Why is it so difficult to tell your own story?
You’re in a meeting. You need to make an impact. You’re asked why your idea helps the team, why your product matters, why you do what you do. So you start with the facts. And you lose your listener.
Facts don’t sell. Stories do. Not worn out tales of wise old men, but ones that have your emotions at their core. That’s what we find interesting and inspiring. That’s what compels us to listen, empathise and act. Whether you’re pitching a product or managing change, if you help people feel, you'll help them care.
My workshops start with emotion. I use singing and conducting to help you harness the emotional resonance in your story. You’ll learn how to put yourself at its heart. To tell stories that matter to others because they matter to you. And to tell stories that inspire action in your colleagues, clients or customers.
What you’ll actually do:
• Use your voice to access a range of emotions and bring them to the fore of your storytelling
• Use conducting to learn in real time how people respond to your stories
• Give and get in-the-moment feedback to help you learn fast, adapt and improve
• Learn physical tools to help you tell a compelling story with confidence
• Practice with real stories about your idea, company, product, job or career change
When you leave you’ll be able to:
• Capture your audience on an emotional level in meetings, pitches, chats and interviews
• Put yourself at the heart of the story about your product, company, idea or career
• Inspire your listeners to respond to your story by taking the action you want
• Be more open and less afraid, whether you’re talking to a colleague, client or new contact
• Speak with greater presence by aligning what you say with how you say it
And remember why you cared about your idea, product or job in the first place.
Please note that the session will be photographed to help us document our work. In booking your place you consent to be photographed during the session and understand that this may appear in our publicity materials.
Do I need to be able to sing?
No! You don’t need any musical experience to benefit fully, and you won’t be asked to sing a solo!
Why is your perspective on storytelling different?
Singing is storytelling in its purest form. I'll help you harness that power and apply it back at work, drawing on my experience both in leadership development and as a jazz singer.
My session doesn't rely on a generic checklist, and it won’t help you tell someone else’s story. Instead, you’ll learn how to use your own emotions, quirks, fears and talents to tell your story in a way that’s authentic to you.
You’ll experience both sides of the equation, as storyteller and listener, giving you first-hand insight into what resonates and why.
You won’t just tell your story; you’ll see its practical impact in real time. Conducting gives you an instant response: if the group connects with your story, they’ll follow you. If not, they’ll respond with confusion or uncertainty. We’ll debrief what did and didn’t work to help you adapt, practice and improve.
I focus on practice, not polish. You’ll have space to get stuff wrong, get better, try something new, and discover what works for you. You won’t leave with one perfect story. You’ll leave with the tools to tell lots of stories about whatever matters to you.
And you’ll learn a bit about the neuroscience, too.
Will it be challenging?
Yes – and it’s supposed to be! It’ll also be fun, and vibrant and life-affirming. Here’s what you might find a bit challenging:
• Being put on the spot, physically, emotionally and intellectually
• Resisting the urge to shy away from the stories closest to your heart
• Not slipping back into modes that feel safe and certain and normal
• Trying on new techniques that don’t quite fit you yet
• Singing with the group and having a go at leading them
Thing is, everyone will feel a bit like that, so you’ll all be in the same boat. And you’ll learn how to channel it into emotional honesty. But how much challenge you take on will be up to you.
Who are you?
Here's one version of my story. I’m a communication coach, and run an award-winning leadership development agency. I help people be more courageous, compelling and human at work by focusing on the voice and body. Challenge, vulnerability and risk-taking tend to feature quite a bit. And perhaps because of that, I often work with people and organisations seeking change. You can find out more at http://chirp.org.uk. Oh, and I'm a trained singer and conductor, and member of the British Voice Association.
I'll tell you another version of my story at the workshop!
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Rail/ tube: Waterloo, Vauxhall and Elephant & Castle stations are all a 15-minute walk from the venue
Bus: numbers 3, 12, 59, 76, 159, 341, 344 run nearby
BIke: there are stands directly outside the venue, and more along Lambeth Walk
Car: limited pay-and-display (probably not your best option)
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
That'd be me. Drop me a line at email@example.com.
What is the refund policy?
Your ticket is non-refundable unless I need to cancel, in which case you'll receive a full refund.