Make Sense, Shape Your Stories
For Presenters and Persuaders
Find and form your stories, know who you are and where your message is going, then craft a presentation that is moving and memorable.
For Explorers and Deep Thinkers
Find, craft and shift your stories; make sense of your past, know who you are and where you are going, then tell with all your heart.
For Leaders and Enablers
Support, enable and amplify communities, to find and tell stories, to know each other and their message for the world .
Knowing Who You Are
The way we understand ourselves, both as a species and as individuals, is to contemplate how we have responded to the experiences of our lives.
In the immediate wake of events, we process, resolve and form our 'stories', we make our meaning, then we tuck the stories to bed, and shift who we are based on the shape they make in our minds. Rarely do we remember, or reflect on their 'truthfulness'.
But unless we reflect, from the distance of time, unless we look with fresh eyes, on how we allowed ourselves to be shaped by events, we risk being fixed in who we are and what life means. And we risk telling shallow, fixed stories.
The Story Crafting Process
The reflective and creative process at the heart of personal storytelling is transformational. When we craft a story, to be heard or read by another, it is partly a gift, and in the giving, we bring a sense of peace and 'hope' to the events of our lives, which we paradoxically give to ourselves as well.
Even when we confirm our original spin on events, when we shape and tell, we expand ourselves by touching the home base of who we are, and we deepen our connection to our life.
Telling a story is also part message, where we encode in our story, our values and a point, about how to live.
Wired For Story
Humans are wired for story, drawn to story, like moths to a flame. Science shows us that people listening to a story, empathically, through mirror neurons, actually live in the events and the emotions of the story.
Stories Create Connection
Live storytelling, no notes, from the heart, where we make time for the teller to be 'heard' and the audience to truly listen, is deeply soulful and heart warming. Reading stories can also allow people to feel they know you. Stories connect us, not only to ourselves but to each other.
So What Does it Take?
To explore your past and allow the stories that need to be told to come forth, to reflect, make sense, shape, and then tell with intention and creativity, takes courage, skill, support and practice. And that is where Story Wise comes in.
Who is Story Wise?
My name is Kate Lawrence and I help individuals, groups and communities tell their stories and know who they are and where they are going.
I work with people to support them to become better speakers, better storytellers, and better writers, skilled at finding, shaping, shifting and telling stories from their own lives, in their own voice; skilled at finding and sharing a message that is compelling and memorable.
If we are open, and listen for the story that is calling to be told, the one that pushes to the front saying 'tell me, tell me', we open to the organic and mystical way we are lead to just the right story for what we need to say and be in the world. Through exploring our history and shaping it for others, we come to know who we are, and where we want to go.
Being coached and supported enables you to discover the meaning-making and deep connection to self and others that is part of the process of story crafting and sharing.
In safe, supportive and fun spaces, groups bond as they grapple and play with the clay of their lives to create stories to share, stories that reflect back to them values, meaning and purpose.
I also love to share my stories, enthral and enchant you, tell you with story, how and why I believe and dream, and how I make meaning of this 'one wild and precious life'.