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Communicating with ease doesn't come easy

Communicating with ease doesn't come easy

I left college in NYC with a degree in Vocal Performance and crippling stage fright. For the first few years out of school I could hide from the fear because I wasn’t putting myself out there to be seen, judged, evaluated, or even praised. After one Summer of auditions, I took an office job and spent most of my free time at brunch, watching reality TV, and going to DJ nights.

How to Tell An Origin Story That Serves You and Your Business

How to Tell An Origin Story That Serves You and Your Business

When running your own company and representing your own brand, it’s important to tell a story. And so often the story told is too general or isn’t rooted in true experiences. These stories lack structure and aren’t actually about the person running the show. (Hint: That person is you.)

Before you can jump into a brand story or a customer story, it’s necessary for you to find a story that answers the question: How did you get to where you are now?

The Business of Storytelling: A Manifesto

The Business of Storytelling: A Manifesto

I’ve always had an urge to write a storytelling manifesto. Each time I’ve sat down to write, I’ve thought two things: “Where do I begin?” and “Why me?” With each ponder of these questions, I fold down my laptop, get a cup of coffee, and wander around my co-working space until I came up with something else to do. What's held me back wasn’t a lack of expertise on the topic, it was more the worry that if I put these thoughts down on paper, they will be set in stone. And that notion is terrifying. The concept and ideas behind the word storytelling have grown so much. Humans have a multitude of channels for communicating the moments and ideas they hold deep. How can I dig through all of this in just one document? 

A special blog post from TMAS Performer Cecilia Watson

A special blog post from TMAS Performer Cecilia Watson

Congratulations to frequent TMAS workshop participant and two-time Tell Me A Story performer Cecilia Watson on her First Person Arts StorySlam win. Read on for a first hand account of how Cecilia took a story that she workshopped in class and tried it out on stage.