Monday, May 5, 2014
Issue # 106

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Teller-2-Teller Connections

NSN Conference Debuts Teller-2-Teller Connections
A WIN-WIN program that connects people and saves money!

With the NSN Conference in Phoenix, local tellers and students will have the opportunity to spend time and learn more about the many seasoned, national tellers from across the country and around the world.


On one hand, there are many tellers coming to Phoenix who will need transportation from the airport to the hotel in Mesa. It’s about a 30 minute ride (depending on traffic).  Most cab fares are estimated at about $30 + tip.

On the other hand, there are a “ton” of local tellers and students who would LOVE to meet and get to know these seasoned tellers…and many of them will not be able to attend the entire conference.


  • Local tellers will meet and greet you at the baggage claim with friendly faces.
  • They will provide transportation to the hotel.
  • You’ve got a 30 minute ride to “schmooze” and get to know each other.
  • Your drivers get to learn more about you and the world of professional tellers.
  • You get to know your driver and learn about local activities, points of interest, etc.
  • We suggest compensating your driver with $15 for gas/parking – so YOU SAVE $$
  • You can still ride share with other arriving tellers - many drivers will have room for two or more people plus luggage
  • TELLER-2-TELLER CONNECTIONS can also get you back to the airport too.

It’s WIN-WIN, and stays true to NSN’s vision of Connecting people to and through storytelling.

Out of Town Attendees:
  • Go to the ROOM/RIDE Share section of the conference website:
  • At the top of the COMMENT section put: Teller-2-Teller
  • Then Include your Airline, Day, Date, Time of your arrival (and number of people arriving).
  • Our local tellers will periodically scan the pages for people who need a ride and will contact you by E-mail.
  • All arrangements will be made between you and your local Teller-2-Teller connection regarding pick-up time, etc.
  • All Teller-2-Teller connections are based on availability, so post your requests early!
Local Tellers/Students:
Who knows, this could become a permanent fixture for NSN Conferences in the future too!


Students and Seniors - Special Pricing

Earlybird Registration DEADLINE - MAY 15
Save BIG BUCKS when you register early.
As little as $255 for Seniors or Students BEFORE May 15
(after may 15 - prices go up $75)
Click here for Registration

Congrats to New Institute Graduates

Congratulations to the 2014 South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Graduates! Last Friday, each told a story and received their certificates. Congrats on a job well-done!

From left to right:
Kathy Eastman, Phyllis Ralley, Anne Costello McDowell, Nancy Newlin, and Ruth Shaw.

Additional note:
Congrats to long-time adjunct and teller Harriet Cole for winning the Volunteer of the Year award along with the Student Storytelling Club and members: Rosanna Fierros, Eva Valdez, Diana Monell, Phyllis Ralley and Marian Giannatti.

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This Week


East Valley Tellers of Tales

Saturday, May 10th ~ 10am - Noon
Join us to celebrate storytelling successes. 
East Valley Tellers of Tales is a Phoenix area guild of Storytellers and Storylisteners. A truly safe place to share your story! We are an affiliate of the National Storytelling Network. Come and find out what this means, and how it benefits you!
Click here for details & info

West Side Story Tellers

Saturday, May 10th ~ 10am - Noon
West Side Story Tellers will be from 10 am to Noon - at St. John's Lutheran Church, at 7205 N. 51st Ave. in Glendale. For more information, contact their president, Mark Compton at
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Start Telling by Listenng

I want to be a great teller. How do I start?

Start by listening!

It's true! The best way to learn about storytelling is to first listen.

Listen to other tellers tell their stories...as many as you can. By listening (and watching) you will see and hear what the good tellers do. You may also watch and hear some not-so-practiced tellers. This is good too, Your job in listening is to start to understand what the great tellers do that makes them great, and what mistakes many beginning tellers do that get them in trouble.

When you listen to a teller, ask yourself some questions:

  • How did they make me feel? - How did they do that?
  • Did they paint a picture that I could see in my mind? - How did they do that?
  • Did I understand the essence and the flow of the story? - How did they do that?
  • Did the beginning engage me? - How did they do that?
  • Did the ending come to a clear conclusion and satisfy me? - How did they do that?
  • What parts of themselves did they use most? - How can I find the best parts of me to use?
  • Did they lose the audience at some point? What was needed to hold the audience's attention?

Listening to as many tellers as you can will be an education in itself. If you didn't like what they did, study it. Understand how you can avoid their pitfalls. If you LOVED them, study that part. How can you learn from that, and use yourself to develop your own successful storytelling space?

Listen to other kinds of speakers too. Newscasters, commentators, video bloggers, TED talk presenters, etc. What do these people do (or not do) that engages their listeners? Your answers will surely relate to the craft of telling stories.

I said in an earlier tip (Learn From The Masters)
Picasso did not paint like the Grand Masters that came before him, but rest assured that he studied them closely before he developed his own unique style.

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Writen a Book? - Want to Write One and publish it?
Sign Up Now - Starts in Mid-May - Payment Plans Available
Sean Buvala will be offering a great "group coaching phone/Skype" experience for those who are interested in "self-publishing" a book! The group format keeps the price down and affords participants to learn from and interact with each other. This workshop/coaching will start in the middle of May and go for approximately 4-5 weeks, depending on individual schedules.

Course Includes:
  • 4 Live group telephone or Skype calls to have Sean walk you through (mentor) the process and steps of self-publishing your non-fiction work. The dates and times of these sessions will be decided on upon consult and majority votes of those who enroll. Sessions will have from 2-5 members.
  • 1 Private one-on-one telephone session with Sean (up to 60 minutes) to discuss your work.
  • Audio (mp3) recordings of the group phone/Skype sessions.
  • Access to a private members-only Facebook group to ask questions, share files and get advice.
  • Knowledge. We’ve produced books for ourselves and others. They are a vital part of our marketing strategy. We want to mentor you through that process. You can do it. We’ll help you get the information you need.

Sean has published - AND SOLD - many books. LEARN FROM THE MASTER!
Check out the page

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------------------------------------THERE'S A LOT GOING ON EACH MONTH
---------------------------------CALL TO MAKE SURE THE EVENT IS STILL ON

Homebase Poetry
First Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Infuse Open Mic
Second Sunday of each month - Phoenix

Yarnball Storytellers Mic
Every Wednesday at  8 pm - PHOENIX

FStorytellers - Female Story Tellers
Every Second Wednesday (usually but check calendar) at  7 pm - TUCSON

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

Storyline: Origins
Third Friday (usually) of each month - PHOENIX

Lit Lounge - Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA)
Fourth Friday of each month - SCOTTSDALE

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

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

West Side Story Tellers -Storytellers Guild
Second Saturday of each month - GLENDALE

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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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