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...
If you are in the vicinity of Leamington Spa, just contact me at ernie@erniesaid.info and let me welcome you to our community
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StoryTelling Corner: February 21st. Love Lost and Leaving. The Legend of St. Valentine.

Who was St Valentine? The history of Valentine's Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

And the 14th of February is Valentine's Day. But that day will have gone by the time we meet. So, StoryTelling Corner is asking for storytellers 'Tales of Lost Love-Leaving!

Do you have stories connected to the life and/or death of St Valentine? Contact Me:

We'd love to invite you to StoryTelling Corner on 21st February at Temperance Cafe, Bath Street. Leamington Spa.

Storytelling for Business...When nothing happens at networking...Try This!

Did you know that you can make more impact by using your own story to attract clients who don't know you yet?

When you stand up to speak to an audience about your business, your service, your craft or your company, did you know that you can make more impact by using your own story to attract clients who don't know you yet?
 

I was talking to a network meeting in 2018 and spoke about the barriers to my own self worth and self appreciation.
"When I was growing up we weren't allowed to talk at the dinner table. I wasn't allowed to talk after dinner because my father had just come home from a 12 hour shift at the factory. I couldn't talk at night because my brother shared my bedroom and we were always being told to be quiet and 'go to sleep'. I was always being told to shut up at school and in the factory no one could hear me."

In the 1-2-1 round three people approached me, before I had a chance to approach anyone I wanted to talk to, and asked for some time. They attended my workshops, they improved their presentation skills and did more business.

Your story can be tailored to your audience. It allows you to tick some of the boxes below.

 

  • Aim at the right targets.

  • If they haven't bought from you before, they will want to know who you are.

  • When you talk about your life there is a good chance people you are talking to are going/or have gone through the same thing. You are then selling the method, the service or the tool which got you through.

  • If you can show that where you've been, what you do or what you've used, then you are sharing a benefit.

  • Take all the services, all the skills and all the benefits or solutions and match them to different audiences by using different stories.

 

Who are you trying to influence:

 

  • Accountants: Tell the stories of your battles, victories and defeats with HMRC.

  • Bookkeepers: The number of times you have had receipts in black, plastic bags and still produced the figures on time.

  • Car Mechanics: Talk about those cars that have broken down on the way home and how you've been able to repair them to the owners satisfaction.

 

 

Each and every one of the people in the group has stories. We probably write some of them in our blogs. I'm pretty sure there are those amongst us who are very glad that they took to video or podcasts to tell their story, attract interested parties and make a bigger impact.

Remember, you want to stand out, be noticed and be remembered.

If I told you that at eight years of age I came home from school and found that my father had sold our beds (he was a very bohemian man and went through a stage of believing that beds and mattresses were bourgeois).

He led me into my bedroom and pointed to a couple of wooden pallets and lots of straw. For nearly four months I slept on those pallets, the mattress was straw and he allowed me to keep the underlay, pillar and blankets. Even my equally eccentric mother put her foot down when she had had enough of this.*

That story, as part of a 20 minutes foresight on early-life lessons brought requests for one to one meetings for weeks.

* It wasn't my story, by the way, it was told to us by a business owner who was now a partner in a very success Health and Safety company. She told a personal story which captivated us and acted like a magnet. She told her story and  people remembered HER. People, perhaps, didn't remember her company name yet! Or many of the words she spoke. But they remembered her story.