• Storycoaching with Dr Michael Williams

    JpegI am currently training one-to-one with Michael Williams, a storycoach. The aim is to become a narrative leader. I have found the process to be stretching, energizing and fruitful. Michael is a great communicator and his dialogue always probes, to draw me out of myself, but always in a kindly way that nourishes me as I change.

     

    I feel bigger on the inside thanks to the sessions we have enjoyed together. I can see myself communicating better, more strongly, more empathically and with more courage.Thanks Michael for your gifts!Find out more…

     

    I recommend his weekly newsletter– it is full of inspiring stories!

    I met Michael some years ago at a Lapidus event when he led a workshop in transformational storytelling. I wrote about about that earlier this year.See more…

  • Storycoach Michael Williams

    Are you thinking about writing your life story again, or rewriting something traumatic that still affects your behaviour?There are various ways to do that.

    Later this year I will do some rewriting on the mental health stigma that happened to me and other people.

    I was reminded of a session by Michael Williams, where he led transformative storytelling  at a Lapidus event in Glasgow. He is a great talent and a gift to us all. He used the ancient Greek chorus technique. This means that you tell a group about your traumatic event, then they choose a sentence of your own words and repeat it back to you. I told about a traumatic event in my life- causing a fire in a friend’s house where me and my two kids were staying. This had been about twenty years before, and since then,  I had always felt  guilt, blame and shame. My story that I constantly repeated in my head was :

    ‘I could have killed my children’.

    At the transformative storytelling group, the people who spoke my words back to me then went further and told me what a positive thing I had done. That I was a hero, I saved them, I got them out.

    I broke down and wept.

    The story became:

    ‘I saved my children from the fire.’

    and this literally changed the story I had told myself  and do tell myself.

    The relief and the spaciousness that opened up inside of me is strange and amazing.

    I would love to work with Michael again, to share his talents for others’ benefit.

    Have a look at his website !