Training

Training

When we can make the process of narrative creation conscious…organizational effectiveness skyrockets.

Most of our programs are highly customized based on your needs and preferences. Some of our most popular topics include:

Take the Stage: Charismatic Communication for Business Leaders More than just presentation skills, this workshop introduces you to the actor’s secret tools for captivating an audience. This workshop explores how to command focus, influence and inspire colleagues, become more aware of self-goals and objectives and align intention with performance.

  • Understand and meet the needs of your audience
  • Create compelling stories
  • Enhance physical and vocal presence
  • Understand and use status dynamics
  • Discover personal values
  • Develop integrated presentations
  • Create a motivating environment

Make it Up: The Art of Improvisation in Business Think fast. In a pitch, a client meeting, a brainstorming session, your flexibility can make the difference between rousing success and a less than stellar experience. Professional improvisers have developed rules and exercises to respond on the spot while enhancing creativity, interpersonal connection and collaboration. In this highly interactive, practical workshop, you’ll explore the secrets of improvisation… and how they apply to the world of business.

Learn how to:

  • Build trust
  • Increase your capacity for spontaneous creativity
  • Recognize, accept and build on “offers”
  • Improve listening and awareness skills
  • Enhance communication and influencing skills

Training to Imagine: Improv Techniques for Trainers Based on Kat Koppett’s best-selling book of the same name, this course details the use of improvisational theater techniques for trainers. Along with basic, fundamental facilitation skills, this program provides participants with a foundation for engaging learners more actively, increasing retention of content, deviating from the instructor’s guide, rapid instructional design and activity delivery. This program can be customized for two-, three-, and four-day designs.

Participants will learn to:

  • Recognize and satisfy various learning styles
  • Create a motivating and supportive teaching environment
  • Employ experiential learning activities
  • Use stories and storytelling activities to enhance understanding and retention
  • Enhance personal presentations and facilitation styles

Once Upon A Time There Was A Storytelling Workshop This session explores how stories change learning and increase retention. Participants look at a myriad of story applications, from icebreakers to gap analyzers, retention enhancers to closers. They’re presented with tools that aid in story creation, and discuss the potential uses and benefits of storytelling. This program is either a one or two day workshop.

Participants will learn to:

  • Maximize learner retention through storytelling
  • Apply storytelling differently to meet learning objectives
  • Use The Story Spine, an story structuring tool
  • Enhance meetings, training and coaching sessions
  • Apply storytelling in product, technical, skills-based and concept-based training
  • Create a series of unique storytelling activities that make learning more enjoyable

Creating Value: Improvisation and the Art of Selling Great salespeople know that in order to make a sale, they must meet a client’s felt needs. The number one reason anyone buys anything is because they perceives it as having value they need.

In this workshop participants practice how to:

  • Build relationships
  • Enhance trust
  • Listen so people will talk
  • Uncover needs
  • Align features and benefits to needs to create value
  • Adapt the sales performance to the specific audience at hand

Soft Skills for Hard Topics: The Art of Listening in a Technical Age Most technical and product information is specific.  It can often be difficult to understand and not practical if it’s not precise. Whether you are a trainer, a manager, consultant or systems engineer, you have a responsibility to deliver information accurately.  This may include data, schematics, network details, and so on. This full day program delves into the mechanics of listening to and communicating complicated messages. This workshop contains role-plays, storytelling, games and experiential activities that provide participants with the opportunity to maximize these unique challenges.

Participants learn to:

  • Discover the best techniques to use when engaging employees, customers, managers and peers
  • Develop skills that close the gap between what is said and what is heard
  • Relate to the listener and speaker communication needs
  • “Read between the lines”
  • Recognize that technological information is scientifically constant, but people interpret it differently
  • Develop skills to enhance interpretation and perception
  • Check for understanding and meaning