Corporate storyteller, host, and engagement strategist Shaun Derik has dedicated his career to helping all dreamers reconnect with their passion and natural-born gifts.
Shaun uses music, movement, and storytelling to move his listeners from “IDEA” to “I DID IT.”
He is the creator and facilitator of Saying Something Inc., where programs are designed to encourage all participants,from students to staff members, to live a life worth talking about.
Shaun’s expertise in effective client engagement derives from his 15 years of experience in youth development, 8 years in prevention, and 6 years in corporate team building and philanthropic event planning.
His most notable work is in character development, serving such worthy causes as The Mississippi Department of Education’s Dropout Prevention program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York Youth Advocate team training, The National Police Activities League, and Youth to Youth International.
Just months before the historic worldwide shutdown, Shaun hosted the West Virginia Gamechangers Opioid Awareness Conference, where he engaged and inspired over 200,000 participants via live PBS broadcast and over 20,000 in-person students.
His work in education, philanthropy, and media has reached more than 700,000 dreamers and has been featured on CBS, NBC, Essence.com, and many other media outlets. Whether on stage, in the classroom, or in front of the camera, Shaun Derik continues to outline how to live a life worth talking about.
Before tablets & smartphones, TV & radio, and even books, letters, or hieroglyphics, humans relied on the tradition of oral storytelling for entertainment, education, and important instructions. The griots of the past had methodology that helped their tribe with morality, memory, and entertainment. Prior to physical recording, these scribes designed stories to be so engaging that their impact would last for generations. After all, no one forgets a good story.
Storytelling helps us think spherically. A short story can change our perspectives and views, build respect for authority and process, and draw awareness to things that could be harmful or lethal for us and our surrounding communities.
But perhaps the most important part of storytelling is having a story to tell. At Saying Something Inc. we encourage our clients and participants toward a life worth talking about. This means taking healthy risks, challenging ourselves with new ideas, and daring to make mistakes.
We guide our clients through the art of engagement. We show them how to locate the highlights and low points in their personal story and business journey.
Whether you’re speaking to students, motivating a team, or choosing a backstory for your company name, find out how our storytelling coaching can create a narrative that will engage the audience of your dreams.
Engage your employees with a unifying team event! Through interactive group challenges and small circle share-outs, we foster growth and give a voice to all team members. Our team-building activities are designed to develop trust, build camaraderie, and process emotion in real time. Ask us about our Corporate Team Building day packages.
Challenges: Life-Sized Puzzles, Scavenger Hunts, Talent/Strength Showcase
Activities: Post-Mortem Analysis
Planning: Team Goals and Projections
While social media proves that almost anyone can become famous, we must now ask what people become famous for. In this timely and highly engaging presentation, Shaun recounts his most burdensome years in school and how finding his voice gave him the relevance, confidence, and endurance to say “nah” to unhealthy influences and “yes” to the things most valuable to his peace of mind and future.
This presentation helps young people find value in their abilities. It encourages teens and young adults to re-enter workspaces with a healthy sense of self. Shaun shares how to be an example worth following and outlines how students can become agents of change in their homes, schools, and communities.
Shaun Derik explodes onto the virtual scene bringing high energy, humor, and a fresh perspective to participants. After the biggest shutdown in human history, young people are feeling the excruciating crunch to catch up. Though many influencers and presenters already focus on post-pandemic bliss, The H.A.R.D. Part boldly weighs the costs of denial, the rewards of reframing stressful situations, and emphasizes what it means to be an asset to your student body in these trying times. Shaun uses music, anecdotal humor, and group challenges to equip students with the tools and distinctions needed to complete a successful school year. Learn abouttoday’s biggest distractions keeping your students from their potential and cool new strategies to combat them.
Shaun & his team will create a high-octane, innovative program that aligns with your needs. You can expect a consultation meeting, ongoing communication while planning your program, and post-event debrief materials. All services utilize music, rhythm, pop culture references, and heavy audience participation to transform lectures into captivating live shows.