All things you want in your business – and all things that are much more likely to end up scribbled on a crumpled poster behind a filing cabinet than actually implemented in the day-to-day of the business.

Unless … you have a speaker who knows how to get your employees excited about connecting to each other and the business, thrilled that they finally get a chance to innovate, and absolutely bubbling over with engagement.

I’m Marsha Shandur, and I help businesses get their employees excited about what they do.

I give give engaging, funny and exceptionally informative training to employees and management on the one thing that gets people fired up about their work more than anything else –– which happens to be the thing I’m best at:

Storytelling.

As humans, we connect to each other through stories on the most fundamental, primal levels. We can’t help it! Our brains are wired to mirror each other through stories, to empathize through anecdotes, and to feel really, really good when we’re able to interact in such a way that we feel heard. When you know how to make storytelling a part of your business culture, that’s when things can really take off.

Suddenly, people are talking to each other and (much more importantly) actually caring what everybody else has to say. Meetings run more smoothly because everyone’s getting on with each other, gridlocks tend to resolve themselves, and communication between management and staff goes from a boring lecture to a productive conversation.

All this translates into:

— Greater levels of employee engagement, whether the company’s soaring or struggling.

— Higher motivation that lasts much longer than the effects of a three day motivational seminar.

— Increased employee retention –– happy people who feel connected to each other are much more likely to stay at their jobs.

— Developing a culture of innovation that can propel your business to new levels of success.

It’s not your typical training event.

All of my work with corporates –– from 20 minute speeches to 3 day events –– are incredibly informative and practical. You practice everything you learn while I’m right there with you because (1) it’s one of the best ways to learn anything and (2) it beats the pants off of sitting around a conference table watching someone click through slides for a day.

(Full disclosure: I do have slides. But they have clips of Dirty Dancing on them, not badly formatted bullet points.)

So how does this actually play out?

It depends on what your business needs. If you’re having a particular issue –– say around communication between management and staff –– I can teach your managers how to use stories to connect right across the hierarchy. If you could do with some more innovation, I can help you create that all-too-elusive culture of vulnerability that innovation requires using storytelling as a low-stakes way to open up.

These things always happen though:

— People walk away feeling genuinely excited about working in your business.

— Those awkward tangles of bad feeling and miscommunication get washed away in a flood of oxytocin.

— Everyone learns actionable strategies they’ll actually use to keep things ticking along as a team, even when things are stressful.

— People create the kind of bonds over the course of the workshop that often take years and endless “team building exercises” to form otherwise.

— And your business gets the kind of forward momentum that can only happen when everyone’s excited about pulling in the same direction.

The bottom line: stories can be absolutely transformational for your bottom line.

And I’d love to prove it to you. To learn more about how you can book me to up the bonding in your business, click here or email me at marsha@yesyesmarsha.com.

 

 


“Marsha’s workshop was funny and warm, not patronising.”

Nan-Davies“Marsha tailored our workshop to suit our business and provided us with our own resource page afterwards. There was a real mix of people in our session from interns to Heads of Department and everyone took something from it.

I would recommend Marsha’s workshops to anyone who wants their staff to start talking to colleagues in the industry and outside it.”

Nan Davies, Executive Producer, Somethin’ Else, London, UK

 

“In front of an audience of 400 local, national and international music stakeholders Marsha delivered an outstanding session”

“In front of an audience of 400 local, national and international music stakeholders Marsha delivered an outstanding session . . . feedback from all fronts was, without exception, extremely positive and the speech served as the perfect framing device for the day of music panels, workshops and events. We would not hesitate to recommend Marsha going forward for this kind of activity.”

Mark Gordon, Programme Development, Generator Northern Ireland

 

“I would recommend Yes Yes Marsha for all organisations where anyone needs to talk to anyone else, and I am looking forward to welcoming her back next year for another session.”

“A lot of people in my organisation worry about being told to ‘go and connect as they don’t know what to do or say. During Marsha’s workshop, the delegates learned new skills and had fun (so often it’s one or the other not both) and feedback included ‘Brilliant format’, ‘I learned a lot and do not feel scared or worried about implementing any of it’, ‘I wish I had learned this 15 years ago’ and ‘I can’t believe I’m looking forward to my next conference’.

I would recommend Yes Yes Marsha for all organisations where anyone needs to talk to anyone else, and I am looking forward to welcoming her back next year for another session.”

Nikki Beardsworth, Senior Training & Development Advisor, Notting Hill Housing, London

 

“Marsha understands the power of story and how to use it grab the attention of an audience.”

Jeff-Goins“Marsha Shandur is one of my favorite communicators in the world. Her skills as a storytelling teacher and coach are unparalleled, making anyone she works with instantly confident and comfortable. As Tribe Conference’s official ‘Awkwardness Controller,’ she helps our community tell their stories by leading through her own example. Marsha understands the power of story and how to use it grab the attention of an audience. Every time I hear her speak, I am captivated.”

Jeff Goins, Bestselling Author and Founder of Tribe Conference

 

“I received the highest ratings I’ve ever gotten on a keynote I have given for years.”

Denise_B_Scott“Fun and uplifting, my sessions with Marsha got results. After a few simple, but extremely important tweaks, I received the highest ratings I’ve ever gotten on a keynote I have given for years. One woman from the national organization told me, ‘I’ve worked doing this 40 years and have seen thousands, I think that’s the best I’ve ever seen.’ And several people in the feedback forms told me that they cried.

Then, in just 15 minutes, she fixed another speech that I have struggled with and could never put my finger on what was wrong. I feel like I have gotten two speeches that are measurably better, but also the tools to create stronger talks in the future. Plus I have a cheerleader that I look forward to talking to instead of dreading!”

Denise Boudreau-Scott, President, Drive, Manasquan, New Jersey

 

“You’d be foolish to try this on your own, when Marsha’s gift is helping you do it stress-free.”

Jenny-Shih“Truth be told, I’m a shy, introverted, scaredy cat who dreads approaching new people, chatting at networking events, and pitching myself for an interview or guest post… but I know how important all of those are to the success of my business! That’s why I love Marsha Shandur. She knows the tools, strategies, tricks, and approaches to do all of these with ease and authenticity. Whenever she helps me, I feel more confident, clear, and excited… and I actually follow through! You’d be foolish to try this on your own, when Marsha’s gift is helping you do it stress-free.”

Jenny Shih, Business Coach & CEO of JennyShih.com, Corvallis, OR

 

“Marsha Shandur shapes muddled thoughts into story”

Jeffrey_Davis“Marsha Shandur shapes muddled thoughts into story. In a dynamic session full of deep queries and rapid re-wordings, Marsha could convert my convoluted ideas into a concise and comprehensible statement of what I do that would land with my targeted audience’s needs. Her generous heart and brilliant wit make her an utter delight to work with.”

Jeffrey Davis, CEO & Founder of Tracking Wonder, Accord, NY

 

“After a few sessions with Marsha, I now can answer questions about why I do what I do in a way that is not only interesting, but also in a way that feels very authentic to me.”

Katherine-DoolittleThere are many reasons why I do what I do for a living but, before I met with Marsha, I didn’t really have a clear and concise way of communicating those parts of myself to people. When I tried to, it always felt forced and unnatural. After a few sessions with Marsha, I now can answer questions about why I do what I do in a way that is not only interesting, but also in a way that feels very authentic to me. I don’t feel like I am selling myself. I feel like I am just telling part of my story.

Kayti Doolittle, Copywriter, Kansas City, MI