Steve Rawling | Vistage UK
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Steve Rawling

Steve is an ex-BBC journalist, author and communication expert. He can help you tell great stories about your work. He works with clients across the media industry, technology, education and charity sectors.

Steve reckons he has told over 20,000 stories in his career as a journalist in one of the BBC’s busiest newsrooms. He can walk into any situation, speak to any person and come away with a story about them that makes sense to the widest possible audience. He can pass his experience on to people who know that storytelling is now a vital skill for business leaders.

Anyone can tell stories in a digital age. But that doesn’t guarantee anyone will listen to yours. Your customers, partners and colleagues are bombarded with information in every waking hour. How do you make sure your message gets heard above the noise?

Steve can teach you the tricks journalists use to grab people’s attention. He can help you tell the kind of stories that people want to hear, the kind of stories they will share with others. He’ll show you how storytelling can influence people around you and why it’s increasingly seen as a key leadership skill.

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Awards: Royal Television Society award winning journalist and programme maker.

Accredited Q4 FY2017-18.

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Change Your Creative Culture

This workshop helps leaders take a step back, look at the culture that has grown up around them and start to make it more creative. Steve Rawling developed these techniques during a decade spent helping one of the world’s most creative organisations change its culture.

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Change Your Creative Culture

Overview- How will this help members make better decisions?

We’ve all heard the line that “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. But how do you change the culture of your organisation if you think it’s holding you back? How do you make your business more creative, and get the most out of your best people and their ideas?

Your business culture is made up of thousands of decisions, attitudes and expectations. It evolves over time and often without a conscious plan. Your culture can make the difference between motivated or demotivated staff; between evolving or stagnating in your market.

This workshop helps leaders take a step back, look at the culture that has grown up around them and start to make it more creative. Steve Rawling developed these techniques during a decade spent helping one of the world’s most creative organisations change its culture.

Objectives

  • Understand the importance of creative culture for innovation, staff motivation and your organisation’s ability to respond to changing business environment.
  • Learn practical steps to make ideas flow more freely within your organisation.
  • Give leaders greater confidence to address long-standing cultural problems.

Workshop will cover: three ways to grow your organisation’s creative culture:

  • Identify: the cultural blocks and barriers to creativity (through stories, surveys and conversations with key stakeholders)
  • Act: practical steps (tools, events and systems you can introduce get ideas flowing across your teams)
  • Reinforce: your creative culture in how you respond to new ideas
  • Delegates will practice each step, using real life creative or innovation challenges that they are currently working on.

What’s the one big idea delegates will come away with?

There’s nothing inevitable about culture. If you want your teams to come up with new ideas, there are practical steps you can take to make your culture more creative.

Practical takeaways: simple tools to identify existing barriers to creativity and encourage teams to step beyond them; positive ways to respond to new ideas in your organisation. These include changes members can make within one month and see results.

Business Storytelling

This workshop is based on 20 years experience as a factual storyteller and draws on expertise and examples from a wide range of industries. Participants will get maximum benefit if they bring examples of their own business messages to the workshop.

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Business Storytelling

Overview:

Learn how to tell stories that influence customers and colleagues.

Do you find it hard to get your message across when you're talking about important work? Maybe it's because you're not telling the right story - or any story at all. While facts and data are important, most people find stories easier to understand and remember. This is why successful leaders tell great stories about their work, their staff and their customers.

This workshop is based on 20 years experience as a factual storyteller and draws on expertise and examples from a wide range of industries. Participants will get maximum benefit if they bring examples of their own business messages to the workshop.

Objectives:

Show participants why storytelling is a key leadership skill.

Learn how to use stories to influence your colleagues, stakeholders and customers.

Create business stories and work out the best time to tell them.

Outline:

The workshop will cover:

  • Why stories are the best way to get your message across
  • What are the basic ingredients of a good story
  • How to spot a story you can use in your business
  • The difference between foundation stories and brand stories
  • What kind of stories work for pitches and presentations
  • What kind of stories work for mainstream and social media
  • How to plan “seasons” of stories for your business
  • How stories can change your company culture

Takeaways:

  • Understand the role of storytelling in business leadership
  • Create a foundation story and a brand story about their business by the end of the session
  • Start to plan story “seasons” for your business.

Added May 2017.

Change Your Creative Culture

This workshop helps leaders take a step back, look at the culture that has grown up around them and start to make it more creative. Steve Rawling developed these techniques during a decade spent helping one of the world’s most creative organisations change its culture.

Read more

Change Your Creative Culture

Overview- How will this help members make better decisions?

We’ve all heard the line that “culture eats strategy for breakfast”. But how do you change the culture of your organisation if you think it’s holding you back? How do you make your business more creative, and get the most out of your best people and their ideas?

Your business culture is made up of thousands of decisions, attitudes and expectations. It evolves over time and often without a conscious plan. Your culture can make the difference between motivated or demotivated staff; between evolving or stagnating in your market.

This workshop helps leaders take a step back, look at the culture that has grown up around them and start to make it more creative. Steve Rawling developed these techniques during a decade spent helping one of the world’s most creative organisations change its culture.

Objectives

  • Understand the importance of creative culture for innovation, staff motivation and your organisation’s ability to respond to changing business environment.
  • Learn practical steps to make ideas flow more freely within your organisation.
  • Give leaders greater confidence to address long-standing cultural problems.

Workshop will cover: three ways to grow your organisation’s creative culture:

  • Identify: the cultural blocks and barriers to creativity (through stories, surveys and conversations with key stakeholders)
  • Act: practical steps (tools, events and systems you can introduce get ideas flowing across your teams)
  • Reinforce: your creative culture in how you respond to new ideas
  • Delegates will practice each step, using real life creative or innovation challenges that they are currently working on.

What’s the one big idea delegates will come away with?

There’s nothing inevitable about culture. If you want your teams to come up with new ideas, there are practical steps you can take to make your culture more creative.

Practical takeaways: simple tools to identify existing barriers to creativity and encourage teams to step beyond them; positive ways to respond to new ideas in your organisation. These include changes members can make within one month and see results.

Business Storytelling

This workshop is based on 20 years experience as a factual storyteller and draws on expertise and examples from a wide range of industries. Participants will get maximum benefit if they bring examples of their own business messages to the workshop.

Read more

Business Storytelling

Overview:

Learn how to tell stories that influence customers and colleagues.

Do you find it hard to get your message across when you're talking about important work? Maybe it's because you're not telling the right story - or any story at all. While facts and data are important, most people find stories easier to understand and remember. This is why successful leaders tell great stories about their work, their staff and their customers.

This workshop is based on 20 years experience as a factual storyteller and draws on expertise and examples from a wide range of industries. Participants will get maximum benefit if they bring examples of their own business messages to the workshop.

Objectives:

Show participants why storytelling is a key leadership skill.

Learn how to use stories to influence your colleagues, stakeholders and customers.

Create business stories and work out the best time to tell them.

Outline:

The workshop will cover:

  • Why stories are the best way to get your message across
  • What are the basic ingredients of a good story
  • How to spot a story you can use in your business
  • The difference between foundation stories and brand stories
  • What kind of stories work for pitches and presentations
  • What kind of stories work for mainstream and social media
  • How to plan “seasons” of stories for your business
  • How stories can change your company culture

Takeaways:

  • Understand the role of storytelling in business leadership
  • Create a foundation story and a brand story about their business by the end of the session
  • Start to plan story “seasons” for your business.

Added May 2017.

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