Learn the science of how to USE stories even if you’re a bit reluctant

We all know that telling stories makes you more powerful in your presentations. It’s how your ideas can change your world. This training is for you if you’re not enthusiastic about “telling stories”… if you’re a Reluctant Storyteller.

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Signing up here doesn’t commit you to anything – it’s just a way of us keeping in touch and letting you know when the course is open for you to buy.

What’s going to be included?

This is about story-telling tools to get the job done so we’re going to concentrate on using stories in the real world. Sure, you’ll learn how to tell stories in your presentations but it’s bigger than that, because we’ll look at how using stories will help you and we’ll look at the tools for actually doing that.

We’ll get tactical and we’ll dirty. (See the bottom of the page for some teaser examples!)

It’s going to be about advanced story-telling… using stories to change the way you present and the way the world works around you.

By signing up for updates you’ll get the chance to let us know what content works for you! No promises, but we’ll definitely listen.

Right now, the content structure looks like this…  Each week, for three weeks, you’ll get

  • a small-group, online, interactive class sessions with me 
  • email-based exercises delivered a couple of days after the live class to help you embed what you’ve learned 
  • video-based exercises delivered a few days later to help you practice and to take things forward

All in all it’s a cracker of a programme. And it’s all backed up with three Big Red Buttons you can hit to get a personal email response to help you out with something if you’ve missed it, not got it, or want to take things a bit further.


Is it right for me?
Only you can be sure, but the chances are good if you know you should use stories more, particularly in your business presentations, but either don’t want to, or don’t feel you’re any good at it.
How is it delivered?
It’s a three week course. Each week contains a live training session with me and the rest of the group, followed by an email with an exercises and then an email with a video exercise.
What if I don't like it?
Just tell me why and I’ll see what I can do! If you really find it’s not for you, I’ll sort out a refund.
And if I can't make the live sessions?
If you want the results without the work you’re going to be disappointed! This is a short course, so you should be able to handle the diary commitments. If you can’t you should think about joining in next time.
Who's the trainer?
Dr Simon Raybould… I’m an expert in presenting and storytelling – in the real world, not just the make-believe world of big conferences! I’ve written several books on the subject and I’ve got an international client-base and reputation in the field. You can learn a lot more on the presentation genius main website.
Is there a discount?
It won’t hurt to ask, if you’re from a charity etc but please don’t be offended if I say no… the course is already excellent value for money.
Can I see some typical content?
Of course! I’ve put a few links at the bottom or this page, as examples (only!).
How much does it cost?
It’s only £190. That’s for everything – the course, the book, the emails support, the freebies… the lot!

By the way, it’s so little because this is the first time I’ve run this programme and there’s an outside chance (ha!) that something might go wrong with the technology. I doubt it, but it’s posssssiibbblllleeeee… 🙂

How did the Reluctant Storyteller come about?

If you want to know a bit more about the background to the project, here’s an epic (15 minute!) interview with Charlie Whyman of the Curious Marketing Club and me…

What sort of style and content does Reluctant Storyteller include?

Being a reluctant storyteller is about using stories, not just telling them. I started out life as a research scientist (I’ve also been an actor, lighting designer, author, playwright and fire eater!) so the content is about the science of making stories work, not just as entertainment.

So here are a few quick and dirty live broadcasts I’ve done recently which should give you a feel. Storytelling isn’t fluffy.

The three stages of using stories… when you get good enough to not notice that you’re telling stories…

Recovering if you’ve got carried away in your storytelling… in which I get carried away complaining about people who get carried away…

What’s a story matrix and how important is it to get it the right way around? (Very!)

So that’s it. Sign up for updates (or drop me a line).

Ready already? You shouldn’t be, really but if you are, go ahead!

If you’re really ready, you can already buy the programme here.