The Story Habit Workshops

A selection of practical, ready-to-go workshops.

Each workshop lasts 3 hours, or can be condensed into a simpler 90 minute webinar.

You can book one stand alone workshop, or combine them together into a longer workshop or series of ongoing workshops. With each workshop based around the “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” framework and The 3 Ingredients of Stories (see at the bottom of the page for more details) combining workshops means less content and more practice, feedback and application.

Each workshop has its own unique template, summarised onto one A4 sheet of paper, that is designed to help participants achieve a particular objective or solve a particular problem.

To learn more, email Jamie or book a call.

Finding and Telling Stories

A practical introduction to the “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” framework.

We look at how to find essential stories for our story pool. Then we look at how to craft them using “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” and The 3 Ingredients of Stories.

By the end, you’ll have a well crafted story to add to your story pool, and can build habits to find even more stories.

Changing Minds & Inspiring Action

The most popular workshop!

We’ve all got stakeholders we need to persuade, so here we look at how to use “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” to change minds and inspire action.

By the end, you’ll have crafted a strategy for persuading a real-life stakeholder of your’s, and you’ll also gain a set of tools to help you persuade effectively in the future as well.

Executive Presentations

Got an important presentation coming up?

You bring a presentation or message you need to craft. We then help you extract relevant insights and arrange into a meaningful narrative using “Relate, Challenge, Resolve”. Finally, we bring those insights to life using The 3 Ingredients of Stories.

By the end, you’ll have powerful insights you can deliver with impact, as well as a set of tools to help you keep crafting executive presentations.

Data Storytelling

Sometimes numbers just go in through one ear and straight out the other!

We start by searching for insights within your set of data. Afterwards, we convert those insights into a meaningful narrative using “Relate, Challenge, Resolve”. Then bring those insights to life using both The 3 Ingredients of Stories and Key Visualisation Principles.

By the end, you’ll have turned a dry set of data into a meaningful presentation.

Explaining Complex Ideas

If you’re a subject matter expert, then you know things so well that it can be hard to explain to others!

This workshop is specifically designed to help you beat The Curse of Knowledge. We look at how to use “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” to structure a clear explanation. At the same time, we also look at The 3 Ingredients of Stories to make the details even clearer.

By the end, you’ll have broken The Curse of Knowledge!

Executive Presence

Get nervous when giving important presentations? Then this workshop is for you!

This is the only workshop that doesn’t use “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” or The 3 Ingredients of Stories. Instead, we look at a number of approaches to help you Anticipate challenges and Demonstrate confidence during your presentation.

By the end, you’ll be able to be able to relax and demonstrate executive presence.

What is The Story Habit?

The Story Habit is a storytelling methodology with numerous applications.

It is based on a 3 step framework called “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” with habits for each step to help bring more meaning to daily conversations.

“Relate, Challenge, Resolve” was created by Jamie Dixon whilst researching his book The Story Habit.

As Jamie describes it:

“Through my research I collected lots of ideas about storytelling and put them straight to use in my workshops. I found some ideas stuck, whilst others fell flat. Over time, I took the ones that stuck and kept arranging them into different frameworks to see what made sense. One day, whilst looking at these ideas arranged in a new way, the idea of “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” just came to me, so I thought I’d test it out. I shared it in my next workshop and found people were able to quickly grasp it and start using it to craft and refine powerful stories. From the very first moment I used it I found it just works for people, and since then I’ve discovered numerous applications for it as well.”

The Relate, Challenge, Resolve Framework

Here’s how it works:

Relate:

Every story is about a character in a situation the audience can relate to.

Challenge:

That character then meets a challenge.

Resolve:

They then take action to resolve the challenge.

In “The Story Habit” book, Jamie shows the different layers to this framework. He starts by showing how it can be used to tell stories, and then spends the rest of the book showing how Relating, Challenging and Resolving are each individual skill sets with their own sets of habits.

Relate:

Is the skill of learning about other people’s stories; what they believe in and what they value.

Challenge:

Is the skill of challenging people’s stories, helping them see things differently and changing their minds.

Resolve:

Is the skill of clarifying the barriers to action, removing those barriers and inspiring change.

The 3 Ingredients of Stories

Jamie describes “Relate, Challenge, Resolve” as being like the meat, vegetables and staple of any meal. They are essential for a meal, but on their own they’re not enough. What’s missing is the flavouring to bring that meal to life. This is exactly what The 3 Ingredients of Stories does; they bring the details to life.

Show, Don’t Tell:

A picture is worth a thousand words. Great storytellers use vivid details, examples, demonstrations and experiences to bring details to life.

Analogies & Metaphors:

Analogies are bridges into the unknown; they connect ideas the audience know very well with ideas that are completely knew to them. Great storytellers use analogies & metaphors to make details more relatable.

Contrast:

Stories are always about change. When one thing (be a bit person, statistic or experience) is contrasted with another, it creates a space for meaning to emerge. Great storytellers use contrast to put ideas into a meaningful context.

A strong believer in the power of simplicity, Jamie structures every one of his workshops around the Relate, Challenge, Resolve framework, in combination with The 3 Ingredients of Stories. By showing participants how this simple approach to storytelling can be applied in multiple ways, this helps them build their own story habits.