Get Your Free Audiobook

Building a StoryBrand

Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen
Narrated by: Donald Miller
Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
5 out of 5 stars (205 ratings)
Non-member price: $36.40
After 30 days, Audible is $16.45/mo. Cancel anytime.

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Donald Miller uses the seven universal elements of powerful stories to teach listeners how to dramatically improve how they connect with customers and grow their businesses.

Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media. Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.

©2017 Donald Miller (P)2017 Thomas Nelson Publishers

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    172
  • 4 Stars
    26
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    2

Performance

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    135
  • 4 Stars
    25
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    2

Story

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    145
  • 4 Stars
    20
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    3
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

If you’re serious about business...

Where does Building a StoryBrand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the most valuable book I have read, re read and listened to. Follow this with the podcasts, the great material and tutorials on the story brand website and you have yourself serious artillery in driving your business forward.

What other book might you compare Building a StoryBrand to, and why?

None. If you’ve read copy that sells, the curse of knowledge and similar titles than this is the icing on the cake that brings it all home.

Have you listened to any of Donald Miller’s other performances? How does this one compare?

None but I listen to his podcast weekly.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The brandscript. What a way to transition your brand into something your audience can relate to, engage with and want to do business with.

Any additional comments?

OUTSTANDING.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great clear explanation

Many businesses don't understand how to make sure their message will be heard. Really loved the detail and info to help clearly guide other businesses what the customer really wants to know and what they don't.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

it was a good book but...

i learnt a lot from this book. however, the writer was advertising his businesses in the book directly and indirectly which i think its not appropriate for a book. specially when we are paying for it. its not free.
the purpose of a book is transfering knowledge and having the credit for it. the author used this book like an email marketing. which i think its not fair to the listner or reader

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book.

I highly recommend it to people who would like to understand how to grow their business with little to no investment.
I am going back to listen to some of the great parts over and over again as I am implementing the great advice.
The author narrates the book brilliantly and it is a pleasure to listen to him and get all that knowledge.
The website is a great tool which I used in conjunction with the book as I was progressing. I already created a few brandstories. I can't wait to see the results in a few months.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Completely delivers

Expert information delivered consummately. I feel I have the information I need and it was transferred in a very accessible and straightforward way, as you would expect from a book with this title. Donald Miller practices what he preaches.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Amazing book! Real tools which help me to grow my business

It is an enjoyable yet still so eye opening book. I found lots of real easy to implement examples in it, which helped me to understand how my audience work, and how I can engage with them more.
Great work! Thank you

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Best marketing book I have read in a long time!

Everybody needs to take the time to read this book and clarify their messaging. Easy to follow, actionable steps and great examples used throughout. I have read it twice in two weeks.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Practical and Doable advice wrapt up in a great story

The narrator is a joy to listen to. The examples are clear and relevant. The book delivers to the listener the steps to take and the encouragement to start. I’ve listened to this book three times to make sure I’m implementing the process faithfully.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Very helpful book

I enjoyed this book immensely. I have been dabbling with the internet and marketing for a couple of years now and there are so many ‘experts’ out their with their blueprints to 6 figures overnight, that I have become numb and immune to them and distrustful of them. Then I was given this book and it has changed everything. It has a real plan of action and I feel at last, I can do this thing. I can clarify my message, I can get it out there, I can be heard amidst the noise and confusion. Thank you Donald Miller for your sharing your genius in such a generous way. Highly recommended if you are trying to market and grow your business and don’t have a clue how to do it.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Simple and effective

Cant express how much thes havhelped my business! Very easy to follow and practical to implement

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • ManBearPig
  • 06-12-2017

Starts to Feel Like One Big Ad for Authors Product

They push their product way too hard on this. Started to get really annoying by the end

118 of 127 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Tyson
  • 29-01-2018

Have you heard of the SB7 Framework?

If not, you will. This book is one long, drawn out pitch after another ...over and over and over- even his ‘case study’ references are a thinly veiled side pitch for his courses, website, and other assorted nonsense. A total waste of $18

175 of 189 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Sheldon Z.
  • 31-01-2018

It is OK.

Would you try another book from Donald Miller and/or Donald Miller?

I don't think I would.

Would you be willing to try another book from Donald Miller? Why or why not?

As someone who says he has written multiple books and now has written one on telling stories, you'd think that he could write one that could hold your attention and keep you interested. Not so much in this case.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

While the reader did an OK job, he lacked the enthusiasm that you often get from books read by the author. Sometimes, it is better to have someone else read the book.

Was Building a StoryBrand worth the listening time?

No, I don't think it was worth the time. The first four chapters of the book consisted of the author providing some high-level information as a thinly veiled attempt to promote his website. From a guy that is writing a book on how to market your brand, I expected to get some value that would hold me in the book. This didn't have it.

66 of 72 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Carson Swisher
  • 25-10-2017

Every entrepreneur should read or listen to this book.

This book is so rich on content I need to give it another listen. The basics of the book are clarifying your message and making your customer the hero of the story. Miller goes into detail and lays out the framework and gives plenty of real life examples. This is an invaluable business/marketing/branding book.

33 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Layne
  • 14-11-2017

Literally changed my life overnight.

I've been running a business for the last 10 months and I've had less-than-stellar results. My entire business had been built on referrals up until this point. I had not been able to capture leads using actual marketing techniques, and I'm a marketer for god sakes! I just didn't seem to be connecting with my audience with my marketing. A friend told me about this book in very brief description, and something drove me to go out and get it. So I did that very night and I had torn through it by the next morning. I was finished with it by lunch time and I went home to write an email to a group I've been emailing for months now to no avail. I sent the email by 3 p.m. and by the time I woke up at 8 a.m. the next morning I had three people on my schedule. That evening I spoke to a client and negotiated a five-figure deal which I officially closed 2 Days Later. I was at the point of being completely penniless and this book changed everything. If you're a marketer this is an absolute must read. If you're a business owner and need to Market your business this is an absolute must-read.

115 of 132 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brion Daugherty
  • 13-10-2017

If you create things--products, books, sermons, podcasts--this book will help you do it better.

After this book, I am rethinking my messaging on all my projects--both personal and business. Seriously. It's that good.

36 of 41 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Thomas
  • 10-05-2018

Informative, but irratating at times

There was a lot of good information in this book as far as a marketing perspective but I also felt that I was being sold other additional services on top of the price of the audiobook.

At one point in the story, he talks politics which nearly completely took me out of wanting to listen.

It's also extremely short and I finished it in a days time. I do think it was an easy and engaging listen though -- Take the marketing tools they suggest, but ignore everything else.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • amerikenjones
  • 31-10-2017

Teach a man to fish, Change their life - THIS BOOK

I'm blown away. This book articulates the truths in how people think and connect it with how they make decisions. I make promo videos and this book is making such a large impact on me that I can hardly stop rabbit trails of applications into everything I want to do.

Thanks, Donal Miller, for pursuing human truths, pursuing the structure of 'story', and explaining how it's the gold standard model for business.

I'm so excited to apply these principles.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-10-2017

Clear Message About Clear Messaging

Brilliant work. Succinct, straightforward writing, and most of all effective in achieving results. With his proven track record of success, Don gives candid insight that is sure to help any person who communicates messages (which is all of us). Highly recommend.

11 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Zenor777
  • 25-05-2018

boring and trite

if i wanted to hear baseless platitudes I would have gone to youtube. I found this book disappointing at best, I couldn't even finish it.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

Sort by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Howard Golding
  • 28-12-2017

A novel approach, but....

It is hard to overlook the authors relentless attempts to sell his system throughout the book.

I don’t recommend logging into the website for the Story Brand template; unless of course you are happy to extend the invitation to Donald Miller to continue his quest to make you a Story Brand client via your inbox.

If you are patient enough, you can get some good communication tips; personally, I abhor the practice of automating mail-bombing, however well the messages are constructed.

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-02-2018

A very long sales letter to an expensive course

What would have made Building a StoryBrand better?

Before you buy the book go to the site and try and put together a 'brandscript' - this is the best offering you are going to get and this is intentionally used as a tease to sell you a course.

What was most disappointing about Donald Miller’s story?

It's not a story - is a very long sales letter.

What didn’t you like about Donald Miller’s performance?

I was so looking forward to this book - I had planned the weekend to read the book it's 8hrs and then to have a finalised written 'script' - I personally found the information wanting. In order to implement the content you need to go on the course. The reviews were excellent, I am now actually thinking there ought to be a plausible rating system from 'experts' as there are for films.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Very angry - I can't believe that I fell for this. I could not log in to the site. It would not except any number that were not US ones so you could not complete the form. No response from my emails etc etc from someone talking about brands!!

20 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-2019

the best business read for any business owne

a must read for anyone trying to understand how to use digital media to grow their business

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • E. Mcglone
  • 10-02-2019

Excellent!

This audio book was simply excellent! Clear, concise and inspiring. I just need to implement it now :)
Thank you Donald!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2019

great book

great listen. will listen again later. a lot of helpful information for brands. cant miss this one!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Pedrotheflyer
  • 14-01-2019

Exceptional

Everything you know to build your brand. I have learnt more with this audiobook than any other marketing course. 5 star because there aren’t 10

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Addicted to Books
  • 28-12-2018

Hugely practical

This is a hands on practical guide from people who clearly know what they’re talking about. Highly recommended.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • OE
  • 14-10-2018

Simple yet Powerful

Really great book. So concise and in spite of being over simple in some cases, a powerful and timely reminder of the power of clarity.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Omar Gasim
  • 16-09-2018

amazing book that truly will transfer your busines

will transfer ur business and knowledge to the next level in short , must apply

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Noah Mitchell
  • 05-09-2018

The only marketing philosophy you'll ever need

Donald Miller offers a powerful way to think about, structure and promote a business or non profit. It's all about story.

It's all about why humans engage with story and why playing the role of the guide, rather than the hero, will keep customers coming to you for years to come.

At times, the story thing was a bit of a laboured metaphor, but this book is brimming with actionable content and the tools to make marketing and communication simple.

It had the rare quality of not just being a great read, but a great listen as well. Highly recommended.