Today is a semi-sad day. I have decided that I will have to downsize my loom and today the beautiful Mecchia Loom goes to Marilyn Sims in the South Island whom I know will love it. It is hard to let go this beautiful piece of craftmanship but I am no longer agile enough to climb around under it. Fortunately, I have found a smaller loom that I will collect on Sunday. However, iI know it will not have the beauty of my old loom with its hand turned bolts and screws and it’s beautiful timber timber body.
I am offering some workshops this Summer, ‘ You can Tell a Story’ for people who would like to have the confidence to tell stories or even to speak confidently in public. Researchers in a variety of fields from organisational development, education, public relations and marketing have discovered that speakers who tell stories command more attention and engage their audiences more, than those who deliver a ‘speech’ or lecture.
Last night I had a great time reading a book written by my Australian Storytelling and Writing friend Morgan Blackrose Schatz on Strength Training for Women. It’s a book that tells Morgan’s story and the stories of a number of women who have committed to strengthening their minds and bodies by exercising with weights. Not a fascinating subject you might think if you’re not an exercise fan, but Morgan has made it so by including stories told in the voices of the women she led down the path to the new horizons she had glimpsed once having strengthened herself. All the information about the potential problems for women from midlife on but carried on stories of hope that it “isn’t necessarily so.”
So what has that to do with my workshops? Well, as I read avidly and found myself planning to get up early and go swimming/walking this morning to get myself going, now that I have two good hips, at the same time, wondering who I could find to introduce me to weight training, I took time to marvel again how powerful the telling of stories is.
So, if you have things to say, stories to tell come along to You Can Tell A Story. Contact me for details.
The other workshop; Find Your Voice, Tell Your Story is for people who want to tell personal stories. Ideally, you’ll have some telling experience and want to craft stories of your own to tell. We’ll explore your stories, their context and maybe even the universal stories they might connect with… you’ll have more options for how you present yourself. So, contact me if you’re interested.
I heard this wonderful talk on storytelling (in the broad sense) this morning.
It’s worth a listen and a ponder…the politics of fiction and identity, very thought provoking and all the more reason why we should be telling our stories to and being know by each other.