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Devan Sandiford

Bridging Gaps Between Our Humanity Through Personal Storytelling

Welcome to Bridging Gaps Between Our Humanity Through Personal Storytelling. This workshop will serve as a gateway to creating connections and building camaraderie between diverse groups within your workplace and beyond using personal storytelling.

There is power in sharing your personal stories—the power to build connection, the power to inspire, and even the power to break down bias. Listening to someone else share a personal story has been shown to release oxytocin in the brain, which is the same hormone released when people physically embrace for 20 seconds. Especially in a time when people are physically separated from each other, the ability to recreate the sensation of this level of closeness will support the mission of any company that requires a team to function.

In this workshop session participants will focus on finding compelling and meaningful stories from their lives, learn storytelling techniques for effectively crafting their stories to bring their stories to life and resonate with others, and finally participants will be given the opportunity to share a story with the rest of the participants—Moth style open sharing in community of people who all have distinct stories but shared emotions.

Even the smallest stories can have a big impact—come share your story!

*This is a blame-free anti-bias/anti-racism diversity training session enabling others to gain empathy for experiences they haven’t personally experienced.

My Background

Devan Sandiford is a published writer and award-winning storyteller. His stories have been featured in the Washington Post, The Moth Podcast, Seattle NPR affiliate KNKX, and other outlets. His story—The Loudest Whisper—was chosen by The Moth to be the companion to a story told by Rev. Al Sharpton’s for Black History Month 2020, and was downloaded 700,000 times as of the first week in May. Devan is the founder of Unreeling Storytelling - a Brooklyn-based true personal storytelling show providing a platform for the repressed perspectives of people of color, women, and others who have been marginalized. He is also a speaker and facilitator of workshops and small group discussions focusing on the small, but deeply meaningful, moments from life that help connect us through our shared humanity. Devan lives in Brooklyn, NY with his wife and 5- and 8-year-old sons.

What Team Members Should Bring

Internet Connection
Computer, Phone or Tablet
Paper or notebook

The Setup For the Virtual Session

I’ll be talking you through activities, lessons, and sharing person story examples from my home in Brooklyn, New York.

Seshie Values

Diversity and Inclusion

Team Building and Camaraderie

Communication and Trust

Kindness and Empathy

Learning Something New

Cancellation Policy

As a customer if you cancel 48 hours after you have booked a session with a guide you will get a 50% refund. If you cancel before the 48 hours you receive your full refund. Customers also receive full refunds whenever a guide cancels

How to Experience Seshie

Please make sure you and your team members have Zoom downloaded. After you book a seshie in the confirmation email you will receive details providing the Zoom link and password information.