Speaking and Equality for Women...Is there a change coming?

Everyone I speak to has seen the rise in female participation in business-ownership!
If that statement is true, then why is it that they are so under-represented and treated unequally in many areas of literature, media and entertainment?
If the above question is valid, what can women do about it?

Ernie Boxall, Owner of StoryTelling Corner in Leamington says "The under-representation of women in arts and entertainment is still very much prominent today. For example, females are given far less dialogue than male actors, because it is men who still get to tell the stories that form our cultural narratives.

We want to redress this imbalance and aim to empower females, providing a stage for their voices to be heard and pave the way for the next generation of storytellers.

To reinforce that pledge, all our future events held throughout the year will be equally represented by both genders."

Show your support for gender equality and join us on the 25th Jan to hear stories from amazing and inspirational females - Stephanie Summers, Julie Goddard, Jo Howarth and our youngest speaker, Scarlett Russell, aged 12.

Tickets for sale on the door or www.episodethree.eventbrite.co.uk #heforshe#genderequality #storytellingcorner


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Speaking At Short Notice...How to make an Impact!

Speaking at Short Notice…How to make an Impact!

   The generals gathered in small groups around the hall, drawn to their headquarters by a call from the Commander in Chief for an update on the latest tactics for success on the battlefield. The chatter cut through the room as they waited patiently for the expert on latest techniques and equipment which would give the battalion the edge over the enemy situated across the river

   The huddle of uniforms showed that all of the services were represented, the Army, Navy, Air Force and Special Forces, men and women who had served in war zones all over the world. Some had seen many conflicts, battle-hardened, others were newly promoted and stood quietly around the edges of the various cliques, answering only when they were spoken to.

And then, the door opened, the room went quiet…When they looked towards the door it was filled by the frame of the Commander in Chief, a man of imposing strength and an aura of authority. He spoke…

“Ladies-Gentlemen, take a seat!”

    The room needed no second invitation, they moved like clockwork to the chairs set out around a map of the battlefield, their eyes on the imposing figure on the stage…

“Ladies-Gentlemen. The expert has been held up on the M6…the meeting is cancelled…

   Unlikely. Of course. But how often has this happened to business and network groups, up and down the country, all the time?

1.       How often have you turned up to a conference on a subject which you know could move your business forward, only to find the speaker hasn’t been able to turn up?

2.       How often have you heard the words “We’ve had to cancel the keynote speech?”

3.       How often have you been able to put your hand up and say I’ll do it?

   It happened at the network meeting I attended today. The speaker had been announced and the subject was one I was interested in, except he hadn’t been able to make it. So, was the meeting cancelled? Was the 18 minute 4Sight overlooked and replaced with general networking? Was it a waste of time going?

   Of course not! My only disappointment was that I didn’t have the opportunity to put my hand up. The man himself, Gary Jones had stepped in at short notice and delivered a 4Sight which was full of the tips and techniques of applying social media messages with the minimum fuss.

   Tips and techniques which I have come home and put into practice straight away. So what was the outcome of this presentation for Gary?


1. He was able to practice a presentation he wants to take forward, in a safe arena, to a supportive audience.

2. He received a real ovation for the presentation, which was delivered clearly, on time and without verbal crutches.

3. The kudos of putting his hand up, standing up and speaking up impressed all of us who know Gary…how much business can Gary pick up from the newcomers to the group, those who didn’t know they needed social media training until they heard Gary speak.

   Remember: When you turn up to a meeting- Turn Up with a purpose. When you stand up to present your message- Stand up to be memorable. When you speak up at a meeting- Speak up to be memorable.

 Turn Up – Stand Up – Speak Up with Ernie Boxall


P.S. The Christmas period will allow all of us to spend some time working on our pitches, our 4Sights, our facilitation slots and our keynote presentations.

Check out the ‘4 Unwittingly Made Mistakes Many People Make When Speaking…and the 10 Tips to Solve Them!” at http://www.erniesaid.info

Comments? Leave them here on my blog—let me know what you’re thinking: http://www.erniesaid.info/news/

ErnieSAID: StoryTelling Corner. January 25th 2018.

The story behind Episode Three:

How Did I Get Here?

There is, I am told, an ‘Ugly Truth’ for females.

If all the novels, all the plays, and all the films where females are main characters were removed, shelves would still be full. If all the novels, plays and films where females spoke as often as men were removed, the shelves would be empty.

StoryTelling Corner aims to redress the balance with an evening dedicated to female storytellers of the highest quality.

The first evening of 2018 gives four special guest speakers the stage to open up the year. Jo 'Happiness' Howard, Helena Whyment-Lester, Stephanie Summers and Julie Goddard, will enthral us all with two hours of fiction and non-fiction stories.

These compelling stories, physical, psychological and mystical, will be all woven into an evening where everyone can sit back and be entertained.

Held at the Slate Art Gallery, the venue provides the perfect setting for tales told in a location where artists’ lives are placed in full public view.

Tickets are priced at £7.00, or £6.00 for StoryTelling Corner members. How do you become a member? Simply like our page and join our StoryTelling Corner community page! Tickets can be purchased at www.episodethree.eventbrite.co.uk or by contacting Ernie Boxall, ernie@erniesaid.info or 07962 216833.