Story Wise Teams & Tribes

Story Wise offers two styles of program for story work with teams, groups, organisations and communities.  Put simply, one style - Catching and Crafting - works in circle to enable story sharing, gathering and connecting, the other style - Learning and Leading - is a range of workshop topics for learning and skills development. All programs are developed in collaboration with you, to suit your situation, and your purpose.  To discuss whether these programs would be suitable, please contact us.   

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Ask, Listen, Collect & Shape

This is a one off or a series of carefully designed circle gatherings across a group, team or organisation, where powerful questions and deepening exploration generates a rich tapestry of experiences and reflections from participants. 

The simple but skilled art of holding space and listening in circle, can be implemented to provide a range of intentional outcomes. The process will also inevitably work in a multi layered way to reveal the complexity of human nature in a range of emergent outcomes.

Potential Outcomes:

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  • The experiences participants share provides an opportunity to understand and collect organisational intelligence. 
  • The material gathered can be collated into a documented story about the collective experiences of a particular issue or event across a team or community, and reflected back, and used to make decisions.
  • Group or team connection and understanding is developed through shared stories, and groups can develop improved communicational awareness and capacity. This is a great way to create a peer support group.
  • The process can enable a shared future culture to be envisioned at the same time as embodied.
  • The process can allow and support groups to process difficult events and allow them to feel heard by leadership. 
  • Smouldering unseen but destructive issues can be surfaced, sometimes creating disruption and discomfort in the short term, but enable processing and forward movement in the longer term.  

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Workshop and facilitation topics

Story Wise offers workshops in a range of topics stemming from three main areas -

  1. Storytelling
  2. Participatory Group Processes and
  3. Wholeness at Work.  

Storytelling

 Story with a capital ’S” is story that is crafted and shaped, reflected upon and told with meaning and purpose in a deliberate and conscious way.  It is a skill that can be learned and developed from our natural inclination to tell and listen to stories throughout our lives. It is a skill and a literacy that when developed becomes a finely tuned ear for story and an awareness of when story needs to be surfaced, heard and with permission, used for a range of purposes.  

Workshop topics in this area include:

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  • Storytelling
  • Developing a Storytelling Community
  • Public Speaking

Potential Outcomes: Storytelling culture, performance and public speaking skills, connection, community, knowledge sharing, storytelling community, emotional expression. 

Hearing the volunteers get up and tell their personal stories - thanks to the coaching and confidence you gave them - was amazing.
— Julie McCallum, Director, Volunteer Services, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Participatory Group Processes

How we engage with each other in meetings, be they small team catch ups, or large department meetings, has a huge impact on how we enable the participation, engagement and therefore commitment of our colleagues.  Direct line orders under a heirarchy are useful in war and natural disasters, but for regular working life they are disempowering, unsatisfying and build resentment. While full democratic participation can be time consuming, with a bit of faith and commitment, simple but clear and powerful participatory processes can be implemented with a little training.  

Workshop topics in this area include:

  • Participatory Group Processes

Potential Outcomes:  Empowerment, engagement and participation, greater group input resulting in better decisions, better team connection,  greater collaboration.  

Wholeness at Work

Wholeness at work is a combination of circle and workshop, to introduce ideas and practices that can expand our selves in the workplace, and expand the workplace to hold all of us.  It combines personal well being practices like mindfulness and meditation, as well as story sharing, emotional expression and the power of peer circle connection. 

  • Making Work Meaningful
  • Emotional Expression at Work

Potential Outcomes: Greater engagement! More committed, happier and more productive workers, greater worker retention, improved culture, improved teamwork, collaboration and

Why work with Kate Lawrence?

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Kate has an exceptional ability to listen for and perceive human motivations and to sense-make. She holds her impressions lightly - guiding and being guided in equal measure.  She has many years experience facilitating, writing, and storying, for understanding, messaging, reflecting back and preserving history.

From small community legal centres, big city law firms, several local councils through to large government corporations like the CFA, Kate has a broad range of experience as an employee and leader within organisations. 

Nearly two decades in law, listening, presenting and persuading; two decades creating logic out of mess, creating flow and order where there was none, shaping stories to persuade and make sense, are all available to you when you work with Kate. 

Whether you want to introduce people to learning the art of storytelling, or to draw out of human experiences an overarching organisational story, Kate will bring a wise, intuitive and experienced hand to the process and outcome,  based on a foundation of the humanity of all involved.

Thank you for your feedback today. It was very helpful and just what I needed to hear. Your acute listening skills allow you to access just what is needed to create a “sharp” story.
— Mary O'Meara
Kate’s Story Wise webinar has been very helpful in refining my presenting skills and public speaking. As a Yoga teacher and facilitator I share stories on a daily basis.

Story telling is a beautiful art and whilst it is easy to assume that we can automatically do it, Kate ’s webinar breaks it down so that we can more effectively connect and convey our experiences to others. Kate was very supportive and gave excellent feedback which really helped me understand how to craft a story that has substance, direction and humour. Finding my voice through storytelling and being heard has been a deeply satisfying experience. Thank you Kate
— Julia Dendrinos