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  • Creating Narrative Tension

    Bill Johnson, Bill Johnson Script Consulting

    The concept of narrative tension goes to the heart of what a storyteller creates to draw in and maintain a hold on the attention of an audience. When a story's audience is drawn in to feel tension over the course and outcome of a story, that audience will feel a need to experience the relief offered by a story’s resolution and fulfillment. MORE >

    To heighten a story’s narrative tension, a well-designed plot creates growing obstacles to how a situation that revolves around an issue of human need will be resolved. Hence the emotional investment -- and ultimately, the relief -- of the audience grows. Conversely, if the characters in a story don’t feel a tension that drives their actions to overcome obstacles to resolve what's at stake in a story-- to find true love in a romantic story, for example -- why should the audience feel a sense of tension over the story’s outcome?

    A script that lacks narrative tension risks becoming a sterile accounting of events.

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  • International Healthcare, Public Health, International Aid & Development

    Dr. Benjamin La Brot, CEO & Clinical Professor, Floating Doctors & University of Southern California

    I have well-received and informative presentations on a wide variety of topics related to medicine and international development and NGO work. These include purely healthcare-oriented lectures on palliative care, international mission medicine, malaria, and specialty-specific lectures on the approach to these specialties in resource limited settings.

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  • Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

    Carol Shafer, Retired GIA Jeweler, Carol Shafer Fine Jewelry

    Learn about diamond mining and gain valuable information about maintenance of diamonds and gold. Most fine jewelry sales are just that...selling. Carol contributes much more by teaching how to keep the luster and beauty of jewelry for years to come. The song "Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend" has a double entendre for Carol as she was also a Marilyn Monroe impersonator for twenty years. MORE >

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  • The Power of Our Words

    Jose Angel Manaiza Jr, Mathematician, Malibu Education

    Learn the power of words to declare, commit, and manifest anything in alignment with your divine destiny. This keynote goes along with a series on "The Power Of Intention" and "Understanding The Heart of A Woman".

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  • Creating a Dramatic Truth That Resonates With Audiences

    Bill Johnson, Bill Johnson Script Consulting

    The underlying dynamic of a story is that it creates a quality of movement that transports an audience toward the fulfillment of a story’s promise; that because a story’s promise arises from an issue of human need being resolved and fulfilled, a story’s audience is led to feel invested in a story’s outcome. Characters in a story ring true because they have a role to play in fulfilling a story’s promise. MORE >

    When a story character embodies a dramatic truth, that character feels compelled to resolve a particular issue of human need. So a character who embodies a dramatic truth suggests to a story’s audience a sense of purpose. A character who fails to embody a dramatic truth risks coming across as a collection of details.
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  • How to Read a Book

    Jose Angel Manaiza Jr, Mathematician, Malibu Education

    Learn the 5 step process to read a book with 100% comprehension rate. A proven system taught in The White House and endorsed by 3 U.S. President. “Before taking my first Malibu A Plus Tutor Premier Speed Reading class, I was reading one book a month. Two hours into the first session my reading speed doubled from 308 to 687 words per minute with a 100% comprehension rate. It only took me 58 minutes to read an entire book from cover to cover, and I still remember what the book is all about. Thanks, José" - Vivian Sampson, Budget Analyst at USC MORE >

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