How to Tell a Spine-Tingling Story

September 19th, 2019

story-telling

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about stories, and what makes a story great. I’ve listened, I’ve watched, I’ve told stories myself — and have figured out one or two things about what makes a story spine-tingling. It’s not (necessarily) about some big major traumatic event in your life.It’s not a string of events…

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Your story matters!

June 14th, 2018

I know, I know, it’s been a while. Which reminds me of a story. Which I’m gonna tell you…   If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you probably know I was a quiet kid. It wasn’t like I had stuff to say that I was keeping to myself–I was mostly just in a state…

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Public speaking lessons from a 6-year-old

November 5th, 2017

public speaking lessons

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had the privilege of supporting my 6-year-old friend Raya in LEARNING HOW TO RIDE A BIKE!  We’ve been pals for a while, so we trust each other. When we hang out, we laugh a lot and we have fun. We teach each other new things all the time.  Raya’s been…

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When the Grand Canyon calls, answer!

October 5th, 2017

You know that feeling when you get a call from your 86-year-old mother, who was on her way to see the Grand Canyon for the first time in her life, and she tells you she’s arrived at the Phoenix airport to meet her best friend from college who was going to be her travel companion,…

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Reverend Harold Walker, Jr. 1927-2017 (My Dad)

August 5th, 2017

my dad

I know I’ve been out of touch for most of the summer. If you’re someone who’s been close in my sphere over the last few months, you’ve probably heard that my dad died in June.  If you’ve been around for a while, you know that two years ago, my dad’s oncologist ended chemo treatment for his…

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You are amazing! Now tell a story about it

March 13th, 2017

amazing

I have an amazing friend who is a long-time, die-hard New Yorker. She’s lived in the same tiny apartment between Avenues C & D in the East Village for 30 years. The bathtub is in the kitchen. (And it’s my favorite bathtub in the world) Jane takes bubble baths and wears bright red lipstick and…

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Why Stories Matter: Connect with your audience every time

February 28th, 2017

You know that thing that happens when you tell a story and someone says “Ooh ooh ooh that reminds me of a time when…” and they tell a story that maybe doesn’t even really have that much to do with the story you just told, but there’s a thread, and that leads to yet another story,…

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How to make your public speaking fear irrelevant

June 12th, 2015

I’ll cut to the chase: It’s not about you. “What do you mean it’s not about me?” you might be saying. “I’m the one getting up there putting my heart on the line and telling the world the thing I’ve been too scared to tell even my best friend or my mom. Of course it’s…

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Tell Me Everything: How to get the good stories

January 6th, 2015

getting good stories

Wanna know a trick for finding the best stories? Let me tell you a story… I have a tradition with my 17 year old niece. When she was 11, I was hanging out with her and her BFF after a holiday party her dad had. They wanted me to drive them to Dairy Queen. I…

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That quirky thing you don’t want anyone to know about you

December 12th, 2014

be quirky be you

Let me tell you something about myself: I’m kinda quiet. A little bit intense. You could say I’m a shy introvert. I’ve been told more than once that I seem aloof. Sometimes I can’t think of anything to say. When I work with girls I tell them that when I was their age I would…

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