Workshops are expanded from Keynote Addresses. They are based in years of experience and research in the areas of education and storytelling. I also bring my experiences as an engineer and research biologist to play. The Workshops, although addressing specific topics, always keep positive outcomes as the focus. The Workshops address the power of story in helping us meet the challenges  in difficult times as individuals, in our families, our work place, and in our community  at large.

Workshops are available from three hours to all day formats. The workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of  educators, recreational leaders, retirement communities, youth groups, families, and other community and business organizations. The focus of workshops may be on such topics as finding and preparing stories for specific purposes, creating stories from personal experiences, creating and telling the stories of your family, organization, or community. Workshops go into greater depth in exploring what stories to choose and how to find them.  Workshops then extend into how to perform and lead discussions through the metaphors and analogies presented in the stories selected.



Telling Your Personal Story

Instructor: Doug Banner


What is your personal story and how does it effect your life?


Is your identity wrapped up in a story that no longer serves you or your organization?


The workshops offered here explore the stories that we use to define our identity. The way we are at work, at home, and in community all are part of our story. What we have come to believe about ourselves and how we have come to believe who we are can be defined by what we believe to be true in the personal stories we tell.
A story trap is an aspect of a story that is believed to be true yet has no factual basis or it has been generated by opinion or outside influence.  A story trap can also be generated by what I call optional facts. These are facts that may be true to a specific situation but then are generalized to a wider view.

The first step in freeing ourselves from “Story Traps” is to explore the types and origins of these pitfalls. Once we have developed a level of awareness in this arena we can begin to unravel our stories and see clearly where the story serves us and where it does not. This is the process of de-constructing our story, converting our perspectives, and reconstructing our stories to ones that serve us.

We do not readily know the traps by which we live until we start consciously and intentionally telling our stories with a critical ear and a discriminating mind. Once we have begun to redefine ourselves in the context of a more positive story we can move toward realizing how we can use our personal stories to transform our lives.

These workshops are crafted for groups and organizations and are offered in three hour increments.

Individual training sessions and consultations are also available.



These are some of the expanded topics presented in Workshops:


Multiculturalism: Building Bridges of Mutual Respect

Tales of wisdom: Drawing on the Wisdom of the Past to Inform our Future

Diversity and Storytelling: Exploring cultures through storytelling

The Oral Tradition: Passing on Our Stories in the Home, Work Place, and Community

Storytelling; Entertainment and Distraction or Sharing of Wisdom

The Modern Storyteller and Reconstructing the Modern Myth

The Living Hero: A New Hero for a New Time.

Using Storytelling in Teaching and Counseling

Storytelling as a Healing Tool

Working with Grief/ Storytelling and Grief Counseling

De-constructing and Reconstructing Personal Identity

Telling Personal Stories: Telling Your Life in an Engaging Way

Gleaning Stories in Family and Community

Narrative and Identity: Personal, Family, Community, and Culture

Storytelling and Social Justice

Applications of Storytelling in business, health professions, counseling, corporate organization, community building….