Sitting around a crackling campfire, swapping stories, watching the stars in the night sky… what could this warm and relaxing scene possibly have to do with today’s fast-paced leadership challenges? As it turns out, a great deal. Although the world has gotten much smaller through the use of the Internet and social media, truly meaningful business interactions today are rarer and more disconnected than ever.
Storytelling has become a means of humanizing and “warming” the interactions between client and customer, physically separated work associates, and especially between management executives and their employees. This introductory workshop offers the participant a unique point of view – from a professional storyteller who is also an M.B.A. – and the opportunity to understand and practice the importance of affecting the listener in a meaningful and productive way.
Janet Emily Demarest is a professional storyteller and a former Assistant Professor of Marketing and Management. She holds an M.B.A. from Adelphi University (1983, Management/Organizational Behavior) and has nearly 30 years of teaching experience, working with and through groups to accomplish goals. Her interactive ability, improvisational skills and deep desire to teach American history through its stories led to a second career as a historic storyteller (her first book, Tales from the General Store: The Legends of Long Island was published last year). Janet is an educational consultant/partner with Black Dog/Gold Dog Consulting, LLC. Learn more at janetdemarest.com.