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About the Author

International speaker Jen Grisanti is an acclaimed Story/Career Consultant at Jen Grisanti Consultancy, Inc. Grisanti is also a Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC, a former studio executive, a blogger for The Huffington Post, and author of Story Line: Finding Gold In Your Life Story and TV Writing Tool Kit: How To Write a Script That Sells.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Divine Arts (July 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161125017X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611250176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #748,552 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robin Simmons VINE VOICE on July 10, 2013
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I appreciated this sincere, self-referential, self-help volume that reminds us that we all live out some sort of narrative that we have unwittingly devised and cling to. Sometimes our egos are so huge that we somehow force circumstances and those around us to modify and adhere to this persistent persona. I think some psychologists have had success in helping depressed or addictive personalities make positive changes by helping patients find a new "narrative."

Jen Grisanti uses elements form her own life (her divorce, illness, death of a loved one and the loss of her job as Aaron Spelling's production company) as examples of disappointment and how she was able to move on with a positive, even enhanced, feeling about her self and the new wisdom her experiences have given her.

This is a simple book. It is not really original. And it has been said elsewhere.

By chance, I just read Peter Guber's "Tell to Win" that covers in more detail the power of story to convince others (and of course yourself) of what you wish to accomplish.

The core information is valuable and legit, in my opinion. The methods of achieving a new narrative are fraught with the fragility of our human condition. But I suppose it's true that what we choose to perceive is our reality and what we think about ourselves is who we are. It's making the change that's tricky.

I was especially taken by the wonderfully evocative and metaphorical cover of Grisanti's thin volume. We all leave ripples whether intentional or not.
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Jen uses the elements of story, her profound insights, and simple steps to guide you to an awareness of your passions and strengths, so you can find your niche in life; by aligning your personal and professional self, you can succeed and live a more fulfilled sense of purpose from the inside out.

Life is a series of transformations and we will all experience turning points in the process; these are often called "all is lost" moments in stories when our world gets turned upside-down and where we're thrown into a dilemma of being forced to decide a new direction to take next. Whether it's losing a job, the break-up of a relationship, or being displaced from our home, we can either fall victim to the circumstances or rise heroic to overcome the situation.

Jen shows you how to take these turning points and use them as starting points for new and better journeys. You will learn how to face and conquer your turning points, dilemmas, and obstacles, find the motivation to take action, get clarity on and align your internal and external goals (what you want and why you want it), and identify themes in your life that may be holding you back and no longer serve you, so you can move forward and succeed. She uses examples from her own personal and professional experiences as well as from films such as Up in the Air, The Sessions, Crazy Stupid Love, Hope Springs, and The King's Speech.

Change Your Story Change Your Life is like a magnifying glass that gives you a clear focus and a compass that keeps you moving in the right direction. I highly recommend for everyone who wants to take charge, control, and command of their life by being an active verses reactive heroine/hero and all writers and storytellers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the elements of story and the true process of character transformation.
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Jen Grisanti has an uncanny eye for elements in stories that work, don't work, and positive feedback that never fails to up the quality of the story created. She proved this skill as an executive in the entertainment industry, working on some of the biggest hit shows television has ever seen.

In Change Your Story, Change Your Life, Jen takes this ability and shows the reader how they can be applied in changing their own story for the better. There are definite steps she offers the readers to consider, and after reading the book three times there are elements she touches on time and time again, but what I found most compelling about her approach is how it breaks our long history of the blame game. By asking us to step back and see our lives as a story with many arcs, many dilemmas, an assortment of flaws, and ourselves as the active protagonist, we're removed from blaming others and ourselves. There's been a tremendous shift during the past decade towards personal responsibility. That's a good thing. But we've been so locked into the habit of blame, that personal responsibility has turned into personal blame and often shame. That's not such a good thing. Within the context of story structure and seeing attainment of our goals inherently filled with obstacles and goals, blame/shame dissolve. This is a major change in the paradigm of self-development and one that releases us from a burden we too often create as an unnecessary obstacle.

In every well-constructed story, there is a protagonist, a dilemma (neither choice is perfect or without risks and failures), external goals stemming from the dilemma, thematic questions, actions taken, and several other elements she points out that make a story compelling.
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