Acumen’s “Storytelling for Change” Course for Presenters

Deadline: 3 September 2014
Open to: everyone who is interested in developing their practical skills as a storyteller
Venue: online


Acumen and The Ariel Group have created a hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience. Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action. Storytelling for Change is a 6 module course that will help you better connect with your audience, whether in a meeting with one person or in a presentation to hundreds of people. The course is 7 weeks long as one of the module requires two weeks to complete.


There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course, but there will be technical and subject matter experts available to assist you online. The course will also have a peer review component which will provide you access to support and feedback from other learners on the course as well. You can take this course either in a group or on your own. Course content will consist of readings, online videos and discussions/activities. Each week, you will receive an email with the weekly learning materials and assignment details. You can attend this course if you:

  • You make lots of presentations, or you want to get better at them;
  • You are a teacher, facilitator or instructor;
  • You think you don’t have any stories (we’ll bring them out of you!);
  • You want a new way of connecting with people (great for networking!);
  • You’re interviewing for jobs and want a strong way of presenting yourself;
  • You want to change your communication style.

By the end of the course you should:

  • Be confident in using stories, especially personal stories, as a part of your communication toolkit;
  • Know how to tell stories and use a specific set of storytelling skills so that you connect with the hearts and minds of your audience;
  • Have developed, rehearsed, and received feedback on one personal story as a replicable model so that you can build a personal ‘library’ or ‘back pocket’ of stories that can be used in different situations;
  • Be able to use a 5-step process to integrate story into presentations for change, work or many other situations.


The registration for this course is quite simple. All you need to do is just click on this link and sign up with your e-mail address, facebook or google account.

The official webpage

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