Leadership begins with the stories you tell. For the past 12 years I have traveled across countries and industries to help leaders find their voice and communicate their purposeful visions through storytelling. I've given speeches on four continents, led trainings, and have coached leaders for clients such as BMW, Environmental Defense, Google, LinkedIn, YouTube, Virtuoso Travel and Rainforest Action Network.
But the essence of my work is personal. I help emerging visionaries to gather and apply their life's wisdom to move their audiences towards thoughtful action.
I wrote a book that has gained international recognition. It's called Retellable: How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose, and is a study that draws you into the art of transformation and adaptation through this ancient and very modern vehicle of storytelling. Retellable is a fun and edge-pushing work that offers my versatile framework, the Journey Curve, as well as many anecdotes, examples and insights you can use in your writing, speaking, organizational storytelling, and culture change.
Today, all the world is really a stage. The need for authenticity, connection and guidance from leaders has never been more needed. My interactive training and keynotes cover both right-brain and left-brain thinkers, weaving cutting edge brain science, memorable stories, and of audience participation. Through this process, I help leaders build confidence in their own origins, impacts and visions as they shape the stories that build meaning, messaging and purpose.
Six Steps to Memorable, Retellable Stories
Six Steps shows how your crafted stories are your most precious assets in this new era. Jay's interactive keynote takes the audience on a journey to discover surprising secrets about storytelling as they learn how their own life experiences can help them inspire better, pitch more effectively, and develop more purposeful leadership. Six Steps reveals:
Why stories are so powerful and lasting
The different kinds of stories you can gather to transform your leadership
How to apply unforgettable framework that will help shape any story or presentation.
How to use stories to deepen talks, strengthen connection with audiences small and large, and define thought leadership from the inside out
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"Jay is a skilled presenter who energetically articulates the transformational power of story in branding. Our attendees walked away with a step-by-step understanding of how to craft effective, authentic narratives."
Denver Lewis, Conference Content Manager, Expo East
"Our audience loved Jay's keynote and are still raving about it a year later. A hands on practical experience that is equally enlightening as it is fun. Anytime we could have him back we would want him back!"
David Nihill, Founder, FunnyBizz Conference
Retellable The Book
"For any leader seeking to be memorable, this is a vital read."
-David Redhill, Global CMO, Deloitte Consulting
Before dinner tonight, you will see hundreds of emails, ads, tweets, and posts. Yet by tomorrow morning, so much of these will be forgotten. Except, that is, for the stories.
The ability to find, shape, and share your own most essential stories—told one to one and one to many—is one of your greatest assets as a leader. The key is an understanding of the retellable story. While we all know how important stories are, and know a good story when we hear one, we don’t always know how to tell them. Retellable is a book about how you can find and tell yours.
Retellable The Journal
Drawn from a decade of story gathering and shaping techniques employed for leaders around the world, the Retellable Story Journal is designed to help you collect your key stories, whether you're assessing a career pivot, evaluating an era of your life, or looking for new ways to create authentic connections with your various audiences.
The journal provides 42 exercises based on a series of prompts and relies on our universal storytelling framework, the Journey Curve, to help you see your life's journey in a useful and inspired manner.
As a leader, you have a near-constant need for material for a wide array of audiences. Jay works with visionaries to help translate their most critical insights into memorable, retellable stories for keynotes, pitches or media conversations that guide action.
Training & Speaking
Jay leads highly interactive and productive storytelling workshops and keynotes that help build communication and story skills for a wide variety of purposes, including leadership, sales, marketing, recruiting, and public speaking.
Your biggest stories are often made up of much smaller stories. In order to find your central story, you must first go looking around, and then put them together in a way that your many stakeholders will remember - and be able to retell.