How We Work To Understand Your Landscape
The goal of this work is transformation, so whether you are stepping up to the next level in your speaking, dropping deeper into your leadership, or growing your business, the storytelling coaching requires that you come ready to take on some new skills and some new stories. The work will be customized to where you are now, and help you aim for what you most seek. So we first work to get a handle on your goals, your successes, and your challenges - and design a program to best support you.
Although we might have a near-term deliverable, the first sessions very much involve studying your landscape: where you come from, what stories you tell, how you present, what visions you have been bringing to life - and which ones you haven't been ready to speak to. From there, we begin shaping your first stories. Within the first one or two sessions, you'll begin to see progress, and have a different lens through which to see your presentations.
How We Gather Low Hanging Fruit
Maybe you have a talk in a week and need something right away. Maybe you see your unrealized stories and want to get a handle on those first. Based on your goals, we’ll work with existing 'go-to' stories or stories waiting in the wings; as we do this, we'll work to deepen your understanding of stories and how they work. We'll offer techniques to gain improvement in the near term, and use our trademark storytelling framework, the Journey Curve, to help shape your stories and inform us of what is missing. If you're working on a speech, we'll help orient these early stories to best land your key messages.
How We Iterate
Refining your storytelling skills is a journey. It means getting vulnerable with stories that are not yet complete, and being clear and firm with what you *really* mean to say. But with a couple of wins under our belt - a good talk, pitch or presentation, for example - we'll know more about what you need and how to deliver it. We'll go deeper into your stories, start seeing new ones, and step deeper into the Journey Curve so it can become yours, and continue to discover new surprises and opportunities that help you to align more deeply with your words and with your work in the world.
Ken Dychtwald, Keynote Speaker, Author of 16 books, Founder of Agewave
“Even though I have been working to hone my public speaking craft for decades, Jay's wise insights and masterful guidance have given me an entirely new perspective on how to understand and feel my stories far more deeply, and how to tell them far more effectively.”
Jessica Rolph, Co-Founder and CEO, Lovevery
“Our work together helped me organize my insights and stories for speaking and also for launching my new company. In fact, I've been using one of the stories that you helped me with in many successful pitches. We got a huge amount of mileage out of that story!"
Hans Dockter, Founder, CEO, Gradle Inc., Speaker
"By diving deeply into our origins and our vision, and drawing out a memorable story, Jay helped us to speak concisely to our "why," and helped our team to see their part in our greater journey. Above that, his work set the stage for a fun and cohesive brand. A brand that connects us with our customers' real challenges - and casts them as the pioneers that they truly are."
Charles Antis, Founder/CEO Antis Roofing
"Learning about how stories work, and putting them into practice, has changed my life and my company's journey. I used to stand up on stage and just let if fly. Now I prepare for the presentation differently, draw from my stories, plan out how I connect with the audience along the way, and draw them deeper in as I land my key points. I'm more relaxed and more effective as a result."
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