Storytelling for Change

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Course Date: 03 September 2014 to 21 October 2014 (6 weeks)

Price: free

Course Summary

This six-module experiential course by +Acumen is focused on the use of storytelling as an effective leadership tool to more powerfully connect with audiences and inspire them to create change, whether in a meeting...


Estimated Workload: Approximately 3-4 hours/week   Technical Requirements: You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.  

Course Instructors

Greta Cowan

Greta Cowan, PCC is a senior facilitator and leadership coach. She has facilitated leadership development workshops for companies such as American Express, Revlon, General Electric, Capital One, and JPMorgan Chase. Since 1999 she has been coaching leaders to connect with and congruently communicate their passion, lead with their principles, find clarity of purpose, and leverage their full, authentic leadership presence. She brings a dynamic blend of humor, compassion, honesty, and rigor to her work -- helping leaders become more inspirational. Greta has taught and lectured at Columbia Business School under the auspices of the Executive Education and Executive MBA Departments and the Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. She has worked nationwide and abroad with a wide variety of executives from both the corporate and non-profit sectors.Greta was a member of the Boston-based Guilty Children Improv Company for five years and toured with Guilty Children to theaters, clubs, and colleges nationwide. She has taught improvisation to professional actors, non-professional adults, and children. In 1986 she performed in Robert Wilson’s Alcestes at the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, Mass. and at the Festival d’Automne in Paris, France. Greta’s film credits include the female lead in the independent feature The Imported Bridegroom, directed by Pamela Berger. She holds a BFA in acting from Emerson College and is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program. She is designated as a Professional Certified Coach by the International Coaching Federation.

Richard Richards

Course Description

The Course Welcome The course begins on September 3rd, 2014. You will receive your first email on that day. This course is FREE.   Course Description: Acumen and The Ariel Group have created this hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Using stories makes your messages memorable, gives your audience something to relate to, and above all captures their attention, motivating and inspiring them in new ways. A story taps into more than one element of communicating. Great storytellers are great communicators and effective leaders.   Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.   Key Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will: Be confident in using stories, especially personal stories, as a part of their communication toolkit Know how to tell stories and use a specific set of storytelling skills so that you connect with the hearts and minds of your audience Have developed, rehearsed, and received feedback on one personal story as a replicable model so that you can build a personal “library” or “back pocket” of stories that can be used in different situations Be able to use a 5-step process to integrate story into presentations for change, work, or many other situations   More questions? Please visit our +Acumen Page for more information. Last time when we offered this course, we encouraged learners to form teams. This time, we are welcoming individual participants as well. How does this course work? What if I want to take this with my friends/colleagues?   This Course Is For You If: You make lots of presentations, or you want to get better at making presentations You are a teacher, facilitator or instructor You think you don’t have any stories (we’ll bring them out of you!) You want a new way of connecting with people (great for networking!) You’re interviewing for jobs and want a strong way of presenting yourself You want to change your communication style You just want to have fun!   About +Acumen Courses: Acumen is a non-profit changing the way the world tackles poverty and building a world based on dignity by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. And +Acumen ("plus Acumen") was created in 2009 to give people a meaningful way to “add Acumen” into their lives. +Acumen makes Acumen’s work in leadership available to everyone. At Acumen, leadership begins with moral imagination: the humility to see the world as it is, and the audacity to imagine the world as it could be. Combined with operational skills and financial skills, our courses aim to equip emerging change leaders with the tools to change the way the world tackles poverty and build a world based on dignity. Please check out other +Acumen Courses here. You can contact us at courses@plusacumen.org    Leadership Model Check out spring 2014 highlights »

Course Workload

Approximately 3-4 hours/week   Technical Requirements: You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.  

Course Prerequisites

You will need a computer that allows you to watch the video lectures and provides the ability to upload all your assignments.  

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