Jane Fonda, life's third act

"We gain wisdom not by having experiences, by reflecting on these experiences."

Going back, understanding them, creating a story and telling them with a meaning, helps too.


Impro, improves also life. Great 10' by Dave Morris

I could not, yet, copy here direct this TEDx speech, but here is a link to it. On the word Way bellow. The positive from impro, improvisation 'way' so well explained.
Dave Morris a great improviser, coach and speaker: 

"impro also improves your life"!

1. Play (for the joy of it)
2. Let yourself fail (accept it, failing does not make you failure)
3. Listen (not just to ready made up answer, willing to change)
4. Say YES (it takes us somewhere, no stops)
5. Say AND (bring your brick, say yes and, not yes but...)
6. Play the game (following rules funnels the creative process)
7. Relax and have fun (yes! Do relax! Do experiment). 


Become comedian at 77, they wrote

Sunday newspaper

Sunday, in the Budapest newspaper Bors. or Borsonline.hu (with another photo)

When a newpaper interview you, they have great photographers that take a photo for it, and this time, Istvàn Moricz has offered me 32 of the photos taken, a treasure! 

At the same time, I was offered, because of this page (a whole page in the journal page 5) another interview on a Hungarian radio station. Yes, not so bad, one leads to another. And so on.


Tick Tock!

Tick Tock! Come to our Storytelling Workshop 11 November

From Lyn Roseaman, Grosvenor Square Speakers

“Each day comes with 86,400 seconds. Tick Tock.” Or as the Mad Hatter puts it a little more explicitly: "If you knew time as well as I do ... you wouldn't talk about wasting it."

On 11 November 2013 at 6.30pm Grosvenor Square Speakers is delighted to host a Storytelling Workshop led by Julie Kertesz DTM at Cumberland Hotel Gt Cumberland Place, W1H 7DL (close to Marble Arch underground station).

The clock is ticking. Don't miss out on the opportunity to improve your storytelling skills. Stories can take your speeches to a whole new level. They help your audience engage with you, remember your message and act on any call to action.

All you need to do to come along is prepare a 3-minute speech entitled 'The first time…!' using a personal story to deliver it.

There is a charge of £5.78 per non-GSS member ticket and the event can be accessed on http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/9049393981. Tickets are limited so if you'd like to join in this fun and valuable evening, book before time runs out. Tick tock!

Julie Kertesz is an experienced Storytelling workshop leader. She is a successful stand-up comedian, storyteller, keynote speaker and coach.


Three latest book, I study

Finished the Deliver a great TED talk, and one day I will. Much to study and learn more till then.
The Message of you by Judy Carter I will put to study the second time in a quiet month.
I have finished both of them for the moment - once. Now, with the distance, I understand better both.

The comedy bible, is still not read, I was overwhelmed with other tasks after I got it. Finishing my 77th, yes successful comedy gig,  organising meetings, and now my next Personal Storytelling workshop in Grosvenor Square Toastmasters club, with Lyn, VPE who is invaluable help.
Monday evening is approaching. This books will not be shown, there are the "next level".

I begun with the Power of Personal Storytelling and Lipman's book: Improving your Storytelling.
My prefered book: Personal StorytellingBests of my Speaker's books-5

There are many others like Wired for Story, The Story Theatre Method, etc. that deal with storytelling and from where I learned! But all those have to be absorbed, understood, embedded, one by one.


A personal story, for the audience

What it means to 'tell a personal story, from which you learned something important' and at the same time 'it is not about you, it is about the audiences?

I often was confused.

Of course, personal means it is about you.

Gar Reynolds explains it so well in his blog: it is ABOUT your experience, but telling something general FOR the audience. Something they can relate and learn from.
On sharing your own personal story to make a difference.
"In storytelling, the key is to make sure your message is about the audience, not about yourself.

This may seem counter intuitive when you are telling your own story, when you are talking about your own life, but it's actually not so hard. However, when I say "about your audience," I really mean *for* your audience.

Even when you are sharing aspects of your own life, it's in the spirit of contribution. The best presentations are always about contribution.

The important thing is to choose a theme from your own life that is clearly relevant for the audience."
That is what I did try, from the beginning of my storytelling. see mistaken identity. But without 'telling much' more embedded inside the story. I think, that makes the difference between a storyteller and a public speaker. Is it? But always thinking what 'general message' can be learned from it, something connecting us.

"Whether your aim is to inform, inspire, or to persuade—or a mix of all of these—your theme should be something which people can relate to, something they can take away with them and ponder. In both cases below, the presenters tell you what happened in their past to bring them to where they are today, but those details, however interesting they may be, are not the key theme.

The particulars of the events are not the main point to takeway.

The theme of embracing one's own difference—and the resilience needed to do so—is a message for almost everyone. These talks clearly resonated with the largely audience, I hope they resonate with you as well."
In his post, see below, 2 video exemples are published.


Storytelling workshop, with Julie Kertesz

This is the third year I give them, but the first on The London Speaker Website. It is also a new way to do it, inside a club meeting.



Dog near the pool. Hook: Jeopardy

We are hooked because of the danger we feel. Satisfied by the end.

I begun to study the free class, begun the 25th October to end December on the web from Potsdam university Iverness, called the Future of Storytelling. At the beginning, videos on classic storytelling, on the structure and discussion about story. Fascinating!

It is interactive with hyperlinks, and additional material to view or read, discussions between "us" too. A very interesting experience! Here is one "obligatory" recommended video to look before seeing "unit 6 of first part". Yes, after this we are ready to listen to "hook" and also "emotional impact".


Storytelling workshop the 11 November, by Julie Kertesz

Grit: passion & perseverance for longtime goals

From TED.com not only what she said but also how she tells it}