Storycrafters – Business Storytelling for Leaders

SC
Skills Cafe

About This Course

From telling the story of a brand, sharing a success story with data and numbers, or sharing an intensely personal account, everyone has a story to tell. However, not everyone knows how to tell a story well. This workshop will equip you with the proven tools and techniques to tell your story in a way that is sure to influence your listeners.

Storycrafters is an intense hands-on workshop where you will pick a story that you would like to tell, define your characters, structure your story, define your plot, and then use techniques to bring your story to life in front of a live audience. 

The Thread Presentation
All participants will be required to select a topic from their area of work and prepare a 5-minute presentation on the topic. This presentation will be called the Thread Presentation. The Thread Presentation will be used across all three parts of the workshop – Pre, During, and Post workshop. Participants will be required to create the Thread Presentation before the pre-workshop evaluation phase.

Note: This is an intensive, mastery-oriented workshop. Participants should be ready to complete all pre-workshop and post-workshop activities and evaluations to benefit from this program.

Learning Journey
The workshop will be divided into three parts:

  • Pre-workshop: Up to 1 hours to prepare and present the Thread Presentation
  • Live Synchronous Workshop: 4 hours
  • Post-workshop: Up to 1 hours including a 10 minute one-on-one presentation

Skill Drill 1: The Power of Stories and Storytellers (1 hour)

Stories are one of the most powerful forms of communication. In this skill drill, participants will explore the power of stories and storytelling. And will explore how stories work on both, emotions and logic. 

Participants will discover storytelling through the ages– from folktales to brand tales, and stories of valor to sales stories. Most particularly, we will explore stories and storytelling in the workplace – stories to motivate, inspire, bring change, and influence.

Skill Drill 2: Thinking of Your Presentation as a Story  (2 hours)
In this skill drill, participants will explore the key story archetypes including:

  • The Hero’s Journey
  • Overcoming the Monster
  • Rags to Riches
  • The Quest
  • Voyage and Return
  • Comedy
  • Tragedy
  • Rebirth

Participants will explore examples of each type of story and discover how they can be used for business storytelling. Finally, participants will pick a story that they want to tell, decide its overall flow, break the story down to individual scenes, and prepare their stories for telling. 

Skill Drill 3: Tell Your Story with Impact and Authenticity (1 hour)

In this session, we will explore the art of telling great stories. We will explore techniques of using your voice, expression, and movement to tell impactful stories. 

Post-Workshop Presentation and Evaluation: 

Participants will further refine their Thread Presentation and prepare for their final presentation. The final presentation will be made in front of a select panel. The panel, along with the facilitator, will evaluate each presentation on the same three parameters using in the pre-workshop phase:

  • Clarity of objectives
  • Structure and content
  • Delivery style

This will be followed by a summative feedback. The before-after scores will be used to evaluate the success of the workshop.

Post-workshop:

  • Storycrafters handbook
  • Slide templates and a visual guide
  • Learning nudges on days 2, 5, 10, and 15

Learning Objectives

Develop an appreciation for storytelling as a tool for personal branding and influence
Explore types of stories and their structure
Understand when to use which type of story
Understand the objective of your story – clarify, influence, connect, inspire, celebrate
Explore characters, plot, conflict, high and low points, and resolution
Develop your own story for a given audience and objective
Practice telling your story with impact and influence

Requirements

  • Pre-workshop presentation and evaluation

Target Audience

  • Business Leaders, Department Heads, CXOs, Leaders at all levels
Free
Duration 6 hours
Language
English

Material Includes

  • Storycrafters Handbook

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