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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Story at McLean Bible Church

Posted on May 3, 2011. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , , |

I will be performing a story tonight at McLean Bible Church as part of a larger presentation. Freddi Donner, of Business Stamina, is giving a presentation on “Finding the Job You Want,” and is incorporated themes of being true to yourself and self discovery. My ten minute story focuses a bit on my career and the life that lead me to where I am today.

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Posted on December 16, 2010. Filed under: storytelling | Tags: , , , , |

So, I bombed.  At a recent event.  I won’t mention names, I had to give a presentation and well, it sucked.  I know, I know, everyone has had this happen, right?  Well, I never have.  Really.  Like, even in high school, when I was a nerd, I did good presentations – and got a good audience response.  I have never bombed.  I DON’T BOMB.  Except, I did.

Okay, so, here’s what happened.  First of all, my presentation was weird.  It was half story, half facts and figures.  It was fantastic.  I mean, the writing was great.  Flawless even.  Would I exaggerate?  But memorizing it was hard.  We’re talking, losing my voice for days from all the repetition and it still not sticking.  But, I finally got it down – the day before the event.  Well, the night before the event.  I had it.  I could do the whole thing from memory.  Mostly.

The day of the event, I got to the location only to find that:

1. There was no stage – we were all in folding chairs on the same level


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TEDxGlenEcho – The Future of Women

Posted on December 13, 2010. Filed under: Events, storytelling | Tags: , , , , , |

Here’s a video of my story for the “Future of Women” event for TEDxGlenEcho.

If you prefer to read the script, or just want to read along and see where I messed up, here’s the text:

“I Am Not a Girl”

By Jessica Piscitelli

There are more women in the world than men, more women than men enter college every year, and 85% of all purchases are made by women.   Women rule!  So, why doesn’t it feel like it?  Why don’t I feel like my needs as a consumer, a business owner, and a culture junky are being met?


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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!

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