Why Tell Tales? Storytelling and Self-Presentation
When we want to get small children to eat more vegetables, go to sleep or agree to sit quietly in the car, often we will tell them a story. Why? Because stories are a great way to connect, to create intimacy and partnership, and to generate emotion and action. Apparently, we grown-ups work in precisely the same way. This is why, if we want to influence and encourage cooperation, it is useful to know how to tell a story. Research findings show that our ability to absorb information through a story is 11 times better than without it. However, this is only if we know how to tell it. Over the course of the sessions, we will discover what makes a collection of facts into a story and what makes a story into a good one. We will learn when to use a personal story and what mistakes should be avoided when choosing to do so. We will recognize our own personal “story bank” and identify which of our stories are activating and which can be used to encourage trust and empathy in a professional arena. We will practice how to tell our story and create an effective self-presentation using the principles of storytelling to connect and maintain our listeners’ attention.
We will utilize tools from the storytelling and theatre worlds. We will draw inspiration from wonderful storytellers; simulate in pairs and in a group, and practice giving and receiving feedback. Throughout the workshop, to make the learning practical, each participant will be given the opportunity to take the stage so as to gain experience and practice. The workshop is interactive and requires active participation. It is not a lecture.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 9:30-13:30
About the Instructor
Inbar Amir has acquired two skillsets – one from her experience in theatre and writing, and another from her experience in education and management. In her work she combines her knowledge from these two worlds. Inbar uses tools from the theatre world in workshops on communication, presentation and storytelling which she delivers to diverse groups in Israel and abroad including in the academic, business, social and educational realms. Inbar specializes in preparing speakers for conferences, either individually or in group sessions, with the aim of making academic data accessible to the general public. She teaches writing and storytelling at “Sadnaot Habait” by Eshkol Nevo and Orit Gidali. Inbar is a screenwriter, playwright and director. She participated as a speaker in TEDx Jaffa in 2014 and today works with TEDx speakers around the world in preparation for their talks.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
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