Feedback is important, Lorraine at 2016.09.18 Firebirds meeting

Firebirds Collective online meeting: 
the president Lorraine Taylor gives an Educational speech 
with many personal stories and symbolism 
explaining the importance of feedback
"Evaluation" in Toastmasters slang.


On Becoming a Stand-up Comedienne at 77 Years Young

I am not sure if I already have it in my blog?
One of my preferred movies about me, lately
beside that done for Goldsmith University

"do not put yourself into a box"


True Tales - Julie Kertesz, Manchester Town Hall

More audience, lots of energy, easier and not more difficult to perform,
to tell my true tale of when I was 10 years old and the war caught up with me.

There were almost 500 in the huge town hall in Manchester that day.
I had some difficulty to find a "good ending", a satisfying ending to a sad tale.
Of course, "I am here to tell the tale" was already great, but I found a more touching end.

One can tell the same tale so many ways! There are all "true" but how you tell the story counts.


Conference Toastmasters in Washington DC

Designed this button or pin or logo, to wear on us telling : Can't Wait to see you in Online clubs

In fact, as it is - a bit double sens.

Can't wait Online clubs to see you... or
Can't wait to See You : in Online clubs

I hope, that those that see it will ask "what do you mean"? and we can explain "I am in two one line clubs (or one) and I would like to see you also in it, or for you to create one."

To speak how wonderful it is to connect through a meeting at the same time with people from so many parts of the world.

In my new club I created with Svetlana, called Witty Storytellers Online, we concentrate on humor and personal storytelling. The base of all great communication. All members so far, Advanced Toastmasters who together, perfect their communication skills and I hope will tell better and better stories inspired from their life.

Inspired by... that is the word I should have used from the beginning. A story is created from a life event and then... transformed into a good story.  A deep human problem, sorrow or fight that can be understood by the others, struggle to get out, then final triumph.

In real life the fight never finishes, one up goes into down and so on but a story is round, has beginning middle and satisfying end. Plus we can tell it with plus or less detail, some parts tell, others dialogs in the moment played out. One time we tell it longer, other times shorter. It still remains our story which comes deep from within us. That deep within that connects us to others.

In our club, from the beginning, the personal details bonded us, made us understand each other faster then in any "brick and mortar" club we went, we go; faster than in other online clubs too.

"What happened to you last days?" All answered something.  I do remember some so vividly!

"My mother died this morning". She was 101 and leaves 101 descendants after her.
"I got a boyfriend! The first ever time!" She is 20 the youngest between us.
"I learned how to cook fried chicken."
"I am morning the sister of my daughter in law for many days"
"I learned to do chocolate cookies"
"I made laugh 10 minutes yesterday at Standup club" - that was me and it did not seem so personal...

In fact it was because for long time I did not go back there, and now I could and the magic of making laugh did not disappear, I still can do it. But how to express this in a short phrase?

After the warmup, twelve of us told four minute "Ice breaker" stories, then four more for two minutes, all the way from Hong Kong to Canada's Virgin Islands. Jordan, Germany, United Kingdom, Finland, United Emirates, Philippines, a country near Malaysia, Oregon and Denver, in USA - all bonded through what we told each other very strongly.

Childhood memories, memories from lost spouse, sad and funny or sad made funny. We felt there.

In Washington, miracle! I will meet in person some of them.


Mistaken Identity 'The possibilities are endless' video by Spark London

Here is the Mistaken identity tale filmed from a lateral point of view by Spark London when I performed.

in the iframe so - even an ipad could see it.

AND somehow it is different when one listen to it,
I think we could learn from each kind when we relisten or relook
- and not only the evident English mistakes I made during the telling -

My body language, facial expression and even voice variety got better
but I have still far to go! And I do not rush out (most of the time) after a performance.

I am most pleased that this serious message got well across and so much laugher too: it did decide me to learn about "how to make laugh with intention" not only by chance. At 2'7 the audience begun to laugh when I stripped, took out my tee-shirt, and they never stopped.

Sound track of the story I told at Canal Café Theatre


Cavendish arm gig, 29 June 2016

So many young, thin, pretty women with me there to gig, but I won the best of the evening cup.
Perhaps, difference is good? And possible, it was a short revised routine that worked too.
I believe, also just the right contact with the audience, too.

Public vote at the Cavendish Arms, winner Julie

the public voted by applause first for the "bests" see them all here
then for the "best of the evening" - I won the second time the small cup!
First was in 2012 and now I have them both side by side.


Bill Clinton at Democratic National Convention

If not more, listen to the first 12 minutes:

All personal, humorously told stories!
Self mocking, and showing his future wife character too.

Listen to the last 5 minute: "She is the Real Change maker"
She is the REAL one, repeated again and again.

And, somewhere in the middle, after Hilary convinced a Senator from the other side, he tells Bill (played out with another accent and voice): You know, Bill it seems they elected the wrong president.

One can learn a lot from Bill Clinton, wether you tell political, corporate or any other kind of speech.
July 26, 2016


Gigging again!

Did not go out to gig, for some time.

I love the audience and their laughter and communicating with them, even for 5 minutes or 7, and after too. It still means a lot for me.

Plus, my routine always conveys something.

This occasion I could not resist "Who runs the world" a special charity event for abused women sake. I was one for a while. I know what it means to be afraid, even if it was long time ago.

Prepared a new routine, from old bits and added some new ones at the end, using what happened just now in United Kingdom. "In? Out?" I prefer, IN.

It is not perfect and I have more bits that I will not write down now, before the performance. I hope putting my routine upside down will work.

Cavendish arms are very strict on time, so I had to eliminate a lot.

The 8th July I have another gig where they give me a large 7 minutes. Of course, going down from 20 or 15 to 5 or 7 not easy.

I used for it first the new method I just learned from Doug Lipman: discover the MIT what is the most important thing for you now, in this club, this time. Then eliminate all that does not helps it. He reminded us, a second point only blurs the audience mind and distracts.