152: Harris III - On Creating a Magical Experience for Your Audience
Harris III – magician, producer, creative guru – and the man behind the now practically infamous STORY Gathering that I continually rave about here on the show. Yes, that's right – I went straight to the source to hear about how it all came to life – and how to create something both uncommon and universally moving – a challenging feat.
I've had so many guests on the show that were inspired by my experience at Story – Jason Jaggard, Brad Montague, and now Harris. Hank Fortener – a favorite with my listeners – was also there last year. And it was first introduced to me by my guest Lindsay O'Connor who read some of Story's marketing materials for her This Moved Me Moment, and I gasped with awe for the beauty of the writing.
That's what I'm talking about: beauty, creativity, risk, identity, community. These themes swirl in and around the STORY crew, and it makes for an experience that will nourish your soul and challenge us to do work that really matters.
You guys – I realize that much of this sounds like a commercial for STORY. They are not paying me to say any of this. I get no kick back from this. I am just a real, live FAN because of my experience last year – and I want to see you there!
AND! And! And. (I'm excited. Can you tell?) Since I recorded this conversation, Story has asked me to be a part of the experience in September. Live coaching, anyone!? Aw yeah.
So – Let's do this! And listeners here at This Moved Me get a 10% discount if you use the code THISMOVEDME. Whoa! Do this!
Ticket prices go up by $100 on May 31st – so now is an awesome time to join in.
(And if you decide to go – let me know by sending me a quick note. I'd love to connect!)
To all: enjoy. <3
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ON CREATING A MAGICAL EXPERIENCE FOR YOUR AUDIENCE
On the show, we talked about:
- Risk, fear, vulnerability and the role of curiosity in doing our best work
- The intentionality of creating an experience that is both excellent and artistic
- Why we all need to stop playing it safe.
Find more inspiration over on This Moved Me's Insta page.
I found the story Blue Babies Pink by Brett Trapp – thanks to the lovely and brave and thoughtful Jen Hatmaker. She sent the world over to discover Brett and a story he had been in the process of telling over the last decade…
It's a “southern coming out story” – and here's what I love about it: As Brett says, “If you're gay this is probably not gay enough for you – and if you're Christian this is probably not Christian enough for you.”
I love that. Because we all exist – in reality – outside the definitions that we use to understand and categorize each other. And the stories we tell that exist in this space are real. I want more real stories.
This story is told well – artfully, thoughtfully, bravely – and it was a total cultural exchange for me, coming from a progressive, wayyyyy North family who has spent very little time in the south.
I loved it. Maybe you will too?
AND – Brett is joining me on the show in the next few weeks! Aw yeah!
Harris shared his “real magic” story. After traveling so much and all over the world – he begin to be un-inspired by the incredible world he was bored of seeing. And then one day he watched his son appreciate something as small and wondrous as a speck of dust in the sunlight. It was a reminder for all of us to slow down and appreciate the wonder of the world around us.
It sort of reminded me of the conversation I had with Jason Jaggard about how we as adults need to slow down – and appreciate the world around us. If we do, we should be moved on a regular basis!