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How to master the art of storytelling

Storytelling is a super power hiding in plain sight.

Everyone loves a good story. Why is that? What are the ingredients of a good story?

Cannes Lions brings their rich history of awarding and inspiring powerful storytelling in the creative world to show you how storytelling can make you, your brand and your products stand out from the crowd.

You’ll master the practical skills step by step from high profile creative leaders from around the world, including Keith Reinhard, Gabriela Lungu, Rory Sutherland, and more.

During the course you’ll also get access to over 50 best practice case studies, and upon completion you’ll earn a certification from Cannes Lions.

So whether you’re in advertising or work in marketing and want to grow your brand, or even a budding entrepreneur wanting to refine your pitch, come join us today and master the world of storytelling.

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Learning with Cannes Lions

Created in partnership with the industry, Cannes Lions has created this short course to explain the importance of storytelling and why it sits at the heart of every successful brand.

Combining videos from key contributors and showcasing Lion winning work, we’ve designed this course to teach you the fundamentals of great storytelling, and ultimately share techniques and principles to help you to tell better stories.

The way you’ll learn has been designed for creative learning in a digital age. Everything is split into small bite sized lessons that you can take in your own time, with quizzes at the end of each lesson to test your knowledge. As you progress, you’ll earn points and badges so you can see how well you’re doing compared to your peers.

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Who is this for?

  • If you ever want anyone to listen to you and remember then action what you do then storytelling is a must.
  • Marketers and creatives looking for some inspiration and guidance
  • CEO’s or Founders, or owners of companies looking to grow their business

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Chapters

AN INTRODUCTION TO STORYTELLING

Understand what stories are, where they come from and why we need to master our storytelling talents.

BRANDS AND STORYTELLING

Learn how and why storytelling sits at the heart of any successful brand.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND STORYTELLING

Understand the science behind how storytelling works.

THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A STORY

There are many components that make up a story. Learn what they are and how to optimise each one to make the most impact.

PUTTING THE BLOCKS TOGETHER

Understand how best to put together all the key components that make up a story.

HOW TO TELL BETTER STORIES

Master the key techniques and principles to help you to tell better stories.

EARN CERTIFICATIONS FROM LEADING BRANDS

COLLECT BADGES FOR BEING SMART

REAL TIME MARKING ON LESSONS

CLIMB THE INTERNATIONAL LEADERBOARD

Magnus H.

Germany

So glad I signed up! The variety of techniques to test your understanding is great and the team behind the scenes even better.

Ian H.

United Kingdom

42courses helped me land a plum job as a copywriter! So I love you all for life!

Nicola R.

South Africa

Fantastically interesting, diverse and ultimately engaging, perfect for the curious.

Andra N.

United States

Impeccable learning experience. The material is carefully curated and extremely engaging.

Diana M.

South Africa

Glad I took the leap! Not only educational but also entertaining, which is still very rare these days.

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Thought leaders

Cannes Lions

Since its first outing in 1954, the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity has been bringing the creative communications industry together every year at its one-of-a-kind event in Cannes to learn, network and celebrate. Now for the first time anyone in the world can learn from and be inspired from the best of the best in the industry all from the comfort of your own home.

Website: canneslions.com

Gabriela Lungu

A Cannes Lions award-winning creative leader and entrepreneur, Gabriela Lungu has more than 20 years of international integrated experience in Advertising and PR that she now uses to give wings to other professionals with a focus on storytelling.

Website: WINGS Creative Leadership Lab

Keith Reinhard

Keith Reinhard is Chairman Emeritus of the DDB Worldwide Communications Group, Inc., one of the world’s largest and most awarded advertising agency networks. A member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, Keith has been referred to as the industry’s “soft-spoken visionary” by Advertising Age, which in 1999 named him one of the 100 most influential figures in the history of advertising.

Website: DDB.com

Debbi Vandeven

Debbi is the global chief creative officer at VMLY&R. Since joining VML in 2000, Debbi has continually fostered a collaborative creative environment that delivers smart and innovative solutions to clients around the world, including Colgate-Palmolive, Dell, Electrolux/Frigidaire, Ford, Gatorade, Mastercard, New Balance, PepsiCo, QuikTrip and Wendy’s. Her creative philosophy focuses on the idea rather than a specific channel, and she encourages teams to approach any project from this perspective.

Website: vml.com

Rory Sutherland

World leading proponent of Behavioural Economics, Rory Sutherland, kick-started the field when he lead his presidency agenda at the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising in London. Affectionately known as the Wiki Man and self proclaimed fat bloke at Ogilvy, Rory is an award winning ‘behavioural impressario’ and a natural at communicating new ideas.

Website: ogilvy.co.uk

Chris Baylis

Chris Baylis is a multiple Cannes Lions award winning creative thinker and leader with over 18 years experience in integrated advertising, marketing, copywriting and brand-building. Chris is currently based in Amsterdam but hails from London and has worked all over the world.

Website: cargocollective.com

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What people are saying

Peddinti S.

India

This is such an excellent course. This motivates anyone to be a good story teller. The examples and the articles given are such a delight to learn about.

Peter D.

United Kingdom

This course is a revelation. A complete departure from how you’ll remember the tedious classroom based learning of your youth. Storytelling is engaging, entertaining, practical and effective in delivering learning. Featuring some excellent speakers, loads of great examples and a lovely touch of humour along the way. Delivered as bite sized chunks to allow for it to be incorporated in your busy day. I also love the gamification aspect, which inspired me to try and climb the leaderboard. Highly recommended

Irene B.

South Africa

This storytelling course is a must do for all creative writers out there. The course really helped me to think about the crucial elements that are necessary to captivate a reader and ultimately promote a brand. Really enjoyed it!

Graeme M.

South Africa

I loved the storytelling course. It helped me think about adverts as more than product recommendations but rather the different stories have to tell.

Andrea F.

Argentina

It's a great course. I love de different kind of support (video, magazines, ted talks, etc) and the examples for everything. The information was clear and very interesting. For me, it would have been good to have more tips and practice in storytelling in subjects other than advertising.

Andrea C.

Italy

It's a great course. I love de different kind of support (video, magazines, ted talks, etc) and the examples for everything. The information was clear and very interesting. For me, it would have been good to have more tips and practice in storytelling in subjects other than advertising.

Subramanya C.

India

The course content and format is well designed. Five stars for the quality and quantity.

Lee P.

New Zealand

An excellent course for new creatives, as a refresher for more experienced creatives, or to be honest, anybody who has to do ‘storyselling’ (see what I did there) in their business life - in other words, anyone. How did you hear about us? Already a subscriber to 42 Courses, and have had various work recognised (short-listed) at the Cannes Lions over the years. Was also a judge at the Cannes Cyber Lions and Young Lions some years ago. How can we make your experience even better? Yet again - content was top notch, some of the frameworks were great little reminders, great to see some of the great Cannes work used as part of the teachings. All in all, almost as good as it gets 🙂

Nick C.

Germany

Overall I really like it, the content, format, Cannes certification, case studies etc. A good cross section of thought leaders to learn from too. Wish I had had this when I first got into advertising!

Matthew P.

United States

The most efficient way to learn the most relevant and important techniques and trade secrets of story telling from the industries greats. All in bite sized sessions, from the comfort of your home/office/wherever you are. It’s online and it’s certified.

Stuart M.

United Kingdom

A great course. Gives you the tools you need to tell compelling, powerful stories that communicate your brand’s core message.

Jereek E.

Philippines

An eye-opening masterclass on how to tell better, truthful stories.

Maren B.

United Kingdom

This course is the perfect balance of short videos from experts, helpful summaries, case studies and a variety of exercises which explore the subject of storytelling thoroughly but concisely. Would definitely recommend.

Till B.

Germany

Many great insights. Strong brand and marketing focus!

Dina M.

United Arab Emirates

This course helped inject structure to all the stories lingering aimlessly in my head

Aaron B.

United States

Great course covering all the foundations of storytelling.

Thomas C.

United Kingdom

I’ve always loved a good story. But what this course taught me is just how powerful they can be. From building a business to charming a date to selling an idea - This course covered it all. What I loved is how simple the course breaks down big stories. Now I know how to craft stories that inspire - and not worry if I’m boring people! Highly recommended!

Dani C.

Spain

Excellent stuff. Would recommend it any day.

Monil N.

India

This course will help you understand your world. We live in the midst of great stories and this course will help you understand and use stories to become effective. It could be your work, life, relationships or even a coffee chat with a stranger.

Jan M.

Czech Republic

It’s one of the best course on 42courses.com! Well-arranged, a lot of examples and selected leaders of the course are perfect!

Ryan R.

United Kingdom

The course reiterates the fact that storytelling is an important tool to our communications arsenal, regardless of job description. Wonderful course - learnt a ton of practical take away skills in a relatively short amount of time.

Lauri K.

Finland

Short and sweet introductory to storytelling, wanted more writing tasks to put skills to the test.

Drew M.

South Africa

The storytelling course will give you a very solid grounding in the power and components of storytelling. Whether you’re in advertising or writing it will shed helpful insights into how you can be remembered with your work.

MAUREEN P.

Australia

This course makes the complexity of brand storytelling simple and easy to understand. I enjoyed it and am happy to have the certificate.

Krishna P.

United Arab Emirates

What I like about this course: Watching a lot of award-winning ads and actual brand campaigns that worked over the years -- I find this really valuable and helpful. The questions/quizzes pushed me to think about what makes my favourite brands stand out.

Calum G.

South Africa

I've always wanted to learn more about storytelling from the greats in advertising. You guys did a great job! Bravo.

Adam B.

United States

Changed my way of thinking about advertising completely. Super amped to apply the lessons learned to my own work. #storytellingforthewin

Joseph H.

United Kingdom

Great course with lots of insights into good story telling.

Aida V.

Armenia

It was amazing course. Love all the ads included in the lessons.

Artem M.

Russian Federation

it a great and wide journey that unites art and science behind the world of advertising in a very pleasant manner.

Anne N.

Finland

This is a really good dive into the world of storytelling with great case examples.

Antonella N.

Ecuador

Through videos, I watched a lot of storytelling examples and tons of campaigns that became my baggage to create

Gabriel B.

Colombia

The best course

Hamza R.

India

Really good to understanding the basic. Excellent case studies.

Aarushi B.

India

Captivating, engaging, bite-sized. The perfect mix for a good brushing up of concepts or enhancing your knowledge.

Tyrel S.

Germany

I really enjoyed the way the information was delivered. Short, informative and interesting modules with enlightening examples make the content easily digestible and memorable. Encouraging further reading and considering alternative points of view by selecting three other answers at the end, I think is a really good idea. I also really appreciate the handouts being made available at the end of the course for further reference.

Rodrigo H.

Mexico

Great course with the fundamentals and a very flexible framework to develop a great story!

Matt P.

United Kingdom

Loved this course. Really great, and very different from the others I have done so far. If anything, it has given me more confidence to write more myself.

Eveline A.

Netherlands

Excellent course build-up, theory combined with a lot of Effie winning examples and a good variety of excercises to make you think

Soe S.

Peru

Learnings from the course: The most challenging part of storytelling: make them feel, make them care, make them act!

Verity A.

United Kingdom

Really engaging and interesting content. Some ads I'd seen before, but was also introduced to many new ones. All amazing. Really enjoyed getting involved in answering questions and doing the storyboard - that was a new one for me.

Rohan S.

Philippines

As an art-based creative, the course helped me ideate in a new perspective! In a way, it also helped me with my copywriting skills

Tunde O.

Nigeria

Great storytelling guide for anyone

Louise W.

Ireland

Inspiring course with excellent professional speaker videos and great techniques for developing your story plus very good brand examples to inspire own thoughts.

Tracy T.

South Africa

It was very interesting and I learnt a lot. The case studies were amazing and inspiring to watch.

Emily W.

Myanmar

It's the best course to learn how to unfold the attention worth stories and communicate with audience.

Isabel K.

New Zealand

All humans love to tells stories and listen to stories. This course tells you why and how!

Phil C.

United Kingdom

Has been incredibly insightful and the course summary PDFs, combined with learning by doing is exceptional

Aliza R.

United Kingdom

Really enjoyable! Storytelling is so integral and to know how to do it well is priceless.

Gbemmy M.

Nigeria

I enjoyed the numerous life changing campaigns, case studies and materials this course exposed me to. And I am blessed to learn from some of the best minds in the creative and brand building world.

Ayodeji A.

Nigeria

Absolute delight! Great tool for developing memorable stories and I can't wait to put into practice.

Yakov G.

Israel

Within the course there are lots of things to learn from, all based on extraordinary advertisements within each of it there is an amazing story.

Faisal A.

Saudi Arabia

great course I will keep it as a reference

Richard F.

United States

Great general course on the art and craft of storytelling. It has enough of the basics so that newbies aren't overwhelmed, but digs in deep enough that veterans won't be bored. They struck a wonderful middle ground. There aren't a lot of exercises or quizzes, but the examples they use throughout are inspiring and often profound uses of the principles they teach here. It has an emphasis on advertising, but the rules you learn can apply mostly anywhere. Working in a slightly different space than where you think you'll end up only strengthens your abilities to design compelling narratives.

natalie d.

United Kingdom

Really great course, so many good examples to learn from and a mixture of multi-choice questions as well as questions such as creating storyboards and headlines. great content and thoroughly enjoyed.

Zaffer M.

India

Story telling is fun, pls sign up!

Trish H.

United States

I loved this course. It got my creative juices flowing and the gears turning. It helped me in expanding my own approach to storytelling, and in raising the bar for myself. I enjoyed the lessons and challenges – great fun!

LOIC M.

France

Inspiring, smart, perfect to progress and construct better narration.

Tanmay P.

India

Well I took this course, to keep myself updated and it paid off well. Now comes the real life test of implementing and convincing the clients.

Matias B.

Chile

Very detailed, it certainly helps to build a story carefully, but at the same time memorable. It's amazing how simple it can be to impress someone with something so small.

Bayan S.

United States

This course helped me to start understanding the story structure and gave me tools to study, analyze and coming up with stronger ideas for stories.

Richard M.

United Kingdom

Great course, really good advice on how to use storytelling and tools to tell effective stories, lots of tools and techniques to use.

VIBHU T.

India

Insightful course and very short and crispy info. about all the aspects. best thing which I enjoyed is reference videos and ads of various brands.

Simona C.

Italy

The course is very organized and informative. Excellent material, really inspiring.

Mário A.

Portugal

Perfect

Anchalee H.

Thailand

This's ok.

Saad S.

Saudi Arabia

One of the most compelling fundamentals needed to learn and grow as a brand seller

Yinka B.

Nigeria

Quite insightful

Nicola D.

United Kingdom

This course was very interesting - beginning with an insight into history of storytelling with a focus from an evolutionary standpoint. It then delves into basics of storytelling structure and demonstrates how brands can utilize this knowledge to create meaningful and memorable connections to their customers.

Shreekant P.

India

A great course for anyone interested in Storytelling.

Rohan B.

India

This course opens your minds to various facets of story telling that are seldom known by professionals. It is structured in a neat way and uses simple tools to make you learn and remember various aspects of the subject. The course material and content library is brilliant.

Silvi S.

Estonia

Great case-studies, no other course I've seen on the subject does it the same way.

Maggie F.

United States

Overall, I enjoyed the class and do feel like it was beneficial. I liked reading the discussions and seeing other people's answers to the prompts. However, had I not received a voucher through my work to take the class, I likely would not have done it.

adam e.

United States

This course is so great at challenging you to think about the different aspects of storytelling, as well as showing competent, fun and unique examples of the storytelling art.

Oscar M.

Brazil

The course will help you to understand techniques that will capture people's attention. All the lessons are easy to understand, and they teach formulas that we can put in practice in our daily work.

Alejandra F.

Peru

Useful for advertisers, writers, movie makers and everyone who wants to know why does a good story is one and how you can improve yours.

Nina J.

United Kingdom

This is a fun and energetic course about the immense power of storytelling, full of practical examples and sparkling gems I'll refer to again and again.

Antonia Š.

Croatia

It was vevry interesting and inspiring. I liked every minute spent on this course. Also, I noticed that I began to think differently.

Katarzyna K.

Poland

Great course delivering both the theory and practical solutions to use in everyday work.

Darren H.

United Arab Emirates

Yes was helpful - learnt some nice key learnings

Thiruveedhula S.

India

Excellent and a great pedagogy. Industry experts share their experiences and stories. One will simply love it

Tim C.

Denmark

Great course - it blew me away by the breadth, depth and power of Storytelling. Often enabled by tech, but thankfully still crafted and absorbed by humans.

Dmitriy L.

Belarus

Why have I chosen the storytelling course? Here's a story... This course is useful, inspiring, touching + they provide offline materials when you finish the course - this material is going to be my table book.

Nic A.

South Africa

Really fun, practical way to learn some useful frameworks

Denis P.

Russian Federation

Great master class on storytelling with tons of wonderful examples to help to understand points.

Roberta W.

Singapore

Excellent course . Love the curated ads to demonstrate effectiveness of quality storytelling. Very creative and inspiring !

Helen N.

United Kingdom

It was really interesting in showing how important stories are and how powerful the skill of being a good storyteller is.

Vijay S.

United Arab Emirates

Very very good.

Iván R.

Mexico

A course with great examples and inspiring ideas

Ivan M.

United Kingdom

Storytelling course. Useful items

Jade H.

Australia

Fantastic course, with a lot of great examples to get the imagination firing

Cynthia V.

France

A rich, fun and interesting program that includes a wide range of theory, articles, voice from the experts, and hyper interesting examples from the industry.

ANDRES S.

Ecuador

EXTRAORDINARY The course was well thought. The content ideal.

Chris R.

United Kingdom

Never knew how handy learning storytelling would be. This one was super easy to go through and understand + loved the case studies!

Faizaan R.

Saudi Arabia

High level - but with some good insights.

Merle B.

South Africa

I found the course informative and highly relatable for anyone interested in learning about Storytelling. The course was well researched and all the references shared provided everything you need to make online studying easily accessible.

Vaquas A.

United Arab Emirates

Unimaginatively Intriguing, mesmerizing & emotive journey

Kevin B.

United States

A great way to learn the thinking behind award-winning work. I think the class might also be useful for someone considering doing other forms of creative writing (like screenplays) because it gives a good grounding in character development.

Yi-Jun I.

Singapore

While I was taught storytelling in my higher education, the references, links, and ad examples were enlightening. Bite-sized chapters allowed me to take a break to mull over what has been refreshed are a strong plus.

Eng K.

Singapore

Fantastic course. The format is effective for learning.

José S.

Portugal

Great course! Truly useful approaches and tips that unveil the science behind the creative copywriting process.

Yvonne M.

Kenya

Loved the course and award winning examples that came with it. Good links to widen reading as well. 10/10 would recommend. Oh, plus you actually have real humans responding to you 😂not some automated response

Max W.

United States

Do it!

Sean B.

South Africa

A brilliantly structured course that is filled with inspirational case studies that are on point and super relevant. This course is perfect for anyone wanting to delve a little deeper into the topic of storytelling. So often we assume our knowledge of storytelling is intuitive but this course presents numerous ways to rethink this age-old skill and has taught me clear methods to demystify the art and approach it a more repeatable manner.

Matteo G.

Italy

The mix of video, text and links for further info make the course easy and enjoyable to follow. I feel it very "on subject" and practical.

Nyi M.

Myanmar

It is very resourceful

Antonio R.

Spain

Just for the audiovisual examples it offers, the course is worth it.

Sweta M.

India

This is an interesting course for Marketers. Learnt about the art of Story telling and also the science behind it. This will definitely help me in creating better communication for my Brand.

Jide O.

Nigeria

Great and very interactive course design.

Yagna A.

India

Very comprehensive, not preachy but very practical in enabling the art of storytelling

Derek M.

United Kingdom

Great practical course with really good examples.

James N.

United States

An overall fantastic class that builds and builds from lesson to lesson. By the time you are finished, you have an amazing tool kit of storytelling knowledge.

Elena V.

Romania

It is great to find inspiration, valuable insights, and the basic principles. I loved the examples and videos!

antal b.

Netherlands

a great way to find out how storytelling can make an impact with the target audience

Paige N.

South Africa

This course was AMAZING

Uygar K.

United Kingdom

Amazing

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