|“Terrence McNally’s “Becoming A Better Storyteller” workshop was spectacular!”
Curt Coffing, State Environmental Leadership Program
“You could feel the buzz in the room as the group learned about the power of
narrative, honed their own story ideas, and shared them on stage.
We would not hesitate to recommend Terrence to anyone.”
Gregg Shibata, Center for Health Improvement, Sacramento, CA
“Your two hour presentation may have changed my life forever.”
Korey Wolfe, Audubon Missouri
Scroll down for Recommendations and a List of Clients. Workshops can be customized or expanded to meet specialized client needs.
The Atlas Family Foundation Grantees Network, Los Angeles CA
The Pachamama Alliance, San Francisco
All-day session to develop and refine shared stories and their “big narrative.”
The Unique Power of Compelling Stories (3 hours +)
Participants come prepared with 2-3 story ideas they could use to help accomplish a work goal. During the highly interactive first hour, I make the case for narrative and share the elements of a good story. Participants spend the second hour writing their own stories, while I offer non-stop, one-on-one coaching and share highlights with the group. In the third hour, volunteers share their stories with the group and receive feedback from me and from their peers.
Message and Media Mastery (choose the length)
This highly interactive workshop offers information and exercises to help you: 1) figure out, clarify and express what you, your department, or your company/organization really want and need to say, 2) communicate effectively in a variety of situations and media, including print, radio, and television.
Why Bad Presentations Happen To Good Causes (3 hours +)
Participants are invited to submit a few minutes of a PowerPoint presentation. After sharing Why Bad Presentations Happen To Good Causes (created by Andy Goodman), I offer personalized feedback on individual submissions. Participants spend the second hour redesigning and rewriting their presentations, while I offer non-stop, one-on-one coaching and sharing highlights with the group. In the third hour, volunteers share their presentations with the group, and receive feedback from their peers and from me. Coaching can emphasize particular aspects of successful presentations, such as design and structure, and successful use of PowerPoint, or performance and delivery.
Dramatically Better Meetings (90 minutes)
What is the quickest way to increase your organization’s effectiveness? Improve your meetings! Dramatically Better Meetings is an interactive, hands-on workshop that uses humor to change the way people think about meetings. It has already helped public interest groups, businesses, and schools get more out of every meeting. Created by Andy Goodman.
Wake Up! Your Life and Your Job are Waiting
Drawn from years of remarkable radio conversations with inspiring individuals, this interactive workshop focuses on personal skills development. In it you will discover how to break some of your unconscious negative patterns and habits, and begin to replace them with new ones that will allow you to enjoy your life and work, do your best, and achieve excellence.
• Courage. When and where do we stick our necks out? What calls it forth? What does it feel like? How can we make it more a part of who we are?
• Flow. Athletes call it being in the zone, the state of being totally immersed in an activity. What are the conditions that bring it forth? How can we set up our lives and
our jobs to make it happen on a regular basis?
• Presence. We explore lessons from cutting edge science that offer potential breakthroughs to achieve freedom from patterns, habits, and ruts.
• What’s working? We introduce “effective questions” as an approach to planning and problem-solving that can be useful in a wide range of situations. Two of the keys: begin with the positive and learn from success as well as failure.
SPEAKING AND TRAINING RECOMMENDATIONS
Terrence is both erudite and entertaining, savvy and approachable. His enthusiasm as a first-rate story teller is infectious, elevating the most ordinary tales to extraordinary compositions. Terry’s workshop inspires hope and optimism for social change agents, and learning to tell your story well is the bedrock of moving an organization to the next level of public recognition. Practical, upbeat and supportive with a sense of fun. Terry is a master of his craft.
– Judith Stavisky, Friends of the Children; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Terrence McNally’s “Becoming A Better Storyteller” workshop was spectacular! Storytelling is a critical skill that every activist should hone and become comfortable doing, and this workshop helps you uncover your inner storyteller, understand why it is important, and most importantly how to do it effectively. Terrence’s wealth of knowledge, sense of humor and wonderful presentation style made this one of the most popular sessions in the history of our annual conference.
– Curt Coffing, State Environmental Leadership Program
Terrence is dynamite. As a speaker he is in a class by himself. He is the consummate professional presenter. He worked diligently and creatively with the session planner, spending hours in background preparation – researching both by interview and lit review for our workshop. He made examples and comments about story telling relevant to our audience of 5 A Day coordinators and public health nutritionists. He received the highest speaker’s rating and our session was referred to throughout the rest of the conference. I would work with him again in a minute and highly recommend him.
– Kathy Cobb, National 5aDay Coordinators /NIH/NCI
Terrence McNally’s Storytelling workshop made an excellent contribution to our conference. He did his homework, learning a great deal about our project well in advance of the workshop. He then worked with us to create a learning experience tailored to our needs — even doing preparation work with our audience. His extra efforts enabled us to make the best use of our time and produced a session unique to our group.
– Betta Owens, Network for the Improvement of Addiction Treatment
The storytelling workshop was one of the best sessions I have attended at any environmental conference. As a result, one or two staff at MCEA are writing and reading a story at our weekly staff meetings and we are putting them in our story bank. It has been a great way to learn about each other’s work and some interesting history.
— Martha Brand, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
SPEAKING AND TRAINING CLIENTS
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION – PACIFIC MOUNTAIN AFFILIATE, Albuquerque NM
AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION New York NY
ANNENBERG FOUNDATION Los Angeles CA
ARENT FOX (Attorneys), New York NY
ASSOCIATION of FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS (WESTERN PA), Pittsburgh PA
ATLAS FAMILY FOUNDATION Los Angeles CA
BANK of AMERICA NEIGHBORHOOD EXCELLENCE INITIATIVE, Charlotte NC
BANNER HEALTH, Phoenix, AZ
BREAKTHROUGH COLLABORATIVE, San Francisco CA
CALIFORNIA COASTKEEPER ALLIANCE, Fremont, CA
CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION of NONPROFITS (CAN), Los Angeles California
CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY, Toronto, CN
CERES, Boston MA
CHCF/UCSF CENTER for THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS, San Francisco CA
COCONINO COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT, Flagstaff AZ
DEACONESS FOUNDATION, St. Louis MO
DENTAL PIPELINE PROFESSION & PRACTICE, Princeton NJ
5ADAY / CDC-CENTERS for DISEASE CONTROL, Atlanta GA
ESALEN INSTITUTE, Big Sur CA
FOSTER CARE ALUMNI of AMERICA, Alexandria VA
FRIENDS of the CHILDREN, Philadelphia PA
FRIENDS of the EARTH, Washington DC
FSG SOCIAL IMPACT ADVISORS, Cambridge MA
GLAXO-SMITH-KLINE PATIENT ADVOCATES, Chapel Hill NC
GRANTMAKERS IN HEALTH, Washington DC
GREENPEACE USA, Washington DC
HAWAII STATE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH, Honolulu HA
HEALTH RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST, Chicago IL
HEALTHY CAROLINIANS, Raleigh NC
INDIANA GRANTMAKERS ALLIANCE, Indianapolis IN
INTEL CORPORATION, Santa Clara CA
IOWA DIETETIC ASSOCIATION, Des Moines IA
THE ROBERT WOOD JOHNSON FOUNDATION, Princeton NJ
KPFT-FM, Houston TX
LOCAL INITIATIVES SUPPORT CORPORATION (LISC), New York NY
JOHN D. AND CATHERINE T. MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, Chicago IL
MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT of COMMUNITY HEALTH, Lansing MI
MICHIGAN PUBLIC HEALTH INSTITUTE, Lansing MI
HERMAN MILLER, Grand Rapids MI
LOCAL PUBLIC HEALTH ASSN of MINNESOTA (LPHA), St. Paul MN
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT of HEALTH and SENIOR SERVICES / LPHA, Jefferson City MO
NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER, Greenbelt MD
NASD INVESTOR EDUCATION FOUNDATION, Washington DC
NATIONAL COUNCIL ON AGING, Washington DC
NEBRASKA VOLUNTEER SERVICE COMMISSION, Lincoln NE
NEIGHBORWORKS, Washington DC
NEMOURS FOUNDATION, Wilmington DE
NIATX / NETWORK for the IMPROVEMENT of ADDICTION TREATMENT, Madison WI
NEW YORK STATE ASSN of COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS, Albany NY
NON PROFIT FINANCE FUND, New York NY
NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION, Raleigh NC
OKLAHOMA STATE DEPARTMENT of HEALTH, Oklahoma City OK
OSHER LIFE LONG LEARNING INSTITUTES, Portland, ME
PACHAMAMA ALLIANCE, San Francisco CA
PALM HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION, INC., West Palm Beach FL
PUBLIC RADIO DEVELOPMENT & MARKETING CONFERENCE, St. Paul MN
RECLAIMING FUTURES, Portland OR
JOHN REX ENDOWMENT, Raleigh NC
COUNTY of SAN DIEGO HEALTH and HUMAN SERVICES, San Diego CA
SANTA MONICA, CA (CITY OF)
SISTERS OF CHARITY FOUNDATION, Cleveland OH
STATE & TERRITORIAL PUBLIC HEALTH NUTRITION DIRECTORS ASSN, Washington DC
STATE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM (SELP), Madison WI
TOGETHER GREEN Collaboration of Audubon Society & Toyota, New York NY
TURNING POINT, Seattle WA
URBAN LIBRARIES COUNCIL, Chicago IL
US CLIMATE ACTION NETWORK, Washington DC
UTAH DEPARTMENT of HEALTH, Salt Lake City UT
VISTAGE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP COACHING, San Diego CA
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, Alexandria VA