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Applied Storytelling

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There is no art form as eternal or essential as storytelling. It conjures images across time and space: whether experienced around the campfire, the holiday dinner table, or within the confines of a good book, storytelling is everywhere. And, as the business world of the 21st Century has discovered, intentional and impactful storytelling provides one of the most indispensable competitive advantages on the market. An empowered, aware storyteller interviews, inspires, leads, and manages more effectively than someone who dismisses a story purely as a form of entertainment. ****

In this Applied Storytelling course, you will learn how to integrate this foundational human skill more powerfully into your career. Over the course of 4 self-paced weeks, you will train in vocal and physical performance techniques that will support your public speaking; you will engage in all the different types of story that shape our professional world; you will learn how to tell a story and practice in scenarios including digital storytelling and oral storytelling that will help launch or advance your career goals as a storytelling practitioner; and you will understand how to implement best practices of storytelling to enliven the day-to-day of your job. ****

No experience is necessary to enroll! You might be asking, “Which sorts of careers will benefit from this class?” Well, the answer is “All of them.” While some fields may seem more inclined toward story than others, everyone in the workforce encounters moments of stage fright where they can apply storytelling to become more captivating, confident, successful humans.

By signing up for the Verified Track, you will gain access to a community of other learners and course staff via Slack chat and Zoom video calls for advice, feedback and accountability. In addition, you will also receive on 30-minute consultation with the course instructor, Steve Kaliski, in Week 4 to discuss your capstone project!

  • Gain practical application insights by leveraging case study interviews with a variety of professional backgrounds and industries ranging from academia to advertising to graphic design to politics to law and beyond!
  • Key elements of a story including defining, ethos, examples, lists, anecdotes, hypotheticals, illustrations, humor and images.
  • Basics of voice and physicality such as how to warm up prior to public speaking, practicing breath, vocal and physical variety at networking events.
  • How to get yourself out there to practice storytelling in interviews, pitches and group settings.
  • Ways to use storytelling in day-to-day office environments via powerpoint presentations, team meetings and how to get stories out of others.
  • Verified learners gain access to bonus content, a Slack community of other learners and a 30-minute capstone project review via Zoom video call with the course instructor, Steve Kaliski

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Davidson College

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Applied Storytelling
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