Hi! I'm Matt Ragland
I’m a writer, podcaster, brand builder, and adventurer.
My mission is to help you see the power and importance of every story. Let's begin with two free resources and regular essays on living with purpose.
I’ve always struggled with the balance of a steady writing practice and writing to fit a niche. I believe it’s one of the reasons this site hasn’t really “taken off” in a take-over-the-internet-blow-up-and-make-money sense. That’s ok, because not everything is about money. The other part of the equation is pride. The desire to see your… Read More
2015 is upon us, and I’m pretty excited about it. One of the aspects of this year I’m more excited about than ever is the ability to teach and share skills. As weird as this sounds, I think there’s a shortage of curated blog development resources on the web today. Sure, you can Google “How… Read More
Taking a chance is risky. The dictionary defines chance as the possibility of something happening an occurrence or development of events in the absence of any obvious design We crave structure, minimize risk, and hope life stays in a good place. In other words, we like what we know and exert control over. But great… Read More
Today is episode 30 of the Story Signals podcast, and I’m so glad to welcome Grant Baldwin. Grant is a speaker, writer and podcaster who helps people find and do the work they love. His main speaking gigs include grade school and college students, educator groups, and churches. His message of the intentional pursuit of meaningful,… Read More
When is _____ enough? This is one of the biggest questions I’ve wrestled with over the past few years. I’ve filled in the blank with jobs, relationships, adventures, and blog posts. I’m a person who likes to go out and do stuff. A sense of ambition drives me to seek out new opportunities, relationships, and… Read More
The online world is awash in copywriting right now. You may think copywriting doesn’t apply to you, but I’m here to tell you it does. Why? Because most of our communication is trending towards the constraints and creativity inherent with copywriting. We text more than we talk. When we talk, our attention span is decreasing…. Read More
In the past couple months, I’ve had a few opportunities arise. Being pursued and told your work is valuable is affirmation we all seek. For each chance, I thought I was really close. That any day, my work was going to change drastically. However, the opportunities were not the right fit, and we both moved on…. Read More
Our guest this week on Story Signals is Ross Hagan, the Director of Story for Whiteboard. Based in St. Elmo, TN (just outside of Chattanooga), Ross and Whiteboard have worked with an impressive collection of companies, including Google and Catalyst Conference. In our conversation, Ross shares a bit of the process he takes people through… Read More
This week on Story Signals, I’m sharing one of the most powerful short stories I’ve ever heard. It’s about the process of transformation, and the role plays in our lives. I first heard the story in Aravaipa Canyon, a remote area in Arizona. I was there for a men’s retreat, and the weaver shared this… Read More
Have you ever been on a quest? Maybe it’s been a while since you thought of life in those terms. As kids, we think of everyday occurrences as quests and adventures. When I was young, my friends and I would build forts, chop down trees, ride to Wal-Mart, and other short-term quests. We knew what… Read More
David Molnar is a photographer, author, and most importantly, Story Signals guest! I’m so pleased David is on the show this week, he shares deep wisdom and great advice for our listeners. I really enjoyed talking to David, it really was like two friends having a conversation over coffee, and we had just met! We cover… Read More
Yesterday I led a workshop for a group of Vanderbilt students. We talked about story, and how they can use the elements of story in a speaking opportunity they have. It was similar to my presentation at Podcamp Nashville, but with a lot more background and research thrown in. My hope is for them to… Read More