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Speaking English from the Heart: Storytelling for Business


Because great leaders are great storytellers

In this new collaboration with the English Center, we’re inviting you to raise your game in English through telling the stories in your life that really matter.

The course for professionals, consultants and business leaders – anyone who needs to become truly fluent in English and make an impact with more emotive power.

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Stories for self-development

All of us are inspired by stories – but what about our own? In this fun, creative and revealing day we use the techniques and thinking processes of storytellers to uncover the motivations at work in our lives.

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Turn what you do into a brilliant story

A day for creatives, entrepreneurs and professionals to tell the stories that matter to their work

When: 23 January, 10-17.30 (arr. 9.30)
Where: Mixtup, 1e Jacob Lennepkade
How much: €160 –  early bird before end of  December 2015 – €120

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Story gym

Come! Be heard! Be listened to! Get better! 

What: Story Gym
When: 18 November, 7-9pm
Where: Impact Hub, Amsterdam, Harlemmerstraat 10c
How much: free as a bird

Friends, as we have now learned, the four noble truths of storytelling are:

1. Everyone has a story
2. Everyone is a storyteller
3. Stories require practice
4. Therefore, one becomes more oneself through dedicated story practice

It was written down long ago, but only discovered by us in the last 5 minutes. We’re so happy to share it with you so soon!

Next Tuesday, our learning group will be back at the Impact Hub, Amsterdam having a storytelling practice session. All you have to do is come with a story you really need to tell – this could be about your work or business, it could be for a specific project, an outline for a script you’d like to work on, or video for your website. The feedback you get, the exercises you do and other stories you hear will all go into improving, polishing and sharpening your story.

You’ll get to practice in pairs, get feedback and we’ll set some exercises to help you go deeper, wider and higher in your storytelling skills. We’ll even start you off with a simple storytelling structure that was given to us by the super-legendary Terence Barry.

All that will take two hours and we’ll have a standard beer and post-match talk over after. There’s previous experience necessary. There’s nothing you need to do to prepare other than think of a story you want to prepare. You do not even have to pay!

See you on the 18th, we hope. Bring yourself and the best people you know!

Turn what you do into a brilliant story – full day workshop 27 September

We often have great ideas but how can we capture express who we really are in our business communications?

This day is designed to make you brilliant in creating and telling stories. Over the course of a day we take you through the elements of essential storytelling and apply them directly to projects or business you are currently engaged in. You will learn to express what it is you do, and do it in a way that inspires your key audiences. You’ll also get rapid feedback from your fellow participants and from expert storytelling consultant Simon Hodges. This is the 7th time we’ve run this workshop and we always find it full of energy and insight.

 Saturday 27 September 2014, 10h-18h
Where: Impact Hub Amsterdam, Harlemmerweg 10c, 1014 BE
How much: €150 euros (+BTW) *new lower price*

How to sign up: workshops@wordsthatchange.nl or +31647484012

“Simon is a wonderful storyteller and entertainer. In a short time, he helps you to connect with your own inner stories. And that is simply a lovely experience!” ~ Pauline Mudde, coach and entrepreneur

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Everyone is a storyteller, Amsterdam, 5 April 2014

Inspiration is a magnet to draw others to your story. In this workshop you will be supported in finding your inspiration and gain feedback and practice in light of cutting edge insights into transformational storytelling.

When: Saturday 5 April 2014 Where: Impact Hub Amsterdam, Harlemmerweg 10, 1014 BE How much: €240 euros (+BTW), €200 if you sign up before 7 March (Hub members €220 full price/€180 early) How to sign up: email workshops@wordsthatchange.nl Read more

Impact Storytelling Open Learning Group

Location: THNK School of Creative Leadership, Haarlemmerweg 8, 1014 BE Amsterdam

Next date: 25 February, 7pm
Cost: *this event is now free*

Learn essential storytelling skills from experienced trainers. Rapidly develop skills and content through repeated cycles of education, feedback and practice.

Includes drinks and networking.

Sign up for the event on Meetup or by emailing simon@wordsthatchange.nl

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Everyone is a storyteller 23.11- full day workshop

kids feetStories convey passion and shape the minds of those that listen to them. Is your business story in good enough shape to really work for you?

In this workshop you will ‘learn’ that your best story comes from relying on your natural inspiration and abilities. The day will help you find and polish this central inspiration and use to construct your central business story. During the day you will learn essential tips on how to tell a great story and gain confidence in spreading it in public. This is an intense and high impact day for your self-development and your company.

“One of the best developments I have done in years” ~ Max Kloosterman, Dream Team Dynamics

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Da Vinci Ruimte: Storytime

In any business a good story can mean the difference between your clients buying into an idea or taking their business elsewhere. 

In this taster session (see video), join storytelling entrepreneur Simon Hodges for some of the tips and exercises he uses to get stories out of top professionals for use in their businesses. In doing so, you’ll kickstart an investigation into your own story.

Simon’s career unites corporate communications and performance storytelling. His awareness for what makes a good story and his ability to bring groups together form the basis of his consultancy that works for start-ups and major companies throughout Europe. In addition he is an official speakers’ coach for TEDxAmsterdam.

Who: Da Vinci members
When: 19 September, 2-3pm
Where: Da Vinci Ruimte
How much: Free


TEDxAmsterdam: Speakers workshop

This four-hour workshop will enable the speakers of TEDxAmsterdam to deepen into the story they already have.
What emotion can they bring out? What is the deep meaning that could be discovered? Once found this becomes the basis for formulating a deeply compelling talk with purpose, coherence and meaning. The workshop will involve self-investigation and live story practice in a relaxed, supportive and playful atmosphere.​​
Venue: The Hub Amsterdam
Date: TBC
Invitation only.

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Storytelling is so necessary in the social change and social business space. Good storytelling is hard to find. Words that Change is filling this gap, I love reading the blog! ~ Chloe Feinberg, Ashoka Changemakers


I spent a brilliant time with a group of corporate leaders in the Autumn. Having organised a pitching competition, they wanted a little storytelling help, so I came in to enjoy their company. Now I must tell you, this was a very analytic division of quite an analytic company.  Being much more at ease in the creative […]

What to expect at the Media Trust story training for non-profits on 4 December – to which you can sign up here. It’s rare now to see non-profit organisations talking only about themselves. Instead they are becoming very good at telling the stories of other people: the ones that speak for themselves about the good […]