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Stories Worth Telling

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Presentation for leadership development at the American Medical Association, Building on Foundations meeting

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Stories Worth Telling

  1. 1. Building on Foundations Stories Worth Telling Reflection, writing and telling stories Katherine Ellington Vice President Program Development Friday, April 29, 2011
  2. 2.  About Stories Worth Telling Inspirational video clip Exercise 1 Exercises 2 Storyteller clip Exercise 3 Next steps
  3. 3. AliyeRunyan, Carol Williams-Nickelson, Colin McCluney, Danielle Salovich, David Marcovitz, Elizabeth Wiley, John Brockman, Katherine Ellington, Matt Stull, Meeghan De Cagna, Pete Thomson, Jack DePaolo, Kimberly Kimes, Lindsay Martin-Engel, Liz Morgan, ShaziaMehmood, Sonia Lazreg
  4. 4.  an organizational experience using stories of self and us to create our AMSA story, together; connecting national leaders and staff across boundaries for a unique shared experience, offering the develop professional and leadership skills in reflection, self-awareness and communication
  5. 5. Learning Objectives:• experience self-awareness and reflection as tool for professional development;• nurture skills in the use of imagination and creative expression in bearing witness, telling stories and forming narrative;
  6. 6. Learning Objectives: • practice active listening and feedback in small-group settings and • connect the power of story to establish a community of effective leaders who will transform the face of medicine through education and advocacy.
  7. 7. Small group formationExercises 2 and 3 are completed in small group formation to a) facilitate moving from discussion to dialogue, b) create a space to build connection and c) deliver us from silos for shared-experiences.Small groups are self-directed with 4 to 5 people from across leadership groups.
  8. 8. Facilitators • Keep time • Enable for full participation • Allow for positive feedback and support
  9. 9. Reflection, writing and telling stories a. On A First Name Basis b. Talking Back c. Stories Worth Telling
  10. 10. Exercise #1 “On a First Name Basis” Write for five minutes about the story of your first name. You may opt to tell less personal aspects of your story Share this story by reading out loud
  11. 11. DISCUSSION
  12. 12. Stories are the most basic tool for connecting us to oneanother. Research shows that storytelling not onlyengages all the senses, it triggers activity on both the leftand right sides of the brain. Because stories elicit wholebrain/whole body responses, they are far more likelythan other kinds of writing to evoke strong emotions. —Mary Pipher, activist and author Writing to Change The World
  13. 13. Building on Foundations Stories Worth Telling Reflection, writing and telling stories Katherine Ellington Vice President Program Development Saturday, April 30, 2011
  14. 14.  an organizational experience using stories of self and us to create our AMSA story, together; connecting national leaders and staff across boundaries for a unique shared experience, offering the develop professional and leadership skills in reflection, self-awareness and communication
  15. 15. Learning Objectives:• experience self-awareness and reflection as tool for professional development;• nurture skills in the use of imagination and creative expression in bearing witness, telling stories and forming narrative;
  16. 16. Learning Objectives: • practice active listening and feedback in small-group settings and • connect the power of story to establish a community of effective leaders who will transform the face of medicine through education and advocacy.
  17. 17. Book Discussion Webinars Dr. Bergman • this program presents exemplars, who enable empathic care in Dr. Baruch the practice of medicine by offering meaningful stories from their experiences, imaginations and mindsets; • ultimately, these stories provide practical and valuable lessons in Dr. Jauhar the intersections of illness, disease, cure healing for clinicians, Dr.Mullan practitioners, patients, teachers, and students, • physicians discuss their books, writing pursuits, work experiences and lives; Dr. Transue • an opportunity to listen in on their storytelling may inform your understanding in the making of physicians, lessons in patient- Dr. Firlik physician relationships and communication, professionalism, bioethical competence and health policy can be explored; and • themes of physician advocacy and activism also emerge.Dr. Verghese Dr. Chen Dr. Peterkin Dr. Ofri Dr. Klass Dr. Dean “Power remains in the basics of attentive listening, close reading and reflexive Dr.Watts writing.” Dr. Young Katherine Ellington Host
  18. 18.  stories of self why I’ve been called here “We develop the story of ourselves so we can relate to others, building community, leadership and mobilizing…” —Marshall Ganz, Ph.D.
  19. 19. “Human beings are more complexthan an issue, we are grounded invalues…these are the emotionalcommitments that move us…we get atvalues through narrative…. ” —Marshall Ganz, Ph.D.
  20. 20. a. On A First Name Basisb. Talking Backc. Stories Worth Telling
  21. 21. Exercise #2 Think of a situation in which you have spoken truth to power, advocated on behalf of yourself or another or bear witness to such an experience in your life.
  22. 22. DISCUSSION
  23. 23. Stories Worth Telling http://bit.ly/storiesworthtelling
  24. 24. “Writing can help us see why our stories matter and why we feel a sense of urgency to tell them.” —Mary Pipher
  25. 25. Reflection, writing and telling stories a. On A First Name Basis b. Talking Back c. Stories Worth Telling
  26. 26. • I found AMSA when _________ and got involved because ____________• My first experience with AMSA involved _______________
  27. 27. • I first came to AMSA when _____________ and became a member in _____ while I was ______________• AMSA has amazing ______• ________makes AMSA a place to _____________
  28. 28. DISCUSSION
  29. 29. I found AMSA when _________ and got involved because ____________
  30. 30. My first experience with AMSA involved _________________
  31. 31. My most memorable time at AMSA was _____________
  32. 32. I first came to AMSA when __________ and became memberin _________________ while I was _________________
  33. 33. ________________ makes AMSA a place to ___________
  34. 34. AMSA has amazing _________________
  35. 35. You can also tell us your AMSA story in 55 words. #55wordstories
  36. 36. DISCUSSION
  37. 37. Rally for single-payer in Vermont, March 26, 2011
  38. 38. Stories Worth Telling http://bit.ly/storiesworthtelling
  39. 39. Sign-up sheet for telling your story viavideo is available.
  40. 40. When the end is the beginning…

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