At Base Academy, we believe that everybody can master the art of communication and storytelling to capture attention, connect others with their goals and motivate people to act. Our storytelling learning bites will be designed to help experienced as well as beginning managers use key messaging, concise communication, and stories for maximum impact both internally and externally across international stakeholders and communicative settings.

The aim is to ensure that you are well prepared to communicate effectively, exert positive influence and know how to handle potential conflict or resistance situations. In times of uncertainty, a well-crafted narrative becomes a source of strength. It's the thread that weaves through challenges, providing a sense of continuity and purpose. By embracing the power of storytelling, we can navigate complexities with resilience and emerge stronger.

Your story matters

In an era where authenticity is prized, a strong narrative builds trust. Whether in personal branding or corporate messaging, authenticity resonates. Share your journey, highlight your values, and watch as your narrative becomes a magnet for trust and credibility.

Great narratives have the power to drive innovation and inspire change. By communicating a vision that aligns with the aspirations of your audience, you can catalyze transformation. In a world constantly evolving, the narrative becomes the compass that guides organizations toward their desired future.

Your story shapes your personal and professional identity, defines your purpose, and leaves a lasting impact. Embracing the art of storytelling, recognizing its transformative power in navigating the challenges means seizing the opportunities of today's world.



Black Label Studio Middelie


€495,00 per person (excl. 21% VAT)


English, Dutch


4 hours live + own work on materials


Anja-Verheij-Köllmann, Saskia Dejonghe


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At a glance:


  • Read and learn all about storytelling systems, building bricks of a compelling story and key messaging techniques
  • Understand and leverage on the impact of stories on teams and employees


  • Brainstorm and craft your big idea
  • Develop a story around it with all ingredients


  • Apply the hero or tri-summit storytelling system
  • Practice your story delivery and key messaging

Saskia Dejonge
lead trainer

anja verheij-köllmann
lead trainer


Facts tell, stories sell.

Andrew Harrington / Entrepreneur, speaker, trainer


Russell Dunn

"There are a multitude of trainers and content experts around, but very few are truly able to transfer that knowledge effectively. The Base team has that ability in abundance and delivers in a way that is both engaging and fun. Their enthusiasm, energy and expertise, combined with the effort they put into understanding the needs and culture of the client is the foundation to their success in creating and delivering learning that works."

Zabna Amer

"Saskia is a born leader: intuitive by nature, professional, and constantly attuned to others' feelings. In a group setting, she is able to anticipate the needs of the group and each member, and is able to positively influence a wide audience. She is a strong believer in personal development and is always willing to show you how to raise the bar. Working with Saskia improved my learning journey."

Helène Erftemeijer

"Still benefiting from your inspirational storytelling workshop. Big ideas are growing and number of fans increasing. Putting your personal tips into daily practice helps us to make extra miles!"

Chris Worp

Hans de Jong

"Anja has a rarely found combination of high professionalism and seemingly unconstrained energy and drive. She is creative, fast and adapts quickly to unexpected situations maintaining her calm and professional composure. I strongly recommend her."

Ruzaliya Zainutdinova

"Saskia provided a lively training on consulting services, public presentation, and public speaking skills during my master’s program on International Communication Management at the Hague University of Applied Sciences. It was an eye-opening experience to learn from such a professional. Saskia is coaching in a clear, understandable, and easy way. I recommend her master classes to anyone who wants to master such skills within a short period of time."

Jacqueline Gearhart

"Anja is one of the best lecturers I have had the pleasure of studying under. She offers expertise in reputation management, intercultural communication, and leadership development through training initiatives and applicable techniques. I highly recommend her not merely as a student but to anyone who wants to enhance their communication skills. Her expertise is invaluable, allowing you to retain the information taught long after your time with her has ended."

Saskia Hofman

"They are great trainers, facilitators and coaches. The storytelling workshop was very inspiring, hands on, refreshing and sparkling because of the trainers."

Roger Karner

"I did work with Saskia in 2016 to further improve my communication skills, especially on stage, talking to a big audience. She is super motivating and clear on instructions how to improve and create a even bigger impact. Most impressive to me has been her ability to provide me feedback on videos of mine in german language - which she do not speak, but her feedback was spot on and I could learn and improve. Thank you Saskia and all the best, Roger"

Ingrid Balogh

"Whatever they do, they do it in a big way. The energy and vitality of their presence take you to places you have not been before. With the way they are, naturally and creatively, Saskia and Anja have a huge capacity to inspire and support people into manifesting their bigger self and bigger purpose. If you want to work with someone who has no fear of stepping into the unknown, who is able to dance with joy on a single rope 20 meters above ground, who disrupts the status quo with ease and grace for the sake of the vision she has for you, who will challenge you to step up in every possible way and has the capacity to hold you in your journey, Saskia and Anja are your best choice!"

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