Mike is like a dry, witty uncle with hilarious stories to tell. In Mike’s workshop, he facilitates a safe, inviting, and fun environment in which to learn what makes stories work well. I had such a great time — even over Zoom! — and I expect to use the skills I learned in his workshop not just for storytelling, but also for writing scholarship applications and pitching future projects to investors!
Jesse Pinho, USC Screenwriting MFA Student & software engineer) https://jessepinho.com/
“Mike does a wonderful job making everyone feel comfortable, recognized and valued and gives on point feedback. I’m a huge fan of his storytelling.”
Mike’s workshops were fun and extremely inspiring. He listens to your story and then he asks questions, and suddenly you realize: there’s much more to your story than you had thought at first. Say, the prompt is a little vague and you decide on some anecdote that happened years ago and you say, yeah, it’ll do. You tell your story and then Mike comes in with his questions and suddenly you’re deep into whatever was going on in your life at that time. Another participant called it ‘story therapy’. Of course, you can keep all of that to yourself. That’s another thing he does: he doesn’t give you advice – unless you specifically ask for it. For me, that meant, I have the space to develop my story in whatever way I wish. Then, the next session, you can repeat, no problem, and find out how your story works with this different approach you have come up with. A true workshop spirit, I highly recommend it, this guy knows what he’s doing!
Eva Goellner, Berlin translator & public speaker
“Mike gives really, really clear advice – he nails it and is really souverän. I came to realize what an art form storytelling is.”
Katja Tannert (Berlin actress & mime) https://www.katjatannert.net/en/
I attended Mike’s online story-telling class last year. This is story-therapy! Mike uses his God-given coaching skills to go to the heart of the matter – finding what matters to your heart within your story. Superficial ramblings are allowed in the service of humour and pace autheticity is the thing, and style and purpose. I fully intend to join Mike’s story class again in the future.
Wendy Buckley (Freelance consultant in quality and leadership)
Dear Mike. Thank you for your lovely storytelling workshop. The intimacy of the atmosphere throughout encouraged me to tell intimate stories, which I normally hold back out of fear of embarrassment. The warm-up ritual at the beginning of each session was a great idea, adding to the intimate atmosphere. Your leadership qualities come from a real compassion for STORYTELLING as an art form. And that is so inspiring! Please do it again!
Sylvia Schöningh-Taylor, novelist
“Mike is a gifted storyteller. His storytelling class was incredibly helpful. We explored effective storytelling techniques and I got great feedback from Mike (and the other workshop participants) on my story. Definitely recommended!”
Angela Ross, PhD, writer/editor
“Thanks so much for all your hard work this weekend. It really was a pleasure to shoot with you and I’m very aware that the weekend could have panned out quite differently had you not been so excellent with your lines. So we were very lucky with you!”
Claudia Lee, Head of production at Regiepapst MedienProduktion GmbH (referencing a film I was the lead role in)