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Storytelling for Leaders

Creating Unforgettable Presentations, Communications, and Brands

July 2 - 7, 2017

Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

$395 Tuition

Plus 5 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately

Registration Closed

Program Description

Before dinner tonight, you will see hundreds of emails, ads, tweets, and posts. Yet by tomorrow, when you settle in for a cup of coffee, most of what you saw will be forgotten—except for the stories.

The ability to find, shape, and share your own most essential stories is one of your greatest assets as a leader.  If you are shifting a paradigm, innovating as an entrepreneur, or guiding a team, you can benefit from a treasury of essential stories that you love to tell—and can adapt for different audiences and for different purposes. The key is to have a stash of core, retellable stories.

While we know a good story when we hear one, we don’t always know how to tell one. This week, with storyteller and story coach Jay Golden, you will learn:

  • What a good story actually is and how it works
  • How to find, shape, and share your most essential stories
  • How to adapt key stories to various audiences
  • The impact of your stories on your life, relationships, and work in the world.

You will leave with a universal framework to find and shape any story and the means to create your own treasured collection of stories to use in your business, including origin stories (where you come from), impact stories (what you do), and vision stories (where you are going).

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  • Faculty Bio
    Jay Golden

    Author, entrepreneur, and storytelling coach

    Jay Golden is an author, entrepreneur, and storytelling coach. Since founding Wakingstar in 2009, Jay has crafted stories, led trainings, and coached leaders for clients such as Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, the Rainforest Action Network, and Esalen Institute.

    Jay sold his first business just out of college and set out to see the world, embarking on what would become a three-year journey. Finally tired of the road, he landed in Sausalito where he helped found—which Yahoo! called “The Most Useful Site on the Internet.”

    For the next 12 years, Jay explored the edges of emerging Internet media, fascinated by its ability to transform audiences, and he began to see that little attention was going to the center of it all: the stories that inform leadership, connect every organization, and translate the most critical insights and experiences into relatable, insightful, retellable stories to guide audiences, one-to-one and one-to-many.


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  • Why Attend
    • Draw from what you've learned, experienced, and believe in to find your core stories and/or those of your clients or company.

    • Develop the skills to effectively shape a collection of your own stories that leave a lasting impression and advance your objectives.

    • Identify your goals and audiences and learn how to communicate your visions and best ideas in ways that resonate, move, and inspire people.

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Recommended Reading

    Retellable, Jay Golden.

    Special Interest To

    Innovators, communicators, paradigm shifters, entrepreneurs, and anyone looking for a deeper method of self-inquiry and full self-expression is welcome.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.

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