Dragon slaying stories

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  • Discover how the stories we tell ourselves shape our brains and how to create your own dragon slaying stories - stories that will boost your energy and confidence at work.

    Workshop content

    A developing body of research shows that expressive writing helps calm the mind and increase feelings of well-being. In the context of work, putting pen to paper to record your own stories can be deeply self-affirming and confidence-boosting.

    During this taster session, you'll be guided through different writing activities you can use to build a bank of your own dragon slaying stories - short, information-packed accounts that demonstrate your strengths.


    • Create new perspectives on challenges
    • Increase awareness of your strengths, and
    • Build workplace resilience
    Please bring a notebook and something to write with.

    If you would like to learn more about dragon slaying stories ahead of the workshop, you can read Liz Ryan's description of this technique.

    NB: The focus of this session is on using writing as a tool for self-development in the context of work. You will not be asked to read aloud anything you've written. 

  • Jennifer Gunthardt, is an ILM accredited coach and part of the Oxford Brookes Coaching Pool, with a particular interest in personal narrative, meaning making and self development in the context of work.