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Yes Yes Ques(tions)

I used to feel bad about this. Like, kind of guilty. Because of my work, my interests, and the kinds of conferences I go to, I’m in a lot of spaces where people ask, “What’s the burning thing you’ve always wanted to do, but never been brave enough to?” And I always used to worry…

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If you feel like you want to disappear, this is for you.

There is a beauty in your presence

When I first read it, I didn’t even cry. I just pursed my lips and sharply breathed in. Then I took the tiny piece of paper that was attached to the tea bag string – and slid it into my pocket.   I always used to be angry at people who’d committed suicide. Furious, actually.…

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That Time I Cried On Stage (and how I dealt).

crying on stage

The first few times I practised the story, I totally fell apart. Alone in my apartment, I couldn’t speak for sobbing. A few months ago, I took a course with my storytelling teacher, Sage Tyrtle. Our final class was a live show, where we would each tell the story we’d been working on. Except… I…

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This is usually my favourite thing to do, but one woman RUINED IT.

empty plane

“Cabin crew seats for take-off, please,” said the tinny voice overhead.

I looked around, wide-eyed. I made my hand into a fist, then pumped it down.

“Yesssssssss,” I hissed, half-under my breath. This was a SCORE.

I leaned over to the other seats in my row – both empty – and grabbed their plastic-wrapped blankets. I tore them open, then lay them on top of the one that was already on my knees.

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This happens to me EVERY TIME I’m at a new event. And it’s so painful.

One Sunday morning at 8.25 in the morning, I sat at the back of an auditorium in Philadelphia, cursing myself. And then cursing everybody else: the woman I had just spoken to; my friend Laurie, who’d organised my ticket; and each person sat in front, behind, or to the side of me. Up until this…

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The one time I don’t agree with Brene Brown

Stories with emotion

Sat in an empty, trendy conference room with Andrew, I’d been expecting nervousness. But, even though we’d just met, I was having a BLAST.

He was interviewing me for the LUSH (yep, the soap company) podcast. And – as you’ll hear if you listen, he quoted Brene Brown as saying,

“Stories are data with soul”

I laughed like a drain when he said it – I love this quote. But, as I talked my way through my response, I realised that actually,

Stories are…

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Stand-ups, Stories and feeling Suicidal – some of my most personal secrets!

Marsha's tough

I AM SICK. And when I’m sick, in between necking garlic and vitamin C, I like to lie on my couch and, while feeling terribly sorry for myself, listen to things. In case you’re of a similar frame of mind – here are some audio delights for you, featuring your favourite sore-throated British storytelling enthusiast!

1. The One Where I Tell a REALLY Big Secret About Myself…

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Snugglers, Small moments and Sneaking it in: Lessons from WDS 2017

Marsha at WDS 2017

Even as she was walking up to me, I didn’t break my stride.

I was game for talking to people, but I had an hour to get EVERYTHING done – and I was freaking out a little…

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People assume this is a mistake in storytelling. But it’s an asset.

Movie_Quiz

LET’S DO A FUN MOVIE QUIZ!!!!!

I know you know this!

Guess the movie based on my short story version:

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Can’t think of a story relevant to your topic? Try this.

She stood looking at me expectantly, waiting for an answer, grinning. I was gobsmacked. As – I assume – were the other people standing around us, witnessing her question. Well, I thought. THIS is unprecedented.     A couple of months ago, I was two hours outside of Toronto, running a workshop on storytelling. As always,…

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