November 10 – 12, 2020

Online Edition!


Storytelling: The Universal Translator

Storytelling brings the listener on a journey to experience our situation

People in technical positions are skilled at describing architectural and programming choices in technical detail. However, they are less often coached in the type of communication skills that would enable them to make their decisions accessible to a non-technical audience. This workshop will focus on one specific communication skill – that of storytelling.

Storytelling is an ancient form of communication used to transmit ideas across time and distance. Storytelling is a skill we develop as children yet lose, or use less, as we grow up and deal more in logic. Yet storytelling remains a powerful method of transporting the listener into our story and bringing them on a journey through our situation. Stories are a common language that transcends differences in ways of thinking and bring us together to share potential solutions.

In this session I will lead you through:

  • verbal practice in structuring your stories

  • weaving differing contexts into a common story thread

  • creating associations between technical concepts and non-technical analogies

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