Welcome to Sensational Stories
Do you want to share your message in a way that is both entertaining and memorable?
Do you want to suspend your audience’s disbelief and have them hanging on your every word?
Do you want to learn how to weave powerful, impactful and mesmerizing stories?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then Sensational Stories is for you.
Sensational Stories is a processed-based course, meaning the curriculum is taught entirely through experiential processes which teach you a wide range of world-class story-telling skills.
The curriculum in Sensational Stories is designed to unlock your potential as a master story-teller. During Sensational Stories, you will learn an array of skills such as: teaching through symbolism and metaphors; creating vivid imagery to engage the senses; using contrast to enroll and enthrall; utilizing creativity to connect, play and entertain — as well as many other invaluable story-telling skills.
Whether you have been telling stories for years or are just learning how, Sensational Stories will give you tools to share your message in a fun and engaging way which will leave each audience member with lasting and indelible learnings.
Like all of Frontier Trainings’ speaker certification courses, Sensational Stories is direct, to the point and implementation based so that once you leave the training room, you will immediately notice a difference in the style and effectiveness of your communication.
So come join us and see how Sensational Stories can unleash your creativity and transform your communication ability.
Clinton Swaine, Founder – Frontier Trainings
Story Structure is the foundation upon which all stories are built. It is the framework which holds a story together. One cannot weave a successful story without employing it and if the principles are not properly understood, the story will not have it’s desired effect. That being said, there is no set formula a story must follow, as stated by Aristotle, structure is “a series of principles” that allow us to understand how we can create the things we would like. There is no specific path one must take, but it is valuable to understand the principles to ensure that the path you take will lead you to your desired destination.
The ability to instantly tap into one’s creativity is essential to story-telling; not only during the creation process, but also during it’s performance. Creativity is what allows us to suspend our audience’s disbelief and paint a rich, vibrant picture in which they can become enraptured. Each exercise in Sensational Stories is an opportunity to explore and expand various aspects of your creativity. You will begin developing more spontaneity through improvisation exercises and learn how you can use those skills to connect, entertain and build rapport with your audience.
What is a Signature Story? It is just that — your signature — a story that is uniquely yours, one you can use to connect, teach and relate. Just like your signature, your Signature Story is one of a kind because it is a story based on your life experiences which you can use to authentically impart a lesson. These can be shared from the first, second or third person; the purpose is to create a story with which you can genuinely convey a unique lesson.
- Timeline – Past, present and future
- Ordinal – A list or order of points
- Regional – Specific emotions or lessons tied to various regions
- Interactive – Motions are used to create and interact with objects
- Multi-stage – The stage is reset and re-anchored multiple times
Each type has it’s own unique purpose and when used properly, allows your message to be absorbed and retained by your audience at a profound level; the lessons can then be easily recalled by moving or referring to a section of the stage that has been anchored to a lesson or point.
A metaphor is a concept of understanding one thing in terms of another; a figure of speech that constructs an analogy between two ideas. As a teaching tool, metaphors are very useful in conveying powerful lessons. These metaphors are often told in a story format with multiple threads woven into the story, each thread containing a separate lesson. The creator of the metaphor is in essence sowing the seeds of a solution through a story. Many people resent or reject direct advice but by using metaphors we can bypass the critical resistance and the listener can draw powerful lessons from the story.
Inductions are a form of hypnosis that allow listeners to go into a deep state of relaxation and in doing so, allow the critical, conscious mind to suspend its normal filters and give direct access to the subconscious. There are various methodologies to create the inductive state. Once a listener is in the hypnotic state you may then guide them through a story, weaving vivid imagery and creating a vibrant experience while implanting suggestions to them. In this state, a person will never do anything against their will. A person cannot be ordered to do anything against their values. If that is attempted they may come out of the hypnotic state. So long as the suggestions do not conflict with the personal values, they are absorbed directly by the unconscious making them stick and leave a lasting impact.
Anthropomorphism is a form of story telling where one applies the attributes of humans to inanimate objects. This section is used to allow the presenter to become comfortable telling stories with an array of characters and personality types. Anthropomorphism is often used to convey symbolism and metaphors and to give the audience non-confrontational characters with which they can identify or relate with. Anthropomorphism is most commonly used in children’s stories such as: Beauty and the Beast, Winnie the Pooh,101 Dalmatians etc.
ACCENTS & TONALITY
Tonality plays a large role in engaging your audience and keeping their attention for long periods of time and is especially critical while telling a story. Having the ability to use one’s voice to create contrast, mesmerize and step into a variety of characters is not only spellbinding, but can boost your credibility and help to drive your message deep. Having congruency and consistency in accents can allow the presenter to step into any character they wish, widening their repertoire and building credibility.
FULL BODY COMMUNICATION (F.B.C.)
It is said that “Actions speak louder than words”, this idea rings especially true when telling a story. Our bodies are one of the most powerful tools that we can use to communicate our message, so how can we use them effectively? — Through Full Body Communication. This is utilizing every facial expression and motion to its full potential. In story-telling the ability to assume an array of physiologies is a powerful way to suspend disbelief and further enroll your audience. Many of the activities in Sensational Stories are designed to hone various aspects of F.B.C. such as clean and congruent body movements, facial expressions and precise stage anchoring.