Do any of these apply to You?
People often tell me that I am a good listener, but rarely that I am a good speaker.
I have a lot of valuable ideas to contribute to a discussion, but I struggle to share them in an elaborate confident manner.
When asked to speak on the spot I freeze. I say the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s often some non-sense. However, afterwards, I think of a million brilliant replies and stories that I could have told.
OR you already have a story you want to tell at your next presentation and you need a place to polish it before presenting.
If you often find yourself in at least one of these
situations we have great news: it can be fixed!
It will help you feel confident
and sound convincing
It will help you become a more interesting and amusing speaker
It will get you used to telling stories without preparation
It will give you a place to practise your stories before delivering them
You will join an online "room" with one other participant.
You will get six minutes to tell your story.
The listener gives you feedback on your story.
You switch roles and the above is repeated twice.
If you want to practise spontaneous storytelling, you will be given a tool to help you find a story from your life along with a short time for prep. Alternatively, you can present any other prepared story up to six minutes long.
You will be evaluated based on criteria specific to storytelling and used by professional storytelling trainers. If you are looking for something outside of Skillsme feedback criteria, you can inform your evaluator who will incorporate it into their feedback.
We hold sessions on Wednesdays at 18:30 - 19:30 London (UK) time once every two weeks.
Check the calendar for upcoming sessions here.
Will this be your first time?
We welcome you to join our next session for free.
"When I started I was very a bad storyteller. People would often not listen to my stories till the end, interrupt me or get distracted. Then I participated in Skillsme Academy's Storytelling course and joined the gym, both of which became the game changer for me. There was a minimum of useless talking and a maximum of learning and practice. But what I enjoyed the most is that now I myself fell in love in telling stories because my delivery has changed so much that people want to listen to me more and more! Thank you so much Skillsme Academy!"
"Amazed by Skillsme Academy. Diana [Academy's Founder] is a high-end professional who puts a lot of energy and knowledge into her programmes. I sincerely recommend Skillsme Academy to those who understand that talking using facts and statements alone is not enough to be an effective communicator, especially if you want people to "buy" what you sell. Skillsme taught me how to be more convincing and achieve desired results as a communicator while still sounding genuine and humane. It was a top level training."
Once you've purchased a plan, you will be receiving email notifications 24h prior to each session with joining instructions.
At the gym you will practise telling stories and receive feedback which when combined will help you become better. However, if you want to learn some Storytelling theory first, we suggest joining Skillsme Storytelling course instead.
You don’t need to be of any particular level at storytelling. Like at any fitness gym, we get people who come to start building their perfect body and those who want to maintain the muscles they already have. Whether you are a total beginner, or a person who knows all the storytelling theory but needs a place to apply it, or even a proficient public speaker who wants to incorporate storytelling into their speaking more often you will find Storyteller’s Gym of value to you.
Building any communication skill takes time, so prepare for a marathon rather than a sprint. You should start seeing a difference after 4+ sessions, which varies depending on individual’s ability, amount of preparation and effort. On average, the skill solidifies after half a year of consistent practice. Some people also find that after a skill is built it is useful to come in at a less frequent basis to keep the level up (like you would at a fitness gym to maintain the muscles gained, though thankfully the storytelling results are much more lasting than in fitness).
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