Doug (Story) Stevenson

Interactive/instructional keynotes on leadership, influence, persuasion and sales through strategic storytelling.


Communication, Real Estate


Communication, Leadership, Persuasion/Influencing, Presentation Skills, Sales, Success

Full Bio

Hi. Doug Stevenson here.

Thanks for taking the time to learn more about my influence, persuasion and sales through storytelling keynotes. I started teaching storytelling in 1996, long before storytelling became the hot topic it is now. Over 20 years later, my ability to tell a great story and teach others how to tell their stories has allowed me to speak in 16 countries to over 1,000 audiences.

A small sampling of my storytelling-in-business clients includes Google, Verizon, Amgen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Caterpillar, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, Deloitte, Genentech, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, Oracle, Rockwell Collins, State Farm, Wells Fargo, SAP, US Bank, and hundreds of associations and nonprofits.

While you're here reading about me, please take the time to watch my videos, especially my "Sell It with a Story" video. You'll get to see me telling a story that acts as a metaphor for what I do for my clients. I help them "Hide the Pill in the Peanut Butter." Watch the video.

If you're like many of my clients, you want someone to come in and show people how to make their technical and complex content more engaging and compelling. Logic explains. Stories persuade. If you are looking for a keynote on influence and persuasion, my storytelling keynotes for leaders, salespeople, and brand managers will fit the bill. 

All of my customized storytelling keynotes and breakouts are like mini-learning experiences. It's not my intention to dazzle you with my storytelling ability. I want to dazzle your audience members with THEIR innate storytelling ability, and give them techniques to make their stories even more engaging and effective. But I will dazzle you with my stories, anyway!

A little bit about my background. I started out to be a movie star. I was the original Danny Zuko in the first production of GREASE in Chicago, and acted in movies, TV, plays, musicals, and commercials. After 16 years devoted to an acting career, I moved on and left Hollywood. I was a Realtor in Colorado Springs for 11 years before I made the transition to professional speaking. I've lived in Chicago, LA, Colorado Springs, and now call Tucson home. No more shoveling snow for this baby boomer.

I'm an avid runner, dog lover, and movie-goer. I love to watch good acting. I have two stepsons and daughters-in-law, three grandkids, and have been married to the love of my life, Deborah Merriman, for over 23 years. I finally got it right.

My book is titled Doug Stevenson's Story Theater Method. Let's talk about how I can WOW your audience. Oh, yeah, read my testimonials. They're pretty awesome.

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