Stories that Stick: Using Hollywood Methods to Supercharge Training

March 15, 2023
4 Minutes
Jim Piechocki joins #IDIODC March 15.

Telling stories is a tried-and-true method for helping people learn. You've probably studied the traditional story arc, and the hero's journey, but have you ever tried the Sabido Method? Have you heard about it? Yeah, I haven't either.

The Sabido Method has a few steps in the process:

  • Formative Research
  • Policy Framework
  • The Values Grid
  • Writing and Production
  • Monitoring Audience Feedback
  • Impact Evaluation

Jim Piechocki joined us to discuss how the Sabido Method has been successfully applied and resulted in significant behavior change. We talked about how the Sabido Method for Hollywood can be used in corporate training environments.  

You'll be sure to leave this episode enlightened and motivated to craft your own Sabido-style serial drama for deep engagement and behavior change. Save your spot and invite your entire team.

Books shared in the episode:

PowerPoint Doesn’t Suck; You Do

The Art of Dramatic Writing

Screenwriters on Screen Writing

Fiction Books for Inspiration:


The Invisible Man

The Aeneid

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About Jim Piechocki

I am a member of a small but growing breed of ATD-licensed developers who start with the acting talent, the humor, the broadcast-quality imagery and entertainment value. I worked as a gag-writer for comic Tim Allen in Detroit, who taught me how to pare down physical comedy and dialog for maximum impact. My writing teachers Harlan Ellison and Walter Hill (The Terminator, 48 Hours) drilled into me the importance of getting it right in the first draft. Working on staff for Filmation on the He-Man and The Masters of the Universe cartoon TV series, I learned the writer actually directs the animation. My business learning animation is both compelling and ready to go with very few rewrites, if any. Greek, Roman, Viking and Indian mythology, which were originally teaching tales, provide ongoing inspiration for gamified learning. 

By setting aside the boring stuff - stiff objectives, phony theories, and canned activities – I train the way the mind works: using broadcast-quality scenarios with continual surprises leading to moments of truth that stick. In the case of the project that is today’s podcast topic, I woke up dreadfully dull IT classification process training with a post-apocalyptic superhero story I had pitched years ago to Marvel. 


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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