Our blog contains stories for trainers – people love learning from stories, they present no threat and yet the morals of the tales resonate with us.

Stories can contain and convey multiple messages, they’re surprisingly useful when conveying complex ideas in ways that help us to understand,
stories are far more engaging than simply reciting dry data.

Psychologist Jerome Bruner’s research suggest that facts are 20 times more likely to be remembered if they’re part of a story.

We want to enable storytelling as an effective way to to influence, inspire, and learn. Feel free to use these stories for trainers in your next training session

The Story Book

 The story book is the name of a folder in that sits in the corner of my office. Take a peep inside and you will find a source of magical stories they are printed on old, yellowing, torn, and decaying paper and while the paper slowly disintegrates the magical power of the story continues to grow. We collect stories; we steal pages from magazines on airlines, in dentist’s waiting rooms, from fish and chip papers and from corporate communications that sit on perfectly polished coffee tables in reception areas. We collect stories that entertain, engage, educate, and enable evaluation. We [...]

2023-12-20T19:49:35+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

Beryl’s Table, Sid’s Bonds, Ted’s Trauma, and Cattitude

This is the story of Beryl’s Table, Sid’s Bonds, Ted’s Trauma, and Cattitude Beryl is confused about the delivery date of her new table, she thinks she has made a mistake and now needs to accompany her husband Albert at his hospital appointment. Beryl likes to talk (a lot) and listening is made even more difficult by the constant yapping of her dog Bowser. The Black Stuff was founded in 1983 by Sid Black, a Commissioning Manager based in the UK. Sid is talking to his financial adviser about bonds as a method of raising capital. Ted, a manager at [...]

2023-12-20T11:21:05+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

The Story of the Lebanese Tailor

This is the story of the Lebanese Tailor. A lawyer and a Lebanese tailor are sitting next to each other in an airport lounge. The lawyer is thinking that Lebanese people are so dumb that he could get one over on them, easily. So the lawyer asks if the Lebanese would like to play a fun game. The Lebanese tailor is tired and just wants to take a nap, so he politely declines, and tries to catch a few winks. The lawyer persists, and says that the game is a lot of fun. I ask you a question, and if [...]

2023-12-27T21:49:30+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

A man who wasn’t there perception and ambiguity

Yesterday, upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there He wasn't there again today I wish, I wish he’d go away... When I came home last night at three The man was waiting there for me But when I looked around the hall I couldn't see him there at all! Go away, go away, don’t you come back any more! Go away, go away, and please don’t slam the door... (slam!) Last night I saw upon the stair A little man who wasn't there He wasn't there again today Oh, how I wish he’d go away... [...]

2023-09-04T10:24:49+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

It aint my job

It ain't my job to sweep the floor Or move the stuff from door to door. It ain't my job to hump a ton Of this and that - it ain't much fun. It ain't my job to wonder why The boss is looking sad of eye. It ain't my job to figure out what he's got to gripe about It ain't my job to give a toss Just what's screwing up the boss. It ain't my job deliveries not met Why should I break into a sweat? It ain't my job to sharpen tools, If others do it, they're [...]

2023-09-04T10:34:37+00:00Categories: Stories for Trainers|Tags: |

Learning from Dire Ear and the Mad Hatter

Here at Spectrain we receive requests for a variety of customised materials, related to training, development. We also produce presentations for corporate events, and individuals who are pitching for sales. Recently we were recommended to an individual who had reached the final stage of a recruitment process for the role of learning and development manager. He was required to deliver an interactive presentation, the brief: What can we learn from the story of Alice in Wonderland, Dire Ear and the Mad Hatter, that is applicable to Learning & Development? Very much like Alice I went off on a journey [...]

We Are a Team – Everybody Agree?

A team had four members called Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. There was an important job to be done. Everybody was sure that somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but nobody did it. Somebody got angry about that because it was everybody’s job. Everybody thought anybody could do it, but nobody realized that everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that everybody blamed somebody when nobody did what anybody could have done. We Are a Team - Everybody Agree? What are the lessons? The story reminds me of the behaviours we quite often see in the boardroom scenes in the [...]

Tittle Tattle lost the Battle – Avoiding Toxic Gossip

Avoiding Toxic Gossip In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC) Socrates was widely respected for his wisdom.     One day the great philosopher was approached be an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, 'Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?' 'Wait a moment,' Socrates replied. 'Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test.'......'Triple filter?' replied the acquaintance! That's right,' Socrates continued. 'Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The [...]

Back Room Betty The Mystery

Back Room Betty The Mystery For Secretaries........ A large organisation hired several cannibals. "You are all part of our team now," said the HR manager during the welcome briefing. "You get all the usual benefits and you can go to the cafeteria for something to eat, but please don't eat any of the other employees." The cannibals promised they wouldn’t eat their colleagues A few weeks later the cannibals' boss remarked, "You're all working very hard, and I'm satisfied with you. However, one of our  most valuable secretary’s Back Room Betty has disappeared. Do any of you know what happened [...]

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