In real life I was telling stories to someone. There has to be a listener. When I started telling stories to the camera on my computer, I couldn't make it come alive. So I tried to figure out what to do about that. I watched other storytellers telling stories in their living room, I saw them tell outside and I noticed that we are all working our way around the fact, that the listener is not present, is not there.
THEN I found out that Zoom has a split screen possibility. FOR a long time I had the idea of inviting artists into a pub here in Edinburgh, where I live. The two of us should then share songs, stories, poems what ever. THEN came the C-19. I was trying to figure out what to do here in my room in Edinburgh and a thought came to me. I could combine the two, the meetings between two artists and the Zoom split screen. I have now made a series of these online meetings and I call them DuEtS. That is the story of how DuEtS came to be. Two artists, four or three expressions. https…

Storytelling in Radical Management

A group of business innovators will explore the link between the new way of organizing the workplace and the ancient way of communication.The event will take place in Budapest, Hungary the 28th and 29th of March - read more here.
The Radical Management introduces a serious of new communication challenges, where Storytelling is the key to success.
The new way of leadership requires communication based on open dialogue and direct actions. When you use stories to create trust, it starts the open dialogue with your costumer and continues in the open processes within your organization, that is the pathway to success.
This article explains the connection between Radical Management and Storytelling. As a storyteller I find it natural to start with the stories. Why do human beings tell stories?
DNAReality is a strange thing. Sometimes it almost seems logical. But then in an instant somebody smiles at you or hurt your feelings or surprises you. You’re hit by an emotion and, because you’re hum…

Storytelling Coaching Skype


Storytelling: first step or last step?

This is a blogpost I createdI want to raise a new issue: is storytelling the first step or the last step in the journey to revolutionize the world of work.

In Steve’s own journey, storytelling seems to have come first. Up till 1996, he was in the grip of traditional management. Then he discovered organizational storytelling and he pursued that through 2010. His new book is about radical management which means that managers have to start organizing things differently: new goals, new role for managers, new ways of coordinating, new values and finally, as a last step, communicating through stories.

My own journey is in some ways parallel. It also began with storytelling. Up till 2000, I was a traditional storyteller. From 2000 to 2010, I got involved in organizational storytelling, on some occasions together with Steve. This last year, I have come to deepen my work in interactive storytelling as the first step towards organizing things differently.

In Steve’s blog (I love the word revolutio…
Washington, D.C., 2006. Golden Fleece, a loose network of storytellers, consultants and businesspeople in Washington. A young consultant has signed up for my workshop to find stories that show the power of storytelling. My presentation at the Golden Fleece seminar is more or less the same as what's in this book. It's something completely new to the Americans. The content really makes them sit up and listen; the room is filled with energy, and new knowledge emerges.After the workshop, the consultant is not satisfied. It turns out she wants to tell about her own experience with the power of storytelling, not other people's. I criticize her for not taking the opportunity at the workshop, while we were working with the stories. She smiles evasively. I tell her that this moment will never come again. Then she looks up at me with the most amazing eyes and asks if I would work with her stories now.We run around a little, looking for a place where we can sit. We end up in some ove…

The Engh Spring Tour

This is the places Storyteller and Business Narrator Svend-Erik Engh will visit on his tour.If you want to hear about a method to change your communication and your organization (if you want to change your organization before you change your communication, it is OK with me), come and experience one of these presentations and workshops:
Svend-Erik Engh brings an almost unique level of enthusiasm and energy and warmth. He is a terrific performer. Steve Denning, author of five bestselling books on Organizational Storytelling - a new book is released November ´10
10.03.10 noon Ystad, Sweden - "Lite Mer" - Lunch with presentations on new ways of communicating - MAIL
10.03.16 3.30 pm - 5 pm "Auditoriet i Lyngby", DTU Scion, workshops on change communication - LINK
10.04.08 3 pm - 5.30 pm Villaen, Venlighedsvej 2, DTU Scion - go home - workshop. Tell me your story and get useful feed back - LINK
10.04.14 8.15 am - 9.30 am Rockefeller Center, New York City Motivate and communicat…

What is it all about?

Basic rules of Business Narrative learned from the
Mutual responsibility in Oral Storytelling
These words are taken from / Learning Lab
When you listen to a story, you know that you´re having a constant influence on it.It may not be something you notice consciously, but just the feeling of eye contact, the direct and clear communication between two people is enough for you as listener to feel that you are important in determining the direction the story will take.
Each of the people listening to a story affects how the story develops. It is a strong feeling to transform into the real world: You helped shape the story - now go out and shape reality.
You have to experience it to understand it completely, how the almost hypnotic state a story can put a person in can stimulate action.
Dario Fo, from Italy, the winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature and a wonderful storyteller: “The audience has always been my litmus paper, every second. Are you able to listen to them, d…