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), $150

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), $150

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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Inaugural Storytelling Show Videos

Did you miss the “Inauguration?” If so, you missed the best show. It was huge.

Seriously, we had a great inaugural storytelling show at The Auld Shebeen in downtown Fairfax, VA.  Hosted by Jessica Robinson, storytellers shared not only their true, personal stories about ceremonies, beginnings and presidential stuff, but each one also shared the first memory they had of a president.  There were lots of fun moments and surprises not included in the videos below.  Next time, you’ll come out to see the show live so you don’t feel so terrible for missing out.  In the meantime, click on the links below to watch videos of our storytellers sharing their inaugural stories.

Bill Grella

Miriam Nadel

Jay Krasnow

Allison Stevens

Robert Lovejoy

Davine Ker

BN Heard

Jack Scheer

Sandra Hull

See you on February 25, at 7PM back at The Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA. Join us for “He Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two.”

Want to learn the art of storytelling? Sign up for a storytelling workshop.  We have a storytelling in business workshop on February 24, and a personal storytelling workshop on March 4th. Details and registration here.

Have a true, personal story about obstacles women face? Submit your story for consideration for publication in the anthology Roar: True Tales of Women Warriors. Submission Deadline is February 16. Submission guidelines here.

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Inauguration Storytelling Show

This January, Better Said Than Done kicked off 2017 with an appropriately titled storytelling show, “Inauguration: stories of ceremonies, beginnings and Presidential stuff,” at the Auld Shebeen in Fairfax, VA. Hosted by Better Said Than Done founder Jessica Robinson, the show featured true, personal stories by 8 returning – and one brand spankin’ new – storytellers.

Bill Grella launched the show with a story about his first job working for the airlines.

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Miriam Nadel shared a story about weddings ceremonies and all their charms.

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Jay Krasnow took us on a run that took a wrong turn.Better Said Than Done

And introducing Allison Stevens. This young lady took us to a time long gone past, when recording TV was still novel!first time storyteller

Robert Lovejoy learned a lot about how to run an effective campaign in elementary school.Robert Lovejoy

Davine Ker discovered a new world that no one had ever, or did ever, explain to her.Davine Ker

BN Heard’s story about his Papa really cranks my tractor.BN Heard

Jack Scheer discovered that sometimes adages exist for a reason, and sometimes they don’t.storyteller

Sandra Hull closed out our night in Fairfax by taking us to the White House.storytelling show

We had the best audience at our show. Huge numbers. And the storytellers? Top notch. Top talent. The food at The Auld Shebeen? The best. It was a bigly night all around. storytellers

All right storytelling fans. We started off 2017 for you. And we did it right. See you on February 25, at 7PM back at The Auld Shebeen. Join us for “He Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two.” It’s gonna be the best. After all, we have the best words.

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My Daughter, the Storyteller

I’m teaching my daughter to tell stories. At 3 and a half years old, what this mostly involves is my husband and I telling and reading her stories and, of course, asking her lots of questions. On occasion, when I ask, she actually agrees to tell me a story too.

young storytellerTo be clear, I am not pushing my daughter to tell fully formed stories at 3 and a half. I’ll wait until she’s four before giving her critical reviews of structure and dramatic arc. But getting kids into the habit of telling stories is a great way to teach them to understand the world. Furthermore, storytelling helps them to create long term memories. When they frame their day, or an event, in their own words, it tends to stick with them longer. In fact, there has been some research done suggesting that women have more memories from childhood than men specifically because people talk to girls more than boys, asking the girls more questions and expecting them to flesh out their answers. Hopefully, my husband and I can even things out by asking our son a lot of questions too – once he learns to talk!

Lately, my daughter has been into stories about babies. This might have to do with the arrival of her baby brother. She asks us to tell her about when she was born, when mommy was born, when daddy was born. She is starting to piece together the story of her birth, and the timeline of our family, but she’s not quite there yet. For example, she often asks my husband to tell her what I was like as a baby, and vice versa. This morning, when I asked her to tell me a story, here’s what she said.

“Once upon a time.” (Classic storytelling start. Way to go little girl!) “Daddy had a baby and her name was mommy.” (Okay, okay. If we take that figuratively, it could work.) “One night, daddy’s belly started to shake. Daddy went to the doctor and then mommy jumped out of his belly!” (So, I guess she meant the baby part literally. My daughter jumped feet first from my belly when she was born. She must’ve liked that image.) “And then mommy was a little baby named Jessica and she was so happy and daddy was so happy to have her.” (I couldn’t have said it better myself.)

Not only do I love to hear her telling a story, practicing forming sentences and thoughts and ideas, but I also learn so much from hearing how she interprets what I’ve told her. She might not have gotten the sequence exactly down, but she knows that when the little baby was born, daddy, and mommy too, was so happy to have her.  That’s a story I will always cherish, and I know she will as well.

Storytelling gives us a way to access the world, the things we understand and the things we are trying to understand. Giving kids the tools to try to form their own stories is like giving them a way to make sense of the world. It is never too early to share stories with children, and to encourage them to share their stories.

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If you’d like to hear some storytelling for adults, come to our monthly themed storytelling shows, usually the last Saturday of the month.  The February 25th show is called “He Said, She Said: stories with a point of view, or two.” Details and tickets here.

Read about our storytelling workshops for adults here.

And if you are looking for storytelling for kids, well, I’ll leave that part up to you!

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Jessica Robinson is the Founder of Better Said Than Done and the author of Caged, an urban fantasy novel set in Northern Virginia.  She’s the mother of two very vocal children and will next be heard sharing her own true, personal story on stage in “Roar: true tales of women warriors” at Jammin’ Java in Vienna on April 30, 2017.

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