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First Time Storytelling virtual summit

First Time Storytelling Summit

Storytelling is the oldest and most powerful form of communication known to men. Stories are what move us. Stories are what inspire us. Stories are what make us memorable. Stories are what connect us together. 

There’s never been a more critical and important time in our lifetimes for the resurrection of personal storytelling than NOW. The events and circumstances of the past year have left us feeling disconnected, isolated, and even divided.

We need the skills and abilities to once more make heart to heart connections with the people we know and those we meet, no matter what communication means we have (in-person or virtual). A way to connect through our common human experiences and who we are as human beings. We need the power of personal storytelling.

This is the MOST valuable and useful content you can get today to impact every aspect of your life and how you effectively communicate and connect with people.

A clear, tested, effective, and actionable way to start sharing stories that:

The perfect lineup

We have gathered an international lineup of the best experts in their respective niche to address all the areas necessary for you to become a (First Time) Storyteller through powerful interviews and presentations.

How to Become a (First Time) Storyteller

Ann Bernard

Ann Bernard

Master of First Times,
Host of The Summit

What you'll learn from her:

Elements of First Time Storytelling

Ann is the Master of First Times, Creator of the #365FirstsChallenge, Host of the #365Firsts Podcast (and First Time Storytelling Broadcast) and author of the book and course How to Become a (First Time) Storyteller. Ann has told over 100 first time stories and listened to 100s of first time stories. She discovered and captured their benefits, purpose, and impact on our lives and is on a mission to teach others how to become first time storytellers to leverage their power. Ann’s life purpose is to help raise human potential and completely change the self-development industry. 

Rachel Cossar


What you'll learn from her:

Body Language & Facial Expressions For Storytelling

Rachel Cossar has unparalleled expertise in nonverbal communication and live performance. She was on the Canadian Rhythmic Gymnastics team, competing and representing Canada internationally. She then joined the Boston Ballet, performing lead roles in front of audiences at the Boston Opera House, and stages across the globe over the course of a decade.

Now, Rachel is the founder Choreography For Business, LLC where she leads highly experiential workshops both in-person and virtually to teach the employment of nonverbal communication. Her programs have helped meet the needs of consultants, sales teams, executives, hospitality professionals and political figures among others. Rachel’s world-class expertise unlocks an immediate application of performing and achieving positive impact under pressure whether in-person or virtually. Rachel joins us from Boston. 

Body Language & Facial Expressions For Storytelling
Discover more about the power and employment of nonverbal language to add layers and dimensions to your storytelling and how you communicate who you are. Learn the simple but deep meaning of “if you feel it, show it.” 

Mary Chan

Voice Coach

What you'll learn from her:

Developing your Storytelling Voice

Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada to immigrant parents, Mary was told to stay quiet and not ruffle any feathers. Today, Mary gives women self-confidence with their voice because she felt that she didn’t have one growing up. After working in radio for 20 years, Mary is now a Podcast Strategist, Voice Coach, and Voice-Over Artist who believes in empowering people to find their voice. She collaborates with women to show them how to use their voice to build awareness, credibility & influence and Mary gets to keep working to empower more people to tell their stories through the power of their natural voice. Mary joins us from Canada and is the founder of Organized Sound Productions.

Developing your Storytelling Voice
Learn the five key methods to amply your voice to speak/tell your stories more authentically, and confidently while better expressing who you are.

Colin Smith

The Listener

What you'll learn from him:

Active Listening Skills For Storytelling

Colin has lead and facilitated many active listening workshops with teams of various sizes in a plethora of businesses, nonprofits, and organizations. He’s also worked with and coached individuals to transform them into wonderful listeners. Colin is passionate about listening; transforming the way we listen and how we develop relationships.  His calm, attentive, and patient way of being, enables you to feel seen, heard, and understood.  It awakens your thinking and inspires you to empathically listen to yourself and others. Colin joins us from the UK.

Active Listening Skills For Storytelling
The crisis of listening, in society, in the workplace, and at home – “We are all dying to be heard, literally and figuratively.”
Listening is significantly different from just hearing. Discover how being an active listener will make you a better storyteller, leader, partner, and parent. And learn the key components to becoming a wonderful active listener. 

Sara Nyström

Body Language Master

What you'll learn from her:

Skills to Read Your Audience

Sara Nyström is the Executive Director of Center for Body Language, the world’s #1 Body Language Training for Business that has trained more than 100,000 people and has more than 450 trainers and 20 partners around the world. Sara is a certified Body Language Master Trainer and Micro Expressions Trainer, Certified Impact Coach, and Licensed Mental Trainer. She has extensive experience in communication from various sectors (tourism, diplomacy, government, leadership), she speaks 8 languages, and regularly provides training and delivers speeches in Sweden and around the world. Sara joins us from Sweden. 

Skills to Read Your Audience
Discover the value and importance of being able to read your audience. And learn the basics and quick tricks for how to read and identify how your audience is reacting and responding to your stories so you can tell if you’re having the impact you’re seeking. 

Why Storytelling Matters

Rohit Bhargava

Best-Selling Author

What you'll learn from him:

Storytelling for Marketing

Rohit Bhargava is on a mission to help the world be more open-minded by teaching others how to be non-obvious thinkers. He is the founder of the Non-Obvious Company and an entertaining, original and “non-boring” keynote speaker on innovation and trust. He previously spent 15 years in leadership roles at two renowned ad agencies: Leo Burnett and Ogilvy. Rohit teaches his popular signature course on storytelling and marketing at Georgetown University in Washington DC and has been invited to deliver guest lectures at many other prestigious schools including Stanford and Wharton. Rohit is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of six books and has been invited to deliver keynote presentations in 32 countries around the world. His signature workshops have been used by the World Bank, NASA, Intel, Disney, Colgate, Swissotel, Coca-Cola, Schwab, Under Armour, NBC Universal, American Express and hundreds of others. 

Rohit joins us from the US.

Andy Henriquez

Master Storyteller

What you'll learn from him:

Storytelling for Business

Andy Henriquez, also known as the “Master Storyteller” and founder of the Master Storyteller Academy, is a business storytelling coach, keynote speaker, and author of the game-changing book, Show Up For Your Life. Andy has been featured in the Huffington Post, Black Enterprise, and Entrepreneur Magazine. Andy trains corporations and entrepreneurs on how to Unlock the Power of Story to elevate their brand, build greater connection, and increase revenue. Some of his past clients include Office Depot Foundation, Intralinks, Accenture, Pratt & Whitney, NASA, and Bacardi to name a few. Andy joins us from the US.

Laurel House

Best-Selling Author

What you'll learn from her:

Storytelling for Dating

Laurel House is a published author, International Celebrity Dating, Relationship, Empowerment, and Performance Coach, Relationship Expert for eharmony, and host of “The Man Whisperer” podcast. She is direct, focused, passionate, strong, and feminine. Her no-games style screws the rules and focuses on authenticity and truth. Because dating isn’t a game. It’s a strategy. One that requires communication, which allows for clarity, creates confident vulnerability, and therefore, brings on attraction. Laurel has given her guidance to over 500 TV, Magazine, Newspaper, and Online media outlets including being a dating coach on E!’s “Famously Single,” as well as on Access Hollywood, ABC’s Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, KTLA Morning News, as well as in Vogue, Washington Post, NY Post, Glamour, Vice, AskMen, Huffington Post, Readers Digest, Shape, etc.

Laurel joins us from the US.

Tarek Issa

CEO of SMG Agency

What you'll learn from him:

Storytelling for Networking

CEO of SMG Agency, a digital storytelling agency inspired by my passion for stories, people, and the impact of the former on the latter. Every day, we help companies communicate through compelling visual stories instead of cryptic bullet points.

I also run Tareksway, where I’ve helped C-level executives and entrepreneurs stay relevant in the 21st century. We provide them with a special arsenal to exert influence, project a powerful image, and make big things happen. In times of crisis and today, more than ever, we need good, strong leaders who can persuade, rally, and conquer. 

Tarek joins us from France.

Ronit Plank

Podcasting expert

What you'll learn from her:

Storytelling for Podcasting
Ronit Plank is a writer, teacher, speaker, and host and producer of the award-winning podcast And Then Everything Changed. She is a native New Yorker and former actress who studied with Uta Hagen, Alfred Molina, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and performed in NYC and Los Angeles. She has written for The AtlanticThe Washington Post, The HuffPost, and Salon, among others, and is the author of the upcoming memoir When She Comes Back about the loss of her mother to the guru Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. She has a Masters of Fine Arts in Nonfiction writing from Pacific University where she focused on accountability in memoir, the ability of first-person narratives to tap into and evoke vulnerability, and the crucial role stories play in building empathy and connection.

What you'll learn from him:

Storytelling for Public Speaking

Mere mortals hire Al Jensen to help them develop their client connection story, their virtual sales and marketing presentation and their confidence, because most know their subject but don’t know how to package and present it with confidence, either on-line or in person, in order to convert prospects into customers.
He puts his 40+ years of storytelling and presentation development experience to work, establishing and fostering stories that will connect with and move his clients audiences.
Working with entrepreneurs, marketers, coaches and authors to develop their presentations for both the virtual world and the live stage, they become confident, capable and convincing presenters.
Bottom Line: he transforms mere mortals into confident, capable virtual StorySelling RockStars.

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