In over 30 years as a professional storyteller, Doug has synthesized important information about oral communication, the nature of narrative, and the relationships between speaker and listener.
These programs apply Doug's insights to help those in other fields communicate with more clarity, effectiveness, and involvement:
Storytelling - An Ancient Tool for the Modern Professional
Story mode and expository mode have different benefits and requirements. They require different preparation and mind-sets, and affect listeners differently. By understanding the trade-offs between them, you can maximize your effectiveness. Storytelling - An Ancient Tool for the Modern Professional can be offered as a keynote speech, a brief workshop, or an in-depth, multi-day training.
Using Stories to Make Points
How are stories and points different? What different forms of thinking and communicating are demanded by each - and how can you marry them harmoniously rather than rancorously? How can stories be used to emphasize points, not dilute them? How can values be conveyed with maximum buy-in?
Storytelling For Personal Impact
Stories can, potentially, change lives and launch ships. But what kind of impact, exactly, can a story have? How must the story be prepared and told to maximize its impact?
Storytelling - A Tool for Reaching High Risk Youth
The act of telling stories creates a bond between teller and listener. Story-telling offers two enjoyable ways to open up communication with troubled youth: games create an easy entry for youth as storytellers, and staff can learn to tell stories that help with awareness, self-esteem, and group dynamics.