Storytelling is a powerful tool that evokes visual images and heightened emotions. Leaders and/or employees who can tell a good story have tremendous impact. Storytelling is a timeless skill. Stories have been an essential driver of change throughout human history. And now more than ever, businesses, workers, and leaders have opportunities to stand out, spread messages, and make change through the use of stories. Everyone tells stories. We do it every day. We see, hear, and tell millions of stories in our lifetime. The problem for most people is telling a great story when it matters. Those leaders and employees, who can find, create, and share powerful stories will have a meaningful impact on productivity and profits. Storytelling: Communicating from the Heart is a presentation designed for leaders and employees who must communicate more profoundly and robustly with their audience. By the end of the presentation you will be able to: • Understand the techniques underlying telling a powerful story, • Understand how to frame images powerfully and creatively, and • Create stories using techniques and skills that inspire and move your audience to action. Leaders understand the power of a great story. A story can motivate, inspire, change our thinking and, most importantly, rally key stakeholders to act. Being a great storyteller also means being an astute listener, able to read an audience and speak directly to them, with confidence, charisma and depth of character. This presentation helps individuals develop their communication skills through the use of stories. Before there was spoken language, there were stories. Human interactions center on stories; we buy products, choose friends, rally behind leaders, and express our core values with stories. Telling a story that exemplifies an essential message is a far more effective communication tool than supporting a message with facts, charts, graphs and any material that lacks emotion and fails to connect on a human level. We remember stories long after we have forgotten statistics. Stories are memorable because they reflect life, are composed of images rather than ideas, emotions rather than facts, and principles rather than bullet points. Good stories surprise us. They have compelling characters. They make us think; make us feel, and keep us engaged. They stick in our minds and help us remember ideas and concepts in a way that numbers and text on a slide with a bar graph do not. This presentation on storytelling asks the audience to consider the set of life stories that shape their approach to leadership and to life. Each participant will examine and share moments from their lives, moments of incredible impact and learning, success and failure that have shaped who they are as individuals. Listeners will be given a storytelling toolkit to help with both the form and content of what makes for a great story. Individuals will walk away having developed and told a personal story that is meaningful and connects to their audience. Additionally, they will begin a process of personal reflection that is necessary to find and share stories that motivate, entertain, inspire and move internal/external stakeholders to act. There's a Native American quote that reads, "Those who tell the stories rule the world." It's our job as executives and employees to make sure that we cultivate and nurture this fundamental skill. And like any skill, we're going to need practice at it.