There are many reasons to add storytelling to your current safety training mix. For starters, learners are less likely to tune out of training that is diverse in approach, and that diversity aids retention and comprehension.
In addition, when people listen to a story, they often become active participants in the storytelling. They identify with the characters and try to anticipate events and consequences. This active participation is like a low-fidelity simulation, with the learner creating neural connections and learning as the story unfolds. Finally, people are just naturally interested in stories, from ancient epics to the latest streaming television series. Why not tap into this natural interest for safety training, which can often be dry, difficult or complex?
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