Telling each other stories has always been part of human existence, whether relaxing around a campfire with friends, enjoying a meal with family, or chatting with colleagues during breaks. Stories teach us, bind us and stimulate our imaginations, so they’re very powerful tools both at home and at work.
A well-chosen story is the perfect vehicle for warning people by telling them about your own mistakes, for example, and offers others a chance to learn.
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You’ll obviously have some personal reasons for taking part in this training. Maybe you need to get getting stakeholders enthusiastic about a new service, involve staff in the merger of two departments, overcome resistance to a takeover, or inspire colleagues about the direction of the department, for example. These are all situations where storytelling skills are important. This story has to be carefully chosen, however; it must be personal and have the power to inspire.