Storytelling: Can this art help us change human behavior?

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According to Jude Treder-Wolff, LCSW, CGP. MT  “Professionals in human services and health care can use storytelling to influence shifts in consciousness, change behavior and promote our work.”  Jude is a consultant/trainer a writer/performer, singer, storyteller creative arts psychotherapist and Applied Improviser. speaks and presents on the topics of improvisation, creative thinking, storytelling and comedy for organizations and conferences around the country.  In my opinion, she’s a pioneer in building this bridge of art and science that is incredibly important in human and therefore organizational development.

I am fascinated by this topic because selling applied improv to healthcare professionals or non-theater peeps is challenging.  People who take my classes, whether in the international medical arena or locally in PILL-Portsmouth Improv Learning Lab often tell me they, “…had a great time and learned a lot!”.  But, when I ask how to explain it to others, like me they are often not sure.

And changing behavior or influencing shifts in consciousness could have lots of potential well beyond marketing improv, right? I mean, how might any of these goals might be useful to you?

  • Understanding your audience and how to design stories that reach them;
  • Techniques for shaping true experiences into stories that deliver important information;
  • Techniques for strengthening creative confidence;
  • How the choice of details and structure of a narrative impact the listener;
  • The neuroscience research showing the impact of artistic stories and how to apply that information in getting our message out to peers, clients and the communities we serve.

These are the goals of an upcoming workshop that Jude is teaching on 6/9/17 in NYC and I’m looking forward to it.  According to her, “This workshop is an opportunity to develop the skills and creative confistories change people.gifdence that produce an effective story that communicates and has maximum impact on listeners. We will explore the artistic process of crafting a storyusing experiential techniques and group conversations.”

It’s only $75 and one afternoon.  Here’s some more info!

I think I’ll bring a copy of my new book on Medical Improv to offer up as a door prize….maybe!

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One Response to Storytelling: Can this art help us change human behavior?

  1. Candy says:

    Great idea! Wish I could join ya’!

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