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2016 Annual Conference: Catalytic Storytelling
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Catalytic Storytelling - Engaging Audiences, Donors, and Volunteers
Facilitated by Michael Kumer

Wondering how to tell a dynamic story about your nonprofit that will inspire Board members, volunteers and donors? Michael Kumer, Founder and CEO of Boards MTO, challenged attendees to think outside the box and develop their listening skills in order to “own” their personal and organizational stories.

Michael offered these top tips for catalytic storytelling:

  1. Give your main character a name
  2. Provide a time and place
  3. Share the barriers/challenges
  4. Celebrate the successes and lessons learned
  5. Keep story to a maximum of two minutes

Check out the advance learning material sent to prep the conversation around storytelling:

View the full session notes:

Catalytic Storytelling Summary
Catalytic Storytelling Morning Session notes
Catalytic Storytelling tone & take-aways

About Michael Kumer

Michael Kumer is the founder and owner of Boards MTO (Made to Order), a boutique consulting firm helping community benefit boards attain excellence in all areas of governance, including planning, board member recruitment, compelling board meetings and effective board structures. An exceptional facilitator, he is often called upon to help organizations achieve consensus.

As an enthusiastic, energetic, and inspiring speaker, Michael’s programs have enjoyed a cumulative enrollment of thousands of board members, staff, and volunteers representing hundreds of nonprofit agencies. He is a frequent guest speaker on the topic of community leadership at local, regional, and national conferences.

Michael previously served as the Executive Director of Duquesne University’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) and Associate Dean of the School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. He also served as the Program Director, Community Leadership Concentration, for Duquesne’s Master of Science in Leadership degree program.

In addition to his knowledge regarding current trends in community leadership, Michael benefitted from personal experience gratefully accumulated as a board or advisory council member of a number of prestigious organizations, including the Allegheny County Library Association, Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Music for All, PA Association for Nonprofit Organizations, Pittsburgh Chamber Music Society, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and Youth Education in the Arts.