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How to Turn Tough Times into Narrative

Date: 05/27/2020

Time: 6:00pm
Where: LMHQ, Virtual,

Individually and collectively, we’re all going through tremendous change. It’s confusing, and even traumatizing. But learning to look at life’s tough times as part of a larger narrative can facilitate the healing process and make one feel less alone. This webinar introduced participants to basic storytelling principles to start seeing their tough times as turning points. Key takeaways included:
  • Stories have arcs and an emotional throughline: beginnings/middles/ends
  • Every little detail about you can be part of your "story"
  • Use emotions in your storytelling and not just facts; emotions will build connection with the listener
  • Scenic details (adjectives) are important!
  • Think about the "before" and the "after" of the story
Speaker's Bio:
Gail Thomas is a storytelling teacher who coaches privately and teaches group classes for The Story Studio NYC. She loves helping each person find, shape and share their own unique voice. Her private clients work in sales, law, tech, education, finance, fashion, health and beyond; and she has taught storytelling workshops to businesses including Merck, Pitney Bowes Global UX department, Dentons, Ahimsa Ashram and Hour Children, and young people at the Girl Scouts, ROW NY, Legal Outreach, 826NYC and the Calhoun School.
A former lawyer, Gail has over 20 years of multimedia writing experience, as a writer and content strategist. Gail has also written speeches for over 30 live world-class events, such as the Tribeca Film Festival and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Los Angeles, crafting speeches and talking points for celebrities, politicians and executives, including Martin Scorsese and Bill Clinton.
Gail has over 30 years of performance experience, as an actor, storyteller, improviser, sketch and standup comic. She is a Moth StorySLAM winner and performs in storytelling shows all over NYC. For more information, go to 
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