Episodes
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain sits down with Annette Simmons, author, speaker, community activist, and behavioral storytelling expert who just so happens to live right in his neck of the woods! Annette discusses the importance of authentic connection and diversity in storytelling as well as how to how to recognize if your story has resonated with your audience based on their behavior. This episode is perfect for anybody who wants to better their communication skills. See...
Published 04/01/21
We're here with another solo episode from your show host, Rain Bennett. On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain breaks the 'expert' stigma. He talks about the importance of harnessing what you DO have and utilizing where you're at in your journey today. This episode is perfect for anyone who needs a little confidence boost to know that you're completely capable to help someone with your story right now, and without being an expert. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 03/25/21
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain unites with his new pal, Neil Bearden. Neil and Rain instantly connected as they have similar upbringings and backgrounds. Together, they talk about their best storytelling strategies for motivating people to make change and the importance of not only accepting, but embracing your past. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/18/21
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain gives us the hard truth: you are not special. That's right, you're not! But the way you tell your story IS. Rain gives us all the tips and tricks for telling your story in the most unique way and how to maximize its impact on your audience. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/11/21
This episode of The Storytelling Lab is a lively one! Rain features Jimmy Hays Nelson, a high-performance business coach whose focus is to help clients craft their personal brand through storytelling. Jimmy speaks on the importance of accountability, self-respect, and vulnerability as some of the keys to unlocking your potential. This episode is perfect for anyone who needs help getting clarity on their goals. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 03/04/21
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain gets real with us about our common fears and apprehensions of telling our stories. Rain talks about why telling "the story that scares you" is so crucial to your development as a storyteller AND a person, and how it can benefit others, too! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 02/25/21
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain gets in touch with Cam F. Awesome (yes, that's his legal name), a passionate speaker and champion amateur boxer who travels all over the country speaking to young people and adults alike. Cam is an expert on culture, diversity, and inclusion and Rain gets to hear firsthand where and how he got his start. This episode is perfect for anybody in the beginning stages of building their speaking career. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 02/18/21
Happy first solo podcast day of the year, storytellers! As promised, we are going to continue to do these shorter, solo episodes and this one is definitely a hard hitter. Rain retells the story that won him his first storytelling competition and gives us line by line pointers for making your story a success, too. This is a perfect episode for anyone who wants to really get technical with their storytelling strategy and hone their potential. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 02/11/21
Welcome back, storytellers! We made it to season 6 of The Storytelling Lab and what a ride it's been. On this episode, we're back with another storytelling expert, Heather H. Bennett. Heather is a personal brand coach who is chocked full of applicable tips to propel your business forward. Tune in for a fantastic episode about the importance of growing your personal brand! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 02/04/21
Happy New Year, storytellers! Before we plunge into Season 6 of The Storytelling Lab in February, we wanted to take one last look back at our best season yet. In this recap episode, Rain features the most inspiring moments from Julia Campbell, Troy Sandidge, Amanda, Cazzola, Ashley Bernardi, Nick Jaworski, Kevin Allison, Kenn Adams, Ray Christian, Andy Henriquez, and Miri Rodriguez. Tune in for all the top storytelling tips! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 01/14/21
Well storytellers, we've finally reached the end of season 5 of The Storytelling Lab and what a phenomenal season it was! This season has been our most successful one yet thanks to our incredibly inspiring guests and YOU for consistently tuning in! On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain tells us the story of his journey to becoming the storyteller he is today and how you can unlock your innate storytelling potential. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/24/20
This is it, storytellers - we're down to the second to last episode of season 5 of The Storytelling Lab! On this episode, Rain sits down with newcomer, Nick Jaworski - a show host, teacher, and audio producer behind the production company "Podcast Monster." Rain talks with Nick about how shame influences so much of our lives and how we can use storytelling to overcome it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/17/20
This is Rain's second to last solo episode of season 5, storytellers! On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain breaks down the 3 types of self stories: the story we tell ourselves, the story we tell others, and the story people tell about us. Rain gives us some valuable introspective advice and motivation to help us get out of heads and start living our truest story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 12/10/20
We're getting down to the wire of season 5, storytellers! On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain talks with Andy Henriquez, a strategic storyteller expert, coach, and keynote speaker with a tangible passion for his work. Andy recaps his journey of how he entered the storytelling space, explains how his widely successful Master Storyteller Academy operates, and gives us some great advice on how to channel our individual challenges into our "signature stories." See acast.com/privacy...
Published 12/03/20
Happy Thanksgiving, compelling storytellers! On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain answers questions from YOU about your storytelling fears. Rain shares some very relatable stories of his own while easing our fears and apprehensions by offering some down-to-earth advice and motivation when it comes to telling your story. This episode is perfect for anyone struggling to tell authentic stories. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/26/20
This episode of The Storytelling Lab features Amanda Cazzolla, Director of Marketing at Reinvestment Partners. Amanda enrolled in my storytelling coaching sessions awhile back, and later created an incredibly successful crowdfunding campaign from the ground up! This episode is perfect for beginners who want to hear about the evolution of a great storytelling journey from beginning end. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/19/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain gives us the scoop on his latest projects, including "A Storytelling Workbook for Beginners," coming out just in time to add it to your Christmas shopping cart! The workbook is centered around the four P's: People, Problem, Purpose, and Platform, and Rain gives us a breakdown of how and why each of those P's are crucial to telling your perfect brand story. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/12/20
This episode of The Storytelling Lab features Ray Christian, a professor, author, show host, speaker, and scholar in all things African American history and storytelling. Ray gives us a glimpse into how his passion for storytelling came to be and provides us with some invaluable advice on how to connect with your audience on a deeper level and sustain a lasting impact through shared experiences. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 11/05/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain gives us the inside scoop about one of his most successful coaching methods and how he helps clients discover their true narrative voice. He gives a very recent example of what NOT to do and why, and shares a piece of his personal journey about how he discovered his own narrative voice. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/29/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain features none other than Kevin Allison - storyteller, comedian, teacher, author, and host of the widely popular show, RISK! Rain and Kevin break the norm with their conversation about Kevin's life experiences and his advice on how to connect with all types of people, offering you something truly raw, risky, and real this week. This episode is perfect for anyone thinking about taking a more daring approach to their storytelling style and seeking...
Published 10/22/20
This episode of The Storytelling Lab is an exciting one! Not only does Rain divulge the top five brand storytelling mistakes that marketing teams make, but he drops a special surprise announcement. This episode is perfect anybody fresh on the brand storytelling scene needing some upfront guidance about what not to do in your marketing strategy. Tune in to hear all the details. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/15/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain talks with the Head of Global Internships at Mircosoft, Miri Rodriguez. And if you think her title is impressive, wait til you hear the conversation! Miri is an expert at brand design thinking AND empathy and it truly shines through. This episode is perfect for anyone who is struggling with their brand storytelling strategy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 10/08/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain addresses a very important aspect of effective storytelling: sequencing. Rain highlights why the order of your story's events are crucial to executing your brand storytelling strategy and even tells us a tale of his own! This episode is perfect for anyone wanting to dive deeper into WHY stories are sequenced the way that they are and how proper sequencing can heighten the connection with your prospective audience or customers. See...
Published 10/01/20
On this episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain sits down with Ashley Bernardi, a media relations expert and publicist whom he previously reached out to in regard to his own book, Six Second Stories: Maximize Your Impact in Minimal Time that comes out in early 2021. Ashley has an impressive background in journalism and gives us the inside scoop on how to best position yourself to the media and step-by-step advice on how to attain success. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out...
Published 09/24/20
On this week's episode of The Storytelling Lab, Rain dives into a concept of his own creation called, "The Storytelling Cocktail." You may have heard Rain speak live about this particular concoction before, but on this episode, he spends time thoroughly explaining how each individual ingredient makes a recipe for success when it comes to your brand storytelling and marketing strategy. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Published 09/17/20