Mastering Advanced Talent Building Skills
1 to 2 hours

Some storytelling experience or public speaking experience is a prerequisite for this workshop.
We use an  instant feedback during story presentations technique which can be a stressful experience for a novice.

Ego stroking results from nailing a skill and spontaneously evolves from the workshop.

The storyteller / speaker acquires the skill to stop and restart a story during their performance.  They also learn an array of other skills available to add zest, zeal and effectiveness during their performances. 

This workshop includes hearing a new story and retelling the story and active participant presenting of three to five minute stories before the workshop group. The workshop leader stops a teller during the presentation when a technical error occurs. This includes patterns observed which do not support the story flow. Basic patterns include energy, vocal stress, pauses, gestures, movement, rhythm, pitch, and volume.

The presenter will also be stopped whenever the voiced emotion or body language (para-language) does not support and advance the words and flowing image of the story moment. (Paralanguage is considered a primary transmitter of information in oral communication). A story presenter is also stopped when group brainstorming is needed to improve the presentation of a passage or create dialogue with simple character voices and paralanguage
Whenever the presenter is stopped, the group then discusses the point which results in the whole group learning from the experience.  (Observers benefit from observing the active participants). We also share techniques used to enter the flow when telling a story.
THE PRIMARY OBJECTIVE is to raise the conscious awareness of talent skills that can be acquired, provide new insights, introduce new skills and relate motivation to effort to talent.
THE SECOND OBJECTIVE is for the group to acquire sufficient information to continue (once or twice a month) to developing their talent and progressing from a teller presenting to allowing the story's characters tell the story.

THE THIRD OBJECTIVE is to present techniques for the final step of moving into the flow where the Teller sets aside all orchestration control and the unconscious intelligence takes over the presentation with the characters and a narrator presenting the story. For those who have not experienced the flow in storytelling it occurs in the advanced levels of many skill activities. The most common type of flow experience occurs when one is driving an automobile and shifts from their unconscious intelligence driving the car back into the conscious discernment of presence without remembering the last few minutes (or more) of driving and sometimes passing through key intersections. The only difference is that in telling a story the teller is listening along with the audience.