Course Outline

Develop the skill of telling a great story to engage an audience, whether you want to tell it in front of a crowd, record it on video, or just have it ready for the next time you are with friends.
We live and work in a world where the well-told narrative is essential. It is crucial to business, career and personal life. We all have stories to tell, a need to share truths, funny experiences, memories and themes. Our stories don’t always pour from us with ease. Knowing why a great story works and how to craft one yourself are wonderful skills to possess.
This workshop explores the framework of a great true story and gives practical step-by-step information on the craft and skill of storytelling.
To enhance your experience, our Online Storytelling classes are limited to ten participants using Zoom.

Ideal for

Anyone who ever tried telling a story that didn’t quite resonate. If you want the ability to tell a funny story, relate a tale from your family history, illustrate a core value with a story or grab and hold the attention of your audience in a speech, this is where and how it begins.


• Understand the basic elements and oral storytelling tricks of a story that resonates.
• Learn how to find and choose a great true story from your life
• Know how to ‘hook’ and audience and build the narrative to a climax
• Learn how to make it funny or interesting by painting engaging visuals with your words
• Recognise themes, compelling characters and their objectives
• Craft and tell a story effectively
• Take away a work in progress

What You Need

• To read our online course delivery information
• Pen & notepad
• A computer/laptop with a working webcam and microphone.

About your tutor

Intuitive, authentic and humorous, John Knowles engages students with passion and humility, leveraging over 25 years of communication expertise in his work as a professional actor, storyteller, improviser, coach and trainer.
John has been performing comedy, writing and coaching overseas business leaders in storytelling with authenticity and humour for many years. Working via platforms such as Zoom, he teaches by deconstructing great stories, doing improvisation exercises and offering insights into story delivery.

Trained in coaching/mentoring with Corporate Coach U. John Knowles has successfully impacted over two dozen Fortune 500 companies with his training and communication programs. John is a 2020 winner of The Moth storytelling competition in Sydney. He is heard regularly on ABC Radio hosting his storytelling game show ‘I Can Top That!’. John studied at improvised comedy at The Second City in Toronto, went to Ryerson Acting School, and represented Australia in the World Theatresports Championships. He co-developed the ‘Impro Crash Course’ for storytellers and stand-up comedians taught at The Sydney Comedy Store.

John’s courses include: ‘Storytelling: Tell Your Story with Impact’, ‘Mastering Your Elevator Pitch’, ‘Present Well In Online Meetings’ and ‘Mastering Small Talk’.

Other information

This course is held on the Zoom videoconferencing platform. Please to read our online course delivery information to get the most out of your sessions.

All courses need a minimum number of students to run. If your course does not have enough students it will be cancelled prior to the commencement and you will be informed. For your convenience information about class cancellations or changes are made initially via email and SMS, please ensure these details are correct.

This course has no current classes. Please to be notified of vacancies and similar courses.