Storytelling is an essential skill for any leader navigating times of rapid change, and it requires depth, practice, and humility to master. For 15 years I have traveled across countries and industries coaching hundreds of speakers, entrepreneurs and innovators to build their most powerful and purposeful collection of stories. I've given speeches on four continents and have coached executives in tech, food, travel, and sustainability at companies like BMW, Environmental Defense, Google, LinkedIn, YouTube, Virtuoso Travel and Rainforest Action Network.
While the goals are highly strategic, story always begins with one person facing a challenge that, with time and attention, distills into a gem of wisdom. When shaped and shared with a specific audience in mind, this wisdom is both memorable and effective in transforming your audiences. So I work with a variety of audiences to more deeply understand this ancient craft of story in a modern context, to gather and apply their life's insights to move their audiences towards thoughtful action. But don't just take my word for it; listen to my clients' stories here.
Shakespeare said "All the world is a stage." But now this is taking a new form: your stage may be in the car, at your desk, in the back yard, at the launch of a product, or on the biggest stage upon which you've ever stood.
And to navigate these stages, authenticity, connection and guidance from leaders has never been more needed. My interactive trainings and keynotes frame ideas for both right-brain and left-brain thinkers, weaving cutting-edge brain science and meaningful, relevant retellable stories. As story is an interactive medium, my group work always includes audience participation. Through the process, I give leaders new tools and techniques to build confidence on this new immersive stage, as they tap their own origins, shape their impacts, and illuminate their visions through stories that build meaning, messaging and purpose to transform their audiences.
Six Steps to Memorable, Retellable Stories
Six Steps shows how your crafted insights are your most precious assets in this new era. My interactive keynote take the audience on a journey to discover surprising secrets about storytelling as they learn how their own life experiences can help them better inspire, pitch more effectively, and develop more purposeful leadership. Six Steps reveals:
Why storytelling is so powerful and lasting
The different kinds of storytelling that will transform your leadership and your business
How to apply unforgettable framework that will help shape any story or presentation
How to find the key insights and lessons of your life that illuminate why you care, and help your audiences care as well.
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
I wrote a book called Retellable: How Your Essential Stories Unlock Power and Purpose, that reveals my core philosophies that I've applied with hundreds of leaders. It's 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.
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 prompts and builds on my universal storytelling framework, the Journey Curve, to help you gather your story collection and see your life's journey in a useful and inspiring manner.
Over the course of 3-12 months, I work to deeply understand your landscape and your hurdles, helpin you develop retellable stories for speeches, pitches and leadership conversations that guide action. It is fun and meaningful work with life-changing impacts.
Training & Speaking
I lead highly interactive storytelling workshops and keynotes that help build communication and story skills for leadership in sales, marketing, and public speaking. Participants come away with paradigm-shifting mental models, a starter collection of stories, and a deeper connection to one another.
The problem with telling an all-inclusive core story is that there is too much data and a wide array of stakeholders from which to gather. But when we frame stories as data, and find how they connect into a greater story, we can then put them together for various outputs to serve your various storytellers.