18. mei, 2020

EXCLUSIVE COURSE for LEADERS - May 18th & 19th 2020

The Business of Storytelling

An exclusive 2 day session on Leadership, unveiling the transformational skills of Storytelling by Grandmaster of Storytelling Sue Hollingsworth.

For CEO's, MT's, politicians, leading military staff, leaders of private companies, heads of NGO's and international businesses, directors of schools and hospitals and others for whom the ability to tell a compelling story is an essential skill.

Sue Hollingsworth MBA used to work as an executive in the corporate world, working mainly for American corporations in the software industry. After suffering from burnout Sue realised she had fullfilled her career dreams and wanted to put something new into the world.

She discovered storytelling and combined her sharp business mind, her truck loads of experience & knowledge and co-founded Storytelling in Organisations, the very first consultancy for storytelling in Europe. She is a Founder of the International School of Storytelling and helped build it into the main institute and school for the craft of Storytelling in the world. Whilst there she wrote - together with Ashley Ramsden - the best selling book on storytelling, 'The Storyteller's Way'. Sue was a founder of the Centre of Narrative Leadership and since leaving the School of Storytelling in 2016 has also founded the Centre for Biographical Storytelling. She flies around the world, expanding the skills of the craft within a wide variety of professional fields. This expertise Sue is bringing to DISC. In a small group and a private setting, you will have a focused opportunity to develop your leadership through the art of storytelling

This is a rare opportunity to work with one of the most experienced story consultants and coaches in the world in a small, informal group. Suitable for senior leaders in both the private and public sectors, in any kind of organisation, especially those seeking to extend their reach beyond their current sphere of influence. No previous experience of storytelling is needed but a willingness to be challenged and to learn in an experiential way is essential.

Participants will leave with:

- a clear understanding of why the ability to tell a good story well is a key leadership competency

- a deep grounding in the 3 main different kinds of story

- a practical tool kit of essential storytelling skills

- intensive personal coaching on their own leadership stories.


The Business of Storytelling

Date: May 18th & 19th (Mon & Tue) 2020

Times: 10h - 17h

Location: On a private estate

Fee: €2500 excl. VAT (includes all tuition, materials & food at an exclusive estate in the Netherlands)

There will be a maximum of 6 participants

To subscribe: send an email to michael@DISCstorytelling.com


More on Sue and her work:




Some testimonials on Sue:

"Sue is a great teacher who balances in a very beautiful way the two polarities she has inside herself: great leadership to lead the participants in gentle ways, yet with sharp observations as a teacher. Her attitude to everyone is open, very human. She is very practical and structured but full of joy and flexibility!"

"I learned a lot: not only the craft of storytelling but also just to observe and learn how Sue handled our motley crew of individuals. It was an admirable mixture of robustness and sensitivity. This sounds perhaps a bit contradictory but that is where Sue’s people skills came to the fore, she knew exactly when to stand firm and take no nonsense and when to be sensitive to people’s vulnerabilities."

“I still cannot forget the experience I got from the course. Sue was the embodiment of what a good teacher should be. Her passion and love for storytelling, her teaching methods and her storytelling technique has had an everlasting effect on me.

Sue set the foundation on which my academic work is being built.”


15. dec, 2019
A Highly exclusive Persian Night in a private setting "Remembering Rumi"
December 15th (SOLD OUT!) & 16th (Mon) from 19h30-22h

by the Grandmaster of Storytelling Ashley Ramsden
Special Thanks to Persian Dutch Network

This is an extraordinary opportunity you do not want to miss!

Join in on an exclusive and intimate evening at a private home, right in the city centre. Step into the world of Persian Nights, take your black chai with cardamon tea, smell the jasmine and join Ashley on a journey through the tempting tales of the renowned Sufi teacher Rumi and get inspired by his wisdom, wit and tenderness.


Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī is the famous 13th Century Persian poet and mystic, who is regarded as one of the greatest spiritual masters and poetical intellects of all time. Through him came the most remarkable poetry, tales and teaching that continue to touch the hearts and souls of people all over the world.


On December 17th of the year 1273 Rumi passed away in Turkey after living a full and rewarding life. 746 years later, we remember his wisdom and share his beauty.



Entrance fee: € 40,- incl. a festive Persian meal, fit for a Shah!

 @private home around the fireplace. Location details willbe announced after booking.

For reservations, please send an email with your full name, telephone number and number of people to: michael@DISCstorytelling.com.
In response you will get a conformation mail with a payment request.
NOTE: Only after your payment has been transferred, your seat is reserved.

(NOTE: The 15th is SOLD OUT! and the 16th is filling up quickly; so remember: No time like the present!)



13. dec, 2019

Rumi's poems are meeting places of the heart.

They give the heart eyes, the soul food, the spirit direction.
This will be a day to work with the wisdom of Rumi's words, to follow the teachings
inside his poems and to explore what they address. Like Rumi's poetry it will feature exercises both playful and profound.

Bring your favourite Rumi poem, or come with no knowledge of Rumi at all. Whatever your starting point you will leave a little wiser, with poems as food for life and a compass for the year ahead.

" Rumi is the bread we need to eat " ~ A Greek priest at Rumi's passing.



When: Friday December 13th 10:00-17:00 
Where: TBA on subscribtion
Fee: €95.

There will be Tea and coffee served during the course. (A delicious lunch included)

Concessions on request.

Please subscribe to this workshop by sending an email to: michael@DISCstorytelling.com  

16. nov, 2019

We all are made of stories -we consist of the stories we heard and tell ourselves.

Personal story is a such an effective and profound craft that storytelling can cover.
It is about You, not about something that happened to someone else once upon a time. 

The words woven by the person who experienced the incident can have the power to penetrate straight to the audience's heart and pin them down.

How wonderful if you can get in touch with the power of personal story and are able to share your insight/wisdom with others?

In this course, DISC Director Terra will unfold a fun and exciting journey of getting in touch with personal story(=true life tale).
He will take your hand to let you grasp the basic craft of personal storytelling.

No preparation needed, it is suitable for beginners and people with little experience in storytelling. 
And it is also suitable for public speakers, performers, poets and word lovers.

Contents of the course:
-Stretching your storytelling muscles
-Structure of the story
-Authenticity of the teller (being transparent)


Sat 16 10:00-19:00, Sun 17 10:00-14:00

Location: @"DISC" at Oude Molstraat 37, 2513 BA The Hague

Fee:185 €


7. okt, 2019

Storytelling for Children at the European School of The Hague

7 - 11 October 2019 (every morning)

To celebrate the National 'Childrens Book Week 2019': 5 DISC storytellers will go on an interactive journey through 'The World of Stories', every morning, for a week, at the European School of The Hague (ESH). Stories in Dutch, English, French, Spanish and German, stories from all over the world, from any culture; connecting them to the fascinating World of Storytelling!

This Storytelling Week is an initiative of ESH and focusses on their pupils only. In total up to 800 children will enjoy and participate in the magic of the Craft of Storytelling, right in their own class rooms.



You can not tell just any story to any age group. Stories grow with us throughout our lives and every age has their own interests, focuss, questions and needs. At DISC, we know how to select the right story for the right age. Also the way we tell a story changes according to the ages of our audiences. Telling a story to a 5yr old will be a very different experience from telling that same story to an 8yr old. Knowing how to tell a story, according to the ages in front of you, is a solid part of the techniques of the Craft of Storytelling.

Hmmmm...... maybe we should create a course around that....😉


if you would like to have a Storytelling Week at your school too; do contact us and we will bring the magical World of Stories to you as well.

Storytelling for Children contact: michael@DISCstorytelling.com or 06-16630661