ATD-OC Book Club Discussion: A Leader's Guide to Storytelling

  • 11/23/2020
  • 7:15 PM - 8:30 PM
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The ATD-OC Book Club is open to non-members too! It’s a great way to learn more about ATD-OC and our wonderful members.

Series Dates:

  • November 23 - Book Discussion
  • November 30 – Story Development Workshop
  • December 7 – Story Development Workshop

To help integrate the concepts and lock in the learning from the book, the book Discussion session will be followed by two optional independent workshops on story development. Not sure if you want to attend one or both of the workshops, come to the discussion and decide then.  

What is our agenda?

Some come to talk, some to listen, all to experience the moment.
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Greetings and self-introductions 
    (exact time and format depend on number attending)
  • 30 – 45 minutes: Discussion on three questions
    • What learning point matters to you most from the book?
    • Where does the lesson apply in your current life?
    • What is one action you will take as a result?
  • 10 – 30 minutes: Discussion on next steps
A little about our book…

Use the right story at the right time to inspire change and action by connecting with people’s minds and hearts!

This revised and updated edition of the best-selling book, A Leader's Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative, details why storytelling is one of the few ways to handle important and difficult challenges of leadership by sparking action, getting people working together, and leading people into the future.

Using myriad illustrative examples and filled with how-to techniques, this book clearly explains how you can learn to tell the right story at the right time.

A little about Stephen Denning…

Stephen Denning is a leading writer and consultant who consults to organization in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia in the areas of leadership, innovation, business narrative, and management.

He is the author of the acclaimed books Squirrel Inc., The Secret Language of Leadership, and The Leader’s Guide to Radical Management. Stephen Denning has won awards from Financial Times, The Innovation Book Club, and 800-CEO-READ.

The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling is a hands-on guide to unleash the power of the business narrative.

“People don’t connect with charts, graphs, and documents, because they generate a collective yawn. People connect with people. So if you want to energize your audience, use stories. Denning does a masterful job aligning a variety of workplace messages with story content.” – Chicago Tribune


Q: What if I didn’t read the book or only read part of it?
A: Join in anyway. We can be your live version of "CliffsNotes®" for learning.

Q: Where do I get a copy of the book?
A: You can order your book on

Q: Why join a book club discussion?
A: Read what
 John Coleman wrote in HBR.

This meeting is open to members and non-members of ATD-OC. There is no fee for this program. Registration is limited to 42.

About the Facilitator:

Jeffrey Hansler, CSP, author of Sell Little Red Hen! Sell! published in eleven languages, is a consultant and educator. An expert at organizational development, leadership, and persuasive communication, which includes skills of innovation, influence, negotiation, sales, body language, micro-expressions, finance, and authority.

He has been part of the L&D industry since 1988 and is experienced in construction, healthcare, government, tech, distribution, manufacturing, and service.

He may be reached at

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