Randy Ford

First Story Strategies

 

Member profile details

First Name
Randy
Last Name
Ford
Company
First Story Strategies
Title
Writer & Storytelling Strategist
Phone
2024874200
Address Line 1
3450 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Address Line 2
#803
City
CHICAGO
State
IL
Zip Code
60657
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Company Overview
Writer & Storytelling Strategist Randy Ford founded First Story Strategies to help nonprofits, small businesses and individuals use storytelling to talk about the work they do and the impact they have. Storytelling is the oldest and most effective way to help people process, relate to and act upon new information. Whether it’s an annual report, a special family moment or a personal biography, the principles of story are equally important.

Randy has been using the principles of story for more than 20 years as a writer, journalist, media strategist and political aide. He was a radio journalist in his home state of Tennessee and led award-winning team coverage on the impact of tax policy on individuals and families. For 10 years he was a senior aide to a member of Congress and then joined LRG Public Affairs, heading up content, editorial, strategic communications and event services for nonprofit, for-profit and government clients.

Randy also performs in personal storytelling shows across the Chicago area, where he is now based.
Services
Communications strategy
Writing & editing
Policy advocacy
Video production
Workshops & training
Practice Areas (maximum of 3)
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Event Planning
  • Policy Advocacy
  • Writing/Editing
Client List
Sample list:
Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness
Association of Defense Communities
National Job Corps Association
Testimonial 1
I am delighted by the quality of my new bio and website copy, and I'm thrilled by the amount of time I saved by asking Randy to write them for me. The tone of his writing is always spot on, and his insight into communication strategy added value to both of the projects he completed for me. I highly recommend that you hire Randy for any public-facing communication you want to sound professional and polished.
-Thom Heil, Owner, Heil Health & Wellness
Testimonial 2
“It’s important for us to highlight the personal side of what happens in communities across the country that military installations call home. First Story knows how to bring those stories to life and showcase the men, women, families, local leaders and others who are committed to our national security.”
-Matt Borron, Chief Operating Officer, Association of Defense Communities
Testimonial 3
“Randy is thoughtful and reliable helping people quickly see where their messaging needs a reframe.”
Stacey Saunders, Business Coach, Saunders Consulting
 

Speaker's Bureau Information

Speaker Bio
Writer & Storytelling Strategist Randy Ford founded First Story Strategies to help nonprofits, small businesses and individuals use talk about the impact they have through storytelling, the oldest, most effective way to help people process, relate to and act upon new information. Randy has been using the principles of story for more than 20 years as a writer, journalist, media strategist and Congressional aide. Randy also performs in personal storytelling shows across the Chicago area, where he is now based.
Topic 1
"Storytelling for Business Growth & Better Communication"
Topic 1 Description
Summary: Everybody seems to realize now that storytelling is an important part of what we do as business leaders and organizations. But “story” has become a buzzword that many people don’t know how to execute daily. In this hands-on session, we will learn the principles that have made storytelling the oldest, most successful form of communications and how to take “storytelling” from a board room concept to a Slack channel realization. The ideas and practical tips offered in this workshop will be useful to business owners, corporate leaders, affiliate leaders and anyone else who wants to improve their professional or personal communications by learning the basics of what makes a story.
Topic 2
"Your Story, My Story and Why They Matter"
Topic 2 Description
The most important thing we leave behind is the legacy of the impact we've had on the people around us and on the world. This session is a chance to explore what things are important about our personal stories and how to share them.
Topic 3
"Extending Conference Content: How to Purposefully Repurpose & Reuse"
Topic 3 Description
Writers and publishers are asked to contribute to a growing range of association products with fewer resources, but there’s good news: Other people are already developing much of the content. You just need to learn to repurpose it.

This session will share practical ways to turn a few days’ worth of event material into fresh content that gets you to the next conference and might even generate revenue. Bring questions and suggestions about how to maximize any association’s conference content.

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