Professional Development/Workshops

Kristin Pedemonti presents Professional Development Workshops worldwide. Highlights: MIT, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, World Bank Head Quarters, UN Child Care Center, TASIS London, Grief Matters Conference Penn State, International School of Paris, Queen’s University Belfast, University of Belize, National Storytelling Network Conference, Sigana Storytelling Festival in Kenya, Malardalen University; Sweden and others.

All Professional Development Presentations and Workshops are Hands-on; learn by participating in small group activities.
There are many different workshops available and each can be customized to your needs.

Here’s what people are saying:

I was especially touched by your excellent presentation at the WFA World Bank Knowledge Forum October 2016. Your packaging of the need to frame ‘stories’ to give life and meaning to big data in presentations was most meaningful to me and you do a good job. I have had a career both at the country level and now in the Bank on data and presentations and what you are about must be scalable to all who work to lift livelihoods of people everywhere.  You make our world a better place.    ~Kris K, World Bank Staff

From Guest Lecture/Workshop Storytelling Malardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden:

“The most helpful thing I learned today was think outside the box, be creative. Great inspiration, enthusiasm, loved it!”

“I would highly recommend Kristin Pedemonti for any school but especially those who need someone who can tell stories with a positive message. She will energize students about reading and performing!” Barry Ferguson, Principal South Lebanon Elementary School, Lebanon, PA

General Staff Development across sectors:

We Become the Stories We Tell (and Share): The stories we tell ourselves about ourselves combined with the stories we consume, click and share deeply impact our views of ourselves, others and the world around us. Kristin shares a pathway to 1. Be aware of the Stories you are telling and the impact they are having on you, your interpersonal relationships and your interactions in the world around you. 2. Understand how these stories can serve or stop you in being resilient and able to navigate challenges. 3. Assist you to begin to set a new foundation with tips and techniques to begin to re-frame, re-tell and be the author of your own story. 4. Be able to better negotiate and navigate challenges. 5. Stop the stories that stop you. 6. Connect more completely to clients and potential partners. 60 minutes keynote, 2 to 3 hours as workshop.



Presentation Skills:

Ignite, TED Type Talks: learn the basics of clear key messaging, the value of story-frames, impactful images and how to incorporate into your presentation.

Powerpoint Properly: no more “death by powerpoint.” Learn how to engage and connect with your audience.

Beyond the Data, What’s the Human Story: behind every number there is a human being, Kristin serves you to find the stories within your data in order to better connect with your audience.

Deeper Dive Coaching for small groups and one on one also available. Click here for more information: Story/Speaker Coaching

Interpersonal Communication:  Cultural Sensitivity: Communicate Across Cultures. We are more diverse than ever, we need to be aware of cultural differences that impact how our message is heard and received.

Health Care Professionals:

See Beyond the Diagnosis/Every Story Matters: Patients are more than their diagnosis or a coding number. Health care staff are more than their title. Are we fully hearing the stories of our clients and patients? Are we seeing beyond the diagnosis? Kristin shares a pathway to seeing our clients/patients as multifaceted human beings so we can provide better care with more positive patient compliance and outcomes. Partner activities provide participants with hands-on application. 60 – 90 minutes

Grief Matters: Many of our clients, patients and their families experience grief; whether due to their diagnosis, the idea of death and dying or from the fatigue of providing care. How do we serve them to navigate their grief while navigating our own? This hands-on workshop speaks to the need for self care as well as how to hear the full stories of those we serve. 60 to 90 minutes.

Grief in Other Cultures: Kristin shares her experiences with grief in other cultures and lights the path for others to better understand, value and appreciate the different ways we grieve as we serve diverse populations.  60 minutes with Q & A


School & Education:

Literacy & Diversity:

A Bridge of Stories: How to Use Multicultural Stories and Legends to Teach a Guided Creative Writing Lesson:  Kristin shares the science behind how and why Story is an effective tool in our diverse classrooms and leads participants through a guided creative writing activity using multicultural legends to connect to diverse students. Application can be put into practice immediately post workshop. Based on her latest book which tells the story of her volunteer literacy project in which she donated storytelling/writing programs for 33,000 students and trained 800 teachers how to use their own cultural stories in their classrooms.  3 hours

Storytelling in the Classroom: Bringing Books Alive
Learn basic storytelling techniques to bring books alive in the classroom; call and response, interjecting audience participation into story, voice and movement techniques. Connect curriculum to story; social studies, English as Second Language, civics, science and Language Arts. Many resources shared for materials you can use to connect your students to multicultural literature while teaching. Note: different materials available for Preschool, Primary, Middle, and High School as well as University level. 4 hours.

StorySolving: Storytelling + Process Drama to Tackle Tough Topics = Positive Problem Solving
Learn how to combine Storytelling and Process Drama to re-work unsatisfying endings. Teach your students to create new solutions to the problem at hand. We focus on issues such as bullying, tolerance and acceptance. This program provides the students with an opportunity for developing problem solving and critical thinking skills. It is also helpful for addressing issues that affect all schools; especially Bullying. The Workshop can be customized to your needs. Appropriate for grades 4 and up. Note: this can also be presented as a student workshop. 90 minutes to 3 hours.

Cross Cultural Communication through Storytelling
Uses of story in cultures throughout the world: teaching tales, peace building through story, character education, social justice, cultural preservation, etc. Explore Panchatantra stories in India, Jakata stories in Indonesia as teaching tools as well as stories from the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Europe. 90 minutes.

Fees are dependent upon which workshop you choose and whether or not there is travel involved. Email for more information about fee structure.