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We bring people into an ever-inventive world where stories and creativity lead to unpredictable places. Where messy beginnings become masterpieces. Where you learn to love the limitations.

Get your business in Story Mode.

Story Mode brings storytelling and creativity into the workplace. Whether we’re advising individuals, coaching whole teams, or captivating a crowd, we guide business people to think, speak, write, persuade, and engage in innovative conversations.

Curious? Start a conversation here and now:

We won’t teach you how to write a sentence.

We will teach you how to craft a story. With our eyes squarely on the audience, we emphasize emotion, because customers and colleagues have feelings too; craft, because quality and consistency matter; physicality, because our bodies tell stories; and action, because business is about building relationships and creating conversations.

Think you don’t have time to play at work? Think again.

No idea is a bad idea when you’re just finding the story. Our Creativity Labs teach strategies and games to keep you experimenting, surprising, and pushing further.

When you’re on your feet and firing on all cylinders, everything is possible.

Will a story close a deal? Abso-friggin-lutely.

We believe in the Power of 39 to go beyond easy, get past the obvious, and find the story that sells.

All of our classes, workshops, and labs leave you with practical tools and strategies to flex your creative muscles for the long haul. In fact, the more you learn from us, the more you can share throughout your organization.

Facts and figures make you look smart.
Naw, just kidding.

If you want to persuade, tell a story. No one gets emotional about how much the pail weighs. They care why and how Jack and Jill went up that hill.

Writing by committee sucks … or does it?

Experience the Writers Room, where individuals find creative strength in numbers. We’ll teach your team to pitch, play, share, and develop new concepts. In no time, your idea stream will feel like a cookie jar that constantly refills itself.

What will it take to get YOUR team in Story Mode?

Who’s in Story Mode?

Story Mode is a co-production of StoryStudio Chicago and Spencer Grace.

Founders Beth and Jill (affectionately known as “Bill” to some clients) are long-time friends and collaborators whose creative chemistry just, well … works.

Beth Nyland
Corporate Poet & Cutter of Crap

Beth refuses bland and boring. She guides individuals and organizations to string words into stories that motivate people to think, believe, and take action. That’s how business gets done.

Beth is a communicator, leader, advisor, teacher, and founder of Spencer Grace. With extensive experience in corporate communication and change management, she gets results through creativity, good questions, and active listening.

She’s also a daily practice junkie who takes on insane creative challenges, like writing a poem a day for a year.

Jill Pollack
Chief Story Wrangler

A dramatic arts-trained refugee from the corporate world, Jill created StoryStudio Chicago—a creative writing school—in 2003, and began developing new approaches to teach storytelling for business, for the page, for the screen, and for changing technology. Her credo? Don’t Be Boring.

As Chief Story Wrangler at Story Mode, Jill spends her time chasing down the best stories … and making them better.

But telling a great story isn’t enough for Jill; she has to throw some neuroscience into the mix. Art + Science = the answer to just about anything.

Get in Story Mode with us. Reach out now to find out how.

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