So... what's the story? - Storytelling for Adults, Children and Business

For Business


Why Storytelling for business?
 
Stories are powerful and memorable - if you doubt that think of your own childhood memories of being told stories - can you still picture those moments? Recent scientific research has discovered the storytelling gene - a gene specific to human beings that pre-programmes us to respond to stories. Stories are how human beings make sense of the world, how we organise ourselves.  
 
So if you're in business then why not use this tool, not only to communicate but to frame what you do? If you think in narrative, you will already be working in a way that your customers will instinctively respond to. This piece of research is intriguing, in that it shows that the more people respond empathetically to a story, the more they are likely to part with their money... very useful to know in business!

Why this Storyteller?
 
You can check out My Story by clicking on the button above, but here are some highlights of my business expertise:
 
  • I set up and ran a limited company for several years before passing it on. It's still successful today.
  • I studied Economics and Psychology at Cambridge
  • I've been in business for many years as a sole trader 
  • I've been a business consultant for organisations of all sizes - from The Royal Albert Hall right down to local social enterprises
  • As a Business Link adviser, I worked with a number of social enterprises on organisational development and fundraising
  • I love building Microsoft Excel models (but shhh don't tell everyone!)
What can story work do for my business?

I can create tailor made sessions for Team Building and Away Days, offer consultation on specific issues you are dealing with, or scroll down for more information on:

Business Narrative Consultancy

Stories for Solutions

Presentation Narrative Surgeries

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Business Narrative Consultancy

A Business Narrative is the story of your business, its easy to remember because its a story, and so can be kept in mind in every business decision you make to make sure you are moving business in the right directions. While it can spring from you Business Plan, its a lot easier to work with than having to refer back to that bit of paper you can in the draw most of the time!
Here's what a recent client had to say:
 
"I now have a much clearer understanding of what my business is about,
where it adds value and what I need to do next"
A. Birtwell, Director, Project-A
 


Stories for Solutions

These workshops tend to be for larger organisations, or groups of businesses wrestling with a particular issue - for example managing change, or internal communications. I will come along and tell a traditional story which has various teachings in it. I then run a variety of exercises for the group to pick apart the story and find the learning in it that is appropriate to the business. This is particularly helpful if you want to look at an issue from an entirely new angle, to throw fresh light on to it.



Presentation Narrative Surgeries

As you would expect, after 20 years as a performer, I can also offer training for presentations, and these come in the form of presentation narrative surgeries. Even with the best presentation in the world, if the narrative of your presentation isn't enough to hook your audience in and stay with them after you've left, you'll struggle to achieve the full potential response that you're looking for. With my surgeries, I'll go through your presentation with you and make sure the structure is sound, as well as training you in the skills to deliver it along the way
 

If you'd like to find out more about any of these services then do get in touch