The Science of Your Story
Are you having the impact you want to have with your words? As a business leader, teacher, student, or creative we are all searching for the most effective and emotionally powerful way to tell a story and, more importantly, have it heard. Yet most of us have not taken the time to study what it takes to move people with our story in our presentations, our meetings or our conversations. It doesn’t have to be that way. Ian has studied the science behind what it takes to move people and coached thousands of individuals around the world to find the power in their voice and the value of their stories. This presentation blends poetry, science, and humour and will leave you feeling moved and ready to take on the task of communicating a particular message or idea with renewed confidence and power. Your team will learn how to; make every word count; make your message memorable; influence your audience; and find that place in you that speaks with conviction.
Speaking of Student Life
Through his unique style of Spoken Word, MC/Battle Rap and Comedy, Ian explores issues affecting our generation including sexuality, gender, race, mental health, and Beyonce! This interactive show addresses relevant campus issues while encouraging students to speak their truth in a constructive and creative way.
The Power of Words: Student Leadership
This presentation inspires individual students and groups to engage with the larger student body more effectively – using the power of their voice to become the assertive, engaging and charismatic leaders people look up to. Apply these skills to clubs/associations, student union elections, community events and causes, and watch participation and engagement flourish.
Workshop | The Power of WordsThis workshop contains humour, spoken word poetry and public speaking. Ian conducts a lesson exploring the different writing and performing styles we see around us in everyday society, how different leaders and inspiring individuals in the past have used language to communicate a message. He explores how we find inspiration and the mechanics of writing our ideas down. By the end of the workshop participants will be able to demonstrate an understanding for the importance of storytelling, an understanding of techniques used to express one’s self. There's a story in your throat "calling" for freedom and Ian encourages participants to find it. Participants are led through a process of finding the inner voice and transforming it into poetry.
Workshop | Your Story is Lasagna, LayeredJoin Ian as he explores the layers to stories: those we want to tell, retell, the ones we haven’t figured out how to tell yet. As an artist, student, CEO or NGO we are looking for the most effective way to tell our story. Often stories can come across as preachy, unemotional or too academic sounding. How do we get our "message" to be effectively communicated both on an intellectual and emotional level? How do we intentionally dig beneath the layers to find the truth of our story? Ian helps audiences find the deeper and layered truth behind the issues and topics we choose to write and present about. Searching for the actual truth, opens up doors for creativity, expands audience reach and development, and leaves a lasting impression on clients, audiences, and ourselves.
Winner | Michelle Jean Foundation Art Contest
World Poetry Slam Champion