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More Tales for Trainers

More Tales for Trainers

Using Stories and Metaphors to Influence and Encourage Learning

Margaret Parkin

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More Tales for Trainers is an introduction to using stories, anecdotes, metaphors and poetry to give training programmes more impact. It includes 50 tales that trainers can use in a variety of training such as communication, leadership, and problem-solving.

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About the book

In More Tales for Trainers, Margaret Parkin presents a further 50 stories, anecdotes, metaphors and poetry, which any trainer or manager can readily use to encourage and engage learners. Beginning by setting the use of stories in learning on a sound theoretical footing, the book goes on to include sample stories that trainers can use to address a number of learning and development needs. The stories cover all the key areas in organizational training, including: leadership, communication and change.


Table Of Contents

    • Chapter - 00: Introduction;
  • Section - ONE: Once upon a time …;
      • - - 8: Managing the grapevine;
      • - - 9: Knowledge sharing using storytelling;
      • - - 10: Learning histories;
      • - - 11: To sum up…;
    • Chapter - 04: Telling the tale;
      • - - 1: Where and when (and when not) to incorporate story into the learning process;
      • - - 2: Using stories as part of an induction programme;
      • - - 3: Using stories before a training session;
      • - - 4: Unfinished stories and nested stories;
      • - - 5: Using stories for group discussion;
      • - - 6: Using stories for illustrative purposes;
      • - - 7: Using stories for evaluation;
      • - - 8: Ending the day with a story;
      • - - 9: Using different types of story for different effects;
      • - - 10: How to find stories;
      • - - 11: Telling the tale – incorporating the storyteller’s skills;
      • - - 12: Bring the story alive through use of voice;
      • - - 13: Non-verbal communication;
      • - - 14: Don’t think you have to be perfect;
      • - - 15: To sum uP
  • Section - TWO: And then one day;
    • Chapter - 01: Enlightening tales;
      • - - 1: Nasrudin and the tigers;
      • - - 2: In the hands of destiny;
      • - - 3: Worlds apart;
      • - - 4: The chess set;
      • - - 5: Beating the drum;
      • - - 6: The rich and the poor;
      • - - 7: Lauren Luke: changing the face of beauty;
      • - - 8: The doctor’s remedy;
      • - - 9: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz;
      • - - 10: The real king;
      • - - 11: The town mouse and the country mouse;
      • - - 7: Stories to illustrate organizational values;
      • - - 6: Metaphor and culture;
      • - - 5: Stories define organizational culture;
      • - - 4: Stories provide social proof;
      • - - 3: Storytelling or corporate propaganda?;
      • - - 2: Organizational stories and their effects;
      • - - 1: ‘Careless talk costs lives’;
    • Chapter - 03: Sharing the story;
      • - - 5: To sum up…;
      • - - 4: How to influence, motivate and mobilize using stories;
      • - - 3: Story versus facts and figures;
      • - - 2: How stories influenced us as children and still do today;
      • - - 1: Why do we tell stories?;
    • Chapter - 02: How stories influence;
      • - - 9: To sum up…;
      • - - 8: The limitations of metaphors;
      • - - 7: Choosing the ‘right’ metaphor for learning and change;
      • - - 6: Metaphor: the key to the unconscious;
      • - - 5: How does storytelling help the learning process?;
      • - - 4: Whole-brain learning;
      • - - 3: Introducing stories;
      • - - 2: Informal learning;
      • - - 1: How the role of the trainer has changed;
    • Chapter - 01: Stories and learning;
      • - - 12: Learning to learn;
      • - - 13: Sunetha’s story;
      • - - 14: Remember the small things;
      • - - 15: Black and white pebbles;
      • - - 16: The power of influence;
      • - - 17: The elves and the shoemaker;
      • - - 18: Hidden treasures;
      • - - 19: The princess and the pea;
      • - - 20: Is that it?;
    • Chapter - 02: Cautionary tales;
      • - - 21: The goose that laid the golden eggs;
      • - - 22: Premature birth;
      • - - 23: Black spot and green slime;
      • - - 24: For the want of a nail;
      • - - 25: The vain prince;
      • - - 26: Narcissus and Echo;
      • - - 27: Monkey business;
      • - - 28: Mother’s special voice;
      • - - 29: The fox and the grapes;
      • - - 30: The woman who lived with Fear;
      • - - 31: WarGames;
      • - - 32: Poverty and wisdom;
      • - - 33: The dog and the bone;
      • - - 34: It makes you think;
      • - - 35: Dilemma tales;
      • - - 36: Carly’s story;
      • - - 37: The little red hen;
      • - - 38: The Lord will provide;
      • - - 39: Watch the borders;
      • - - 40: The manager who succumbed to a staff attitude survey;
    • Chapter - 03: Happy endings;


Book Details

  • EAN: 9780749460853
  • Edition: 1
  • Published: 3rd October 2010
  • Paperback
  • Dimensions: 234x156
  • 216 pages

About the Author

Margaret Parkin is Founder and Principal of Success Stories. She has worked with individuals, groups and major organizations for over 20 years, helping them with her innovative and refreshing approach to training.


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