Marching Videos

Better Said Than Done’s March spoken word storytelling show “Marching Orders: stories of moving on and moving out” was a great night out at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

But don’t take my word for it. You can’t order a Guinness, or hang out in a packed audience, but you can watch and listen to the storytellers share their interpretation of the theme thanks to videos provided by Capture Video.

It’s not exactly like being there – so come to our April show and experience storytelling live – but click the links below to watch the storytellers in action.

Host Derek Hills told the first true, personal story of the night.

Bill Grella is moving on.

Dan marched over mountains.

Paul White moved through stages of realization.

Stacy Crickmer had a very special helper in moving through life.

Bill Burton marched through the jungle and into the stream.

Joff Infante moved out of grad school.

John Kreul moved into the big house.

Better Said Than Done is marching on over to Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA for our April storytelling show. “Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors” features 10 women storytellers sharing true, personal stories about obstacles and empowerment. The April show is on a Sunday.
Read more and get tickets here.

All proceeds benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Marching Photos

“Marching Orders: true stories about moving on and moving out” was the theme of the night at our March storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen, in Fairfax, VA. But not one of the 5 million (approximate #) audience members marched out on the show or marched home that night feeling anything but happy. The storytellers followed their orders perfectly – tell great stories!

Host Derek Hills doubled as the first storyteller of the night, telling a tale of his endeavors in the hard hitting news world.

Bill Grella shared a heartfelt story about friendship and loss.

First time storyteller Dan marched us through the steps he took along the John Muir Trail.

Long time Toastmaster, first time Better Said Than Done storyteller Paul White diagnosed bigotry.

Stacy Crickmer introduced us to a very special cat.

Bill Burton took us on a march through Madagascar.

First time storyteller Joff Infante put his microbiology degree to good use.

John Kreul took us where no man wants to go – jail!

Thanks to all the storytellers (not just John) for rocking the jailhouse with their mad storytelling skills and making it another great night out in Northern Virginia. Special thanks to Derek Hills for his mad hosting skills, The Auld Shebeen for hosting our shows, Bart Robinson for photographing and Capture Video, Inc. for videotaping.

We are marching on over to Jammin’ Java, in Vienna, VA for our April storytelling show. “Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors” features 10 women storytellers – telling it like it is. The April show is on a Sunday.
Read more and get tickets here.
All proceeds benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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Hear us roar

lioness There’s a proverb about March coming in like a lion. Well, this April is going out like a lioness!

Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors
Sunday, April 30, 2017,
7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30 PM)
Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Avenue East
Vienna, Virginia

$20 per person
All proceeds from ticket sales benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Join us for true, personal stories on the challenges of womanhood, including family, work, school, relationships, sex, motherhood, and more, from Stacy Crickmer, Sharon Few, Sandra Hull, Felicia L. Reed, Jessica Robinson, Ellouise Schoettler, Kathy Stershic, Allison Stevens, Anne B. Thomas, and Brandy Walker. We are expecting this show to sell out in advance and strongly recommend that you purchase your tickets soon.

Better Said Than Done is also publishing an anthology of stories by the same name, Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors, featuring stories by 21 women from all over the US and Canada. The book will be available for purchase at the show on April 30, and on Amazon.com in print and Kindle versions.

All proceeds from ticket sales and the sale of the anthology benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Learn more at NNEDV.org.

Full dinner and bar menu are available at Jammin’ Java. Reserved seating is limited; general admissions tickets are first come, first served seating.

Get our other upcoming shows on your calendar now —

Memorial: true tales of soldiers, service, and saying goodbye — May 27, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

So Both Shall Live — Susan Gordon — June 11, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Labor Pains: bosses, work, and babies — June 24, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

No More Helen Keller Jokes — Anne Thomas — July 9, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Bite Me: stories about bugs, bites, blood, and anger — July 29, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

Want to be in the show or learn more about the art of telling a story? Take a storytelling workshop with Better Said Than Done!

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Forward, March!

Feeling a little spring in your step? Well, lace up your shoes and head on over to Fairfax this Saturday for Better Said Than Done’s next night of true, personal storytelling!

micMarching Orders: stories about moving on, moving out, and marching forward
Saturday, March 25, 2017
7:00 PM (Doors open at 6:00 PM)
The Auld Shebeen – downstairs
3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030
$15 per person (Buy your tickets online by 6 PM on March 24 for $12 each.)
Cash preferred at the door.

Hosted by Derek Hills, the show features moving stories from Bill Burton, Stacy Crickmer, Bill Grella, and John Kreul, as well as a few guys telling for the first time with Better Said Than Done: Joff Infante, Dan Loehr, and Paul White.

Full dinner and bar menu are available at The Auld Shebeen. Seating is first come, first served.

While we’ve got your attention, we strongly recommend buying your tickets now for our April show, too, as we are expecting to sell out quickly:

Roar: true tales of women warriors — April 30, 2017, show to benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Jammin’ Java, 227 Maple Avenue East, Vienna, Virginia, 7:30 PM (doors at 6:30 PM), $20 (tickets on sale now)

Further down the road, look forward to and/or sign up to tell a story at these shows!

Memorial: true tales of soldiers, service, and saying goodbye — May 27, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

So Both Shall Live — Susan Gordon — June 11, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Labor Pains: bosses, work, and babies — June 24, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

No More Helen Keller Jokes — Anne Thomas — July 9, 2017, Epicure Café, 11104 Lee Highway, Fairfax, Virginia, 5:00 PM (doors at 4:30 PM), $10

Bite Me: stories about bugs, bites, blood, and anger — July 29, 2017, The Auld Shebeen – downstairs, 3971 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, Virginia, 7:00 PM (doors at 6:00 PM), $15

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Video Proof

Better Said Than Done’s February storytelling show was a question of he said vs. she said. In “He Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two,” storytellers shared true, personal stories about different perspectives. Below, we offer video proof of what was actually said, thanks to our video sponsor, Capture Video, Inc.
Capture Video, Inc.
Feel free to pick sides after watching the videos.

Jay Krasnow’s story about a misunderstanding on a train.

Watch first time storyteller Freddi Donner’s story about love languages.

View Elinor Klein’s story about workplace behavior.

Colleen and Jack Pelar talk cancer together in this story.

Travel to India with Richard Barr.

Carpool to work with Catherine Calvin.

John Kreul and Allison Stevens told the tale of their wedding proposal.

February’s storytelling show was another great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA. Thanks to all the storytellers for a fantastic night and thank you to the audience for sharing it with us.

Better Said Than Done storytellers

Join us for our next storytelling show, “Marching Orders: stories about moving on or moving out,” at The Auld Shebeen on March 25th. Tickets and details here.

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He Said What?!

Better Said Than Done’s February storytelling show was all about understanding, or misunderstanding. In “He Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two,” storytellers shared true, personal stories about what he said, what she said, and what was actually meant. It was another great night out at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA.

Perhaps these photos will give you an idea of what the show was like. But is it the right idea?

Jay Krasnow told a story about a misunderstanding on a train.

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First time storyteller Freddi Donner told how one missed opportunity led to many more.

first time storyteller Freddi Donner

Elinor Klein’s story dealt with workplace behavior.

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In our first of two joint stories, Colleen and Jack Pelar talked about how each of them dealt with a life altering illness. This photo pretty much sums it up.

storytelling show

Richard Barr discussed some international travel related misinterpretations.

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Catherine Calvin took us on a ride in her carpool gone wrong story.

Better Said Than Done

And our last story was not only the second joint story of the night, but also featured our second first time storyteller, John Kreul, sharing the stage with his wife, Allison Stevens. And, yeah, this photo pretty much sums this one up too.

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Host Jessica Robinson thanked The Auld Shebeen for the wonderful food, drinks and hospitality, thanked the storytellers for a fantastic night and thanked the audience. We love sharing our stories with you and, in this case, we hope you left with a better understanding than we all started with.

Better Said Than Done storytellers

Special thanks to our video sponsor, Capture Video, Inc.

Capture Video, Inc.

Join us for our next storytelling show. “Marching Orders: stories about moving on or moving out” is at The Auld Shebeen on March 25th. Tickets and details here.

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Women Roar in Storytelling Show

On April 30, 2017, 9 women storytellers will take the stage at Jammin’ Java in Vienna and tell it like it is.

Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors
April 30, 2017
7:30PM Show
Doors Open 6:30PM
Jammin’ Java
227 Maple Ave E., Vienna, VA 22180
Tickets Here

PLEASE NOTE: You can also purchase advance tickets at Jammin’ Java, during business hours.
By purchasing in person, you avoid the service charge.

Proceeds from the show benefit The National Network to End Domestic Violence.

More information and storyteller bios listed here.
Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors

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Storytelling: more than just a buzzword

I’m not sure when “storytelling” became a business buzzword, but I frequently see blog posts that command their readers to start telling stories NOW and articles about that cite storytelling acumen as a contributing factor of this or that successful business.

Researchers are examining why and how people respond to stories.

Because stories are relatable and can motivate people to act, storytelling can be a powerful communications tool for your business or organization, whether you are looking for:

  • volunteers for your cause;
  • donors for your campaign;
  • new employees for your team;
  • improved internal collaboration;
  • clients for your products and services; or
  • partners or investors for your company.

So, do you know to tell an effective story, one that will engage and influence your audience? Do you know how to use stories within a business setting?

Better Said Than Done will answer these questions in our workshop, Your Business Story: Crafting Your Company Tale, on Friday, February 24, 2017, 1-5 PM. Join us in Reston, in a fun and supportive environment, to learn how to:

  • develop characters that will create connections;
  • structure your stories to evoke emotion; and
  • build momentum in various media.

To register, please visit our workshops page.

For organizations with larger teams (including employees, partners, members, and/or volunteers) or specific needs or concerns, Better Said Than Done offers private, specialized workshops and presentations, onsite or online; read more about these options here.

 

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Submissions Closed

We are no longer accepting submissions for the short story anthology Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors.  Thank you to many men and women who submitted stories.  We will be informing authors whose submission was accepted no later than March 24, 2017.

I just want to take a moment to say how truly grateful I am that so many people chose to share their personal stories.  We will not be able to publish every submission we received, but we are carefully reading and reviewing all of them.

Thank YOU for YOUR time and consideration. All of you have contributed to what is going to be a fantastic anthology. Thank you for helping us raise funds for The National Network to End Domestic Violence.

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He Said, She Said – Storytelling with at least two sides

Better Said Than Done StorytellersHe Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two
February 25th, 2017
7:00PM Show/Doors Open at 6:00PM
The Auld Shebeen, downstairs
3971 Chain Bridge Rd.
Fairfax, VA

Join host Jessica Robinson and storytellers Richard Barr, Catherine Calvin, Ellie Klein, Jay Krasnow, Jack and Colleen Pelar, Allison Stevens and first time storytellers Freddi Donner and John Kreul for a night of true, personal stories about this or that, or maybe this and that, or just this, or just that, depending on who you ask.

Purchase $15 Admission at Door (Cash Preferred)
Purchase $12 Advance Tickets Here
Full menu and bar available
Seating is on a first come, first served basis

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