"Become aware what is in you. Announce it, pronounce it, produce it and give birth to it." - Meister Eckhart

22 January 2014

2 Storytelling Workshops at the Edinburgh International Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace

I'd like to bring your attention to two upcoming storytelling workshops I'm facilitating as part of the Edinburgh International Middle Eastern Festival of Spirituality and Peace. Both will be held in March at St Augustine Church on George IV Bridge in Edinburgh, Scotland. Contact details are included below to register for the workshops.

1. Event: Afternoon Workshop: Heroic Journey: Transforming Personal Experiences.

Facilitator: Dr Michael Williams is a professional storyteller, story coach & mentor and a narrative consultant.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Sunday 9 March 2014.
Time: Registration: 3.15pm-3.30pm. Afternoon Workshop: 3.30pm-6pm.
Event Description:  As soon as we have an experience, our brains are busy digesting the event and processing it so that it can be stored as memory and shared as a relevant and meaningful narrative in the future. Yet often we struggle to make sense of our experiences, we find it difficult to express or find meaning in them. We know we have a story to tell, but we find it difficult to weave our words and images into a coherent and creative narrative.

This workshop invites you to explore a personal experience and transform it into a compelling story using a mythical framework and some basic storytelling skills and techniques. No previous experience of storytelling necessary. Simply bring an open mind, open heart and a willingness to enjoy yourself and others.

Michael Williams is a professional storyteller, story coach & mentor and a narrative consultant to business and other organisations. His clients have included the Aberdeen Leadership Forum, the Scottish Government, the Church of Scotland, VisitScotland, Edinburgh University, the National Museum and others. He also works with small groups and individuals, helping them create and craft stories and improve their communication skills.
    
In 2009 Michael travelled to the Middle East where he and his colleagues used storytelling skills to encourage dialogue and mutual understanding between Arabs and Jews, Israelis and Palestinians. The following year he was appointed Storyteller-in-Residence in Charlottetown Canada where he helped young people transform their stories into video and coached adults in storytelling. In 2012 he co-founded the Aberdeen Leadership Forum inspiring  corporate and community leaders to share their stories of leadership and innovation.

Currently, Michael is facilitating a project with Action for ME (Scotland), enabling those suffering from myalgic encephalomyeletis (M.E.) and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) to tell their stories through film, sharing what it's like to live with this crippling illness. In short, Michael helps people create the stories that can change their world.

Cost: £8/£7 (Concessions). For a Registration Form:
Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2014@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

2. Event: Afternoon Workshop: Narrative Approach to Transformational Leadership.

Facilitator: Dr Michael Williams is a professional storyteller, story coach & mentor and a narrative consultant.
Venue: Sanctuary, Augustine United Church, 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EL.
Date: Sunday 16 March 2014.
Time: Registration: 3.15pm-3.30pm. Afternoon Workshop: 3.30pm-6pm.
Event Description:  Based on his recent work with the Aberdeen Leadership Forum, professional storyteller and coach Michael Williams invites you to explore your leadership qualities through the framework of story. Integrate your personal narrative with that of your community, your family, your workplace or an organisation to which you belong to create a powerful narrative of leadership.

Using basic storytelling techniques, mythical thinking, and active dialogue, participants will have an opportunity to improve their communication skills, bolster their confidence, and deepen their understanding of their leadership qualities. Be the leader you want to be. Take control of your story and inspire others.

Cost: £8/£7 (Concessions). For a Registration Form:

Contact: Neill Walker, mesp2014@hotmail.co.uk, 0131 331 4469.

05 January 2014

A novel look at how stories may change the brain

Researchers at Emory University are looking more closely at what happens in the brain when you listen to or read a story. The effects are very interesting. Read more by clicking on the link below.

A novel look at how stories may change the brain

5 January 2014

Testimonials

"We have received only very positive reports of your workshop, and must thank you for being so flexible and responsive both before and in the course of implementing the workshop. It has been lovely to work with you. . . . We are hopeful this project will give rise to future storytelling endeavours, and would be very happy to work with you again if the opportunity arises!" Muireann Crowley, At Home in Scotland, University of Edinburgh, May 2014 ("Storytelling, Research and Public Engagement" workshop)

Michael Williams is a a storyteller of compelling skill. He is also a fine human being who engages in all situations and draws people into the warmth of communication and shared experience." Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland

"Michael's understanding of storytelling within a leadership and business context has helped us provide a great service in helping leaders determine their personal and organisational destiny and legacy. Working with Michael is inspiring and fun; and pulls you to be fully engaged from start to finish." Norton Bertram-Smith, Managing Director and Leadership Consultant for On Purpose.

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