The Art of Telling Our Clients’ Stories

August 11-14, 2011
Portland, Oregon

“A good story helps you influence the interpretation people give to facts” — Annette Simmons

From the time we were able to experience the world around us, we did so through stories. Stories connect people and affect how we experience the world.  This means we need to first learn about our clients, who they are and what it is that needs to be told about them and their life.  By focusing our attention on discovering our clients’ stories, we can ensure that the story that needs to be told, is told. Next, we need to understand and appreciate the people who hear our clients’ stories.  What bonds us to them and vice versa?  We don’t want to flood them with so much information they can’t take it all in, but we also don’t want to leave out what they consider important.

The nature of stories can make the difference between joy and pain, loss and victory. As tellers, we need to learn how to structure and tell our client’s stories so that the receiver—be it opposing counsel, the mediator, judge or jury—can accept our client’s story as the only one that matters. This means we must learn something about where story comes from; the role of the teller; the classical structure of a story; the characters; and, the universal truths, which all compelling stories must offer.

Finally, by examining group process, we can ensure that the story gets heard.  At the same time, we enrich our professional lives by seeking the most artistic and creative way to find, understand and tell our clients’ stories.

During this workshop we will:

  • Explore the impact of stories on our lives;
  • Re-visit old memories and experience them from different perspectives;
  • Practice being present as a client’s story unfolds;
  • Analyze the client’s social atom and its impact on the client’s story;
  • Explore, become familiar with and practice using the story spine;
  • Look at universal truths and their application to a client’s story;
  • Discover our innate capacity as a storyteller;
  • Draw on images and memories in shaping narrative;  and
  • Cultivate and enhance the bond that forms between teller and listener

Tuition is $775 (does NOT include room and board but does include three continental breakfasts and one box lunch).  A non-refundable deposit of $275 is required to hold your space.

Faculty scheduled to participate include: Joane Garcia-Colson, Fredilyn Sison, Mary Peckham, Lynne Bratcher, Carl Bettinger, and Charlie Abourezk.

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HOST HOTEL – The Benson Hotel

Our host hotel for this workshop is the Benson Hotel, located at 309 SW Broadway, in the heart of downtown Portland.  Rooms are beautifully appointed and several great restaurants, both upscale and casual are within walking distance. We have negotiated a discounted room rate for the nights of 8/11, 8/12, and 8/13 with the hotel for attendees of the Story Workshop of $ 129 per night single or double occupancy.

There are a limited number of rooms available at this discounted rate! So please call the hotel as soon as you register for the program. To reserve a room, please call Reservations Toll Free at 1-888-523-6766. The group name is 3 Sisters Story Workshop.

If you note on your application that you would like to be placed on a list for roommates, we will send a list to all those who so indicate so that all of you can find someone with whom to share a room.


PROGRAM SCHEDULE DETAILS

The program begins with registration on Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. followed by a welcome session at 4 p.m. The workshop ends on Sunday, August 14, 2011 at noon.  Please try to not make your airline reservations for your trip home until 2:30 p.m. or later.

You will have your evenings free to enjoy the company of the other participants, spend time with your family, explore Portland or indulge in a relaxing dinner at one of the local restaurants.

An application for MCLE Approval from the State Bar of Oregon is pending.


TRAVEL INFORMATION

If you are planning to fly, you can fly into Portland (PDX).  There is plenty of ground transportation, including taxis, shuttles or the light rail, to downtown; the light rail is the most economical way to get to downtown and sometimes the fastest, depending on traffic.  A rental car is not necessary unless you plan to do additional traveling.

SPACE FOR THIS SEMINAR IS LIMITED, SO PLEASE REGISTER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT OF $275 IS REQUIRED TO HOLD A PLACE AND THE REMAINDER OF YOUR TUITION IS DUE BY July 1, 2011.

IF YOU REGISTER AND PAY IN FULL BY JUNE 1, 2011, YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE EARLY REGISTRATION TUITION OF $695.

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