Storytelling + Activity = Presentation Readiness

Use storytelling & activity methods and strategies when presenting to reduce presentation anxiety!
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  • Lectures 15
  • Length 1 hour
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2015 English

Course Description

Hey y'all! Let me ask you; have you ever witnessed a phenomenal presentation and thought, "I wish I could be that charismatic and memorable!" If so, you're at the right place. This course will tell you how incorporating storytelling & activity design into your presentation will help alleviate anxiety for both you and your audience. We will look five different methods & strategies that will help in forming your own style of storytelling and activity design. By becoming an avid storyteller and facilitator, or teacher, you'll be less anxious while collaborating with your audience, and realize that's it's really not about you!

Why this topic? Are you afraid to speak in public? If you answered yes, you're not alone. This is formally called Speech Anxiety Disorder. Some of the most common symptoms of speech anxiety are: shaking, sweating, butterflies in the stomach, and rapid heartbeat. Every year, surveyed Americans share that public speaking is their number one fear (University of Pittsburgh). In fact, year after year it is listed even before death! This topic is relevant and important because public speaking must be reframed into basic communication! There is a need for newly designed presentation methods because the current focus is not working to reducing fear. There has to be a component to reduce anxiety and allow for great & fun presentations. Remember, it is not about you. Your focus should be on your audience!

What makes this different? The concept of pairing a story with an activity to open your presentation makes the interaction a facilitation, or teaching opportunity. Interaction between the speaker and the audience creates an architect aspect and allows one to project, "This audience needs me to teach them something (said topic); it's not about me, it's about helping them understand ____." A teaching-learning transaction is an opportunity for learners to grow and develop using personal experiences. The teacher is a process facilitator working to create active learning environments for their audience. As a presenter, you are being is an instructor. You are teaching other adults something you feel they should know. Successful instructors recognize the wide range of anxieties that adults bring into a room, and they make every effort to alleviate them early. The first 3 minutes of your presentation are crucial to your success. By creating a climate in which each participant can feel comfortable, secure, and able to learn, they (the instructor) have created the conditions for successful teaching and learning.

Opening with an activity reduces tension and anxiety in both the instructor and the audience. This fosters involvement from all members, helping to familiarize participants with each other. A great communicator knows to put the people before the message! Instead of initially trying to get your audience to immediately download information; have them connect with each other.

How will you measure success? Focus on developing your skills. You should have the desired outcome of creating an authentic and compelling story and activity in which you are proud of. Too often, people get caught up in the fear of being measured by their results. You should feel that by using the outlined methods, you have earned credibility among your audience. Brookfield (1990) believes that building trust and authenticity is essential for meaningful learning. An authentic presenter is one who emanates credibility. This is achieved by revealing aspects of oneself as a person through stories and testimonies. Authenticity shines bright when one is teaching and telling a personal story to involve their audience. Setting a tone of authenticity should be deliberate from every communicator, and should be considered when you measure your success!

What are the requirements?

  • Think of favorite personal stories
  • Bring your imagination!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Incorporate storytelling and activity design into their presentations
  • Focus on the audience rather than themselves, reducing anxiety that sometimes comes with public speaking
  • Know a few methods & strategies that will help along the way!
  • Learn methods and strategies that will help in crafting original stories and activities

Who is the target audience?

  • Those who want to learn methods and strategies on storytelling and activity building should take this course

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: WELCOME Y'ALL!

Hi! I'm Grace and I'm teaching this course to help YOU understand why storytelling and activity design is an important piece of any presentation.

The curriculum I've put together is really for anyone interested in communication and wanting to improve their storytelling and activity designing capabilities.

In this course, you will learn about storytelling and how it effects the brain, activity design and how it creates camaraderie among your audience, and 5 methods & designs to learn and use!

At the end of this course,you will have methods & strategies under your belt that will help in including these components into your next presentation!


Are you a good storyteller? Did you know that people understand and remember stories better than they understand and remember concepts? The reason for this is emotional engagement, comparable experiences and how our brains work to process information! Watch this video to learn more about storytelling.


Facilitating an activity with your audience sets the stage for a great presentation where you can become one with the audience - it helps to create a discussion rather than a lecture! Watch this video to learn more.


Molly Fletcher was the keynote speaker for the 2015 Judson Women's Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Watch Molly tell a compelling story about her adventure of moving to Atlanta, and watch the activity she conducts with the audience!


Interview conducted with Heather Lefkowitz, Coach | Consultant | Speaker; "My work is grounded in creative, playful practices (including improv and storytelling) that emphasize a growth mindset."


Listen to this valuable recap of highlights from the Storytelling Lecture, the Activity Design Lecture, the Creative Practices Lecture AND watch an improv activity example! Watch this before you take Quiz 1.

6 questions

It's time to move, teach & preach!


Want a good introduction to share with your audience, during an interview, or even at the annual family Christmas gathering? Watch this video to learn the Past, Present, & Future Method!


Complete an impression list to determine how your audience will perceive you- get your best adjectives ready!


Your mom is always right, right? Learn a lesson from my mom, Joyce, during the Triple F video!


For this video, you'll need: YOUR IMAGINATION!


Listen to this valuable recap of highlights from the five methods & strategies we learned! The highlights are in the following order: MTP Design, PPF Method, Impression List, Triple F Design, and Campfire Story. Watch this before you take Quiz 2.

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Instructor Biography

Grace Janoski, Storytelling & Activity Strategist

Currently a Career Coach at Vanderbilt University- helping undergraduates communicate through storytelling & teaching them how to facilitate comprehensive activities during presentations. Doing all of this with a touch of southern charm!

Graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2010 with a Bachelor or Science in Organizational Communication. Gained a Master of Education in Organizational Leadership & Communication [with this thesis project!] from Belmont University in 2015.

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