What change will you accelerate by thinking like a storyteller?
Consider the Segway. A marvel of technical engineering was hamstrung because everyone who rode one looked like a dork. To bring groundbreaking ideas to life, we need more than beautiful analysis. We need to set the frame around how our new ideas are understood.
Designing for understanding is what we call storytelling. It’s what you’ll learn to do in our storytelling workshop for innovation teams. We’ll introduce you to the tactics and methodologies of storytelling as a process. We’ll show you how to use a series of design steps to find the right narrative, simplify your communication and deliver meaning in how you position new ideas and change.
We don’t teach you “the right way” to tell a story. We create a facilitated space to shift your mindset on communication and experiment with telling your story in a new way. In the process, you’ll strengthen how you empathize with audiences, add urgency and emotional depth to data and get straight to the heart of your message so that stakeholders will buy-in.
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A Think Like a Storyteller workshop is a hands-on group experience that will help you translate solutions across different audiences and secure stakeholder buy-in.
What’s in an Innovation Team Storytelling Workshop?
Learn to deepen authenticity and rapport with stakeholders
In a storytelling workshop for innovation teams, you’ll learn how to use empathy to deepen relationships with stakeholders and deliver narratives about your ideas and products that truly connect.
Humanize ideas and deliver real meaning from data
Your team will learn and practice a process that helps you translate data into insights, and share those insights across teams and departments to create buy-in and momentum.
Develop and sustain presence & emotional depth
In a Think Like a Storyteller workshop, your team will apply storytelling frameworks to how you approach high-stakes presentations. You’ll practice crafting persuasive business cases with presence, confidence and credibility.
Where You Can Apply the Skills You'll Learn in an Innovation Team Storytelling Workshop
- Constructing high-stakes presentations and crafting persuasive business cases
- Articulating insight from data and translating across audiences
- Humanizing your narratives to build empathy, connection and real meaning
- Sustaining storytelling skills to continue to make change across your organization
It was a great experience for all. Even the skeptics! We all walked away with concrete improvements and I have seen many put the lessons to work in their everyday interactions to be more effective and influential.
It was fun, interesting and informative. I know how to tell a story now, and how to improve someone’s story so I can pull it out of them and make them feel like a great story teller. I truly think it will benefit me in my career long term.
This course helped me through understanding how I can make a difference in communicating my story, engaging my audience and identifying who I can help. Great learning that can be implemented right away and every day.
Learn how to transform dry professional messages into emotionally engaging, credibility-enhancing stories that resonate.
This workshop is delivered in person to internal consultants and innovation teams all over the world. There are one-day and two-day versions of the workshops.
There are two goals for this workshop. One is to help you improve 1 or 2 strategic stories that are directly related to your work, so you can learn by doing. The second goal is to give you tangible storytelling tactics, as well as a process for building a compelling story.
View our Storytelling workshops page section “Storytelling Training Customized For Your Team” to see how we tailor the workshop to your goals and outcomes. Though every session is different, workshops tend to include equal amounts of structured learning, hands-on practice & facilitated conversation.
This engaging and interactive workshop will teach you to think of storytelling as the basic building block of human understanding. Rather than teaching you the “right” way to tell a story, in this workshop, you and your team will use storytelling to analyze the psychology, engagement and empathy aspects of how you communicate, through your specific strategic lens.
By understanding how to apply these two tools, you’ll be able to gradually build up your storytelling skills, on your own, over time. This powerful storytelling workshop will give you the scaffolding you need to become a great business storyteller.
Before the session begins, we’ll help you identify one type of “story” for each team member to workshop. For example, organizational stories about products and strategies, shared team stories about case studies and customer successes, or personal stories about your individual values in action.
The workshop is built around giving you the tools and tactics you need to improve how you deliver these stories. After learning basic storytelling concepts, you will use those tools to analyze the way you’re currently telling your story. You will then work in pairs and small groups to implement what you’ve learned, receive peer coaching and feedback.
Of course, no one can become an award-winning storyteller overnight. Instead, the goal of this workshop is to teach you the process behind crafting a great story.
Focusing on process gives us the opportunity to teach you and your team to fish. Focusing on process also enables you to receive a more significant outcome than just one well-told story. As you workshop storytelling, you’ll get personalized coaching that will apply broadly to the way you communicate, as well as instructional tools you can use to continue the practice after our session.
The point is to help you become more engaging and authentic in your sales communication. The workshop structure demonstrates this idea, using famous examples, videos and other engaging exercises, making it into a story you’ll keep telling once the day is done.
Yes! The innovation team storytelling workshop directly addresses using data in presentations, speeches and other forms of communication. Participants will get a methodology, toolkit and tactics for finding the narrative behind a data point, improving how you deliver presentations, reports and insights.
More than just a template, we teach you the right way to think about using your data. Contact us for more information about our storytelling with data.
- Building credibility, trust and psychological safety
- Creative risk taking
- Listening and responding spontaneously
- Relating to challenging emotions and objections
- Developing authentic emotional connections
- Constructing presentations and persuasive business cases
- Building insight from data and translating across audiences
The ideal group size for any storytelling training workshop is between 12-40. The workshop relies heavily on group participation. We like working with groups that are big enough to carry conversation and yet small enough so that everyone’s voice gets heard.
We’ve also worked with groups beyond this range. Contact us and we can find a solution that suits your specific needs.
Most storytelling training is delivered in person. However, we have made accommodations for remote teams by using video conferencing software like Zoom.
Contact us and we can find a solution that suits your specific needs.
All of our workshops are facilitated by Jordan Bower. Jordan is a master business storytelling trainer who has worked with a diverse range of clients in tech, government, small business and the Fortune 500. You can learn more about Jordan here.
Our clients book between 6 and 12 weeks in advance of a storytelling workshop. Sometimes we can accommodate shorter timelines. Contact us to discuss your specific dates.
The secret to great storytelling is practice. The goal of these workshops are to ritualize the practice behaviors that will help your group slowly develop your storytelling competencies over time. You’ll leave the workshop with plenty of ideas, resources and commitments that will lay the foundation for your growth and give you clear next steps.
We often treat an initial workshop like a first date. Once we’ve gotten to know each other and experienced the content, we often support clients with further workshops, coaching and consulting on their team or organization’s strategic narratives.
Contact us to schedule a time to talk through the learning journey. We’re looking forward to connecting with you!