After three years of realising their film and urban movement Rotterdam I Love You Matt and Joeri sat down for a half-day story insight workshop and this to say:
“I really enjoyed your final session! Within a few minutes I had shared my joy, sadness, doubts, and fears with a complete stranger and (without going over the top) made a few life affirmations. All this before I even knew his name or his organisation. Needless to say- it was one of my favourite endings ever to a conference. ” ~ Jordan Junge, Programmes and Projects Manager, Social Innovation Exchange
“Thank you for your great performance yesterday. People were really touched by the way you let them connect with their own story. Including myself ;)”
“As the world and information move faster and faster we have lost touch with storytelling. We have become too reliant on forms of communication scant on emotion and passion that tend to pass us by faster than we can even interpret. Over the years, the act of storytelling has become a lost art – a relic of a time when we actually connected with our audience, a time where the story was something so powerful it completely inhabited its own space and time.
“I got a lot out of this workshop. I had no idea what to expect going into it but it was a true game-changer that has put me on a unique path of discovery and self-improvement, personally as well as professionally.”
~ Dean Medina, social business professional
“Simon has a very rare listening skill.
On the one hand, he can listen empathetically and unconditionally. On the other hand, he refrains from validating your own explanations and excuses. Without saying a word, and by simply listening in different ways, he can help guide you through your own thicket of doubts, fears, aspirations, justifications, hopes, and excuses. As a result, the outcome of the encounter is fully your own – which, in my opinion, is the most powerful kind.”
~ Senior professional at a prestigious business organisation, using storytelling for career development. Prefers to remain anonymous.
“I loved the workshop. It helped me a tremendous amount to reinforce the story on what I want my business to be. It has helped me to clear away some of the distracting details and go back to the very core of what drives me and my business and to allow that to shape my story. It has helped me find the foundation that allows me to tell and retell my story easier and in a much more powerful way.
Once the foundation is there I’ve noticed it takes a couple of iterations to get your story straight. I am already looking forward to the follow up session to hear and see how all our stories have evolved.”
Max Kloosterman, Dream Team Dynamics, participant in ‘Everyone is a storyteller’ workshop
“The talk was superb. I’m really delighted how things came together. Your feedback was just what I needed. Many thanks again!”
Thanks Simon for an amazing storytelling workshop at Windesheim Honours College in Zwolle. A highly inspiring workshop, tailor-made for our BA students’ process of developing Entertainment Education intervention strategies for real clients.
Highly inspiring. Highly appreciated. Warmly recommended.
~Kersti Wissenbach, Lecturer, Windesheim Honours College, Zwolle
Storytelling is so necessary in the social change and social business space. Good storytelli
~ Chloe Feinberg, Ashoka Changemakers
Loving the freedom of your words. Really what I’m looking for. Though I didn’t know that.
~ Dean Kaden, photographer