StoryTelling Corner. Words and Music...a global performance.

StoryTelling Corner rounded off September with another evening of entertainment with an emotional ride through life and through Peru. Our performers: Michelle Quigley, Roanne Finch, Eduardo Jara, Stephen Boyer, Bob Cooper and the wonderful Ana Parva, took us on an emotional ride through life and through the history of a Peruvian village.

The evening was in danger of being disrupted by illness to the families of two performers but was saved by the artists we booked and two members of the audience who stepped in to deliver their stories in songs and poetry.

Stephen opened with the story of our Charity, Jessie’s Fund, who work with young children through music. Stephen is a local representative and works on their behalf along with other charities in the area.
Michelle, a first-time performer on our stage delivered her own personal story of the ups, downs and recovery from struggles to life on an even keel.
Roanne came along two months ago and performed her poetry. Tonight she put her hand up to fill a slot left open by two of our booked performers not being able to attend. Roanne delivered two poems, from memory. This lady is awesome.
Robert Cooper stepped in to fill the other slot with his guitar and song performances of a journey through the United States. Bob has a lifetime spent playing the guitar and composing songs based on his life and his mixture of comedy and music always guarantees entertainment.
The break allowed us to relax and talk to friends in the atmospheric surrounds of Temperance Cafe and waited eagerly for our second half.
Eduardo Jara, Ever since migrating from Peru, Eduardo has devoted his time into his work as a theatre practitioner. His work consists of the development of what he calls "the great Peruvian Commedia" based on his work on Italian masked comedy form: Commedia dell'Arte. He'll share with us an extract from his one-man-show featuring masks and live music. It promises to be a silly and dynamic act! The pre-event blurb did little justice to Eduardo’s performance, a history of a Peruvian village from it’s inception to the civil war which decimated the country..
Stephen Boyer; We were so happy to embrace Steve to our StoryTelling stage!
Our wonderful performer has worked as a musician for AgeUK and is a fundraiser for Myron Hospice, Helping Hands, Dementia UK, and this month's charity, Jessie's Fund
Stephen expresses his love and passion for all arts and culture and fully embraces creativity. Music will always be his priority, but his lyrics focus on a sense of family which form the cornerstones of his life
Stephen was wonderfully assisted by Ana Parva an incredible musician on violin and flute. Ana simply allowed Stephen to start the song and then she just improvised. A real performer.
We are so excited to see him perform at StoryTelling Corner on the 19th September, 7pm at Temperance Cafe in Leamington Spa in support of the wonderful not-for-profit Jessie's Fund! Tickets are £3 on the door with all proceeds going to Jessie's Fund!

StoryTelling Corner. An Evening of Words and Music.

Date: 19th September at Temperance Cafe, Leamington Spa.

I’d love you to come and join me for £3 at the door (all donated to our Charity of Choice for this month. Jessie's Fund.

Jessie's Fund works to bring music to young children.

The Entertainment:
StoryTelling Corner opens with a presentation for Jessie's Fund by Stephen Boyer.
Followed by Michelle Quigley with her story of personal growth.
One of my favourite poets, Grace Power will bring her powerful poetry pieces to entertain and educate us.
The first half of the programme will be closed by the unique performances of  Eduardo Jara bringing us a cultural tour of words and music.

After the break, we open with the brilliant artwork of Mr X Stitch.
I first saw this presentation earlier in the year and knew I had to invite Jamie to our event. It's a must-see
Finally, we finish with our guest for the month, Stephen Boyer. Musician and storyteller. Stephen will take us on a journey through his life through words and music.

It is storytelling, though. We never know what will come to pass in the evening.

And, will have the opportunity to meet and talk with the storytellers, authors, poets, musicians and story lovers.

You will have the opportunity to learn about and donate to Jessie's Fund.

It’s going to be fun.

All we ask is that you buy the coffee!

Full details:
StoryTelling Corner: 19th September.

Meet: 7 pm. Temperance Cafe, 33 Bath Street. Leamington Spa. CV31 3AF.

So if you'd like to come and join me. No need to book your ticket, just pay at the door. £3 (All donated to Jessie’s Fund)

So, if you want to meet up for the evening – then just come along on the night.

Ernie (07962 216833) Rhianna (

See you there

Ernie Boxall


StoryTelling Corner.

Networking is about being ‘Known-Liked-Trusted’. That’s true, isn’t it?

Everyone knows that the best way to achieve that is through the 1- 2 -1 meeting with fellow business owners and networkers. Or, is that a fallacy? 
Eventually, you will walk away with a pocket full of business cards from people who have talked about: Who they are: Where they are located: What they do: Who they want to talk to.

You and I know that by the time we get home, we may not remember the name and/or the face of the people who gave you the cards or gave the presentation. There is a quote I live by from Patricia Fripp "People will not remember what you say, as much as what they see when you say it. 
So how do you become memorable in a room for 10 - 20 - 30 or more fellow business owners?

How is it some people make more impact than others at network meetings? We discuss this here:

1. Are they comfortable standing in front of a live audience?
2. Do they have confidence in the message they are delivering? 
3. Do they know from past experience that they can inspire people in the audience?

How do some people become more comfortable, more confident and more inspiring than others when talking to a live audience or a video camera?

1. Do they prepare their presentation through a process of editing?
2. Do they practice their presentation until they can reproduce it without notes or from bullet points?
3. Is their posture one of relaxed confidence. 
4. Do they use their hands, eyes and body to engage the audience?
5. Do they perform to the audience or the camera? For the time of the presentation, they are performers, there to educate and entertain the people attending?

What lessons could you and I learn from the top speakers in our field?

1. Do we turn up to every presentation with a specific purpose?
2. Do we stand up ready to make an impact?
3. Do we speak to the whole room by changing the tone, volume and speed of our voices so that everyone can hear us and everyone feels as if we are speaking just to them?

What methods do the top speakers use to make a difference to the audience?

1. Do they use props?
2. Do they swear, to shock and drive home a point in a down to earth style. Or just to shock? 
3. Are they naturally brilliant speakers who have learned and honed their craft over many years?

How do I make maximum impact with minimum words?

1. I ask questions to open or make a statement.
2. I act out a character or perform for the audience.
3. I use my body, my eyes and my hands to connect with the audience.
4. I make every word and every pause count.

How do I leave a Call To Action?
1. I make an offer.
2. I ask for comments or questions.
3. I make the last few words positive.

What do I do next?
1. CRM. I put the business contacts into the CRM.
2. I follow up with a phone call if I know them well Or
3. I follow up with an email if necessary to arrange a meeting.
So, together we can turn up with a purpose, stand up to make an impact and speak up to be memorable but remember:
"People will (still) not remember what you say, as much as what they see when you say it."
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