With over twenty years experience leading workshops in conference centres, classrooms, marquees, care homes and forest clearings the Talesman can offer a variety of workshops for corporate, education and community clients all delivered with my usual energy, enthusiasm and ability to adapt to the audience.


A darkened room, a gently whirring projector and a monotone voice issuing from a shadowy figure. Is it any wonder people fall asleep? Save money, time, effort and carbon.
Come back in to the light and learn how to use your voice, knowledge and personality to get your point across to people who are awake and engaged.


By the end of the day delegates will have

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The Storytellers Toolbox

To introduce the basics of unscripted public speaking.

1 hour. Key stage 2 -Adult. 6-30 students.

Create A Story

To introduce the basics of narrative structure in folktale.
To collectively create a coherent and entertaining story.

1 hour. Key stage 3- Adult. 10 to 40 students

The Great Telling


To develop skills in public speaking.
To develop understanding of narrative structure.
To encourage an interest in folk culture
To encourage an understanding of the value of oral culture.
To give an experience of public performance.

4x1 hour (min)+ performance. Key Stage 3- Adult. 6 to 30 students.

The Magic Hat

A communication and creativity project to promote accepting, valuing and passing on.
Involving 3 or more geographically and/or organisationally disparate groups.
Improving staff buy in, efficiency and satisfaction.


Geographically and/or organisationally disparate groups share creativity with each other, forming links across departmental and social barriers. Greater communication and understanding between groups: After completing the project participants will be able to Participants will also develop improved presentation skills and confidence.

Increased acceptance of others input Leading to improved buy in for projects and processes
Increased readiness to exchange information higher efficiency and error detection
Increased willingness to report back more useful feedback and greater satisfaction in completed tasks


Each group will paricipate in workshops local to themselves to minimise disruption, room costs, transport etc. during which they create and pass on elementsof a story to the other groups.
All groups will have to come together for the final sharing and evaluation.

Why Magic Hat?

The Magic Hat is a device through which the concept of sharing (accepting, valuing, passing on) becomes intrinsic to the stories and the nature of the project.


Each participant experiences:
Communication between geographically and/or organisationally disparate groups is improved increasing staff buy in, efficiency and satisfaction.

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