Equip Leaders

“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”
- Steve Jobs

Build on your leadership skills, your confidence and your own personal brand, while saving hours of planning time and ticking off a job on your ’to do’ list.

Every client who has taken this bespoke package feels it has fundamentally changed their mind-set to think like a storyteller. It is a brilliant support for a busy executive as they can learn and work at the same time; developing a presentation or other critical communication with an expert story coach. The story coaching can be done in-person or online and typically includes both. The package includes 9 hours of coaching plus some development by Ann between sessions.

Outcomes: -

  • A blocked-out draft of your presentation or communication you wish to plan
  • An understanding and expertise in planning effective storytelling with the Three Steps to Impact planning tool
  • Insight into your personal brand – your ‘voice’
  • Ability to structure an effortless journey for your target audience which engages and inspires

We leave it to two of our fantastic clients to give you more insight below.

Cecilia Emmanuel

Deputy Chief Compliance Officer and Director for Export Compliance for Oneweb

OneWeb is a global business, building a constellation of satellites in low earth orbit in order to offer internet access to the 50% of the population still without reliable access. My expertise is the laws and regulations pertaining to Export /Import Control and other compliance obligations. I ensure that OneWeb is always on the right side of the law when exchanging, exporting, importing or developing technology, equipment and components around the world. My role requires me to communicate potentially complex information to different audiences for a range of purposes.

Working with Ann changed the way I communicate in that it streamlined my storytelling and made me always consider where I want to ‘put my audience’ by the end of our conversation. It allowed me to see areas where I could improve my storytelling, and also see areas where my storytelling was getting lost and why that was.

Before I worked with Ann, I tried to make my point by giving more information and more detail. I felt I had to prove my knowledge and my right to be in the room. I now know I have every right to be in the room, and my job is to distil the story into a digestible form that works for my audience.

What are your top tips for storytelling?

“Consider the recipient of the story
Where do you want to ‘take’ your audience? What is your purpose?”

James Cox

Chief Financial Officer for Fresca Group Ltd

The Fresca Group imports and grows fresh produce, salad, fruit, vegetables, and sells to the UK's large retailers. My role is a pretty broad one. I'm responsible for strategy, including mergers and acquisitions, I run the finance function, and I'm responsible for compliance and ethics.

There are various teams that report to me, including the IT and HR teams. I am required reasonably regularly to do formal presentations both internally to teams within our business and externally to stakeholders, be they board directors, banks, or some of the industry bodies that we sit on.

I booked the training package because I had known Ann for many years, she is a dear friend and the amazing thing about Ann is that she is a brilliant storyteller, and I wanted a bit of what she has.

I didn't think that communication was my one of my strengths, and I was in a very senior leadership role at that time that required a lot of presenting in front of big teams with expertise that I was very aware I didn't have. I wanted a way to develop my knowledge and skills of presenting such that I would be more engaging and more purposeful. We worked together on a project where I wanted to enhance the storytelling element; an important end-of-year presentation to the entire company.

I think critically what I gained was a foundation of confidence. It was a confidence built of an understanding around what good storytelling looks like and how I might be able, at some point, to become a good storyteller. What was really helpful was having a framework that I might draw upon to deliver better and more engaging, purposeful presentations. Day to day, I feel more confident in communicating now, telling a story and engaging with people. And I love Jeopardy and I introduce a bit of that now and again!

I think there was a nice cadence to the way the training was played out. We spent a number of sessions meeting in person, and then online, Ann was very good at helping me learn at the right pace, she used my own brand and how I might describe myself, as a vehicle to introduce concepts around storytelling and to build that understanding and confidence over time.

Because I already knew Ann, it felt slightly uncomfortable at first, perhaps because the process involved a degree of self-reflection, and I've already described myself not as a great communicator, so getting out my feelings and thoughts is sometimes challenging for me. But Ann is a brilliant enabler and she has a lovely, gentle style.

The 3 step process is a real help to me. I definitely still use it. I still don't feel a natural affinity to storytelling, so to have a template that helps me think about how I might communicate better, is really helpful.

The coaching helped me think differently, where it didn't come naturally to me, and I didn't understand the logic or the rationale. I guess as a pretty logical, scientific type person, it's useful for me to have a roadmap.

What are your top tips for storytelling?

“Understand the capacity of your audience, and what their context is.
Be clear when you are ending.
Frame your story. ”

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