Storytelling for Innovators, Disruptors,
and Change-Agents

3 MAY | AUCKLAND | 2016

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Storytelling for Innovators, Disruptors, and Change-Agents

3 May  |  Auckland  |  2016

Michael Margolis – educator, anthropologist, and best-selling author presents this storytelling workshop on how to communicate big ideas and pitch disruptive innovation. Participants will learn a 3-step methodology for how to craft and present a narrative that inspires and influences in the face of deep resistance.

Storytelling is more than theatrical performance or telling good anecdotes. It’s about communicating with context, empathy, relevance, imagination, and truth – in an authentic way that makes a profound connection.

You have a big story to tell. It’s complex and world-changing. Yet hard to explain. If only you could translate the message, people would benefit immensely.

Learn how to communicate big ideas, present disruptive innovation, and best share your own personal story without over-sharing. Storytelling is a hot trend – yet, do you know how to effectively work with narrative in a business or transformational context? Come explore how.

Why you should come

What other delegates have said about Michael:

“Seriously awesome + powerful teachings. I’ve already used your storytelling techniques in a marketing deck & a 2 minute video pitch!”
– Jenn Choi, Founder, Bon Intent, NASDAQ Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.

“Every leader should attend this workshop. The role-plays gave me the opportunity to practice and to get instant feedback to see what resonates. The recommendations were huge.”
– Mark Taylor, Vistage Chair, ChairWorld 2016 attendee.

“Thank you again for the class. Michael truly coached me to get unstuck on a number of entrepreneurial efforts.”
– Dan Becker, Venture Partner, Velocity Venture Capital.


LeanStory is a proven storytelling approach for pitching any breakthrough idea, product, or message.

Specifically designed for innovators and change-makers who challenge the current model of reality.

  • Learn to how to craft a compelling and authentic pitch
  • A 3-step framework for presenting complex, disruptive innovation
  • How to capture the imagination and personalize your story
  • A Jedi mind trick to create relevance and make any idea stick
  • How to turn dry facts and data into a compelling narrative

Who should attend?

  • Social entrepreneurs
  • Not-for-profit organisation leaders
  • Community advocates
  • Professional services
  • Social change leaders

Those with a desire to make a difference in the lives of those you serve.

At this workshop you will have the opportunity to hone in on the pitch of your product, service, or message, so come with something you are passionate to work on.
You will leave with a new working outline for your presentation, having practiced the pitch, along with real-time feedback from your peers and our facilitator. Ensure you bring a notebook/pen or digital device to take notes with.


Michael Margolis is an educator, anthropologist, and best-selling author.

Since 2002, he has taught thousands of change-agents how to communicate big ideas, pitch their message, and enable innovation. As the CEO of Get Storied, Michael leads one of the world’s leading schools for business storytelling and his work and ideas have been featured by TED, SXSW, Google, Fast Company, and TIME Magazine.

Michael is left-handed, color-blind, and eats more chocolate than the average human.

Price & Registration

The 1 day workshop price is $175.00 + gst


  • Welcoming coffee/tea, morning and afternoon tea, and lunch
  • Inspiration!

You may pay by credit card or ask to be invoiced.

There are 3 steps in the online booking process.

You will receive an automated confirmation email.

If you have any issues or questions about your booking, please contact Faye Johnson on 06 878 3456 or email:

What happens if you have to cancel?

Should you be unable to attend, a substitute delegate is welcome to attend at no extra cost. Alternatively, a refund less $50 + GST service charge per registrant will be made for cancellations received in writing (email, letter or fax) up to ten working days prior to the workshop. Regrettably, no refund can be made less than ten working days prior to the event. However, you will be sent the workshop materials upon request. Delegates are responsible for their own travel/ accommodation bookings and no compensation will be made should the workshop be rescheduled or cancelled.

Please note: GROW Ltd reserves the right to make any amendments that we may deem to be in the best interest of the workshop – it is however very unlikely and we will notify you as soon as possible should this occur.


Dates: 3 May 2016

Venue: Quality Hotel Parnell. 20 Gladstone Rd, Parnell, Auckland, 1052.
Ph: + 64 9 303 3789

The Quality Hotel Parnell