Fundamentals of Storytelling

Fundamentals of Storytelling - What's Your Story


Thursday, November 2, 2017
8:30 am to 12:00 pm
WCU at Biltmore Park
Cost: $79

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Why stories?
Human beings are wired for narrative. We look for meaning, for patterns, in everything around us. Stories are how we make sense of the world. So, storytelling is one of the most fundamental methods of communication in human society.  The use of stories in a presentation or speech personalizes your connection with your audience. It can feel more efficient to state data points or information in a presentation, but your audience will remember a story that conveys that data much better.

How do stories work?
Successful stories follow certain patterns and rhythms. This holds true across cultures and across time. Think about fairy tales, TV shows, movies, books…all stories have certain elements in common that make them compelling to us as listeners.

The Storytelling workshop includes:

  • An overview of how stories work structurally, and why
  • The importance of humor in storytelling, and how (and whether!) to use it
  • Brainstorming and crafting a story that exemplifies a core value
  • Practicing delivery of the story

The outcome of this workshop: for every participant to have a stable of stories they can draw on that demonstrate their values. We also coach the participants to be comfortable telling the story they worked on, and to be able to apply the fundamentals of storytelling.

The Fundamentals of Storytelling workshop is designed for eight participants per coach, to allow everyone time to share and practice their stories.

Instructor: Vivian Smith, Ignite CSP

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