Storytelling, the ancient communication method, taps into the fundamental way our brain makes meaning and helps us understand new concepts, engage deeply, ignite our passion, and connect with others.
The power of story goes far beyond the mere sharing of anecdotes to infuse how we understand new ideas, ourselves and our culture.
In this active, practical session, you will unpack the building blocks of great storytelling to make this innate, unconscious meaning-making process conscious.
Participants will leave with a crafted story of their own, and a storytelling toolkit to apply in business contexts and beyond to communicate with clarity and purpose and engage audiences both formal and informal. Participants will:
Kat Koppett is the Eponymous Founder of Koppett and the author of Training to Imagine: Practical Improvisational Theatre Techniques to Enhance Creativity, Teamwork, Leadership and Learning, and a contributor to The Applied Improvisation Mindset ed. Theresa Robbins Dudeck and Caitlin McClure. She has worked with diverse clients including Meta, Apple, Prezi, PwC, NASA, and the Clinton Global Initiative.
In 2019 Kat was the winner of the North American Simulation and Gaming Association (NASAGA)’s Ifill-Raynolds Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the co-director and a performing member of the Mopco Improv Theatre (www.mopco.org) and a founding member and the current vice-president of the Applied Improvisation Network (AIN).
She is the host of the podcast Dare to be Human and co-host of the podcast Performance Shift: The Art of Successfully Navigating Change with John Register.
Micaela Blei, PhD, has been teaching, studying and performing true, personal storytelling worldwide since 2012. She is a two-time Moth GrandSLAM winner and former founding Director of Education at The Moth. She’s currently the visiting professor of Storytelling at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine. She is also a senior story editor and writer for podcast network Wondery, most recently for This Job is History, hosted by Chris Parnell.
Micaela’s own storytelling has been called “heartbreaking and hilarious.” Her stories can be heard on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast, Family Ghosts, Risk! and many others. In 2016 she wrote and performed the acclaimed solo storytelling show The Secret Life of Your Third Grade Teacher, which was a sold-out FringeFAVE at the 2016 NYC Fringe Festival and is currently in development as an Audible Original.