Keynotes, Workshops, and Performance
A high energy, engaging speaker and performer, Sarah can speak on a variety of topics related to communication and personal development.
Storytelling: Performance of a relevant story for your audience
Begin or end your event with a storyteller who really knows how to engage and entertain your audience. From difficult work situations, to family and children, marriage, singing professionally, travel, and outdoor recreation, Sarah has a wide range of stories to share. Your audience will experience a spectrum of emotion from joy and excitement to grief and resilience. Here are some samples of Sarah's storytelling performances:
Your stories don't define you. How you share them will.
Whether you're telling your stories to yourself, or sharing them with others, how you remember them and tell them impacts your perception of yourself, and the perception others have of you. Call it a personal brand, a professional brand, or a reputation, your stories help connect people to you and become ambassadors for your and your services. Being intentional about which stories to tell and how, can reduce the gap between how you think you're being perceived and how you're actually being perceived, making it easier to develop stronger relationships.
Improve Sales through Storytelling
It's one thing to be able to share a relevant story in order to connect authentically with an audience. It's an entirely different thing to know how to draw out the stories of the people around you, and that's where Elkins Consulting provides a unique value proposition.
Interactive workshops and breakout sessions are our specialty. Your participants will leave with clear strategies for sharing the right stories, with the right level of vulnerability, in order to draw out the stories of their potential customers. When your sales and executive teams can share stories and draw out the stories of the people around them, they will find much deeper connections and improved communication in every environment.
storytelling to improve communication
The data confirms what we've known since the beginning of humanity: Stories connect us and define us as individuals and communities. If your organization is not capturing the value in your story and the stories of your employees and customers, you're missing a huge opportunity to truly connect internally and with your external stakeholders and clients. Your story is unique, and how you share it matters. Sarah will bring this topic to life with practical strategies for sharing stories in a variety of methods and platforms, developing the right stories for the right audiences, and examples and exercises for your audience to practice and perfect.
Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone
Even those who regularly step out of their comfort zones will find this topic engaging and relevant. Sarah will share solid strategies and examples for the participants to implement in their daily lives. A comfort zone isn't just a location, and stepping out of it allows room for creativity, improved communication skills, and personal growth.
Communication & Customer Service Workshops
- Enhance internal, professional relationships through improved communication.
- Encourage active listening and a compassionate approach to customers.
- Improve social relationships inside and outside work, which will reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness. Developing the potential of community connections will improve overall health & happiness.
Image: Communication through introspection and perception of others
Perception is all parts of communication, beginning with physical image through clothes, hair, etc. Physical communication through body language, facial expression, environment/location. Expressing understanding and empathy requires recognition of social and physical cues, both personally and in others. Empathy requires observation of motivation and emotion in others.
Verbal & Written: Communication in person, on the phone, email, social media, blog
Sentence structure, choice of language, passive voice (uh, um, ah, I think), efficient & persuasive communication, cultural and social expectations in professional & social environments.
Speak Visually: Your words are more memorable if they invoke an image
Using visual speech and storytelling leaves an impression. Communicating through telling stories, knowing which stories to share and how (what media), understanding your audience, planning ahead. Better storytelling will help those around us understand and appreciate our differences in culture and expectations. Telling stories as narratives of personal experience will stick in the memories of listeners. Some level of humility and vulnerability helps create empathy and perspective in cultural context and characteristics, similarities and differences.