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How Stunning Storytelling Can Advance Your Career (FREE Online Training)

More than 230 GovLoopers have responded to a challenge from Dave Dejewski to explain what they do in 7 words or less and Jeffrey Levy has asked: “Can you tweet what you offer an employer?” While the responses are clever, you’ve got to wonder if 7 words or 140 characters are enough to tell your story to a potential employer – especially in government! That’s why GovLoop and Young Government Leaders have asked the brilliant Bill Brantley, a Human Resource Specialist from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and a communications instructor at the University of Louisville, to lead:

FREE Training: How Stunning Storytelling Can Advance Your Career

Thursday, July 21, 12 – 1p ET

A bit more about the workshop:

“Stories give life to past experience. Stories make the events in memory memorable to others and to ourselves. This is one of the reasons why people like to tell stories.”

Roger C. Shank, from Tell Me A Story (1991).

In this webinar, you will learn how to use storytelling to help you in your job search. Whether you are seeking your first job, switching to a new position, or making that leap into a senior position, stories are the best way to communicate your unique skills and experience. Stories are how people think so, when you use stories, you are using the most powerful form of persuasion.

During this session, Dr. Bill Brantley will share how to best use stories to create engaging resumes and cover letters. He will also describe how to prepare for the interview by developing a set of prepared stories that will make you stand out from the other candidates.

Join us on July 21st at Noon ET for FREE and learn…

  • What a story is and how to tell it
  • How to mine your experiences and skills to create a compelling story
  • Analyzing the job announcement to craft the most relevant stories
  • The five stories you should always have for any interview


A bit more about Bill:

Dr. Brantley is a Human Resources Specialist (IT) at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He is currently detailed to OPM’s Open Government Team where he provides consulting on project management, knowledge management, and organizational change. He is also an online instructor for the University of Louisville’s (Kentucky) Department of Communication where teaches web site development and communication technologies. During his eleven years as an instructor at the University of Louisville, Dr. Brantley taught a course in job-hunting for Communication students where he emphasized the use of storytelling in creating resumes and cover letters and preparing for interviews.

What questions, topics (or stories!)
would you like Bill to cover?

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L P O'Neil

Storytelling format grabs initial interest, but what do you do when people’s eyes glaze over

because they need a ‘so what’ answer faster than the story line evolves?

Priscilla Rose Cuddy

Storytelling is also a key tool for leaders who want to inspire implementation of strategies. Many other uses, too.

Gary M. Morin

Sounds interesting. Will it be provided/presented in a format that is (technically) accessible to persons with disabilities?

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@Gary – I will discuss that with the technical folks.

@Priscilla – Absolutely! Steve Denning has some great resources on using stories in management.

@L.P. – Some stories can be as short as one sentence and still provide the “so what” answer. Stories don’t work in all situations but neither does the “so what” answer.

@Stephanie – I believe it may be available after the training. I will ask about that.


Would also love to hear how to ask for stories as a hiring manager. What questions should be asked that bring out stories?

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@Steve: The three most common questions should trigger stories:

+ Tell me about yourself.

+ Why should I hire you?

+ Where do you want to be in the future?

Cassidy Seeman

Thank you for this webinar! It was very informative, and I started my Work Diary today, and will be looking for some of the resources listed. Thank you for this great webinar! and Thanks Bill for all the information.

Gary M. Morin

Never heard back about the accessibility of the seminar, for those of us that use assistive technology. I gather the webinar happened already then.

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@Gary – The seminar will be archived on the GovLoop site. Please send me a message and I will see what I can do to help you access the seminar. Thank you for bringing up the issue of accessibility.