Open Your Communication to the Power of Storytelling

A group of directors attended a Narativ training to learn how to tell the story of their organization. We sat in a circle and opened the session by asking, "What are the challenges you have when talking about your organization?" One participant raised her hand and said, "I know what we do, but I can't always communicate it with the emotion I feel for it."

Listening & Storytelling Method™

Everyone has a story, and everyone can learn to tell it well.

Over the last 20 years, Narativ has developed, researched and refined methods for listening and storytelling that has been tested in over 50 countries with thousands of individuals, in English, French, Russian, Swahili, Croatian.

Narativ believes in a reciprocal relationship between listening and telling, which recognizes that for stories to have their full intended impact, the story’s reception is just as important as how it’s told.

So we focus on listening before we do any storytelling work, because if you do not listen to everyone in your company, organization, family or social circle, you will lose valuable input. Without listening we experience communication breakdowns, loss of engagement, lack of trust in our leadership, misrepresentation, low sales and loss of ownership.

When we get to the storytelling part of our method, our process is collaborative, circular, non-linear…the story is co-constructed between the teller and the listener. Our method is a disciplined, highly empathetic focus on what happened, using direct dialogue and sensory details to craft stories that invite listeners to connect and change.

By embedding our method into organizations, we have lasting impact on how people listen, connect and communicate. With our method, we affect positive and sustainable change in the areas of leadership development, employee/client engagement, marketing and sales, advocacy, fundraising and global communication.

Clients

“Narativ has been instrumental in developing stories that connect with consumers in an authentic and emotional way.” —Director, Fortune 500 multi-national healthcare organization

"Narativ's workshop for my global legal team deepened the personal bonds among them and created a model for legal to communicate with greater impact to the business." —Chief Legal Officer, leading luxury fashion brand

The Power of Two® Method

There is a reciprocal relationship between listening and telling

The Power of Two® method demonstrates that one plus one adds up to far more than two. If you bring any two people together and create a generous and open listening environment, those two individuals are able to develop a close and trusting relationship through the sharing of stories.

In The Power of Two® method, you and another individual build on the foundations you learned from the Listening and Storytelling Method™.

By sharing stories in a relational space, you discover synchronicity and shared themes that serve to illuminate each other’s stories and lives. Our method shows you aspects of you own stories that you both would not otherwise have known. You will be responsible for not only how you tell your story but also how you listen to your partner.

Whether you’re two business partners or two friends, The Power of Two® method changes your understanding of relational dynamics and how you communicate with others.

Narativ has demonstrated The Power of Two® method, through performing Two Men Talking, and through witnessing tens of stories told in the Co-Constructing Narratives course taught in the Narrative Medicine Masters Program at Columbia University. The Power of Two has been presented as a TEDx talk called The Power of Two: How Listening Shapes Telling.

Narrative Medicine

The Masters program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University educates physicians, nurses, social workers, mental health professionals, chaplains and others to improve the effectiveness of care by developing narrative competence in relating to patients and colleagues.


Columbia University: Narrative Medicine Masters Program

Narativ has had a partnership with this program since it’s inception six years ago. Each year, Paul Browde and Murray Nossel teach a course called co-constructing narratives, in which students first learn how to construct and tell a personal illness narrative, and then paired with another student learn how to co-construct a narrative, listening deeply, finding intersections in their stories, and finally sharing space to perform their joint story for an audience.

This experience provides students a range of invaluable narrative tools and while clinicians may never choose to tell their personal stories at work, having practiced and told these stories in the course, results in deeper empathy, a powerful understanding of the suffering of patients, and a greater sensitivity in clinical care.

If you are interested in learning more about the Narrative Medicine Masters Program, click here, or please contact Cindy Smalletz at cks2120@cumc.columbia.edu