What’s your story?
From our point of view, story is everything. We believe in the power of story to effect change – change hearts, minds, relationships, and move mountains. Everyone has a story to tell, and can learn to tell stories more effectively. Story is communication, and we can show you how to activate applied storytelling to enhance relationships, learning and innovation with a conference keynote, workshop, facilitation, and/or research methodology.
Encourage conference participants to tell more stories and ask for more stories so your conference is both useful and memorable. Storytelling is more than a communication tool. It is a powerful way to learn, remember and share wisdom, experience, theory, and culture by setting up neurological patterns that ensures today’s learning transfers into tomorrow’s application
The Story Factor
Annette Simmons shares storytelling basics and builds skills to see how all beliefs and behaviors are governed by the stories we tell and embrace. This session is full of audience participation and vibrant stories that increase spontaneous storytelling and authentic personal connections between participants, speakers and staff.
Whether gathering stories to understand, telling stories to influence or reflecting on the power of a vision story, there are three basic differences between the logic of story and the logic of facts. Learn how to develop perceptual agility so you can see which stories are most important to future perceptions and action. Finding and telling personal stories builds a bridge of connection that improves collaboration and creativity.
Stories Last Longer
While experience is the best teacher, a true story told by someone with experience is a close second. This keynote is full of entertaining stories that demonstrate how theory is only valuable if it translates to application in real life to achieve real goals. Set people up for success by encouraging conference attendees and speakers to share more true, authentic stories that increase connections, inspire trust, and improve retention.
Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins – Storytelling for Sales
Before a customer buys from you, they want to know your story: Who are you? And Why are you here? Often they think they know, and it isn’t flattering. Learn how to build a bridge of personal connection between yourself and your client(s) first, so the story of your company and product cross over stable bridge of trust rather than falling into a pit of cynicism or defensive reasoning.
A highly interactive introduction to storytelling practice, form and function. With plenty of story examples, participants learn to shift gears from objective thinking to subjective (story) thinking and back again. Once quipped with the ability to lean into the nature of story as an interpretative framework portrayed as an experiential point of view of specific events that guide emotion and meaning, storytelling is much easier. Learn the six kinds of stories you need to tell, where to find four buckets full of personal experiences that make great stories, and six principles of successful storytelling. All participants get the opportunity to find and tell at least one “Who I am” story by the end of the workshop.
Groups from 25 to 250 participate in a one day storytelling workshop that teaches storytelling basics, builds skills, and facilitates every participant in finding and telling their own original Who I am Story and Why I am here Story. In addition to building skills, this process simultaneously deepens relationships, inscribes core values and inspires better collaboration between participants.
Storytelling Show (Option with One Day Training)
Enjoy a 1.5 hour long storytelling show featuring your own staff telling powerful stories selected by their peers and coached by Annette Simmons storytelling show “by the people, for the people” that authentically communicates core values in a way that prompts self-examination and recommitment. the road as selected storytellers from your staff are coached to put on a show that inspires, motivates and transforms both tellers and listeners to re-commit to your organizations goals and core values.
Leadership Retreat – What’s our Story?
A one or two day facilitated retreat that blends business issues with a rejuvenating process of attending to the stories that define the group. Reinforce your team’s shared identity and improve communication by choosing a shared story that engages leaders, staff and customers in pursuit of shared goals. Use story finding and story telling to deepen personal connections, work on real problems, reveal real opportunities and communicate strategy.
No matter what issues you currently face, using the lens of storytelling to improve self-awareness, acknowledge gaps, reveal opportunities and pursue a meaningful future will result in deeper connections, more truth telling and values that show up in everything you do.
Value and Identity Stories
The power of rules, policy, scripts and structure are no longer as valuable for guiding behavior as they once were. In an ambiguous and unpredictable world intentional storytelling prepares staff/constituents to interpret a wide variety of situations as opportunities to invent new ways to live out values without a script or policy manual. When blind obedience is in short supply, company values must be translated into understandable stories that maintain the spirit of your values at the same time delivering an engaging concrete example that guides creative adaptation.
Annette has a talent for gathering stories using an interview technique that blends principles of psychology, sociology, group dynamics and traditional storytelling to elicit true, first hand, relevant, compelling stories that illustrate the hidden dynamics and storylines controlling organizational or community perceptions, interpretation routines, and core assumptions. Provide your team with the wisdom and understanding that comes from collectively interpreting what these stories mean in terms of strategic insights, threats, opportunities, and implementation realities.