Powerful Storytelling Techniques

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American Society for Training & Development, 2012 - Business & Economics - 16 pages
It has been said that everyone has a story to tell. As a trainer, coach, or learning facilitator, you probably have an arsenal of anecdotes from your personal and professional experience that you mainly enjoy sharing over lunch. This Infoline will show you how to use those stories as powerful tools in the classroom or boardroom to energize your training and inspire your audience. Storytelling expert David Lee outlines seven different story types and presents tips for using them to make your presentations and training memorable and compelling. Learn how to let stories do the heavy lifting when you need to - introduce new-hires to organizational culture - alter perspectives without alienating the audience - gain learners' trust in you and your message - deliver difficult feedback or sensitive messages - inspire learner confidence around challenging subject matter - make your training extra-sticky. The Infoline also includes a checklist to help you determine what type of stories work best in certain business situations and a job aid to help you sharpen your analogy-building skills.

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About the author (2012)

David Lee is the founder of HumanNature@Work. He works with management teams interested in improving employee engagement, customer service, and morale. He has worked with organizations and presented at conferences both domestically and abroad.An internationally recognized thought leader in the field of employee engagement and performance, he is the author of of Managing Employee Stress and Safety, the May 2012 Infoline "Powerful Storytelling Techniques," and nearly 100 articles and book chapters on topics related to employee performance, which have been published in trade journals and books in the United States, Europe, India, Australia, and China. Referred to as a "pioneer in the field of onboarding," he authored one of the first industry whitepapers, as well as a chapter on this topic in the second edition of the business classic The Talent Management Handbook.

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