My storytelling philosophy is based on my experience as a leader, facilitator, and storyteller in the corporate world. Adult learners need to feel motivated and engaged for learning to occur, and storytelling is an amazing tool to make that happen. In corporate training, using stories to teach company-instilled values and cultures is a way for participants to see the integral part they play in a larger picture.

Storytelling takes on an additional meaning when one thinks about diversity and inclusion. Employees and learners must feel comfortable sharing ideas and contributing to conversations. Storytelling must reflect the learner. The facilitator must ensure that participants should relate to, and see themselves in, the training. We must ensure we are reaching participants of all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, physical abilities, ages, and languages. It is imperative that storytelling is relevant to everything that makes the learner diverse and unique.

Storytelling is a unique skill that can transform the classroom in a moment. A picture is painted and participants feel part of the learning in a deep and meaningful way. I believe that story has the power to focus learners, teach important lessons, and inspire learning at all levels.

Stories can transcend a classroom. Leaders can use the art of storytelling to convey ideas and set expectations. A unique corporate culture can be established and maintained through stories that contribute to a company's higher goals.

Learners must feel. An emotional connection must be made. Moving the heart can change attitudes and perspectives. It is a great leader and facilitator who can bring the learning experience full circle, leaving adults excited to uphold values, spread knowledge, and make a difference in both their role and their place in the world.

(c) 2018 Craig Wingerson, Storyteller

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