Working with your team or organization to bring professional and organizational storytelling into your work culture through guided exercises and focused work.
It’s sort of like capacity-building for resilience.
~anonymous participant survey
Customizable Workshop Modules:
Intro to Storytelling (1 hr)
Mapping Stories to Mission (90 mins)
The Transformative Power of Storytelling (2-3 hrs)
Storytelling for Impact & Evaluation (3 hrs)
Manifesting Stories (1-3 hrs)
Shannon is a spectacular presenter. She engaged immediately with a room full of people whom she had just met, a group of Fellows with the Mandela Washington Fellowship at GSU. Shannon’s presentation is as authentic as she is, and she presents with confidence and compassion. I can clearly see how Shannon’s storytelling expertise resonates in her presentation style, and her deep care for humans and their stories shine through as she speaks.
draw and experiment with the line of your story
explore with character, plot, and theme
practice deep listening
leadership moments for storytelling such as staff/board meetings and job interviews
room dynamics and the basics of public speaking
vulnerability & floodlighting
practice for presentations, public speaking, being on the radio, and elevator pitches
“It was really amazing to hear people let their guard down. I was so honored to hear everyone’s story.”
Sample Workshop Outline
Workshop Outline for Georgia State's LEAD Retreat (October 2019)
Reference: Dr. Cynthia Searcy, Assistant Dean, Andrew Young School of Public Policy
Introductions/Ice Breakers (20 mins)
- What is your history with storytelling?
- What are your goals for this time?
- Give brief introduction to what we’ll be doing today
- Meeting agreements
- Shannon tell a story: DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE
- What are the elements of a good story?
- Can you draw the line of your story?
Building Energy (5 mins)
- Pass the whah
- Morphing whah
Deep Listening (10 mins)
Tell a story in pairs – cannot nod or verbally respond
Reflection/Discussion (10 mins)
- Why we’re talking about deep listening
Vulnerability (15 mins)
- Play clip of Brené Brown (3:45) and discuss vulnerability as a leadership & personal skill
- Reflection on storytelling challenges and opportunities
- Telling a story at just the right leadership moment
- Discuss floodlighting
Break (15 mins)
Life Maps (30 mins)
- Draw a map of your life that reflects moments of your leadership path and how you got to be in the place you are today – leave room for the future
- Share with a small group
Honing In (25 mins)
Choose one story you want to develop from the Life Maps exercise
- Why not to write your story out – the brain science of oral vs. written.
- First line/last line
- How could you use this story to help people understand what you do?
- Get a few people to share as time allows
Reflection / Wrap-up (30 mins)
- Opportunity for open dialogue
- Talk briefly about the history of this movement here in the U.S., how it is differs from the folklore tradition
- Why is this an important skill for you and why did your leaders choose to offer this workshop?
- Mention the resources page that will be distributed afterward
- Play story from Snap Judgment (0:35) and/or “pitching as storytelling” video?
- Mention Carapace & other local opportunities to practice
- How you can find Shannon later
- Workshop Evaluations
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