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My name is Nathan Young. I've been helping individuals and organizations connect with their audience via storytelling for almost eight years. I've seen first hand how a well told story can hold an audience’s attention and inspire them to action.

Learning how to tell my own stories was also a major turning point in my life. I became more confident and comfortable with myself, and learned how to communicate my vision out into the world. 

Services

Storytelling is a multi-faceted tool that can be used for team building, promotion of a good cause or sharing a personal message. What type of storytelling service are you looking for?

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Organizational Trainings

How can your team harness the power of storytelling for enhanced communication, empathy, understanding and empowerment?

 
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Online Courses

Learn the fundamentals of storytelling in online courses you can do on your own time at your own desk.

 
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Public Workshops

Attend one of our public workshops on storytelling, team building, messaging and more.

 
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One-on-one Coaching

Hone in on your narrative and share the message that will resonate with your audience.

 

Programs

We serve organizations and individuals that are looking to make a greater good in the world. This can be a nonprofit serving it’s community, an innovative social entrepreneurship plan, scientists working on their communication skills, or anybody with a story to share that they think will help people.

Nonprofits

The value of a nonprofit isn’t measured in a simple profit/loss metric. It takes a tool such as storytelling to share the full impact of the work that is accomplished.

Leaders and entrepreneurs

Being a leader takes a vision and the ability to communicate it. By learning the tools of storytelling and making it a part of your daily life you’ll develop the skills to move minds and create change.

Science

Now more than ever the world needs scientists that can communicate the importance of the work they do. By leveraging the power of storytelling you can help your audience understand the true value of science.

Speakers & Writers

Do you have a message to share with the world, but struggle to express it in a way that resonates? Storytelling has a special power to connect with the human mind and turn a vision into inspiration.

 
In a world saturated with painful Powerpoints and meetings ad nauseam, this storytelling workshop is the ideal antidote on how to best capture hearts, minds, clients and markets.
— Holly Smithson, CEO, Athena
Wow! The Storytelling for Nonprofits workshop pushed me and my team to really dig deep. Nathan provided structure and direction without stifling individual creativity. We left left the workshop with stories we can immediately share with our donors and knowledge on how to take any future impact story to the next level to inspire support.
— Sheilagh Carlisle, KPBS
Nathan was an excellent facilitator who was considerate or our organization’s needs in preparing for the board retreat. He delivered on the expectations of the retreat, while at the same time maintaining flexibility to ensure the tone of the meeting was positive. He made real time adjustments to be inclusive of all of the group dynamics. All in our group were blown away with how much work we got done in a short amount of time. Nathan had the right touch, we could not have accomplished our goals without his facilitation.
— Tana Lorah, Board Member, Berry Good Food Foundation
Nathan is fantastic! He was very easy to coordinate with as we were preparing for the Storytelling for Science workshop, and he tailored the event to be practical, hands-on, and relevant to our field. He was an engaging speaker with insightful strategies, and the workshop was a big success!
— Brittany Lee, SDSU School of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
This workshop was chock full of ‘aha’ moments for me to use in my pursuit of funding for our nonprofit organization.
— Joanie Ewing, San Diego Alzheimer's Association
Nathan is very knowledgeable about story-telling, public speaking, and how these factor into successful fundraising solicitations. For me, the most important part of the workshop was learning tips to develop a story’s context, conflict, action, and resolution. I plan to use these techniques to enhance the stories I include in grant proposals and grant reports. The conversations Nathan sparked among workshop participants were really helpful, too.
— Carlos Medina, Father Joe's Villages
Nathan takes the age-old art of storytelling and explains how it can be applied across a range of complex disciplines, using stories to engage the audience, keep them hooked, and help them better comprehend a new topic. His real-life examples and audience engagement demonstrated how stories were much more effective than a bunch of facts and figures strung together. This workshop was well-worth the time and can be applied to all aspects of life.
— Jill McGrady, Senior Ecologist, Great Ecology
Nathan was creative, enthusiastic and inviting throughout the presentation which provided a welcome environment for our group to share their personal stories.
— Albie Masland, Travis Manion Foundation
Nathan’s approach is open minded, and accepting of each person’s aptitude and curiosity. He’s a natural teacher, discuss leader, and facilitator.
— Renee Tourville Werthmann, UCSD Development Communications
Nathan is very skilled at making people feel comfortable. He has the ability to bring a group of people together who may have never met before, and enable them to discuss personal experiences and ideas in a supportive environment. This environment makes it possible to start putting words down on paper, with the option of sharing with the group.
— Emily Burke, Director of Curriculum, Biotech Primer
Nathan has a very natural style of making you feel at ease whether he is instructing, facilitating or brainstorming new ideas. He is very accommodating to each participant’s questions and concerns. His experience in public speaking, writing and social media really adds to his vast repertoire of tools used. All in all, Nathan is a very pleasant fellow to be around. It’s been interesting seeing the various projects over the years that he has developed and/or improved.
— TC Chesser, President, Armor Tek Services
Nathan’s workshop was great! I love reading and journaling but have never written for a public audience until very recently. There was a wide variety of experience in the workshop but Nathan did a great job of making everyone feel at ease and included by initiating collaborative group discussions and with creative questions. I picked up a few very helpful points in learning how to write and definitely built my confidence. I recommend his storytelling workshops to anyone interested in storytelling but not quite sure how to begin.
— Shawna McGrath, Yoga Teacher
Nathan is a gifted facilitator and communicator, and draws enthusiasm and confidence out of his audiences. He helps each participant know that their story is important, and worth telling!
— Colin Richards, Environmental Rights Advocate
Nathan Young is very open and excited about writing. This is so important because his manner allowed me to open up and become excited about writing. During his workshop, I wrote about personal material from my past that I really wanted to write about but had been avoiding for a long time.
— Jason Freeman, Life Coach
The Storytelling for Art and Expression workshop was very informative and provided many useful tips for writing a great story. It was very helpful to learn that there is a reliable and tested method you can use to make readers connect with your story. Nathan is great at giving feedback and guidance. I highly recommend this workshop to all the storytellers out there!
— Marta Manus
As new to public speaking, I found this workshop to be just what I needed, filling in the blanks of structure and story arc. Thank you for the useful hints!
— Randi Kolender-Hock
I’ve attended several workshops led by Nathan, and they’ve always been good. He manages to keep things on track and on time while still maintaining a very relaxed environment. He keeps the class size small so it’s easier to ask questions and interact. This includes interaction with other students so we get multiple viewpoints.
— Dave Barak, Malfunction Films
Nathan created an environment where writers of different backgrounds could exchange ideas and encouragement. This really helped me to make progress on my project.
— Neil McDevitt
Nathan is an instructor who gets to the meat of the matter quickly, efficiently, and even painlessly. He is kind and supportive. His teaching is straight-forward and accessible.
— Valerie Sussman
Nathan served as a gentle guide, allowing us to find our way through the writing prompts. He was positive and supportive as we shared ideas with the group.
— Lana Davis
Nathan had a very calming style to deliver his material and made each person that shared feel very comfortable - he’s very encouraging.
— Cathy Dunn
The writing workshops facilitated by Nathan are thoughtfully conceived and presented, with time to dig deep and excavate the gold that is within us all. Highly recommend.
— Julia Holladay