TO UNCOVER, CRAFT AND TELL
THEIR MOST IMPORTANT STORIES
"Bob Kanegis knows how to ask questions. His questions pull your story from you, from deeper places than you thought might exist. He Listens. I mean Listens! He hears both your words, and what inhabits the silence between your words.
There is always backstory -- and sometimes, THAT is the story. Work with him. You will be discovering your self and your story."
Veronica Golos, author of GIRL
I'm Bob Kanegis and I've got Story Fever. The symptoms cause me to experience and interpret much of life through the lens of narrative and story. Thankfully, It's a condition that is highly transmissable. That in a nutshell is the foundation and purpose of my Story Strong coaching practice.
I help my clients connect to the power of story and use it well.
Curiosity has been the most consistent through line of my life. Curiosity about people, places, and those big questions about the meaning of it all. It's why I paid a wily first grade classmate five hard earned dollars for an almost mummified roadkill raccoon, and why you'll find me in the library reading the latest research on language and culture one minute, and deep in a conversation with a stranger in the supermarket the next.
In my footloose days I often hitchhiked between Alaska,California and the East Coast. Bank presidents and bank robbers opened their doors for me. The experience of those many hundred rides taught me a lesson that still guides me every day of my life.
Everyone has a story, and needs to be heard!
An old story tells of The Wondersmith,
The Maker Of Worlds.
He picks up an anvil and hammer
that falls out of the sky and says…
“The Tools Have Come to the One Who Can Use Them!”
The tools of Story are available to you.
Yes! YOU can learn to use them well!
How can I be so sure?
Because you are human and born with a
Brain Wired and a Heart Tuned To Stories.
Stories are at the heart of how we
make sense of the world, to ourselves and each other.
Why are stories such a powerful tool?
What does it mean to be Story Strong?
The right story at the right place and at the right time captures attention and stays in listeners minds. Stories Stick!
Stories let us rehearse the consequences of our actions from intention through action to results .They allow us
to reflect, predict and plan.
Stories reveal our values and character in action.They have the power to help us be known,
first to ourselves and then to each other. They can serve to foster
trust or diminish it.
Stories provide meaning and context. They cut through complexity so people will
get an idea in a flash.
Stories point us towards what is truly worth seeking, worth having, and worth doing.
You are keenly observant. You are a powerful listener. You begin to recognize and seek out stories everywhere.
You are skillful at recognizing patterns and connections that
link your experiences
You are practiced and capable of finding meaning in those patterns and connections..
You choose your words wisely, always aware
of their power to
build up or tear down
You can quickly call upon a core repertoire of personal and traditional stories that work well for you.
You fit your stories to your purpose for telling them. You tell the right story at the right place at the right time.
You present the stories you choose to tell authentically and skillfully.
You harness the power of imagination to boost your creativity and widen the scope of what's possible for you.
The ability to think in terms of story matters because
human goals matter, and stories are a one of the
most powerful ways to encapsulate and communicate
our deepest needs, values, and goals.
This is the foundation of the Story Strong Coaching method.
Below are a range of situations where Story Strong Coaching
will be particularly effective.
The Story of Me and The Story of We at Work
People at every level of an organization have two central stories.
The Story of Me and the Story of We. Understanding how these
stories are connected is crucial to everyone's success.
I offer Individuals and teams story based experiences designed to
break down silos and isolation, build trust, enhance a sense of shared purpose, foster collaboration, increase accountability and create a workplace culture that is Story Strong.
"Influence comes from paying attention to those you wish to influence, their stories, the stories you are telling yourself about them, the stories they tell themselves about you and the story not yet told that speaks to you both of future collaboration and mutual respect." Annette Simmons-The Story Factor
When the stakes are high...
Whether it's being on either end of a performance review, broaching a difficult subject with a colleague or team member, having a a frank and necessary discussion with family, or perhaps dealing with a difficult neighbor; situations like these call for reflection and careful preparation.
I coach you to think deeply, get clear about your intentions, consider the impact of your language, then tune and deliver your thoughts in a way that will best insure that you will be heard and understood.
"The difference between the right word and exactly the right word is like the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
"I am who I am because of who we all are together."
When life serves up challenges, change, curveballs and choices, you don't have to go it alone. Your own core story and the wisdom of the ages, passed down through traditional stories, hold priceless clues for the next stage of your journey. Together dive deep into stories that will offer you clarity, energy, and determined resolve to take next steps and truly become the author and not just the observer of your own life.
Bread for the Journey
Crossroads and the Path Forward
"Henceforth, I ask not for good fortune.
I myself, am good fortune!"
Attention is the is among the scarcest and most valuable of human resources. How many times have you almost fallen asleep reading a report or watching a presentation? Imagine your impact when your speech and writing actually serve to wake up your readers or audience . When your presentation is Story Strong, you provide structure, context and meaning. You will reach heads and hearts and move others to action.
When I tell you a story, you may listen for awhile and then fall asleep. But if you listen to my story and you hear your story in it, you will wake up!
Creative Juice and Boost
You're working on something amazing! Whether you've just begun, are stuck and peering through the weeds, or doing some late stage polishing, I bring my story sensibilities and skills to support your project.
At times I am simply a great listener and sounding board. At other times, I may offer a fresh perspective or make a connection that suggests an overlooked possibility for your creation.
"Imagination is the beginning to creation.
You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
George Bernard Shaw
Thank you for reading this far. If you're ready to book a complimentary session so that we can see if your needs and my skills are a good fit...Wonderful! If the time's not right,
I invite you to come back often and enjoy the perspectives and resources that I update frequently on The Storytellers Campfire blog.
I believe deep in my bones that "I am who I am because of who we all are together."
How does that relate to my coaching practice? Coaching is a short journey that we take together in service of what is important to YOU right now, and the as yet untold story of of your life and work in the world in the future.
You may be wondering why the image of the salmon here? Salmon returning on their long migration to the source of their creation epitomize the energy and unstoppable will to move forward past all obstacles, and to fully express their purpose and nature.