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I Work at the Place Where Storytelling and Learning Converge

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A flowchart for an iPad app simulation I designed and built.

I’m a professional learner. I’ve known my whole life and all the self-assessments have confirmed it—-I get downright obsessive about learning, and I get restless if I’m not learning.

 

In fact, I’m so interested in learning that I think consciously and constantly about how it’s happening.  Which parts of your story am I understanding? Which are more challenging or problematic? What really engages my attention, and what makes me struggle to stay awake? More importantly, how can I repackage what I’ve just learned in the most effective manner possible, maximizing the strongest parts and finding solutions to the not so engaging ones?

 

That’s where I leverage my years as a filmmaker and writer to accentuate the inherent drama and enthusiasm that makes it compelling. And that’s where it’s even more helpful that I understand how the right camera angle or the perfect word can really drive a point home, or where a well-placed joke can entertain and retain attention while also staying on message. These intangibles have a real impact: they’ll make others want to learn your story.

I've been teaching and storytelling for a long time--since before I knew to be embarrassed about my 1995 hairstyle when I taught English at Zhejiang Technical University in Hangzhou, China.
I’ve been teaching and storytelling for a long time–since before I knew to be embarrassed about my 1995 hairstyle when I taught English at Zhejiang Technical University in Hangzhou, China.
 

I do this work because I love going to new places, meeting new people, and learning what it is that makes your organization truly matter. And I’m not satisfied with your story until I’ve thought it through well enough to get others as excited about it as I am.  So whether your project is a fundraising video for your international development organization, a press release for your new product line, a computer-based training that simulates the application of case law, or whatever else, I can learn what the story is and tell it. Well.

 

Let’s talk about how I can help tell your story.