Selects Edition: The intersection of storytelling & artificial intelligence with Heather Maio-Smith

This is the Selects Edition of the Eventual Millionaire, where we choose to republish the best interviews I had with millionaires. (This episode was originally published on April 6, 2022.)

Heather Maio-Smith is an award-winning interactive storytelling pioneer and technology visionary who brings over a decade of immersive storytelling leadership to StoryFile.

In 2010, Heather developed the first 3D interactive conversation with Holocaust Survivor Rose Schindler through her creative agency Conscience Display. She was creating physical video installations at the United Nations, U.S.C., and in Havana, Cuba. Still, she understood that the future of storytelling lay at the intersection of digital media and ‘natural conversation’ and decided to create it. As a leader in content-based technology, she has spoken about Natural Conversation at Microsoft (2017), U.S. Holocaust Museum (2017), Dartmouth College (2018), FoST (2018), SXSW (2019), SXSW (2019), The LA Times Festival of Books (2019), M.I.T. (2020), and A.I. Summit (2020). In addition, Heather’s work has been featured in Fast Company, N.B.C.’s The Today Show, The New Yorker, Reuters, and B.B.C. She was also featured on 60 Minutes in 2020.

“Know what you’re not good at. Know your strengths. Know your weaknesses, but know enough to say I need to find the best person I possibly can find to do X because I cannot do that.” – Heather Maio-Smith

Episode Highlights:

  • The difference between contraction and expansion (And how to transition from contraction to expansion)
  • Acknowledging your feelings and emotions (How to tap your emotional intelligence)
  • How body sensation affects your decision-making and success
  • How to get through with burnout and find sustainability in business
  • How the world’s most successful achieve more without burnout



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