Tell Me a Story

A Powerful Way to Inspire Action

Stories present information on a level that is hard to reach with mere facts and statistics. The right story told at the right time gets people to feel a certain way and inspires them to take a specific action or buy-in to an idea.

Program length 18 minutes
Topics: Attitude, Communication, Motivation

On the surface, storytelling wouldn't appear to be a must-have workplace skill. But, when you think about the importance of inspiring and motivating a workforce today, this communication technique becomes vital.

Stories present information on a level that is hard to reach with mere facts and statistics. The right story told at the right time gets people to feel a certain way and inspires them to take a specific action or buy-in to an idea.

In this program, communication expert John Jenson illustrates the difference between conveying information and creating an emotional experience through story. He opens with a heart-warming account of the year he surprised his family with a puppy named Oscar. Rather than simply stating, One year, I got my kids a dog for Christmas, Jenson reveals the back story of how he came to find Oscar and what made the process so special. In the end, the story of Oscar the dog becomes the means through which audience members recall their first pet or a special gift theyve either given or received.

Jenson then introduces a series of real-world organizational storytelling examples. Individuals from various types of industries are shown telling stories designed to move the audience or listener in a specific way.

Key Learning Points

  • Have a Point - Know what you want people to THINK, FEEL, or DO differently as a result of your story.
  • Choose the Right Story to Support Your Point – Select the style of story (humorous, inspirational, instructive) that will most effectively fit with the point you’re making.
  • Craft Your Story So that It’s Compelling – Set the scene, keep from adding things that are unessential, use humor or emotion, be humble, and effectively tie the story to your main point.
  • Deliver It - Speak “low and slow”, don’t memorize every word, use good pacing and timing, maintain confident and relaxed body language, and practice!

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What's Included Chaptered DVD of the Main Program plus bonus Story-Telling Examples, Leader's Guide, PowerPoint Presentation on CD-ROM, 10 Participant Workbooks, 10 Reminder Cards
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