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Take 5

Thanks to MyLinda Butterworth, Buck Creacy & Granny Sue, "Take 5" is for tellers who want take time to do 5 things to advance their storytelling career each day. This method is also highlighted in Success Principles by Jack Canfield.

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Latest Activity: Sep 24, 2012

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My Annual Story Business Review 2 Replies

Every major company in the world periodically stops to review their efforts.1. Review all my websites for:A. Content, branding, feel, effectivenessB. ease of use, traffic2. Review postcards for…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy. Last reply by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Sep 24, 2012.

Five things to help my newsletter

1.  Review the format... is it easy to read... is it branded... is it scan-able?2. review my address list... is it current... clean it up... keep it fresh.3.  Plan several months ahead, using the…Continue

Tags: Parents

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Jul 10, 2012.

Take Five: Read this Book Platform by Michael Hyatt

Note to Self:Review all my web sites:,, plus radio…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Jul 7, 2012.

"A World of Storytelling" Radio Station

Does this count as a resource you can use?  The world's first 24/7/365 Internet Radio Station for Storytellers.  You can be on the radio, you can have equal footing, you can point your friends and…Continue

Tags: storytelling, storyteller, development, professional

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Aug 18, 2011.

5/11/11 Tax Time, Conference Planning and a whole lot of work to do.

  So here is my Five Things, gotta keep it shortreviewed my marketing planworked on posters and brochuresresearched media outlets for news releasesworked on news releasesarranged video shots for…Continue

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Apr 11, 2011.

TAKING 5 1 Reply


Started by MARY JO HUFF. Last reply by Carolyn Stearns Mar 2, 2009.

Take Five, little by little things get done 1 Reply

1. Worked on two new accounts for CD Production, starting the process with the customers.2. Checked out all the new stuff on PS and joined a new group "one sentence stories" Maybe that will help me…Continue

Tags: Storyteller, Storytelling, Creacy, P, Five

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy. Last reply by Carolyn Stearns Jan 30, 2009.

Jumping back on the Storytelling Bronco Sunday, Jan 11, 2009

I got off the horse for a few weeks there. I'm climbing back on.1. wrote article and submitted it.2. sent email in search of pictures.3. found address for Monday workshop and got ready for it.4.…Continue

Started by Rivka Willick Jan 11, 2009.

Take 5 for the New Year

1. Be sure to update all online accounts weekly at least; Facebook, Myspace, Linked In, Twitter, Slideshare, Professional Storyteller,my bookshelf and my website2. manage my business book, contracts…Continue

Tags: research, story, accounts, online, plan

Started by Carolyn Stearns Dec 29, 2008.

Take Five, little by little things get done

1. Sat quietly and did some dreaming2. Wrote a new blog for PS3. Reviewed Bruce Walker's stories and prepared some notes for a phone conversation later today4. Looked at the calendar and known…Continue

Tags: Storytelling, Storyteller, Buck, five, take

Started by Don 'Buck P' Creacy Sep 10, 2008.

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Comment by Granny Sue on April 2, 2008 at 6:36pm
Yesterday I:
printed and prepared 25 copies of my last book of poems; prepared 25 CDs for sale; mailed two books to fill orders; verified that all my handouts for this weekend's workshop were printed and ready; printed 25 copies of "So You Want to Be a Storyteller" brochure; worked on final details of contracts for storytellers for the WV Book Festival; worked on final details of my workshop; began packing materials vor the workshop; emailed a teller who is coming from Ohio to the workshop to set up a lunch date; agreed to brainstorm plans for an Oral Traditions tent for the WV State Arts and Craft Fair; posted to my blog; read feeds; opened a lovely surprise package of a blue bottle from a storytelling friend in Nova Scotia; received my check for upcoming workshop (ahead of time--how cool is that!); added a post to the new group I started on PS. Add working a 9-hour day at the library and a 2-hour commute and it becomes a very
l-o-n-g day.
Comment by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 31, 2008 at 5:20am
Wow! I love reading what my fellow tellers are doing. Take 5 is a great exercise in discipline, isn't it? I would like to encourage everyone to post their Take 5s as a "discussion." In the "Discussion Forum" at the bottom, click on the "+ Start Discussion" link. In the heading put "Take 5: John Smith (Monday, March 31, 2008)." That way, we can comment on each other's individual Take 5s.

Comment by Sylvia Payne on March 29, 2008 at 10:10pm
1- Mailed fliers with cover letter (on my business letterhead) to
schools in an area where I have a booking in late May. Hoping to
book other programs.

2- Practiced my Appalachian dulcimer.

3- During practice, created new verse for song I’m creating for
Summer Reading programs.

4- Responded to an email inquiry about Summer Reading from “out
of town” library.

5- Searched local library on-line catalog for resources for developing
a program.

6- Picked up a marketing idea from Professional Storyteller that I
haven’t tried.

7- Brainstorming session this morning for storytelling contact ideas
in a new area of the state. Set target day on my desktop
Comment by Sean Buvala on March 29, 2008 at 2:24am
Picture of: wide view of the theater tonight for Liz Weir's storytelling concert at South Mountain Community College Spring Festival. Picture looked much better on the phone screen, lol.

Today I: spent time talking about goals and needs with a new corporate client; got a rental car to cover while van in the shop; took my van and its bad brakes, bad undercarriage bad blah blah blah into the dealer for service; picked up my lost and found cell phone from SMCC office; spent time on the phone with my core faculty advisor; had second phone meeting with corporate client- I love learning new things with people and hearing them learn; spent much phone time with a peer in the biz talking about possibilities, hold backs, value and on and on; dealt with catering order for huge family party tomorrow; spoke with another local client who thinks artists are booked by the hour. explained how one hour of performance takes up to three hours of support; spoke to my brothers both #1 and #2 and sister #1; resolved billing issue with hotel regarding presenter's room; communicated with school regarding my upcoming "substitute teacher" gig for college class; prepped my presentation for Sunday morning event; answered Emails about an October event; picked up car from dealer and paid with a pound of flesh, a pint of my own blood and my first born child's future earnings; had lunch with my kids; went to SMCC for the Liz Weir concert- great evening; spoke with storytellers Dustin, Elly, Sandy, Liz, Mark, LynnAnn, Loren, Don, the other Liz; restarted my 43 folders; added yet another topic to my "blog and write" list.

::C2008. Picture blog for storyteller Sean Buvala ( My written blog is at
Comment by Sylvia Payne on March 27, 2008 at 8:31pm
1- Composed and emailed letter of response to possible storytelling client.
2- Gave out two price quotes via email.
3- Printed out letterheads.
4- Printed promotion fliers.
5- Folded and stuffed letters and fliers into envelopes for mailing.
Comment by Granny Sue on March 27, 2008 at 10:30am
1. did storytime at one of the branch libraries I oversee--their children's perons was out sick. It did me good to tell to this age group again.

2. observed a program by a WV Storytelling guild member at at branch library. Noted some points that could be improved--a new teller, this person is open to suggestions. Good, solid performer.

3. prepared more books for the upcoming WV Storytelling Institute--we have 85 peope registered for this first-time event!

4. mailed out brochures to Convention and Visitors bureaus in the state.

5. updated my blog

6. reviewed more ballad CDS for my upcoming workshop

7. checked out a book on puppet-making for ideas, and to review on my blog and on the review site here.
Comment by Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) on March 26, 2008 at 10:21pm
1. Decided on arrangement for a song to be used this summer that had been hard to figure the right sound.
2. Reviewed stories I will use in 2 different programs next week.
3. Decided I needed a photo enlarged to show the girl who told 1 of the stories I want to use.
4. Since I know I'll use that story often, I had it laminated. Then decided a storytelling poster I made needed lamination. Because it's so large, it needs to be sent by the printer to another location. Verified I'll get it back in time for my program & sent it off.
5. Took Doug Lipman's free online conference call course on making audio recordings. It's time I start doing this on my website & various places where I'm listed that offer the opportunity.
6. Went online to see what was possible. Decided to order the recorder. (Doug recommended BSW & I liked that they honor a 30 day guarantee to match any lower $ I might find on what I ordered.) Plan to buy other components as it fits my budget.
Comment by Priscilla Howe on March 26, 2008 at 5:29pm
1. Performed for a Head Start groupas part of a grant program.
2. Discussed invoice for that program.
3. Printed invoice and packing slip for DVD order, packed DVDs.
4. Shipped DVDs.
5. Worked on Going Deep: The Long Traditional Story Fest workshop.

Hey, how do I put tags on this?
Comment by Patti Christensen on March 26, 2008 at 9:31am
Love this idea. Yesterday: returned calls to two possible venues, got ready for a phone interview with a local reporter today, sent an email thanking a librarian and double checking on the check, sent out a bunch new "friend" requests on this network, had my partner call and book two library summer reading programs with someone we met at a workshop last Thursday (yah, remembered to call him on the day he asked us to!), sent am email to the illustrator we are working with for a new children's book with a gentle nudge...where are the next set of drawings? Oh, and got a reply back with an endorsement quote from a school principal about a show we did early in the month. the days are running together...was that yesterday or the day before or this morning. Anyway. A great reminder that there are so many balls in the air, and we need to regularly "toss and catch". Have a good day.
Comment by Dianne de Las Casas, Founder on March 25, 2008 at 9:14pm

The idea is to give other tellers ideas about what goes on in a typical day to market yourself and conduct the biz of being a storyteller. Not everyone will post every day but it will be cool to see what other storytellers do with their time. We are here to inspire each other. Can you imagine what it would be like if it were called Take 20?!!! hahaha


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