StoryTeller's Core Value: Passion

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 10:33:00 AM by admin

In the past year at StoryTeller, we created our company’s core values - what makes us who we are. All of our values are important, but my favorite one is passion. Here's our company's description for passion: "Our passion is the fuel for our work and all that we do. Without passion, we can not possibly do the work necessary to delight our clients. Imagine what our lives would be like without passion."

In my experiences, this is a value that can’t be taught. Have you had someone in your life who didn’t have passion or the drive to accomplish a common goal? You try and help them, motivate them, and encourage them. You find out pretty quick when the passion isn’t there, because you won’t see the results you desire. I believe in this quote: “If you love what you do, it doesn’t feel like work”.

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Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 7:17:00 AM by Kari Jo Faulhaber

A Lesson From an Unlikely Teacher

“They” say, “actions speak louder than words.”

Okay, first of all, who is they? Second, I’ve heard that before, but what’s the big deal?

As a Minnesota video production company, our StoryTeller production team has told stories about heartache, triumph, rescues, inspirations and life lessons. It seems we’ve seen it all. Or have we? Over the years, we’ve interviewed war veterans, firefighters, cancer survivors, single mothers and homeless children. As a producer, I can pull their statements directly from their paper transcript of their interviews and know their story is compelling and emotional by simply reading. This past fall, we learned a great lesson from an unlikely teacher. As a producer, I was forced to look up from my piles of paper transcripts, logs and notes and into the eyes of a person to prove that actions speak louder than words.

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Posted in Video Production, Work Life Lessons, Marketing with Video

5 Tips to Prepare for Your New Job

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 8:54:00 AM by admin

Congrats, they want you! Here are 5 tips to prepare for your new job.

So you got the call you’ve been waiting for - congratulations, you got the job, but now you totally have the butterflies. While starting a new job definitely is exciting, it can also be stressful. With a new title, new responsibilities, and new people to impress, a new job can be a little intimidating.

Here are 5 tips to prepare for your new job.

  • Work attire
    Dress to impress. Even if your new job is considered “casual,” don’t show up looking like you just rolled out of bed. You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and you need people to take you seriously. Get a nice pair of slacks and plug-in your iron. Showing up clean, crisp, and collected will leave a lasting impression on your new coworkers. Plus, when you look good, you feel good.
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10 Childhood Lessons Learned From Dads that Apply to Our Professional Lives

Posted on Jun 12, 2013 11:56:00 AM by admin

10 Professional Lessons Learned From Dad

Even if it's from watching tv together, hopefully you can recall a few lessons learned from dad. Many of these childhood lessons can be applied in today's professional world.

Most children go through different phases with their fathers. Stages range from anger to love and many emotions in between. Eventually, many of us become friends with our dads and even look forward to golfing, dining and traveling with them. Once a year we celebrate “Father’s Day” and thank them with cards, ties and steak.

As I reflect on the relationship I have with my father, I recognize just how much I have to thank him for. In fact, the lessons we learn from our dads require much more appreciation than we can offer in just one day. Soccer lessons in the backyard, the first nail we hammered into a 2X4, trips to the library, lectures on eating carrots, putting a worm on a hook and much more! Each of these experiences with our dads have taught us valuable lessons, whether we realized it or not.

Dad knows best. Here are 10 childhood lessons learned from dads that can be applied to the professional world:

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Thoughts From A Video Production Intern

Posted on May 9, 2012 12:24:00 PM by admin

StoryTeller Intern Michael Ewen shares what he's learned during his 3-month video production internship.

Last spring, I graduated with a degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of St. Thomas. The lectures, tests, papers and presentations were in the past; and a job, money and full-time work beckoned my future. Little did I know, some of my greatest lessons would be waiting for me at an internship with StoryTeller nine months later.

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If You're a Guru in the Twin Cities PR Scene - Sit Down!

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 4:00:00 AM by Ed Heil

Beware the self-proclaimed "guru." If someone else refers to you as a guru, that's up to them, but I always wonder about those who refer to themselves as a guru. Sales guru, marketing guru, social media guru, etc. - all of which is self-promotional marketing jib jab to me.

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Lessons Learned in Sales

Posted on Jun 2, 2011 3:19:00 AM by Ed Heil

While preparing to talk to a group of young professionals I began to reminisce and recall my early days in the workforce. For the first six years of my life after college I sold telephone systems for AT&T and a smaller company then called Executone Business Systems. AT&T was, well, AT&T - the world's largest telecommunications company at that time, the inventors of the telephone and the dominant long distance carrier. Executone was a small, privately owned competitor of AT&T and my first job out of college.

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