How to tell your story of disability for personal & business success
At PurpleSpace we know that storytelling can transform the workplace. We know that because we have been delivering story-telling “know-how” in one form or another for over 10 years. In fact our work with global companies, government departments, police forces, NHS Trusts to support the delivery of outcome-focused employee networks / resource groups to help disabled employees talk about their experiences at work has opened up a new movement. We call it the ‘third phase of change’ – where employers build disability confidence from the inside out.
Many of our members now run their own successful campaigns to make it easier for disabled employees to share their story of disability, bring their authentic selves to work and feel more able to ask for, and secure, the workplace adjustments they need.
Our cutting-edge approach has supported many hundreds of organisations. They tell us that they are seeing the rewards of learning directly from their own disabled employees and are looking to better invest in their people as they build confidence and resilience.
Within our membership, we see many examples of excellent story-telling campaigns – take a look at one of our favourites:the Barclays This is Me campaign.
We believe stories are not just for the big platform moment: the benefits of weaving your own story of difference into the everyday exchanges at work can be life-changing. Sharing your story can help ease the way forward with simple team interactions to help you work better with colleagues. It can help nip potential ‘awkward’ moments in the bud, as you take control of your story. And, over time, and as you become more proficient in telling your story it can build your personal brand as a confident, capable and high-performing individual. And this is much more than identity – it’s about being who you are.
We're delighted that our hosts for the new Purple Stories Workshop are PurpleSpace members Gowling WLG.
Lorna Gavin, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Responsibility, said: "Diversity and Inclusion is a huge part of our firm; it's one of our values: 'we all bring something different'. Disability, mental health and wellbeing is a core element of our strategy as we recognise that understanding and meeting the needs of our people and their specific requirements is critical to ensuring they can thrive and excel.
That's why we are proud to host the first Purple Stories workshop of the year and to support employees to share their story."
Our refreshed “Purple Stories” workshop developed from the “Telling Stories for Success” workshop which was co-created by Kate Nash, founder of PurpleSpace and Fiona Anderson, a former BBC producer, is now re-launched for 2019. It is a perfect workshop for anyone looking for support in how to frame their story of disability or mental ill health to weave into the everyday exchange or for the big platform moment.
“Great content and even greater people. The lived experience and examples in the room were inspiring and I took a small part of every story told away. Powerful and thought provoking and I am genuinely excited to share more with the skills learnt."
Rob Munns, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, PurpleSpace members
- Help you to develop a powerful individual brand;
- Help you identify the positive parts of your own life story and develop your own clear messages;
- Improve your personal impact and performance by learning how to edit useful parts of your story and eliminate those things that maintain unhelpful stereotypes;
- Learn how language and structure can help you create a persuasive narrative;
- Have time to practice delivering your story in a supportive setting;
- Receive take away tips and techniques on how to continue to develop your story and ideas.
Key benefits for you:
- Learn to express your story of difference clearly and confidently in the business context;
- Increase your effectiveness by improving the way you share your story of resilience, adaptability and humanness;
- Spot the difference between real and perceived barriers to individual work success;
- Develop ideas as to how you can continue to improve your own description of disability and the positive impact on your life, for business success.
Key benefits for your organisation:
- Demonstrates tangible investment in the leadership skills of disabled talent;
- Offers know-how in how you invest in the internal storytellers to help the organisation improve its disability confidence;
- Supports the professional development of core ‘change’ agents for the future (personal and organisation).
In advance of the day, delegates need to think about:
- What you would you like to get out of the day?
- What is the story you have to tell about your experience of disability / mental ill health at work?
- How might you use the learning for personal and business gain?
This workshop is being coordinated though the CEO office. Please email email@example.com to receive an application form and to book your place with a non-refundable deposit.
Cost: £300 for any disabled individuals from within member organisations / £450 for non-members.
Further dates for our UK roadshow of personal development workshops in Scotland, Wales, London and Northern Ireland will be announced soon.