Working Stories: The Power of Story to Clarify, Connect, and Convince


1401 H Street NW Suite 500 · Washington, DC

How to find us

Accessible from Metro Center (Red Line) and McPherson Square (Orange, Silver, Blue Lines).

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Tell me, do you remember the 12 point plan Martin Luther King Jr. had for peace? What about the one from Steve Jobs for the iPhone? Warren Buffet for investing? Of course you don't remember the plans. You remember the stories they used. That is what inspires people to carry out a plan. No matter the industry you are in, or your level in that industry. Leading people will mean inspiring people. One sure-fire way to do that is with a compelling story.

But how is that done? How did they develop that gift? Replace "Gift" with "Skill", and you will be able to understand how you can inspire people with a story. Skills are taught. Skills are developed. Skills are improved.

During this talk you will take part in an interactive experience to learn the skills for telling a compelling story. We will cover some basic concepts of telling effective stories. Attendees will be given a basic framework for delivering their own stories.

Learning Outcome
Attendees will gain an understanding of the potential of using stories at work, and the tools to story properly.

About Nick
Nick has had the honor of serving in the United States Air Force for 10 years, followed by 4 years in the United States Air Force Reserves. Nick also has 19 years of fire service time, with 16 years of that being in a career department in Northern Virginia.

Nick is also a member of the public speaking organization Toastmasters. He holds an Advanced Competent Bronze (ACB) certification. He also tells personal narrative stories that have been featured on shows for Better Said Than Done, The Moth, Storyfest Short Slam, Secretly Y’all, and The Story Collider. To help others in the DC, MD, and VA area find about these shows (and more) Nick started the blog Story Telling On Purpose. There you can find more shows, storytelling workshops and other storytelling insights for storytelling and public speaking for purpose at

6:00 - 6:30: Dinner & Networking
6:30 - 7:30: Mini-Story Workshop
7:30 - 8:00: Q&A/Wrap-up