Storytelling

Once upon a time, humans sat around a warm and glowing campfire and told each other stories. The leaders told stories about what plants were dangerous to eat, where the best fishing was, how clothes and tools were made, and how everyone should behave so that all would prosper. Everyone loved hearing these stories and they were passed down from generation to generation.

Thousands of years passed and technology was invented, including a tool which had lethal potential called PowerPoint.

Stories were no longer a rich means of communication. Instead, people sat in the dark around hard tables and stared at a cold light shining on a screen that showed lines and boxes and incomprehensible, deadly dots called “bullet points.” Leaders got up and read these slides and they felt very happy with themselves, but their people weren’t happy because nothing was really communicated. Ideas and concepts were spoken out loud, but the people never took them in. These were terrible events called “data dumps.” They made everyone feel very numb.

Luckily, a few brave men and women remembered the power of storytelling. They remembered how, when they were children, their imaginations were ignited by images and metaphors. The ideas in the stories actually lived inside them and, to this day, they could think about them over and over. They would never forget them.

And so, these few brave men and women brought stories into the workplaces. They slowly weaned themselves and their people away from their addiction to the deadly PowerPoint slides. Concepts came alive. Facts and figures became important ideas that could be remembered. Stories about wins, losses and what the future held were exciting and instructive. These stories were easily remembered and eagerly passed along throughout the workplace.

And, thanks to these storytellers, everyone was happy once more.

 

You, too, can become a powerful storyteller in your company. In our storytelling workshops, through fun, interactive exercises, you will gain a deeper understanding of story structure, an experience of writing and delivering stories effectively, and a beginning set of skills that you can practice and experiment with over time. Your pitches, presentations and even your PowerPoint slides can be more compelling, engaging, and memorable.  Just as with the storytellers of old, your story will live on in the retelling.

Storytelling is offered as a half-day, full day, or two-day workshop, or as part of a larger leadership or communication program.