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Storytelling For Teambuilding


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Teams face continual communication challenges as they grow: silo-thinking, mission-creep, and simply not knowing what others are thinking and doing. A radical disruption of these common patterns is needed for sustainable, long-term growth.

In his Storytelling for team building webinar, Narativ’s CEO Jerome Deroy talks about how Narativ’s method provokes teams to change their communication patterns through: open listening (and how to *actually* do it!) a practical way of uncovering and leveraging individual voices creating quick and efficient pathways to understanding and innovation

Narativ’s listening and storytelling method has a 10 year history of successfully transforming team communication. Jerome will talk about our success with Medium in its startup phase as an example.

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Storytelling For Teambuilding

  1. 1. Storytelling for Team Building
  2. 2. Audience Question What is your experience of storytelling for team building?
  3. 3. • 25 years of experience • Our method has had a proven, measurable, and transformative effect on teams, culture, and individuals • Capturing and sharing mission-critical knowledge • Improve listening skills • Increase cross-team collaboration • More than half of all of our clients come to us for team building About
  4. 4. • Dictionary: the action or process of causing a group of people to work together effectively as a team, especially by means of activities and events designed to increase motivation and promote cooperation • What we hear from clients: activities and events bond people and give them an experience, but they can be fleeting if they’re not followed up with long term practices to implement Defining Team Building
  5. 5. Addressing a disconnect Clients point out two main communication breakdowns that impede collaboration: • A disconnect between team members • A disconnect between leaders and their team
  6. 6. Why stories connect We are hardwired for story Neuroscience shows us that story is a function of the brain. When we listen to a story, we cannot help but be engaged.
  7. 7. Audience Question What are the team-related challenges you have?
  8. 8. • Empathy • Emotional connection • Humanize each person and bridge cultural, language, hierarchal, and other relational barriers • Work through interpersonal conflict by giving a method to relate what happened • Uncover hidden narratives that are disruptive to the team • Uncover voices previously unheard that could spark innovation Does Storytelling Improve Communication?
  9. 9. Team building begins with listening
  10. 10. Case Study: Leading Luxury Brand • Why Story? Why Now? • To improve collaboration and better serve the business as a whole • Belief that the way to connect with anyone is through the heart • Storytelling leads you to the heart
  11. 11. Challenges • Different communication styles and cultural gaps led to silos. • How do we bridge gaps for better collaboration?
  12. 12. Challenges • Perception was an obstacle: team was seen as transactional, more like an adversary than a partner • Cerebral group, so how do you reach the heart as well as the mind?
  13. 13. What We Did • Identify and release obstacles to listening • Fear of looking bad in front of others • Fear of public speaking • Preconceptions and stereotypes
  14. 14. The Story • Ken’s story: how a terrified, silent member of the team found his voice and transformed communication in the team
  15. 15. Key Principles Implemented • The individual impacts the collective: team building starts with you. • Create a wide listening net to support the storytelling process. • Let the stories speak for themselves instead of pre-determining what you think your team needs to hear. • Connect the stories to each person’s role, clarifying for each member of the team who they are in relation to one another and how they can work better together.
  16. 16. Parting Message • Putting in place these principles takes time and practice. • Invest the time needed and be patient with yourselves and your team members… but don’t wait to begin! • Clients who follow this process report improvements not only in collaboration and team effectiveness but in the overall culture and productivity of the enterprise.
  17. 17. Our Training • Group training: 5 modules to address your team-related communication and collaboration challenges • One-on-one coaching: package of 4 one-hour sessions or individual sessions • Foundation in listening and storytelling skills; application plan for personal stories in team settings • Delivered on-site, and / or online, live and / or on-demand, with use of the Narativ Storytelling Practice Platform
  18. 18. Contact us: Email: Twitter: Facebook:
  19. 19. Questions and Answers