Wicked Stories takes good and inexperienced speakers and makes you a great speaker. You’ll work with expert storytelling facilitators from the Wicked Elephants Co-op over five weekly sessions – to blend your own story with your organisation’s story; so that you can deliver more impactful messages to your audience – be they the media, your donors, supporters, volunteers or your colleagues.

This online program is a lively mix of exercises, embodiment, theory, small group and larger group exploration.  You’ll gain confidence and delight in eliciting, crafting and telling stories that engage the hearts and minds of your growing audience.

There are five sessions: 16, 23, 30th Nov and Dec 7th (Weds 2-5 pm) and then Dec 13th (Tues 3-5 pm – a dress rehearsal) & Dec14th (Wed 5.30-7.30 pm) the celebratory event. The training culminates on Dec 14th with an online speakers event bringing together a broad audience of supporters, friends and colleagues.

A critical aspect of this training is learning how to craft and facilitate a speakers’ event. Participants learn how to create a social ecosystem shifting their audience from the old and tired consumerist model of one-way delivery of information to a pollinator model- enlivening action, new networks and an audience who senses that their input is valued.

This first Wicked Stories series highlights the fantastic work of our national environmental advocacy groups and social enterprise groups.

We will explore…

• The neuroscience of stories
• Story frameworks and techniques
• Framing key messages
• Storytelling presence
• Authentic storytelling
•The social ecology of stories

This will generate…

• Powerful speakers
• A dynamic, vital social ecology
• Trust and connection with audiences
• A more engaged donor/supporter base


                  If you are unsure or if you have any questions at all, reach out today at hello@wicked-elephants.coop

Your facilitators

Johanna de Ruyter – Story facilitator

Hello, I have been working with stories for 35 years now. I have a history of storytelling via my extensive theatre experience. Over the last 15 years, I have been translating my story-based theatre skills for organizational communication and delivering storytelling training for leaders worldwide.

Sophia Van Ruth – Story Facilitator

Hello, I have a playful history with stories. I am never happier than when eliciting stories using embodied exploration. Our bodies can be portals to authenticity, unearthing potent experiences and leading us effortlessly to the core of the matter. I am an experienced facilitator, having worked with groups for over 20 years.

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