Storytelling Course: Oral Storytelling to Engage and Inspire

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This storytelling course will teach you how to engage, inform and inspire your students, staff or colleagues. We’ve all been there – a boring lesson or meeting delivered in a dry tedious style and you wondered ‘How is this relevant to me?’ Or you’ve been on the other side of education or business and agonised over how to make a difficult or complex concept relevant, engaging and more enjoyable to teach.

The solution for both dilemmas is oral storytelling. If you are involved in teaching in a school, a university, a private college or a community college, and would like to make your classes engaging and relevant, this storytelling course is for you. Similarly if you work in an organisation and want to make your meetings, team building, communication and idea pitches more productive, relevant and engaging, this storytelling course will provide you with effective storytelling strategies to make it happen.

Learning Aims

This storytelling course will delve into both the ‘Why’ and the ‘How’ of oral storytelling.

We will explore the current research that is revealing what makes storytelling such a powerful communication tool. We will look at the different styles of storytelling and how they are structured.

Using real examples of oral storytelling we will determine how they can be used in any subject area or any type of organisation to engage, excite and impart deeper understanding.

During the day you will discover how to tap into your innate storytelling ability and develop skills you perhaps weren’t aware you had. You will have opportunities to explore your personal story ‘seeds’, create a tellable story and share it with the group. You will be able to receive constructive feedback on your story if desired.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this storytelling course you will:

  1. possess ideas for using storytelling in your own teaching practice or organisational setting.
  2. be aware of where to locate stories and ideas, how to structure a story for different teaching or organisational purposes and how to share a story effectively.
  3. have explored and practiced presentation skills of voice, pitch, gesture and body movement
  4. have opportunities to share draft stories with others in the class.
  5. have a clear understanding of how to ask for and provide constructive feedback on stories in progress
  6. have at least one draft story prepared and the seeds for many others.
  7. possess resources for seeking other story ideas and public domain stories that can be adapted for your own particular storytelling needs.
  8. have made connections with other story-minded people and have the opportunity to create networks to share ideas and swap stories.

Course Content

This storytelling course will cover the following topics:

Why tell stories

  • Innate love of stories
  • Building connections
  • Storytelling and the brain

Finding a story to tell

  • Existing stories
  • Personal stories
  • Copyright issues
  • Cultural appropriation

Crafting your story

  • Story structure
  • Dialogue
  • Characterisation
  • Emotional content

Presenting your story

  • Body language
  • Vocal skills
  • Audience triangle

Moving forward

  • Resources
  • Storytelling organisations
  • Support

Intended Audience

This storytelling course is suitable for anyone who is looking to develop their storytelling capabilities. This storytelling course is also suitable for professionals at all stages of their career from diverse sectors, including public and private enterprise. Post-graduate students seeking a more practical understanding of storytelling principles will also benefit from this course.

Delivery Style

This storytelling course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of a instructor lead lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the instructor in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this storytelling course.

Recommended Reading

  • Boyd, Brian. 2009. On the origin of stories: Evolution, cognition, and fiction. Cambridge, MA: Belknap Press.
  • Callahan, Shawn. 2016. Putting stories to work : Mastering business storytelling. Pascoe Vale South, Vic.: Pepperberg Press.
  • Lipman, Doug. 1999. Improving your storytelling: Beyond the basics for all who tell stories in work or play. Little Rock, AK: August House.
  • Zipes, Jack. 1995. Creative storytelling: Building community, changing lives. New York, NY: Routledge.

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