Workshops, Staff Development & Guest LecturesIt's all about the story
It’s all about the story.
Story is how we connect one to another and understand the world around us. Research and science from Harvard, Princeton, Berkley and others support this claim. If you want to convince, convey, create action; story serves to make it so.
But, if you are like me, you will want to hear a Story…
Story is an effective tool across all sectors from business to health care to education to non-profits: at the World Bank I’ve witnessed projects stalled in negotiations finally come to fruition and signed agreements with the seemingly simple addition of stories from real world impact of their project rather than the typical complex data dump or death by powerpoint.
The story cemented action and a Yes.
Understanding the Story of your Clients, Co-workers and Boss = a Better Bottom Line for everyone
Everyone has a Story. Those Stories often hold the key to better understanding of what motivates clients, co-workers and bosses. If we take the time to actively listen and hear each other’s perspectives we can create a healthier workplace environment which translates into increased productivity and a better bottom line.
Set the Foundation with:
We Become the Stories We Tell: Perfect for a team retreat, team building, retooling: The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves combined with the stories we consume, click and share deeply impact our views of ourselves, others and the world around us. Kristin shares a pathway to:
- Be aware of the Stories you are telling and the impact they are having on you, your interpersonal relationships and your interactions at work and in the and world around you.
- Understand how these stories can serve or stop you in being resilient and able to navigate challenges.
- Assist you to begin to set a new foundation with tips and techniques to begin to re-frame, re-tell and be the author of your own story.
- Be able to better negotiate and navigate challenges.
- Stop the stories that stop you.
- Connect more completely to clients and potential partners.
Format: 60 minutes keynote, 2 to 3 hours as highly interactive workshop.
Cultural Sensitivity: Communicate Across Cultures.
We are more diverse than ever, we need to be aware of cultural differences that impact how our message is heard and received.
“Kristin taught us the most important currency of all, the currency of love.”
Andrei Tolstopiatenko, Lead Knowledge Management Specialist, World Bank
More than a Diagnosis/Patient Centered Care:
Every Story Matters:
Patients are more than their diagnosis or a coding number. Health care staff are more than their title. Are we fully hearing the stories of our clients and patients? Are we seeing beyond the diagnosis? Kristin shares a pathway to seeing our clients/patients as multifaceted human beings so we can provide better care with more positive patient compliance and outcomes. Partner activities provide participants with hands-on application. 60 – 90 minutes
A Bridge of Stories: How to Use Multicultural Stories and Legends to Teach a Guided Creative Writing Lesson:
Kristin shares the science behind how and why Story is an effective tool in our diverse classrooms and leads participants through a guided creative writing activity using multicultural legends to connect to dive`rse students. Application can be put into practice immediately post workshop. Based on her latest book which tells the story of her volunteer literacy project in which she donated storytelling/writing programs for 33,000 students and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in their classrooms. 3 hours
Cross Cultural Communication through Storytelling:
Uses of story in cultures throughout the world: teaching tales, peace building through story, character education, social justice, cultural preservation, etc. Explore Panchatantra and Jataka stories as teaching tools as well as stories from the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Europe. 90 minutes.
Marianne Freire, International School, Paris France