The “Right” Audience

Posted on September 20, 2012. Filed under: storytelling, writing | Tags: , , , , |

I recently had the opportunity to perform the same story twice, for two different audiences, and I gotta say, it got a very different reaction from one to the other.

I first performed my engagement story for Better Said Than Done’s “Independence Day” show. Here’s the video:

It went over well. I mean, the audience was fine. They laughed, a little. It was an okay experience telling it and I felt like I told an okay story at the end of the night.

Last week I gave a presentation on storytelling for the Women’s Wedding Network, so it seemed like a good idea to tell a wedding, or at least engagement, related story. And you know what? It was a great idea.

They loved it. They laughed at every line, even in places I didn’t expect. It was a great story…for that audience.

I know the traditional rule in performance is that the audience shouldn’t matter, at least as far as the material is concerned. If you tell a joke and the audience doesn’t laugh – that’s not their fault, it’s yours. However, after comparing apples to apples as far as stories go, I have to say, sometimes it is the audience.

Now, an argument could be made that, since the wedding network crowd was intimately acquainted with the world of weddings, and a lot of my story related to that first wedding step, the engagement, that this was more a case of knowing your audience than anything else. And I could see how that makes sense. Audience number 2 could relate in a way that audience number 1 couldn’t.

So, maybe, as far as weighing the importance of audience goes, it might make sense to stack the deck whenever possible. Some stories are going to work better with some audiences and if you can figure out what type of audience you are performing for, it might give you a little edge. It certainly felt like I had an edge the second time round. And heck, I’ll take that over bombing any day!

My next storytelling show is September 29th, 2012 at Epicure Cafe. Details here. Should be fun to see if this audience is any better, I mean, if my new story is any better.

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GalTime Blogs Upcoming Show

Posted on July 23, 2011. Filed under: Events, Press, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I was excited to find out that “Summer Lovin’ – A Hot Night of Cool Stories,” my upcoming show at Jammin’ Java is featured in this week’s GalTime. Check out the fantastic blog by Trish Cole here.

After you are revved up from reading all about it, buy tickets to the show here!

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Storytelling for Professionals

Posted on June 19, 2011. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

The seminar Freddi Donner and I ran at McLean Bible Church, for their career network, was a great success.  Freddi put together the program and hand outs and ran most of the show.  I was there mostly as a storyteller.  Freddi introduced me and I told the story of my career as a filmmaker, videographer, and, ultimately, business owner.  The idea was to illustrate challenges and successes, and hopefully to show people how challenges can turn into successes.

I really enjoyed working with Freddi, and I enjoyed presenting a story to a group of professionals, catered to a professional environment.  The great thing about storytelling is that it is unique to the individual, but everyone has stories that can be adapted to different environments.  I have told stories about marathon running, hiking, SCUBA diving, love, dating, being a woman and business.  Some of those stories were for performances that were for laughs or fun, and some of them were for professional seminars and were meant to educate or to motivate.

I look forward to creating more unique stories designed to fit a lot of different environments in the future.  Being flexible about storytelling is both a challenge and something I hope will be another success.

 

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Laws of Nature – Meet the Performers

Posted on March 15, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Our next storytelling event is here – April 2nd!

Laws (and Suggestions) of Nature

Stories about defying gravity, surviving Murphy’s Law and fighting, when flight would have been smarter.

(Please note, these stories are NOT for children.)

April 2nd, 2011

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center

11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Refreshments on sale (coffee, sodas, snacks)

Here are videos of each of stories performed in the past by each of the wonderful storytellers you will see on April 2nd.  Like the night of the performance, many of these videos are NOT for children!

Hosted by Jessica Piscitelli

Storytellers include:

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TEDx

Posted on December 2, 2010. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I am speaking at TEDx Glen Echo on December 8th, 2010. The event is a women’s conference so my presentation/story is about the status of women in society. It’s a fairly heady topic, but I feel up to the task. I am excited to be associated with TEDx. I have enjoyed watching their programs online in the past and am happy now to be one of their programs!

For more information, see below.

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Storytelling Videos

Posted on July 15, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

Below the information about our upcoming storytelling performance “Oh Mother!” are some videos of the fantastic performers lined up for July 24th.

Oh Mother! -99% Fun, 44% Clean, and 100% Natural

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center – 11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

If you have never experienced storytelling before, here’s a peak.

I am hosting – but have also concocted a little story myself.

Storytellers include:

Amy Saidman, Director of Speakeasy DC

Dustin Fisher, Comedian, Storyteller and all around nice guy – kinda

Jennifer Moore, former chef, current performer, and future storytelling star


Kevin Boggs, the man who stood up to Jewel

Meredith Maslich, writer, blogger, and drama junky

Adam Ruben, comedian, author and molecular biologist


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The Ladies of Oh Mother! – Video Previews

Posted on July 9, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Below the information about Oh Mother! are some videos of the fantastic female performers lined up for July 24th.

Oh Mother! -99% Fun, 44% Clean, and 100% Natural

Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010

Time (First Show): 7:00-8:15 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Time (Encore Show): 9:00-10:15 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 p.m.)

Location: Nature House Auditorium – Walker Nature Education Center – 11450 Glade Dr., Reston, VA 20191.

Click below to BUY TICKETS FOR:

7PM Show

9PM Show

Please Note – All Proceeds Benefit Nature House!

I am hosting – but have also concocted a little story myself.

If you have never experienced storytelling before, here’s a peak.

Storytellers include:

Amy Saidman, Director of Speakeasy DC

Jennifer Moore, former chef, current performer, and future storytelling star


Meredith Maslich, writer, blogger, and drama junky

Dustin Fisher, Comedian, Storyteller and all around nice guy – kinda

Adam Ruben, comedian, author and molecular biologist

Kevin Boggs, the man who stood up to Jewel


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