Course Partner: The Ariel Group


January 27, 2015


March 16, 2015



Group Size


Registration Closes

February 16, 2015


Storytelling for Change

Storytelling for Change is a 6 module course that will help you better connect with your audience, whether in a meeting with one person or in a presentation to hundreds of people. The course is 7 weeks long as one of the modules requires two weeks to complete.

Acumen and The Ariel Group have created a hands-on course to help you develop your practical skills as a storyteller. Whether you work in an office, making presentations in the boardroom, as a teacher with 30 to 300 students, interacting with customers, or one-on-one with individuals, using the elements of story bring you closer to your audience.

Acumen believes that storytelling is an essential tool for changing the way the world tackles poverty because it starts with changing the conversations around what we see, hear, feel and know to be true. Change leaders see the world’s potential, and tell powerful stories that inspire action.

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You'll Love This Course If

  • You make lots of presentations, or you want to get better at them.
  • You are a teacher, facilitator or instructor.
  • You think you don’t have any stories (we’ll bring them out of you!).
  • You want a new way of connecting with people (great for networking!).
  • You’re interviewing for jobs and want a strong way of presenting yourself.
  • You want to change your communication style.
  • You just want to have fun!

Our Learning Partner

Ariel-Logo-AcumenIn developing this course, Acumen is excited to partner with The Ariel Group. The Ariel Group has trained Acumen’s Global Fellows in storytelling for the past five years. Drawing on the same exercises performers use, the Ariel Group training builds critical skills in the areas of leadership development, communication skills, team building, change management, and coaching and development. More information can be found at


What You'll Learn

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Be confident in using stories, especially personal stories, as a part of your communication toolkit.
  • Know how to tell stories and use a specific set of storytelling skills so that you connect with the hearts and minds of your audience.
  • Have developed, rehearsed, and received feedback on one personal story as a replicable model so that you can build a personal ‘library’ or ‘back pocket’ of stories that can be used in different situations.
  • Be able to use a 5-step process to integrate story into presentations for change, work or many other situations.

How The Course Works

There are no in-person teachers or facilitators for this course, but we will have technical and subject matter experts available to assist you online. We will have a peer review component within the course which provides you access to support and feedback from other learners on the course as well. You can take this course either in a group or on your own.

The course will be offered through a third party learning platform called NovoEd.

Course content will consist of readings, online videos and discussions/activities.

If you are planning to take this course in a group, please see the section ‘Interested In Taking This Course in a Group’.

Interested In Taking This Course In a Group

Taking this course in a group is not required but encouraged. Many +Acumen course participants in the past have described this as one of the most rewarding components of the course experience, helping them to complete the course and build long lasting relationship.

If you already have people in mind to take this course with:

  • You are all set
  • Please make sure that everyone in your group is registered for this course individually
  • The ideal group size for this course is 3-5

If you are interested in taking the course in a group, but do not have a group yet

  • Do not worry. There are various ways for you to find a group for you
  • We recommend a group with members that are physically located in the same place. However, we have had groups cover many of the group exercises, over Skype or Google+ Hangouts or WhatsApps so it is possible to have a remote group
  • Several options
    (1) If you are located in cities where Acumen chapters exist, the chapter might be able to help you get connected with other individuals. Please check out chapters’ event page to see if they are planning any +Acumen course related events
    (2) You can invite your colleagues, friends, community members, family to take the course together.
    (3) You can wait for Week 1 of this course. We will include instructions so that you can form a group/join a group in the NovoEd platform

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a set class schedule every week?

We will send you a weekly email however, you do not need to have a set weekly schedule to go through the materials. The course is designed to be completed in 6 weeks (there are 6 modules).

If you are taking this course in a group (which will require you to conduct group meetings for each course module), the time you choose to meet with your group is a decision between you and your group. So please consider all your group member’s availability when you are forming a group for this course.

Will a certificate be awarded upon completion of the course?

We will provide a Statement of Accomplishment for individuals who complete all requirements for this course. Instructions will be provided in the course overview page once the course begins.

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  • Marica Rizzo

    Vancouver, Canada | "Storytelling for Change"

    After participating in the course, we made a deliberate decision to abandon our old presentation style and to fill our presentation with the stories of our experiences and lessons learned, while intertwining the key messages and metrics into the flow of the presentation. The result?

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