The Stories Workshop


     What is it all about?
The Stories Workshop is a fun, entertaining and practical program to enhance the way congregations and ministry groups listen to each other and care for each other's needs. It uses the medium of life-stories and the story-songs of Michael Kelly Blanchard. Many times, people within the same congregation or parish don't really know each other. At other times, groups of ministry professionals simply need a time of refreshment.

We all have stories to tell. Within "story-pods" Christian community happens naturally as participants share the memories and feelings of real life. The Stories Workshop is a flexible and proven vehicle to help unite your congregation or ministry group in closer Christian community.

Who benefits?

Unlike a "typical" training program, The Stories Workshop provides enduring benefits at multiple levels:
  • Employees benefit by acquiring new skills for communication and relationship-building.
  • Managers can heighten staff receptivity/support for communication of mission, values and goals.
  • Customers gain as employees apply improved listening and interactive skills to solve problems.
  • Business Partners are better able to support common objectives and work cooperatively.
Organizations as a whole can enhance the day-to-day work environment and reinforce principles of positive, respectful and meaningful dialogue throughout the entire operation.

Is it cost effective?
Our scheduling approach means we often conduct multiple presentations in a given geographic region. This allows us to keep our travel expenses low and spread costs across several programs - passing along the benefit to you. Our satisfied clients tell us that The Stories Workshop is one of the best educational program values available. We will be happy to work with you to deliver a high quality, rewarding program within your budget and in various presentation lengths.

How does it work?

Singer-songwriter Michael Kelly Blanchard providesstory-songs as a thread throughout the workshop. David Blauwengages participants in building and exchanging stories of theirown. This combination of presentation and interaction allowsparticipants to embrace and apply useful tools for effectivelistening and communication. Work teams are strengthened andreal skills can immediately be applied to work with co-workers,clients and customers.

Can it be customized?

Yes. The Stories Workshop has been presented to rave reviews in a wide variety of settings - including manufacturing firms, non-profit organizations, hospitals and health care groups, and interdisciplinary conferences and association meetings. We will work closely with you to make sure the program meets your specific needs and exceeds your organization's expectations.


What people are saying about The Stories Workshop

      "What a wonderfully engaging workshop! David Blauw and Michael Kelly Blanchard were masterful in both content and style. I was not only thoroughly entertained, but feel remarkably able to actually apply and retain the information. I would recommend this workshop to anyone who could benefit from some personal and professional validation and rejuvenation."
- Deb Gauldin, RN, Chicago

   "Through his songs, Michael Kelly Blanchard's stories become our stories. Through his guidance, David Blauw leads us to the realization that we are both uniquely different and surprisingly alike. In the process, we learn to become better listeners, not only to others' stories, but to our own hearts."

- Cathie Vander Velden,
Lutheran Homes of Oshkosh, WI

     "Outstanding and healing! Excellent in every respect. Each presenter opened their life experiences to us and resonated with themes and feelings in our own stories. This workshop will profoundly shape the way we do care. Thanks for validating and affirming in us our stories. We were moved and enriched."
- From The Association of
Professional Chaplains, Toronto

   "Thank you for bringing this empowering workshopto us. I will be able to use this information in my work. I laughed... I learned."
- Mercy General Health Partners, Muskegon, MI
The Stories

...Because we all
have a story to tell.



How do we get started?

We'd love to hear from you! To obtain more information about The Stories Workshop call our number below to speak with us directly. Your email inquiry is also always welcomed. We look forward to exploring options and learning how we can be of service to your group or organization!


Contact us!

The Stories Workshop
121 West Avon Road
Unionville, CT 06085
Phone & Fax: (860) 673-1032


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