Lessons From Cavemen: Using Stories in Technical (and Nontechnical) Training

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Cavemen taught technical hunting and gathering practices to family and peers using rock art and stories. Today's technical training is often dry and boring, especially if the learner is not highly motivated to participate. Trainers and facilitators are sometimes uncomfortable incorporating stories, often because they were never taught how. By returning to the roots of training with stories in technical training, we can bridge the gap between learner and content, helping participants to internalize the material more efficiently. Storytelling also helps build rapport between the facilitator and the group by humanizing otherwise challenging content. In this session, you will work in groups and use the three must-have story elements along with an easy-to-follow template to develop an impromptu story. You are encouraged to download the handouts before the session.

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