Speaking And Training

Ann marie Houghtailing has traveled the world speaking and training leaders and corporations on a wide variety of topics, including storytelling, leadership, business development and inclusion. Houghtailing’s notable clients include global law firms, Uber, Google, U.S. Trust, Bank of America, California Women’s Conference, Lawyers Club, California Board of Equalization, BDO, Smithsonian SERC Board, University of San Diego, Cal Western School of Law and Thomas Jefferson Law School. Her humor, energy and command of story distinguish her as an utterly unique and memorable presenter.

*All programs can be delivered and customized as a keynote or training based on the client’s objectives.

Speaking Reel

Storytelling Reel

Narrative Leadership & Coaching

We are all a story. Story defines who we are and how we engage with others. Great leaders are great communicators. Building strong teams, creating
change, overcoming struggle, and the ability to influence behavior is dependent upon the credibility and authority of a given leader. But how does one inspire, elevate and motivate an organization to rise to its highest potential? The key to all relationships is our capacity to build trust.

Research indicates that our brains love story. We are hardwired for story. Storytelling builds trust, credibility, and cooperation. When we use storytelling correctly we can build successful relationships and influence outcomes.

Participants will learn:

  • How storytelling impacts the brain
  • How to create a narrative structure
  • How to use storytelling to influence behavior
  • How to understand your identity through narrative
  • How your story impacts your leadership style
  • How story listening impacts the limbic brain

Storytelling & Business Development

Presentations & Consultations

Helping clients create dynamic, emotionally intelligent presentations to engage, influence, and inspire action.

Humans crave story. Stories have been used to instill loyalty, morality and fear. Storytelling has existed for a long time – long before we had the science to measure its impact.

If we want to establish trust and build relationships, we have to create a Narrative Imprint™. The ability to hold someone’s attention and create trust through narrative recognition is critical throughout the business development process from casual meetings to consultations and presentations.

We now know that storytelling creates a bond between teller and listener. Old modalities of features and benefits and mission statements are not effective or sustainable. Training professional service providers to be excellent communicators and storytellers accelerates the relationship development process, increases conversion rates and infuses the consultative process with humanity and elegance. People may not remember the features and benefits of your service but they will never forget the story you told them about how you saved a company millions, increased revenue, or transformed leadership.

Participants will learn:

  • An understanding of why our brains love storytelling
  • How to use character-driven story to increase emotional connection, build trust and create relationships
  • How to evaluate current processes to increase narrative impact
  • The importance of threading narrative and questions throughout the consultation process
  • How to use presentations and consultations to influence your audience
  • How to synthesize information into narrative
  • How to make your presentations and consultations memorable
  • How to increase conversion rates through narrative imprinting
  • How to be memorable

Storytelling & Inclusion

Our collective understanding of unconscious bias and the benefits of an inclusive dynamic culture have exploded in recent years. We are all aware of the business, societal and human stakes at play in issues of diversity and inclusion. Because we are hard-wired for story, story is a pathway to connection, cooperation and compassion. Understanding our own story and the stories of others helps us to better understand how and why we may inadvertently exclude others and how to become more inclusive leaders. Storytelling and story listening provide a tangible, natural way to more inclusive, dynamic engagement.

Participants will learn:

*Why the brain is wired for story
*How to structure a story to create a Narrative Imprint™
*How to become a better story listener
*What kinds of narratives are impacting how we engage with others
*How and when to infuse storytelling and story listening into business practices