Learn how to use storytelling to increase the impact of your communications and, with that, your ability to persuade, influence and inspire others.
Leadership Through Storytelling training teaches managers, executives and anyone who must regularly engage and motivate others just how storytelling works and why it works, so they can put it to work to improve the effectiveness of their leadership communications.
Ever since men and women started communicating, they have used storytelling to share wisdom, create understanding, and make sense of the world around us. From Steve Jobs to Martin Luther King, individual leaders have always used storytelling to connect people to ideas, to each other, and to a strategic vision of the future they want to be a part of and help make real.
At their core, all organizations are human. And humans tell stories. When organizational leaders use storytelling in their communications they tap into human nature and, as a result, engage others in a more human way, bringing more meaning to their work and their workforce.
Leadership Through Storytelling, as we practice it, runs deeper that mere information. It taps spirit, emotion, and imagination to connect one person to another in a way that means something to both. Importantly, it also provides clarity of information and thus enables people to come together to work towards a common goal.
Leadership Through Storytelling training gives workshop participants a valuable leadership tool to put into their leadership tool chests. Once honed and practiced, storytelling can be used to enhance the impact of uptake of their communications for a variety of situations, including presentations, one-on-one’s, mentoring, and meetings.
The workshop is a combination of subject matter presentation, group discussions, video examples, and individual workshop exercises in which leaders get to put into practice what they have learned. Most importantly, workshop participants will walk out of the workshop with one “killer” leadership story, which they will have refined and practiced telling in front of each other, and which will serve as a model for them to develop other stories to build up their “library.”
“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood, and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.”
In the broadest sense, our Leadership Through Storytelling training is designed to help executives, managers, and anyone who must regularly engage others understand how storytelling works so they can put it to work to improve the impact and uptake of their communications. More specifically, leaders participating in this training will walk out of it with…
The Leadership Through Storytelling workshop was initially developed for senior managers and executives and has become part of the leadership development programs for several Fortune 500 companies. However, it has proven to be highly relevant and effective for anyone who has to regularly present information, and engage and influence others, such as frontline sales people, engineers, scientists, client service teams, trainers and instructors.
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Bill spent the first 10 years of his career working in New York City managing global accounts for large multinational agencies such as Grey and Saatchi & Saatchi. With storytelling in his blood, Bill founded BB&Co Strategic Storytelling specifically to help companies and their leaders bring more meaning, focus and productivity to their work, and therefore their workforce, using the power of storytelling to do so.
There is barely a category of industry that Bill and the BB&Co team has not worked in, having collaborated with respected clients of all shapes and sizes, including GE, Coca-Cola, Relais & Châteaux, Hilton Worldwide, BCAA, Travel Alberta, Dubai Holdings, State Farm Insurance, Johnson & Johnson, Cadillac Fairview, TELUS, The Toronto International Film Festival, Tourism Ministry of Spain, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport, the Irvine Company and the University of British Columbia.
The Leadership Through Storytelling Workshop is a combination of subject matter presentation, video storytelling examples, group discussion and workshop exercises in which the participants get to put into practice what they have learned and figure out how to keep it in practice once the workshop is over. The workshop is typically a full day of seven to eight hours. A half-day version (four hours) also exists. Content areas covered in each version are as follows:
The teaching style of Bill and the BB&Co team of instructors is highly engaging, relaxed and conversational. We both encourage and elicit lots of interaction between the participants and instructor as well as between the participants themselves. Importantly, we practice what they preach during the workshop; and as it progresses, we openly identify the different techniques we’ve employed throughout—e.g. use of slides, types of stories shared, conveying complex facts and information, using videos, images, graphics and quotes, interacting with the audience, movement and body language, etc., as a way of teaching directly through experience.
Helping clients define the positioning and vision for their brand — and then focusing, inspiring and unlocking the human energy needed to realize it — by blending the rigour of strategic planning with the magic of storytelling.
Training managers, executives, sales people and others on how to use storytelling to improve the impact and uptake of your communications and, with that, your ability to influence, persuade and inspire your people.
Delivering keynote presentations or breakout talks about using the timeless power of storytelling to connect people to your brand, improve your leadership communications, or build employee engagement and organizational culture.
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