Monday, May 11, 2015
Issue # 159

Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?
Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


Join "The Tribe" for our first ever gathering in our brand new home - Kansas City, Mo!

Through TOMORROW - MAY 12th

Master Class Schedulehttp://storynet.org/conference/master-classes.html
Conference Schedule: http://storynet.org/conference/schedule.html

School's Out --- and in Two Weeks - SCHOOLS' IN!

The Fall Semester is over! Grades are in the system and Storytelling Faculty have just two and a half weeks off...and then we start all over again!

Have a friend who has always wanted to do "that story thing you do?" How about going back to the beginning? Now that you "know what you know", a refresher basic course might be "just the thing" you need to get re-energized and pump up your storytelling. Plus...you would be the "star" of the class!

There are several Art of Storytelling Classes going on in the Summer Session at South Mountain and Paradise Valley that still have vacancies!

Click Here to see the different class options.

My Art of Storytelling class at Glendale Community College (from 6pm - 8:45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays) is currently SOLD OUT...but there are always cancellations and some dropouts. You may want to check it out, or pass along the info to that friend who has been bugging you for years! (If you want more info, contact me at Mark@StorytellerMark.com)

Check Out the Glendale Campus Schedule

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This Week


Arizona Storytellers: School's Out

Monday - May 11th
For options contact Meghan Finnerty:

As Arizona wraps up its school year, join azcentral.com, The Arizona Republic and Alliance Bank of Arizona for a night of stories celebrating lessons learned and lessons ignored. On this night out under the stars, you’ll hear from students, teachers and parents about the kinds of things we can only learn in and around the classroom. Or when we’re avoiding the classroom. 
Scheduled Tellers
Arizona Republic columnist Karina Bland
Space 55 associate artistic director Charlie Steak
Torch Theater founder Mack Duncan
Storytelling instructor Laura Rutherford
Retired teacher Sue Raatjes
Director of Academic Services at Center for Student Achievement Justin O'Connell
Community storyteller Carly Davis
Community storyteller Molly McCloy
Community storyteller Anel Arriol
Community storytellers Andrea and John Genette
Tech, education and politics consultant Mark Goldstein
Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request.

More info here

Executive Speaker Training

Thursday - May 14th
Storyteller and Trainer Extraordinaire Sean Buvala will be conducting his Executive Speaker Training Workshop next week.

Here are just a few of the things you will learn:

*The one question you must answer for your audience right away.
*Discover your individual secret that separates you from the rest of the speakers.
*The surprising techniques of a good speaker that you need before you even open your mouth.
*The power of crafting a story: knowing what to keep and what to lay aside.
But wait . . . there's more! Check out Sean's website to learn more about this amazing workshop and why you should attend.

Storyline - On The Road

Friday - May 15th

Where do stories take you? An imaginary place? A real road you once traveled down? A path that had a major inflence on your live!

Come hear stories of On The Road with some great valley tellers!

The 3rd Friday -  10:30 @Space 55 

Click here for more info

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Coming Up


Arizona Storytellers: Stories About Stories
Monday - May 18th
Phoenix Theatre - Hormel Black Box, Phoenix, AZ

You are invited to celebrate the 125th anniversary of The Arizona Republic with a night of "Stories About Stories," as Republic and azcentral.com staffers share tales from lives lived in the newsroom, and on the beat.
On this night, we'll bring you the news behind the news - from reporters, photographers, editors, online producers, copy editors and columnists. 
As journalists, it is our privilege to reflect and serve the Valley every day, and on this night, we'll come together to celebrate 125 years of telling some of this community's most important stories. 

Reporter Bob Ortega
Arizona Coyotes beat reporter Sarah McLellan
Photojournalist Michael Chow
Reporter Dennis Wagner
Columnist EJ Montini
Features reporter Dianna Nanez
Reporter Daniel Gonzalez
Reporter Megan Finnerty

Sign Language Interpretation Services Available!
If you require ASL Interpretation services for this event or a future Storytellers event you plan to attend, please contact Melissa Farley at Melissa.Farley@ArizonaRepublic.com with your request. 

More info here
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How to Pick a Good Knee Surgeon...

...or a good plumber, dentist, landscaper, therapist...or a storytelling coach.

That's right, finding the right coach, for you, is just like finding any other type of vendor. Get referrals; make contact; communicate with the person; find out if they are a good fit for you.

Over the years (since I used to be a therapist) people have come to me and asked for a recommendation for a good therapist. I would first ask them what they were looking for in a counselor, then make a few recommendations. But then I would always add on, "If, for some reason, you are not happy with this person, try another."

What? "You mean I don't have to choose the first doctor I see and stay with them?" No you don't. Or the first coach either.

Are you looking for someone to tell you what they think? Are you looking for a coach who will give you direct, no-holds-barred critiques? Perhaps you want a coach who will walk you through a series of steps so you can make your own decisions. Do you want someone to hold your hand through the process? Maybe you want a coach who will give you tons of praise and appreciations. Or maybe you want a coach who will, "Just tell you the bad stuff."

It's your time, your money and your sensibilities. It's what you want (and what you can afford). But even the expensive coaches (surgeons, etc.) may not be a good fit for you. And don't forget, you could hire one type of coach today, and need a different type tomorrow. If you have a gig in two days, you may need a coach who can tell you 1-2-3 what the best steps are. A different kind of coach may be needed if you want someone to help with a long-term project that will work hand-in-hand with you along the way.

All coaches (like all storytellers) are different. And that's a good thing. You have many from which to choose. Ask for references. Who have they coached in the past? If that person liked them, ask why. Then, give them a try. If you like them, stay. If not, move to the next. Find one that's a good fiy for you and for your story.

Bu the way...my knee surgeon is Dr. Russell Chick. I highly recommend him.

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Teachings of the Torn Meniscus
Most of you know that last Wednesday I had Arthroscopic surgery on my left knee to repair a torn meniscus. Too many bottle dances in Fiddler on the Roof. Here are some lessons I have learned, or am trying to learn from the experience:

  1. Dealing with the pain. Take any meds they prescribe BEFORE you start to feel the pain. I know that sounds strange. "How can I take meds for pain if I don't have pain yet?" Here's the deal, you have to try to get ahead of the pain. If you wait until it really hurts, it may be some time before the pain starts to subside. Get on top of it as soon as possible. Don't let the pain manage you ... you manage it!
  2. BEFORE you stand up to go to the other room, THINK! Where am I going? What am I going to get? What ELSE do I need from that room? What other room do I need to go to? What should I get NOW, so I don't have to come back? You will miss some things, but this practice will save you a lot of back-and-forth, AND wear and tear on your injury. It seems simple; plan ahead; but you must do it CONSCIOUSLY. Your leg doesn't work the same as it did a few days ago, so you have to compensate with your mind ... as best as you can.
  3. Just because you feel better and you THINK YOU CAN - You PROBABLY SHOULDLN'T. You will feel better, especially when the meds kick in. Don't let that fool you. Just because you have less pain, doesn't mean you can run the marathon, or even go to get groceries; spend a longer time outside, let your guard down when walking. The meds only mask the pain, the condition still exists. You will need time to heal, regardless of the way you feel. Don't rush the recovery process.
  4. And speaking of not rushing - walk slowly. Take your time to walk properly. Don't favor your leg, or you will get in the habit that will be hard to break later. Use the crutches they gave you. Don't try to be a hero and go faster than you should.
  5. Rest MORE than you think you should. Elevate your leg MORE TIMES than you think you should. Ice your knee MORE than you think you should
  6. When you think the pain is too much to bear, watch an episode of Naked and Afraid. Remember, things can always be worse.
  7. Always have a good book with some great storytelling tips that you can pick up and read. My suggestion is the one shown here!
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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers - Tucson
Usually sometime during the first week of the month - but check their website) at  7 pm - TUCSON

Odyssey Storytelling
First Thursday of each month (usually but check calendar) - TUCSON

Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Tucson Tellers of Tales - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month (except July and August) - Tucson

West Side Story Tellers - Storytellers Guild
First Saturday of each month - GLENDALE *NO meetings in July & August

East Valley Tellers of Tales -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

Homebase Poetry
Last Sunday of each month - Phoenix

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Got some news or information you would like to get out to the storytelling community?

Contact Mark Goldman -x602-390-3858x - Mark@Storytellermark.com


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