Your Solution Story Matters: Shifting from Problem to Possibility


Your product or service is about more than simply reacting to a problem; you are actively shaping a response to it. You want to be associated with that innovative solution.

Thaler Pekar & Partners offers a practical and efficient tool that communicates your solution in an engaging and positive context, and invites your listener to assist in replicating that success.

“I heard you speak this week at MPHA and told you that I was using your storytelling format to present at Rotary about our public health home visiting collaboration with ImagineIF Library in Kalispell, MT. All I can say is THANK YOU!!!!!! It went better than I could have imagined. I had five minutes to describe our work with the Library to offer families literacy kits that were purchased through a small local business grant. The Library is pursuing local support that will allow a continuation and expansion of the kits to more families. I shared a story about a family that received a kit. I put a place in time, described the kids and the emotional and sensory pieces of the story, which included stress, chaos, and a family split by the father having to work away and a mother juggling work, childcare, the start of kindergarten and two rambunctious children on her own. I gave the kids false names to protect their identities; the names helped the audience feel connected.

I added, “Imagine if…every family in our community had increased opportunities for literacy. What kind of an impact would that have on our youth, our adults, our schools, our businesses when the next generation enters the work force with higher literacy rates. What would the impact be on crime and poverty?”

I asked for support from a room of business people, healthcare administrators, and educators. I returned to my table and several Rotary members I was seated with had tears in their eyes and thanked me for the work we do and the collaborations we have built. I received several pats on the backs, many handshakes, three invitations for future speaking engagements, and two completely separate from each other, “you knocked it out of the park” comments!!!!

I owe you a huge thank you. Your tactics really worked!!! What a powerful tool. Thank you for taking time to share your knowledge and skills with us here in Montana.”

– Holly Jordt, Flathead City-County Health Department, Montana

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

March 11-15, 2019
WBENC National Summit & Salute, Houston

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 5-8, 2019
FRANK conference, FL

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, NYC

December 9 & 10, 2018
Private Client, Phoenix

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

November 15, 2018
NationSwell Summit on Solutions, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

October 10-12, 2018
Communications Network, San Francisco

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

March 20, 2018
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Success Story, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Baltimore

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study

February 15, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ