Since 1998, Kathalaya has become the Master trainer for several institutions and companies, evolving new methodologies and customizing Storytelling effectively for every field and walk of life. Kathalaya’s methodology of storytelling is a unique blend of practical, philosophical, emotional and experiential learning. It has reached out to over 40 companies so far through its training. Our workshops are highly interactive, experiential and challenges people to step out their comfort zone and think out of the box.
Workshop duration: Half day/Full day/ 2 days, Motivational talk on Storytelling: 1-2 hours
- A Powerful structure to use storytelling as a methodology
- Innovative ways of pitching new ideas using stories
- Ability to communicate and present new ideas to the audience
- Knowing oneself - Attitude, self awareness to create impact
- Empowering the individual to understand and tap their potential
Feedback by Vivina Vishwanathan, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd. Mumbai
Master the art of storytelling
Storytelling is an art and touches our personal as well professional life. The universe is made of stories, and humans never stop telling stories. To build the skill of storytelling that can help professionals communicate and interact efficiently, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Ltd. (ABMCPL), the apex corporate body providing a strategic direction and vision to the Group Companies in various functional areas, organised a one-day workshop on storytelling. Geeta Ramanujam, Executive Director, Kathalaya Trust, who conducted the workshop, tells us how to master the art of storytelling.
Pictures appeal more than words
When it comes to storytelling, words don't appeal. It is the pictures that leave an impact. "With pictures, impressions are deeper," said Ramanujam. If you want to get better at writing or narrating a story, try to visualise the narration. Stories with emotional bonding, affirmation, and trust make the narration impactful. To use this tool, try to draw or picturise the situation, and then start narrating or writing the story.
Listening with interest can do the trick
If you want to create an interesting story, you first need to listen with interest. "Listening with interest enables you to narrate interesting stories. Also, it helps in registering information. Once you retain it, you have a memory box. The memory box in your mind will only select information in which you have invested interest," she said. Once you have retained the story in your memory box, you will be able to recall and retell it. To memorise, the trick is to note down or doodle the incident or story. Hence, keep a notepad or an app on your phone to take notes.
Communication needs focus on depth
Any story writing or narration is like meditation. "You need attention similar to meditation, and you need to be focused. Only then, there will be depth in your communication," said Ramanujam. Besides focus, you also need to have fun while sharing your story. The other important tool to have to narrate a story with depth is to be extremely curious. "If there is no curiosity, you will not have a story," she added.
Move into the story
The strategy for good storytelling is not to make it obvious but to move into it. "Start a story with a riddle or music, and slowly move into your story. The four pillars of a story are belief, hope, love and truth," she said. Believe in your strength. Always leave something hopeful in your narration. Have compassion and love in your art, and always use the most powerful weapon—truth.
Teachers play an extraordinary part in the lives of children and their development. TRANSFORMING CLASSROOMS is our specially customised workshop for the requirement of schools, educational institutions, teachers, story educators. We offer several customized modules to schools and educational institutions based on their training requirements, in addition to our basic module. Our basic module is a one day workshop covering the elements, essentials and techniques of storytelling.
- Integrating concepts in learning - The storytelling way
- Techniques and styles of performing stories in classrooms
- Puppetry Art and craft in Storytelling
- Activity based storytelling for primary schools
- Sounds and voice for the early childhood education
- Language development through storytelling
Tell children a story and they listen with their whole being. Lead children to touch and understand a grass hopper, a rock, a flower, a ray of sunlight, and you begin to establish connections between children and their surroundings. At Kathalaya, as the stories unfold, we help the children bring the activities to life - a holistic, interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.
Duration of workshop: We offer several customized modules to schools and educational institutions based on their training requirements, in addition to our basic module.
Learning outcome: Make learning a joyful experience through storytelling. Build on experiences with activities that help them to care for, and take care of, the Earth and other people.
We, at Kathalaya believe in spreading the power of storytelling as a joyous performing art as well as a tool for educating and motivating. In addition to our flagship courses, Kathalaya hosts many innovative and interesting workshops through the year as below:
- Story wellness
- Storytelling for Effective Parenting
- Shadow Play and Toy Stories
- Digital Storytelling
- Voice of the Storyteller
Workshop duration: We offer 1/2 day to 1 day workshops on these modules.
Learning outcome: Storytelling is a skill and a craft that can be learnt. At Kathalaya, we help you to combine inspiration with information by using storytelling as a tool to engage, inspire and realise your potential.