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Storytelling as Leadership Follow-Up

Dear WIN Philadelphia,

A huge THANK YOU to all who came out to the Radnor hotel on Thursday, April 26th. I hope you are excited to lead with a story. 

Next steps:

  • Brainstorm. Continue to play around with what story to tell and create a set of story goals for yourself. I'm happy to offer any WIN Philadelphia member a complimentary 30-minute story brainstorm session over a Zoom video call. If you'd like to schedule a session, you can do so here


  • Practice. Get together with a friend, or a group of co-workers and share your stories with each other.


  • Tips and tricks. I have a monthly newsletter, The Monthly Speak Up. Each month focuses on a different aspect of public speaking, with an emphasis on storytelling. You can access the archives here. The next issue arrives in inboxes on May 3rd, subscribe here to get yours. 


  • A short video. Canadian poet d'bi.young anitafrikawith has an eloquent way of looking at storytelling as leadership. I like her framework and think it exemplifies reciprocity in communication and beyond. 


  • Stories to watch. Below are three stories that I think you will enjoy and learn from. Although these were told in performance, I think they connect to everything we spoke about during the interactive presentation. After listening to these stories, what sticks with you? What message do you carry with you after it is over?  Identify how (and if) these stories could be told in a professional setting. What would change, if anything? 



Hillary Rea

Founder of Tell Me A Story

Postscript: Here's a blog post that goes further into leading by being yourself, with some accompanying video and audio examples of storytelling as leadership.