Storyteller's Corner

Using stories in your training.
You probably do use stories but don't call them that. All the case studies used are a form of story. So we know that this works well. However have you thought of moving further into the story telling field and using stories to entertain, inform and stimulate your participants?

Telling stories is about being part of the human race. Information and events, ways of doing things have all been passed on from one generation to another. When books weren't freely available (and the majority of people couldn't read) it was the only way of passing on knowledge. In those days there were professional story tellers and this having died out is on the increase again.

Today we are bombarded with information from all sides. However using the good old fashioned story telling technique in your training sessions can ignite the interest of most participants. Story telling is a way of absorbing information and of making sense of the world around us.

Our brains are like heat seeking missiles, they search out meaning, context and patterns in the world  try to make senseof. But telling a story can make this experience pleasurable. Stories contain patterns and templates to help us put things in context. Remember a child's delight at a repetitive story, and how upset they can get with a story teller who doesn't follow the story.

Stories can be used on training courses for a wide variety of subject areas; for goal setting; for problem solving; for creativity; for empowerment; motivation; managing change; leadership, diversity..... the list is endless. There is a story somewhere out there that can illustrate any of the previous list.

There is an art to telling a story well. Whether you are wanting to perform infront of an audience or to use them in your training sessions or embellish your talks with them. You need to practise and learn to perform your story. But done well you can have your audiences in the palm of your hand as you unfold a gripping tale.

You will find stories  and books on this page for you to request as a download, some free of charge and some tips on how to use them.

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The Elephant and the Giraffe
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The Elephant & the Giraffe – Building a House for Diversity

A giraffe and elephant consider themselves friends, but when the giraffe invited the elephant into his home to join him in a business venture, the problems ensued. The house was designed to meet the giraffe’s needs, with tall ceilings and narrow doorways, and when the elephant attempted to manoeuvre, doorways buckled, stairs cracked and walls began to crumple. Analysing the chaos, the giraffe saw that the problem with the door was it was too narrow. He suggested that the elephant take aerobic classes to get him ‘down to size’. The problem with the stairs, he said, were that they were too weak. He suggested that the elephant take ballet lessons to get him ‘light on his feet’. But the elephant was unconvinced of this approach. To him the house was the problem.

For discussion after you have told this story; 

1. Who does the Giraffe represent?

2. Who does the elephant represent?

3. What are the issues in this story?

4. How can you relate this to your or other organisations?

A really useful resource to get discussion going in groups dealing with any issues of equality.

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