Who can attend the workshop: Working professionals Teachers Facilitators Travelers Anybody who wishes to share their stories effectively
The story is one of the most powerful tools, in unraveling the inner side of individuals. Some might say, the story is just another narrative, but experts state that stories have the potential to move people to create an action (Woodside, 2008). Insignificant and unimportant aspects of daily functioning get their meaning when drafted in the form of a story. Even when it goes, unacknowledged, stories occupy the primary position of communication in any era. From jogging our memories to experiencing extreme emotions, through stories, we can transcend into reflecting ourselves, as enduring beings.
They are capable of shaping our meaning-making process, brings the trivial to the foreground, they are a representation of who we are and encourage the listeners to employ their imagination to make sense, which indeed makes us a part of the story. This way, we shape stories inside ourselves. Across generations and centuries, stories have been a landmark of collaboration and connection, (Rutledge, 2011) and because it intersects with the human mind, it becomes a universal mirror for humanity. Objectively speaking, stories carry out certain integral functions subconsciously:
• Assisting in developing patterns in the information given, to give meaning. • Activates all the parts of the brain, which one might use if they were actually in the story, playing a role. This is how, all humans are wired to listen to a story, to abstract and personify meanings that are relevant to their living conditions. • Borrowing from the above point, it can change the way one is thinking, based on the effectiveness of one’s story and storytelling skills (Jones, 2014).
Elements of a good story 1. Timeliness 2. Proximity 3. Significance 4. Conflict 5. Prominence 6. Human interest
We will cover Structure & Skills of storytelling
About Harish Bhuvan
Harish Bhuvan is a trainer, facilitator, and medical clown. He left his job at IIT Bombay to follow his passion for contributing to the well-being of children. Since then he has been attached with esteemed hospitals and hospices of India working with terminally ill children and their caregivers. His unique mélange of clowning elements and counseling techniques to release the disease-induced trauma in children has been admired by media and public alike.
He founded an organization Compassionate Clowns which is doing a remarkable task of spreading love and laughter in the lives of vulnerable children. Harish wears various hats, he is dedicated towards the development of cause by bringing in like-minded collaborators together. He is also a master trainer and facilitator. He educates children and young adults in the field to resist sexual abuse. Going forward Harish aspires to blend in his clowning elements with the therapeutic essentials required to release the ordeal of childhood sexual abuse faced by survivors and victims. He conducts these training programs by the mode of storytelling.