Julie Kertesz is today a storyteller, keynote speaker, photographer and stand-up comedian. She started stand-up comedy at 77 years old. Julie writes her diary since she was 10.
Svetlana Rakhimova is a translator, interpreter, e-learning specialist and entrepreneur. Svetlana is President of Witty Storytellers Online. Both Julie and Svetlana are advanced members of Toastmasters International.
Witty Storytellers Online
Witty Storytellers Online is the first specialty international public speaking club that is 100% online. The club holds meetings every second and fourth Thursday at 6:00am London time.
Svetlana had been working online for a while: e-learning, online coaching, webinars, etc. Meanwhile Julie had been making stand up comedy and storytelling. One day they met and Julie said “I have a dream of an online club for storytelling.”
“What is wonderful in our club is that we meet together through miles and miles, even if it’s afternoon in China and Hong Kong, mid-morning in Dubai, early morning in London, and still late night in Ottawa.”
The main tool that Witty Storytellers Online uses is GoToMeeting, which allows to see the faces of every single participant.
Everybody can learn storytelling online
Storytelling is a hot topic, especially in business. Personal storytelling and humor are used in very different situations. Julie’s father used storytelling in business meetings. Her grand mother transmitted her wisdom via storytelling to tell Julie about the family. Today Julie uses storytelling in her stand up comedy. Everybody can learn storytelling online, just has to put time, energy and practice.
Related: Never too old to learn something new
“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people. But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.” —David W. Orr
“Never too late”
Improving Your Storytelling by Doug Lipman
Outliers by Malcom Gladwell
Routines to Shine
[Svetlana] Morning thoughts. As soon as you wake up, your brain produces brilliant thoughts. Write down your thoughts.
[Julie] Once you made a story in your mind, write it down. Record it. Listen to it. Write it down again. Most importantly, practice with an audience, and see what works and what doesn’t.
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