Storyteller / Speaker
Storyteller – an artist, an entertainer, and an educator.
As a storyteller, I am expected to entertain, to enlighten, to provoke, and to push my listeners and readers, through the magic of word and image, into the world of imagination. Sometimes I think it’s an unconquerable task, but that only lasts a moment because I believe in the power of story. Stories allow listeners to understand other worlds and other people and stories can transport you to a different perspective or attitude.
Unless I am asked to tell a traditional story, I tell stories I write myself. My storytelling allows me to paint pictures with words. I tell nuanced stories about diverse experiences
My stories are:
• Precise & Peculiar
• Wobbly & Warm
• Delicious & Daunting
• Brittle & Boundless
• Effervescent & Earnest
Move beyond content to connection – you can do that with story and it’s my tagline.
People need to connect with their peers, customers, clients, donors, etc. To do that, you want to work with story because story evokes emotion. Facts and data inform and they do not create connection, but stories engage and influence. Emotions connect with the values of the listeners so they are more likely to take action and they are more likely to remember your story.
A story is something to relish. I want my audience to devour my story and then take it home and savor it. I want them to roll it around in their minds and reflect on it. Story as art is a temporary medium. But, like all lasting art, where it matters the most is in your memory.
Faye works with story in many ways.
Nonprofits & Festivals
With my stories, I help people connect to a nonprofit’s cause and increase fundraising efforts.
I conduct fundraising events which are centered on stories. It is a unique and extraordinary way to raise funds. The types of stories I tell depends upon the needs of the nonprofit. I tell stories at festivals, conferences, and universities.
Museums & Educational Organizations
Storytelling at museums makes the museum’s collection come alive. Patrons of all ages and ethnicities relish a deeply researched story about the artists and the works of art in an exhibit.
I tell stories as an historical character dressed in a period costume. In educational settings, I tell stories relevant to K-12th grade students. I also conduct workshops on how to craft and tell stories.
I work with business professionals to write original, customized stories to help their businesses grow, enhance customer relationships, and increase marketing efforts. The types of stories include:
- stories for sales teams to be more effective
- stories that shape & communicate culture and values
- stories for leadership, inspiration, and teamwork