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Steve Donahue

Narrative Intelligence Guru, Bestselling Author, Sahara Adventurer

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Steve Donahue: Narrative Intelligence Guru, Bestselling Author, Sahara Adventurer

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Steven Donahue is a pioneer in the emerging field of Narrative Intelligence and its application for individual and organizational renaissance. He has worked with over 500 organizations to accelerate change, transform culture and energize teams from the inside out. Steven believes that if you change your deep narrative you can change almost anything. That’s why he’s in global demand as a speaker, consultant and thought leader.

He is the author of Shifting Sands, the international bestseller that uses his journey across the Sahara Desert as a metaphor for personal growth and corporate change. Steven co-produced the highly acclaimed documentary film, Take My Advice – I Can’t, which chronicles his 3 year-72,000 mile search for a new story and a reason to tell it.

Donahue is known for insightful presentations that are heart touching and hilarious. He is a spellbinding storyteller and has a special gift for inspiring international audiences with messages that transcend cultural differences. All of Steven’s presentations are deeply researched to be industry specific, immediately relevant and packed with cutting edge content.

Build an Epic Organization
Like the heroes of epic poems, leaders must thrive in constant change and be completely engaged in their journey. They must also be on a quest that creates its own compelling story. Steve shows how to acquire a legendary narrative that employees and customers want to play a role in and be the heroes of. Using cutting edge techniques from the emerging field of Narrative Intelligence he demonstrates how the oldest stories we know are the best templates we have to change, engage and achieve.

Make an Epic Journey on Shifting Sands
Steve's classic presentation based on his journey across the Sahara Desert features a powerful metaphor for leading and succeeding in a change environment.  Steve will keep you moving together in the right direction whether your change is continuous or episodic, proactive or reactive.  His customizable "Rules of Desert Travel" focus on aligning personal and corporate direction, maintaining energy and engagement, teamwork and getting out of your comfort zone.

Tell an Epic Story
Stories carry values, clarify your mission and build brands.  But how to tell your story and what kind of stories to share are crucial when competing for attention in a digital world.  In this interactive presentation, master storyteller Steve Donahue will enthral your audience with his narratives while instructing your group to perfect and leverage their own.  Using the latest brain research he will show the science behind the art of storytelling that helps you captivate, illuminate and motivate.

Steve Donahue is your keynote speaker, emcee and conference storyteller all-in-one.   For the entire conference Steve interacts with delegates on breaks, attends all sessions and functions, then appears on stage as often as possible to weave his thoughts, experiences and insights. He literally tells the story of your conference in real time to deepen the messages and moments from presenters and attendees alike.  Make your next multi-day event more cohesive, inclusive and magical with Steve's uniquely inspiring approach.
"Best speaker we ever had."

"Preparation and execution were flawless."
Thrifty Car Rental

"Overwhelming response."

"Truly assisted us in achieving both our personal and business goals."
Ge Capital“We all found the session incredibly moving and inspiring."
Rogers Communications

 “He excels at taking business information which is relevant and important for the company, and weaving it seamlessly with his own experience to create a dynamic, powerful presentation."
Vishay Siliconix

 “Steve quickly gained a thorough understanding of our business needs and customized his presentation to meet our requirements. His storytelling, high energy and sense of humor kept the audience engaged throughout the entire day and made a lasting impact on all of us.“

Steve Donahue: Shifting Sands

Shifting Sands: A Guidebook for Crossing the Deserts of Change, was published by Berrett-Koehler in May of 2004.
The gripping story of Steve Donahue's odyssey across the Sahara Desert is a metaphor for transitional times in our lives. Unlike the mountains that populate our cultural metaphors -- with clear routes and identifiable peaks – change more closely resembles a desert.

Donahue intersperses the true tale of his harrowing adventure with ‘Six Rules of Desert Travel' that will help you to successfully navigate the shifting terrain of individual and organizational change. Rules such as ‘Follow a Compass, Not a Map,' ‘Stop at Every Oasis' and ‘Step Away from Your Campfire' -- will help you discover your true direction, travel with the right tribe and find opportunity in any transition.

Steve Donahue: Follow your compass, not a map

Follow Your Compass, Not a Map:
The true destiny of every person's life is directed by an inner guidance system that bestselling author Steve Donahue calls your compass. Employing the fascinating metaphor of a sea turtle's epic life journey

Donahue shows readers how to trust their career and personal navigation to compass headings like passion, purpose, authenticity and talent. Follow Your Compass is in part a sequel to his first book, Shifting Sands, a runaway bestseller with over 100,000 copies sold and does not disappoint with practical and applicable advice delivered entertainingly by a master storyteller. 

Bank of Montreal
Campbell Soup Co.
Canada Life
London Drugs
Manulife Financial
Rogers Communications
Thrifty Car Rental