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March 2009 Blog Posts (44)

Storytelling Techniques Improve Communication Skills

Storytelling is the "mother" of all communications. Every art form relies on Story to convey meaning. Despite this truth, many communicators only approach storytelling as an adjunct to their speaking and presenting. For this quick article, I am speaking about oral storytelling, not digital storytelling that does not rely or build on a presenter’s public speaking skills. I suggest that mastering oral or traditional storytelling should be at the top of every speaker’s list of… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 31, 2009 at 8:27pm — No Comments

Multicolored Newsletter, Third Issue! Kalamona binds the winds...

The third issue of the Multicolored Newsletter is finally ready! News from the world of Hungarian storytelling, a band new folktale just for you in English with lots of background information, books to read... just for fun. Read and enjoy! ;)

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Added by Csenge Zalka on March 29, 2009 at 4:54pm — No Comments

The legend of the Agave or... the love of Ehecatl and Mayaguel

I have just finished researching matierial to adapt an ancient Aztec story about the god of the wind Ehecatl, (one of the transformations of Quetzalcoatl) and his love for Mayaguel. out of their love, the agave, or maguey was born.... and out of the agave... some of the most famous drinks of Mexico. It is a lovely tragic story with love, envy and the help of the god of the rain, Tlaloc. read all about it in the Stories of the Americas… Continue

Added by Virginia Cano on March 28, 2009 at 3:04pm — No Comments

WSD Israel event will start in a couple of hours!

Track us on Twitter (storyteling) and Facebook (Limor Shiponi).
Have a great day!

Added by Limor Shiponi on March 27, 2009 at 11:26pm — 2 Comments


I am weary

Weary of the grind

Weary of the blare

Of unwanted television news

Of the cry of talking heads

Creating economic disaster

With their intrusive blather

Crying in the spilt beer

Of lost financial gain

Weary of television, radio, internet.

I want to run to the hills

Hope for poor signals

Hope for undelivered papers

I want to walk in a woods

Filled with promise

As jack in the pulpits

Sneak through the… Continue

Added by Stephen Hollen on March 26, 2009 at 3:36pm — 1 Comment

Storytelling conference call with Tim Tingle

Tonight I had the pleasure of listening to Brother Wolf's question and answer session with my friend, the amazing Storyteller Tim Tingle. Tim is well-versed in the art of telling Native American stories, folktales and true stories. I'm sure his listeners enjoyed his historical references and experiences with adapting stories from facts. His knowledge and training in the field of modern native storytelling with in a historical perspective is unsurpased.

His description of… Continue

Added by Jo Sanders on March 25, 2009 at 1:50am — No Comments

World Storytelling Day with Home School Children of CEDF Pakistan.

On March 20, 2009 Lincoln Corner Karachi celebrated World Storytelling Day with Citizens Educational Development Foundation CEDF home school children in collaboration with iEARN Pakistan. Total 36 participants including CEDF students, teachers, iEARN facilitators, YES alumni & volunteers attended the session from 1030-1245 hours.

These non conventional students came from Katchi Abadies (slums) & taught by CEDF at their volunteer’s… Continue

Added by Dale Jarvis on March 24, 2009 at 2:27pm — No Comments

"Absolutely Essential Listening" - Download The Marketing Kit

Hi folks,

Tim Ereneta sent me a note about my marketing course:

"I have been listening everyday to the Outside In Marketing Workshop mp3s Sean posted...the material is so helpful. Absolutely essential listening."

I want you to have this "absolutely essential listening" for your career as a storyteller. I have relaunched the "Outside In Marketing Kit." It's now available complete in a download form.… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 24, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The places storytelling takes you....

In preparation for an upcoming tour in Israel, working across faiths/cultures, I have been looking into other faiths (I was brought up a non-practising Christian). Today I went to an open day at a Mosque in our city. It was a brilliant experience, people were very welcoming and there was a lot of information on the history and practices of Islam. Whilst I have only got a tiny glimpse of this faith I do feel I understand the links between the Abrahmic faiths more. It is a pity we don't tell more… Continue

Added by Roisin Murray on March 24, 2009 at 12:12pm — 3 Comments

International symposium for storytelling as a healing art

Wauw, that's a long title....

We also call it

'spinning tales weaving hope'

Lots of people are now working seriously hard to tell the world about the symposium, that is taking place the last week of July 2009.

A couple of days ago, I was called by a woman, whom I've not yet met, and she told me, 'she had heard about the symposium, and now she just wanted to ask me, how she could help.'

- What a nice surpise!

Yesterday I recieved a mail from Australia,… Continue

Added by Marianne Christensen on March 24, 2009 at 9:03am — No Comments

I'm Back!

Hey ya'll!

Wow! I feel like I haven't been on here in FOREVER. Betweeen school and sports, I've been swamped. Let me get you up to date. First off...I'VE GOT MY FIRST CD!!! "Take One" is my very first CD. It consists of my first 3 original stories. It was recorded live in Columbia, SC. I'm very proud of it.

In October, I was fortunate enough to take part in the Story Night at the National Storytelling Festival. It was one of the highlights of my year.

Just last… Continue

Added by Rixon Lane on March 23, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Wow, I seriously need to update.

Hello all! I have been working hard lately on beefing up my professional storyteller page. It is a good place, because if I want to get more into telling I need a place that people can find me and see what I'm up to.

Briefly I will go over what I have been up to this year and the year before.

2008-I had the great honor to be a part of The 2008 National Youth Storytelling Showcase as one of the four highschool finalists telling an original story called The Man… Continue

Added by Emilee Seaman on March 23, 2009 at 5:30pm — 1 Comment

Working away

I am currently doing 2 Writer/Storyteller in Residences in Donegal through Poetry Ireland. The work is varied but we are sharing some great stories and creating new ones.

I'm just completing a project in Northern Ireland working with four schools, some woth special needs, to creat film scripts on the theme of 'Inclusion'. Some wonderful ideas have emerged.

Back also from Early Years Theatre Festival in Bologn, bursting with ideas and inspiration. Having been thinking alot… Continue

Added by Joe Brennan on March 23, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments

Welcome to my world... & the devil take you!

Hello to all!

I am Dave Tonge, The Yarnsmith of Norwich, A teller of tales for about eight years now who specializes in English tales (Although there is no such thing really!) I have three other blogs on Blogger that can be accessed via this site. Two are about different aspects of my storytelling; about where I tell and examples of some of my stories. The third is about history, in particular the history of the lower orders; people like me!

So I'm not sure what I shall… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on March 23, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Celebrating World Storytelling Day

World Storytelling Day 2009

We Celebrated World Storytelling Day, with The After School Storytelling Club

The Super Sonic Celtic Guinea Pigs of Awesomeness!

Ten storytellers ranging in age from 8 to 12 years old preformed

Stories for All Ages

We have been working very hard and eating lots of popcorn while we explore the art of storytelling. We spent about 8 weeks having fun learning about story. This was the… Continue

Added by Bonnie Rankin on March 20, 2009 at 7:39pm — 2 Comments

Oakland, California Or Orlando, Florida?

Are you in the areas of Oakland, California or Orlando, FL.

I have a couple of private events already booked in both those areas and would like see what we can set up with folks in those cities while I am there. As I will be in the area, I can offer my work at my "local" pricing.

I will be in the Orlando, Florida area with free time the evening of May 7 and nearly all day on May 8- just a few weeks away. My main sponsor has me near the "House of Mouse" (wink) but I am… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 20, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

Free Workshop to Help You Grow Your Business Offered In Arizona on March 27, 2009.

Press Release

"Improving public speaking and business communication skills are the goals of a free Goodyear, Arizona workshop."

Avondale, AZ- Business owners and entrepreneurs who wish to communicate more effectively with customers and clients are invited to attend a free, 90 minute "Introduction to Business Storytelling" workshop on Friday, March 27, 2009 at 930AM. The workshop will be located at the Ground Control Coffee Lounge at 14140 W Indian School Road in Goodyear.… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 19, 2009 at 7:57pm — No Comments

Video: Gestures for Storytelling and Public Speaking

Here's a brand new, eight-minute video on using gestures in storytelling and public speaking skills. We are thinking about making a series of storytelling techniques videos. Storytelling for teens? Storytelling for business? This is a prototype we assembled here in the office. (I said "we" like I have a monkey in shirt pocket.) YouTube of course botches the quality of these things but you can see a High-Quality version at YouTube or I can… Continue

Added by Sean Buvala on March 19, 2009 at 3:28pm — 13 Comments

The Scarlet 'C' — also know as My Finest Hour

MyLinda Butterworth will be presenting The Scarlet 'C' in coordination with Florida StoryCamps', Coming Home to Healing Pre-camp Concert. Elizabeth Ellis and Diane Rooks will be performing at 7 PM, followed by MyLinda at 8 PM. During this performance MyLinda will take you on her journey through cancer and show you how that Scarlet 'C' has changed her life forever. This performance fulfills the "My Finest Hour" requirements for a Masters Degree… Continue

Added by Mylinda Butterworth on March 19, 2009 at 2:18pm — No Comments

"Today's Bards & Seanachies: Irish Wisdom in Storytelling Techniques"--posted by Rachel Hedman

Having the "gift of gab" by kissing the Blarney stone is not enough to be a storyteller. An Irish proverb says, "Time is a great storyteller."

The number of stories you know, the principles learned within them, and the time it takes to apply the principles can measure intelligence.

Whether… Continue

Added by Rachel Hedman on March 18, 2009 at 5:22am — No Comments

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