Learn people’s stories to retain your best people before it’s too late!

The professional development program for retaining your best and brightest teachers through the power of learning peoples’ stories is led by 35-year K-12 educator and speaker, John Nepper.

What would it look like if everyone working in your school felt acknowledged for the work they do, and were motivated to stay with your schools forever?




A leader in the industry

This program allowed us to become ‘one’ instead of being isolated and not knowing anything about each other.”

– member, Girls Volleyball Team, Zion High School, Zion, IL

As a leader in staff retention, and creating an environment where everyone feels acknowledged for their contributions everyday, John Nepper shares strategies and techniques that are vital to keeping your best and brightest staff.

No matter where someone is from, no matter their culture,
socio-economic status, or background; Their. Stories. Matter!

Support your team in discovering
The 3 Essential “How to” Skills
for keeping your best people fulfilled:

Learning People’s Stories and why that matters

The Ultimate Rules and why asking the right questions are essential for staff retention

Support Strategies for inspiring and motivating your best people to stay


John Nepper & The Story Formula
for Extraordinary Retention™

We provide interactive, high energy live virtual and live onsite keynotes, trainings and workshops that provide school leaders with the skills necessary to attract, and retain the very best staff members for their schools.

The Story Formula for Extraordinary Retention™ provides your people with the ultimate rules for creating higher levels of trust and connection, and a framework for having conversations with staff members that motivate them to stay with their schools forever.

Our mission is to create a joyful world by maximizing the very best of human potential!

The Story Formula for Extraordinary Retention™ teaches:

  • The step by step strategy for building trust between administration and staff
  • The reasons why people avoid having conversations that matter, and how to overcome those barriers
  • In-depth ways to acknowledge and appreciate people for the contributions they make every day
  • How asking the right questions invites people to willingly share their ideas, opinions and feelings
  • How to be a more empathetic leader
This is personal, too!

Many times early in John’s life as an educator, he felt like his story and what he had to say just didn’t matter until he discovered the Story Formula for Extraordinary Retention™. John wants everyone to know that no matter where they’re coming from, their culture, or their social-economic status, or their background, their story matters!

Here’s what we believe:

  • Everyone’s story matters
  • As leaders, our voice isn’t always the most important voice in conversation.
  • People are dying to be heard. Are you listening?
  • Being fully present and attentive is a powerful connection tool.
  • Acknowledging people for the work they do every day is crucial to organization success!
  • The mantra in connection and story conversations is always, “It’s not about me!”
  • Respect for everyone is essential
  • Maintaining each person’s dignity is a must!
  • Being brave enough to have conversations that matter isn’t always easy, but always important, especially where retaining your best people is concerned
Let’s have fun while learning to be more effective leaders!

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