now On Sale

We are pleased to announce that author David Lindsley’s new ‘Far Point’ Audiobook is now on sale.

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You can buy ‘Far Point’ by following this link:

FAR POINT AUDIOBOOK – AMAZON

http://ow.ly/SXeK30nyOXS

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David Lindsley

The Story Consultancy has been helping David to market the ‘Far Point’ Audiobook and share his life story:

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I asked David why he wrote the books in the first place. ’There are no real role-models for modern engineers,’ the author says. ‘People casually turn on a light switch without thinking about what goes on behind the scenes to make it all possible. But the people behind those scenes are human beings, dealing with the realities of life: drama, separation from their families for long periods, physical and mental challenges, jealousy and romance. I have tried to bring today’s engineers to life.’

David stresses the difference between the people who turn up to fix a domestic central-heating boiler and the professionals who are highly qualified in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Electronics. ‘I don’t denigrate the people who fix boilers and washing machines – they perform essential services – but they are technicians rather than engineers.’

He also pays respect to the many female engineers working in this stressful environment. ‘Several characters in my stories are highly qualified women. In particular, one of them has the courage to stand up to a bullying and hectoring boss.’

David was born in the foothills of the Himalayas and travelled to Britain by steamship after the partition of India. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of Kingston University in recognition of his services to the engineering profession.

Although now severely sight-impaired, he continues to write novels and promote his profession. ‘Being sight-impaired myself,’ he says, ‘I am very sensitive to the problems faced by blind and partially-sighted people. I hope that my writing will bring pleasure to people of all abilities.’

If you would like more information on David Lindsley, his books and would like to buy and download the ‘Far Point’ Audiobook, follow the link here:

FAR POINT AUDIOBOOK – AMAZON

http://ow.ly/SXeK30nyOXS

For more information on David Lindsley and The Story Consultancy see our original article announcing our work with David and the ‘Far Point’ Book and Audiobook.

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By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Black Swan Data

Introducing Black Swan Data.

Launched in 2011, Black Swan Data work with some of the world’s leading consumer-focused brands including PepsiCo, Disney, Panasonic, Tesco, and GSK. Today, Black Swan employs 260 people worldwide across offices in the UK, Hungary, USA and South Africa.

Black Swan Data creates better outcomes through technology and the power of prediction. Black Swan Data products transform the way brands create value from data, finding insights and solutions that create an advantage for their business. The company analyses consumer behaviour using public and private data, then build cutting edge technology based on predictive models to create better outcomes – Black Swan Data call this “Applied Prediction”. Bringing together a passionate and talented team, Black Swan Data thrive on change, innovating across social intelligence and big data.

Black Swan Data’s long-term relationships and work with some of the world’s leading consumer-focused brands is getting the company noticed: * Deloitte Top 50 Fastest Growing UK Tech companies 2017 * APEX Award for Best Inflight Entertainment Innovation 2017 * Ranked 6th in the 2017 Financial Times FT1000 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe. * Sunday Times SME Export Track 100 2016 – #1 SME with Fastest Growing International Sales * Sunday Times Sage Start Up 15 – ‘UK’s Fastest Growing Start Up 2015′​. * Sunday Times Tech Track 100 “Ones To Watch”​ 2014.

Website

http://www.blackswan.com

Industry

Information Technology and Services

Company size

201-500 employees

Type

Privately Held

Founded

2011

Specialties

Applied Prediction, Connected Data, Predictive Analytics, Social Listening and Big Data

More to be revealed next month!

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Networking Network #1

Introducing Network.

Network have been recruiting quality candidates for the design and integrated marketing communities as well as the interior and architectural fields covering both consultancy and in-house environments since 1984. 

During this time Network have built a reputation of providing honest recruitment advice and support in a friendly manner to clients and candidates alike. 

Do follow Network on LinkedIn and if you want to know more about Network, sign up for email job alerts or search the latest jobs then visit the website.

Website

http://www.network.cc

Industry

Staffing and Recruiting

Company size

11-50 employees

Type

Privately Held

Founded

1984

Specialties

Creative / 2D Design, Production, Interior / 3D Design, Client Services, Digital / Moving Image, Business Development, and Strategic Planning & Architecture.

More to be revealed next month!

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Teddington RNLI Stories #8 From The River Thames

More RNLI stories as part of my role as Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO).

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Read my latest Richmond & Twickenham Times articles and the RNLI corporate website sharing Teddington RNLI stories from the River Thames. I’ve also encouraged my colleagues at Teddington RNLI to share their stories and highlight the great work of the RNLI.

RTT RNLI Throwbag Training Article 25 Jan 2019

RTT RNLI ARTICLE 11 JAN 2019

And do check out the latest Saving Lives At Sea series on BBC Two which was aired in 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bh1xx3

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/

Richmond and Twickenham Times

Paul Stallard – Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/teddington-lifeboat-station

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Home Truths

At this time of year most people have been celebrating with family and friends and sharing stories, often in a cosy pub, around a dining table or lounge fire.

New Year’s Eve for us all is a time to think back and think ahead.

The stories we share when with other people are important.

They bond us and enable us to understand our past, present and where our future may lead.

We can all take for granted people who are with us every day in our lives and sometimes forget those many miles away, possibly in another country.

How often do you see at Christmas people on their mobile phones and not truly engaging with those around them physically in front of us flesh and blood? Do we really prefer digital engagement or the real person in front of us?

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Evelyn Waugh

Yet, Social media does come into its own at this time of year as we share messages with loved ones far away. Technology enables us to connect and stay in touch. It makes us feel part of a wider community. Maybe it’s better to use social media in a way which involves the people actually sitting with us at that moment?

However, the festive season can be difficult as most of us will know of someone who has lost a loved one in 2018. So let’s pause and reflect on others who are no longer with us and say thanks for knowing them and for them being part of our lives.

Often when family and friends get together and a drink or two is consumed words can get spoken which make us think, laugh or can hurt us.

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Oscar Wilde

That’s why we all love watching murder mysteries – notice how much Agatha Christie is on TV over the festive period!  Helps us role-play and acts as a form of therapy!!

We love our family and friends but because they know us well they know which buttons to press to make us happy or sad.

The truth of a word spoken can hurt us more than any weapon.

On the other hand what would we all prefer to never speak the truth as we feel it? To bury our feelings, To deny our chance to share a problem or a concern.

When we share our feelings we are enabling those we love to respond and help us.

In the RNLI I have witnessed first hand what happens when others are not listened to and feel there is nowhere to turn. People can become a casualty.

In my work at The Story Consultancy I work with major global brand owners, SMEs and other organisations where ‘Storytelling’ is used to help surface issues in a non-confrontational way and helps to resolve and fix those issues in a way which does not cause too much conflict. Companies which don’t share their fundamental truths and admit mistakes tend to get into trouble. For example, I have worked with Volkswagen in the last year or so and inspired their marketing and agency teams to use truth much more in their future communications. Less spin and more #StoryDoing! #StoryPower!

Sharing stories with our relatives, grand-parents, parents, in-laws, nephews, nieces, uncles, aunties and our children is what this festive season is all about. It’s important that we listen to these stories as they don’t tend to get written down or recorded. Anecdotes, jokes, silly stories, embarrassing stories, memories of days gone by. These are the cultural camp fire of our families and friends stories. Clearly we don’t want to spoil the mood of a festive good time but it’s important people feel listened to. We all have our faults and yet we love our family and friends often because of their faults, their ways, their quirks. Would it not be dull if we all behaved the same?

Today is the memories that we will remember forever if we stay in the moment, celebrate love and friendship and appreciate each other while we are here.

Banter is good after all we don’t want to be too gushing in expressing our love for our families and friends as it can come across as a bit too worthy and needy!

But just saying I love you and appreciate you is that too much to ask?

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Happy New Year!

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Teddington RNLI Stories #7 From The River Thames

More RNLI stories as part of my role as Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer (LPO).

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Read my latest Richmond & Twickenham Times articles and the RNLI corporate website sharing Teddington RNLI stories from the River Thames. I’ve also encouraged my colleagues at Teddington RNLI to share their stories and highlight the great work of the RNLI.

RNLI ARTICLE – RTT 28 Dec 2018

RNLI ARTICLE – RTT 14 Dec 2018

And do check out the latest Saving Lives At Sea series on BBC Two which was aired in 2018.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0bh1xx3

http://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/

Richmond and Twickenham Times

Paul Stallard – Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer

https://rnli.org/find-my-nearest/lifeboat-stations/teddington-lifeboat-station

By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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Engineering Stories #1…Prologue: David Lindsley’s Far Point Audiobook Story

The Story Consultancy are pleased to announce we have been commissioned to help promote author David Lindsley’s new audiobook Far Point.

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David Lindsley invited The Story Consultancy to help market the audiobook of his award-winning book Far Point after recent meetings and discussions about the content of the book and how best to market the audiobook version.

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David Lindsley

The Far Point novel is a gripping page turner written by David Lindsley. It is a tale of greed, ruthless ambition and political intrigue set in the world of engineering. It is brought to life by the author’s deep understanding of engineering and the power industry and the people who work in it. Behind the scenes in the book, a searing love affair adds romance and another sort of intrigue to the life of the novel’s protagonist, Dan Foster.

Far Point is a compelling read, as described by Amazon: ‘When paralegal Fiona Wilson is asked to locate and recruit engineer Dan Foster to help identify the cause of a fatal accident at a power station in Hong Kong, she doesn’t realise how it will change her life forever. Political corruption has set a chain of events in motion that could lead to a world-scale disaster.’

The paperback version of Far Point won first prize in a literary contest, the Engineering Media Awards, organised by several UK engineering institutions in a bid to raise the profile of the engineering profession and to stimulate the take-up of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools and universities.

David Lindsley is severely sight-impaired, but he doesn’t let that get in the way of his aim of portraying engineers as ordinary human beings working in a challenging field that touches all our lives and is the lifeblood of modern society. He also wants people to know that the engineering profession is not confined to men. He says, ‘One of my characters is a high-flying female engineer who stands up to her bullying and bombastic boss with steely determination.’

But the book does not confine itself to the work of engineers; it also explored the characters’ imperfections, emotions and passions.

It could be said that David Lindsley is doing for Engineering what John Grisham has done for Law! As 2018 is the HM Government’s ‘Year of Engineering‘, David’s books are very topical.

Paul Stallard of Teddington-based agency The Story Consultancy said: ‘We help global brand owners, SMEs, educational and scientific institutions tell their stories to engage and entertain in a human way. We also help individual people tell their stories too as our mantra is Helping You Tell Your Story. So, helping a local author promote his work and tell his story is a perfect project for us. We use a process which we call Storytelling in A Business Context to engage and inspire people and arouse their cultural curiosity. David was intrigued and asked us to help him in this way as he clearly believes in the power of storytelling as a successful author.’

David Lindsley added: ‘I have known Paul Stallard for a while now due to his work as Lifeboat Press Officer for Teddington RNLI Lifeboat Station for which I am a fund raiser. I believe Paul will help me share my stories and reach a wider audience for my books. The audiobook is an exciting venture for me. It’s my first one and I believe that actor Julian Casey, the narrator that I have chosen, has done a fantastic job. In some audiobooks, the narration can get between the author and the listener, with clever but ultimately annoying pronunciations of various dialects. Julian, with his soft Irish-Canadian intonation, gets it just right. I feel that the audiobook will appeal to busy people who simply don’t have time to sit down and read but love stories they can listen to while on the go. Also, it will appeal to people who are open to learning new things about an industry while immersing themselves into a good story. For me, engineering and storytelling are all about building things from nothing and piecing together ingredients to make something work whether it be an electric light switch or an audiobook. I have spent my life in engineering and love to share my passion for this innovative industry to inspire new people to want to work in a challenging arena.’

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Julian Casey

The process has involved David submitting a synopsis of the story to Audible’s Audiobook Creation Exchange service, ACX, which invited several professional narrators to audition for the task. From these, David and his wife Jo Lindsley, selected Julian Casey to record the book. On completion the work will be submitted to Audible’s Quality Assurance Process prior to its publication.

Audible, is a seller and producer of spoken audio entertainment, information, and educational programming on the Internet. Audible sells digital audiobooks, radio and TV programs, and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. Through its production arm, Audible Studios, Audible has also become the world’s largest producer of downloadable audiobooks.

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The Far Point audiobook is currently in production and is due for release just before Christmas 2018.  Details will be given as soon as the official release date is announced.

To Be Continued…!

(For further information on the ‘Year of Engineering 2018′ check out: #YoE; @YoEgovuk; https://twitter.com/YoEgovuk; https://www.yearofengineering.gov.uk).

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By Paul Stallard. Founder & Chief Storyteller, The Story Consultancy

The Story Consultancy helps clients with ‘Storytelling In A Business Context’.  We help global brand owners, agencies, SMEs and individuals ‘tell their story’ in engaging and compelling ways.

We look at how different types of storytelling inspired by classic texts, film, music,  social media and blogging are shaped and influenced by story, and how companies can learn from, use and adapt for their own purposes.

We look at how great literature can inspire ‘storytelling’ in the commercial sphere to entice, engage, thrill and convince the millions of ‘readers’ who could be your new customers.

Above all our quest is to engage all key stakeholders into the ‘story’ of the company, brand or individual person.

For more details on ‘storytelling in a business context’ and ways to ‘tell your story’ in the most engaging and innovative ways, contact Paul Stallard, The Story Consultancy.

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 Paul Stallard - Founder & Director - The Story Consultancy

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