The Story of StoryTelling Corner...

Where We Are Now!

 We're about to enter the 14th month of StoryTelling Corner, so I thought I'd share some of the show's progress with you.

In the first full year of the show, we completed 7 episodes and attracted some 30 storytellers to Slate Art Gallery in Leamington Spa here in the centre of England. In the beginning, I was working with four brilliant friends who were invaluable in social media, audio/video and sponsorship. Every single episode was an amalgamation of sweat and tears but also laughter and great evenings. After 7 months into the project, Slate Gallery closed and for a while it was touch and go as to whether we survived. I lost three of the four friends through outside influences and my failure to really tie down my appreciation for their work. But, the end of one studio opened the door to our present location at Temperance Café in Leamington Spa, which is where we are now...

 In 2018, our first event came around the end of October which gave me the opportunity to introduce the first 'theme' of StoryTelling Corner, 'War and Humour'. It allowed us to tie in with 'Help For Heroes' and donate all of the money taken at the door to the charity. That is a unique statement from the company. The door money from every event will be donated to charity.

 People often ask me about the aims of STC. Quite simply, they are to offer a stage to storytellers and authors to publicise their crafts to a live audience. To entertain and educate people who love books, love stories and have a desire to promote the art of storytelling.

 Right now, we are booking guests through to our March event. I already 3 storytellers for our March evening  in "the bank." Which means, the event has an audience and attracts the authors and storytellers from around the country.

 Our first evening attracted around eight pair of ears to listen to three brilliant stories about war which actually did have us laughing and, in the end, crying. Our last evening attracted 16 people and our highest audience has been 24.

 We are nowhere near where I want to be yet, but I'm happy with where we're going. And I sincerely want to thank you for all your support. It's truly mind-blowing, and I appreciate every kind word and thoughtful comment people make on social media and the comments people email into the office.

 I also have to tell you, the support and encouragement from all the people involved in STC, whether storytellers, the audience and Adrian and the people at Temperance. It has been absolutely overwhelming.  I am extremely humbled by, and grateful for all the kind words...And all the criticism...I welcome it.

 So, the journey is fun, it's hard work... but definitely never a grind. With you're help and support, we've come a long way.

 Thank you for listening, reading and for all your ongoing support. Share this email with your friends, and...
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Who are the 3 Most Influential People in Your Business Life?

# 1. Peter Thomson: The story of Peter Thomson is one of success – trauma – success. A story of taking the information he already knew and creating systems to generate success from success.

  • Peter takes you through how to write a ‘Tips sheet’ and then expand it into an eBook, of some 2,000 words, for capturing emails and credibility. But it doesn’t end there, with just a little more work that eBook can become an 80 page soft back book, complete with cover and ISBN for sale on the online and offline market.
  • But that’s not all, using the formula Peter goes deep into on his Achievers Club program. Your eBooks become a hard back book of 200 pages for real credibility and as a professional business card.
  • Peter has a series of workshops which take last up to eight hours in all and delivers it without notes (or non I can see anyway). The room is always full. and the content is aimed towards the exact result he promises in his marketing and at a price of less than £70 it is one of the most effective workshops. I recommend it most.

#2  Chris Marr: The first time I saw and listened to Chris Marr I’ll hold my hand up and say that only a small part of his content was going in. I was spellbound by his delivery. Inspired by his ability to talk as if the session was being delivered with a cup of coffee at the local (enter the name of your favourite coffee house).

  • Chris has gathered together a family of service providers and specialists, around him to offer one of the most prolific groups of information and content savvy, people where sharing is a vital element in their reason for being.
  • The CMA group – Content Marketing Academy has run a succession of two-day events, gathering together experts, from the UK and the USA, to deliver top quality content and advice, on creating websites that take 70% of the sales decisions out of your hands.  Buyers are given the information they need to make a choice before they have even spoken to you.
  • Chris is the first business owner I have seen sell tickets to his 2018 event...12 months before it is due to begin...And have the tickets snapped up.


  • # 3. Linda LeMay: The most influential teacher I have ever had in my life. Yet, she has not received teacher training in the conventional sense of the word. I first met Linda in 1964 through pen friend air mail letters for four years before actually meeting her.

It was Linda who:

  • ·  Introduced me to Ayn Rand and ‘Anthem, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged’. These books have played a part in my own sense of responsibility – something I haven’t always lived up to – but a philosophy which made absolute sense to me as the British economy was being destroyed by corrupt and lazy politicians, the unions and left wing teachers.
  • Enabled me to have the honour of meeting people of the Lakota nation where I spoke to, danced with and ate with amazing people. It was this event which saw me, a committed agnostic, to shed tears when a Lakota woman led a prayer to Waken Tanka around a ceremonial fire. My spiritual path continues to follow its own direction but that one event had a profound effect on my life
  • Was the driver behind my recent experience of nursing a pipistrelle bat through the night while waiting for the RSPCA to transport it to a vet. 16 years ago, an injured bat would have barely registered on my radar. I changed when I visited Linda in 2007 and experienced the connection she had fostered with the birds, the deer, the geese and any injured creature she came across in her garden. and on her daily two mile walks around the block with Chloe a beautiful Husky.

There have, of course, been many people who have affected my life and coloured my actions and inactions, not least my three daughters Cara, Naima and Lydia along with Rhoda, Estelle, Toni and Anna. My grandmother, mother and father.
All of these people shaped the man I am now but the three named will continue to shape the man I will become.