WORKSHOPS

The Stories We Don’t Tell crew is a collective of creative professionals who use storytelling techniques to help others experience vulnerability, trust, and collaboration. Our storytelling playbook offers incredible value to unlock a higher level of communication and provides tools that enables participants to level-up their individual impact.

The workshops consist of key storytelling instructions and exercises that have been developed through years of directly working with people of all backgrounds. We help to uncover, guide, and express their stories. This methodology has been proven through experiential means and the evidence is in the stories we have on display through our podcast, live event, and blog.

Vulnerability is the combination of uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure. Vulnerability is a natural condition of the work that we do - it isn’t a choice but a consequence. To declare oneself ‘not vulnerable’ would be inauthentic and would leave a leader living in a perpetual state of denial and stress. So it’s better and more courageous for every leader to acknowledge the fact that vulnerability is there. Vulnerability - and courage, used within a principles-based setting - is such a vital and non-negotiable trait for us all.
— David K. Williams, Forbes

STORYTELLING 101 | STRENGTH IN VULNERABILITY

This informative, interactive, and experiential workshop will help your team to build trust, acquire tools to increase communication, and promote their ability to collaborate.

The workshop consists of two parts. First, a fun and energetic presentation outlining key points on storytelling techniques and methods of shaping narratives. This is valuable information that can be applied to a wide range of activities - interpersonal communication, presentations, pitches, talks or speeches. Second, a series of exercises in smaller groups that gets participants interacting with each other. Our facilitators are experts in creating a comfortable space where participants not only want to open up, but feel compelled to share. Get in touch with us today to learn more:

We are particularly sensitive to signs of trustworthiness in our leaders. Authentic and values-based leadership yields more positive and constructive behaviour in employees and greater feelings of hope and trust in both the leader and the organization. In short: trust in a leader improves employee performance. The research shows that the personal connection and happiness employees derive from their work fosters greater loyalty than the amount on their paycheque.
— Emma Seppala, PhD, Harvard Business Review

IS THIS WORKSHOP RIGHT FOR YOU OR YOUR COMPANY?

The Stories We Don’t Tell crew has worked with organizations big and small, with as much as 80 people and as little as groups of 5. We have a core workshop structure that we customize to your organization, company, participants, and needs. Our fees are based on a per person basis, which helps you determine the value we bring and the return on investment. The length of the workshop is based on your requirements. Whether it plugs into a larger team building framework, or a stand alone experience you want to bring to your organization.

You can’t innovate without risk or uncertainty. Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change. Vulnerability and courage allow you to have difficult, uncomfortable conversations with colleagues - and almost any company culture could improve by having more difficult discussions. A more courageous culture means colleagues can have discussions that are uncomfortable yet crucial and in turn, employees see that they can bring their whole selves to the workplace.
— Brené Brown, research professor, bestselling author, star of one of the most popular TED talks of all time.

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PARTNERSHIPS

The Stories We Don't Tell crew have partnered with a number of organizations on workshops and events like the Toronto Storytelling Festival's: Storyteller's Fete & Stories of Home.


OUR STORY

Stories We Don’t Tell evolved in a completely organic way. We started as a small group of people who had a desire to share personal stories we each other. Every month for a year, we met at the Toronto Reference Library and told each other about our lives. We got so much out of this writing group that we wanted to scale the experience and bring it to a wider audience.

The Stories We Don’t Tell live event was born. A key decision early on was to hold the event in a different house or apartment in the city. With the performers and audience so close together, it brought an intimacy to the shows. Since then, many hosts have welcomed us and our audiences into their homes. Another decision was to hold two workshops leading up to each event, so the performers had space to develop their stories and feel comfortable in their presentation.

After a few years of workshops and events, we again felt that what we had learned could be brought to an even wider audience. The next natural step was to develop a workshop, for both personal and corporate participants. The workshop brought together everything we had learned after years of experience. Since then, we have collaborated with many different organizations, such as: Evergreen, the Centre for Applied Neuroscience, Raising the Roof, and Deloitte.