This storytelling workshop for teams will:
- Offer multiple opportunities for team members to interact.
- Examine the value of empathy.
- Help participants identify strengths.
- Provide opportunities for collaboration.
- Stress the importance of creating a strong narrative when presenting information.
Storytelling is an important workplace skill. Whether used to enforce corporate culture, sell products, or get people on the same page, a powerful narrative can change not only how people think but how they feel. This interactive workshop uses storytelling to enhance teamwork. During this program, participants will learn about each other, explore the importance of empathy on a team, examine team strengths, use body language to enhance a message, and craft several narratives of varying lengths.
At this program’s conclusion, participants should be able to:
- Describe the importance of workplace storytelling.
- Explain the value of empathy on teams.
- Identify team strengths.
- Use body language to enhance their messages.
- Craft narratives of varying lengths for a variety of purposes.
The following outline highlights some of the course’s key learning points. As part of your training program, we will modify content as needed to meet your business objectives. Upon request, we will provide you with a copy of the participant materials prior to the session(s).
The Preface: Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?
This fast-paced team challenge starts with the participants sharing a two-minute story about themselves. Next, we will discuss the value of storytelling and how teams can leverage stories to build cohesiveness and strengthen their group.
Got Perspective?: Wolves Have a Point of View Too!
This workshop segment addresses perspectives and empathy. Working with well-known stories, groups will test their storytelling skills as they present their tales from lesser-known points of view. Following that activity, we will explore the idea of empathy and its importance to teams.
The Color of Character: Exploring the Team’s Strengths
If everyone on the team has the same strengths, the team is probably not as effective as it could be. This portion of the program focuses on a storytelling exercise that uses color to identify the strengths of the people on the team. Group members will develop their “characters” using color as a springboard for discussion. Next, they will look at their team’s composition and identify color concentrations and stretching opportunities.
I Can See What You’re Saying: Using Body Language
This part of the workshop tackles body language and its importance in communicating a message. Working in teams, the participants will play a game of reverse charades. This exercise will provide an opportunity for us to discuss how tone of voice, facial expressions, and movement can enhance a story or any other workplace message.
Connect the Dots: Storytelling Challenge
In this next activity, participants will take a series of images and create a narrative to connect them. This exercise will challenge the group’s ability to work together, make decisions, and present their ideas. Following that challenge, teams will craft a story about some aspect of their work: company history, company legend, company innovation, company product, etc.
Six-Word Say It All: “Thanks” Would Have Made The Difference
This program concludes with a six-word story challenge. Working alone, in pairs, and in teams, participants will test their ability to communicate an idea using only six words.
By the end of this interactive storytelling workshop for teams, participants should understand the value of storytelling in the workplace, the importance of empathy, the value of isolating the main point of a message, and the importance of working together to achieve objectives.