Speaker Training Workshops
- How to Collect and Share Personal Stories
Having the tools to readily tap into memories and anecdotes is not only fun, it's also good for business. Personal stories can be used in an interview to learn about prospective employees or to attract desirable candidates to one's business. They also are amazingly effective tools for bonding with a potential employer and distinguishing oneself from another candidate. And they bridge the gap between generations, between management and lower level employees, and among co-workers.
This interactive workshop takes participants through a series of highly original activities which show them how to readily access their personal stories and memories and use them in the workplace.
- Using Silence to Sell
The noisiest sound of all is silence. It has the capacity to disarm, to entice, to awaken listeners. In this age of ailing attention spans, fueled by constant noise, silence captures attention like little else. This workshop will show participants how to use silences to create convincing presentations. Opening lines, couched with a few seconds of silence are riveting. Conversations which stop midstream, opening lines which start with a pause, rhythms that have built in voids—these are all age old tracks of the storyteller. But silence is also about listening, active listening. We’ll take participants through some activities which make them comfortable with the “non-response.” In addition, participants will learn how to edit written material, eliminating unnecessary facts and data, creating necessary pauses in lieu of words.
- Storytelling 101 for the Business Professional
This workshop shows participants how to utilize the tricks and tips of a seasoned, professional storyteller to create riveting presentations. Participants will learn how to: Create great opening and closing lines; Use repetition, rhythm, and silences to their advantage; cull and utilize personal stories; and transform dull language into visual pictures.
- How to Brag
Many people and women especially have a hard time tooting their own horn. Yet bragging gracefully is the key to making a good first impression. This workshop will result in the perfect one-minute elevator speech. Using highly original storytelling techniques, participants will learn how to
- Create a great opening line that reveals their values
- Use riveting narratives
- Transform dull language into visual pictures that captivate
- Finding the Emotion Behind the Data
Feelings, not facts, sell. Yet most people fail to see the story behind the data. This workshop will show participants how to find what is emotionally relevant in anything and everything—a word, an idea, a statistic—and how to use it effectively by generating a story around it.
- How to Transform the Mundane
Learn how to turn any mundane text into a riveting presentation. Using original tips and tricks of a working storyteller, this workshop will help participants transform data into drama and story.