Work with Rose
Organizational Team Building
A true story requires courage, compassion and a disarming sense of humor.
Storytelling allows those working together to learn more about each other. Each person’s willingness to be honest with a tiny bit of his or her life creates a sense of community which is followed by a buzz of conversation after shared listening. Storytelling breaks down barriers and opens communication between co-workers. It can inspire creativity and collaboration. It is a wonderful ice-breaker to welcome newcomers and it can help organizations in transition.
I take a custom approach to meet each organization’s needs. I guide participants through the writing and verbal practice of their stories and then preside over an on-site storytelling event. This can be either a non-competitive showcase or a story slam.
I help team-building efforts with as few as six individuals or can oversee a series that can include dozens of people.
Marketing, Sales & Fundraising
We are, as a species, hard-wired to tell and remember stories.
In the fast-moving world of marketing-to-sales, a compelling story is the best way to tie together messages in web copy, social media outreach, branding, and sales strategy. A compelling story keeps everyone “on point” and, ideally, is engaging to potential customers. It can lead to greater visibility — and more sales.
Most important, the art of raising capital is all about the story. Companies seeking angel capital or a strategic funding partner, or organizations looking for corporate sponsors and donors, need to be able to craft and tell a great story.
I’ve spent the core of my career in marketing, sales, and fundraising for my own companies and startups, and for other companies in the Boston area. I can work as a virtual part of your team in a particular area of need, or I can create and oversee a plan for your staff to help promote your story to targeted audiences — or both!
We lose ourselves in a moment when we hear stories yet we feel more alive and connected when they’re done.
A storytelling showcase is a unique and valuable addition to a private or corporate event. Storytelling is a nice addition to a pre-dinner social hour or any gathering that will be followed by “mixing and mingling.”
Stories can be prepared on a theme important to your organization. Or, if you prefer, I can share stories from “The Moth” and WGBH’s “Stories from the Stage.” Each story is five to eight minutes long, but they can adapted to fit the time you have available.
I can be the featured storyteller and can select other talented tellers to diversify your event. In addition to the showcase, I can open storytelling to the audience for people who spontaneously decide to put their name in a hat to tell their own short one- to two-minute tale. As a part of the showcase, I can invite audience participation “Moth style” by asking people to anonymously share a one sentence vignette related to the story theme(s).
I teach a four-session workshop for Acton Community Education to help people learn how to write and tell their own stories for personal or professional reasons. It is called, “Storytelling Workshop: How to Tell Your Own True Story.”
You can find a full description in the current copy of the Acton Boxborough Community Education brochure “Interaction” or look for it online at www.abce.abschools.org. There you will the dates/times and the location of my current workshop.
At the end the workshop, participants may have the opportunity to tell their stories at a Fugitive Stories event!
Listen to my first win at “The Moth,” from March 21, 2016 at The Oberon Theatre in Harvard Square. The host was esteemed author and NPR radio host, Steve Almond.
Video and additional audio from my storytelling at “The Moth,” WGBH, and The Gallery at Villageworks will be available soon.
I’ll post dates here when I know the days I intend to tell at a showcase or story slam in the Boston/Cambridge area, or here in Acton. Check back here or “Like” Fugitive Productions on Facebook and you’ll get a notification. You’ll be the first to know when I’ll be competing in “The Moth GrandSLAM” in Boston (which is always a sold-out event)!
Email me with your queries. Be sure to put the topic of your correspondence in the “Subject” line. I’ll get back to you pronto.