I work with individuals who know they have a powerful story to tell that will help others, but are struggling to make it animated, engaging and not too long!

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You’ve experienced something BIG and come out the other side better for it.

You know that by sharing this story, you could change someone’s life! Maybe she’d avoid pitfalls you couldn’t. Maybe he’d understand that he’s not alone, and it’s going to be ok.

Maybe you’ve already invented the solution – and in order to explain why it’s so important, you need to start with the story of how you came to need it in the first place.

But your story is toooo loooong – and not clear. How on earth are you going to pack that into three minutes – or even ten? What should you cut out? What should you leave in? Which parts of the story are essential, and which can wait until you write your autobiography??

Are you :

  • Incredibly passionate about your mission and want to spread the word?
  • SO ready to share your story – but know that, right now, it’s four hours long and you don’t know how to shrink it down without losing any of the important parts(or speaking at the speed of Chipmunk)?
  • In the process of trying to strip your story down – only to find that it’s either too rammed with facts to be intelligible, or sounds dead and devoid of emotion. You know that, for impact, people need to connect with it on an emotional level, so you’re stuck.

 

I can show you how to wrestle your long, detailed, intricate story into whatever captivating length you need.

My talent lies in asking the right questions – then helping you choose which parts you include, in which order, for maximum impact.

As a result of working with me, you’ll have a way of telling your story that will:

  • affect real change and help people in need.
  • be any length you choose – from 20 minutes to thirty seconds
  • be engaging, emotional, educational and entertaining
  • have your audience begging to get involved!

How It Works:

Step One: We’ll start with a pre-session assessment.
Consider this the debrief or the back-story session.

I ask you a series of questions over email. As a result of your answers, I’ll get fully up to speed on what it is that’s most important to you about your story, and get a real understanding of what you are working so hard to get across.

 

Step Two: The Discovery Session
Together we jump on zoom (it’s like Skype – but better!) or the phone for one and a half to two hours.

We’ll dive even deeper into your story – after all, you want it to be impactful enough to change people’s lives!

Through a series of questions that you’ll be surprised are relevant, I’ll help you pull out all the elements that will be most impactful in your story. Often, you’ll discover elements of and angles to your story you’ve never noticed before – all of which will make it even more incredible!

Step Three: Putting It Together
This is my bit. I go off and work on the structure of your story, so it’s the best it can be for the medium you want. I’m going to be honest, sometimes my brain just has a magic way of working this stuff out – so you get to take advantage of that, too!

Step Four: Delivery
This is where I give you the structure to work on yourself. Why don’t I write it for you? Because I want it to be in YOUR voice! 

You will leave understanding exactly how to tell the story – from what to leave out, to the information that must be included to deliver a message that tugs at your audience’s emotions and helps create the positive difference you want to make in the world.

 

Bonuses:

  • An mp3 recording of our calls – so you can be fully present during the session and don’t have to furiously scribble down everything we say.
  • A follow-up one hour call, to run through your new version of the story (once you’ve had the chance to practise it)


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The Result?

  • A way of telling your story that you’re really proud of, that connects instantly with people – and drives them to take action!
  • A polished story you can now use for speaking engagements and videos
  • The chance to really make a difference in the world.

Ready to share your wisdom, wit and wonderfulness with the perfect story?
Then let’s talk!

Book a free (no obligation) 15 minute chat by clicking HERE:

~**Please note that sessions July – September are very limited, so it may be a few weeks between each. This won’t affect the process – but if you have a strict time frame, get in touch to let me know!**~

 

Testimonials

Marsha totally over-delivered

Lorna GAger“From start to finish the experience has been fantastic and she totally over-delivered. My story is unique and interesting, but Marsha has helped me make it gripping, heartwarming and best of all – more enticing for women to want to work with me.
Lorna Gager, Wellness Coach and Inspirationalist, LornaGager.com

 

Before working with Marsha, I had suffered from terrible stage fright… but I actually enjoyed my time in the spotlight!

nadine-prada_annawithlove_webI never thought of myself as the kind of person who could EVER get on stage in front of a packed audience and tell such a vulnerable story.

Surely I’d blank out in a fit of nerves and forget what I was supposed to say, or ramble on? I also suffered from terrible stage fright.

Marsha helped me shape my story by sifting through all the elements and arranging them in an impactful way. What we left out was as important as what we put in.

The result? I actually enjoyed my time in the spotlight! I’m left with a tremendous sense of accomplishment and a feeling of connecting with people on a deeper level. It feels like a huge weight has been lifted. Sharing my story made a difference to a lot of people. And I can cross something big off my Bucket List.
Nadine Prada, Artist and Creative Director

“Marsha is a true master of her craft”

hrabBefore working with Marsha, turning one of my biggest life experiences into a ten minute story seemed impossible. And yet, after working with Marsha, I had the confidence and framework to make it happen. Marsha helped me hone in on the important elements of my story and shape it into a compelling narrative. She is a true master of her craft. Working with Marsha is like working with some kind of incredible storytelling wizard!
Naseem Hrab, Marketing Director and Author.

“Marsha is a story alchemist. I highly, highly recommend working with her”

Erin RodgersMarsha is a story alchemist. I will fully admit that I came to our meeting pretty cocky that I had an awesome story that was going to need no work at all. Suddenly, Marsha was finding all these new details and avenues of exploration. I started with a good, funny story, I ended with a much more powerful and vulnerable story that people still compliment me about (and it was MUCH funnier too). I highly, highly, recommend working with Marsha.”
Erin Rodgers CEO, Keener Events

“I learned so much from one session, I feel as if I took a 5-day intensive workshop on storytelling”

Lissa CowanWhen I first came to Marsha with my story, it was long and unwieldy, and I was lost as to how to shape it. Marsha was so thoughtful and intuitive as she helped me whip it into a kind of mini masterpiece. She didn’t tell me what to do, but let me draw my own conclusions to make it come alive. I learned so much from that one session that I feel as if I took a 5-day intensive workshop on storytelling.”
Lissa M. Cowan Author and Writing and Creativity Coach

I didn’t know that shy people could also be good storytellers

Ginny Santos“I didn’t know that shy people could also be good storytellers. Marsha was absolutely amazing at helping me craft my experience into an engaging story. She made me feel so comfortable and supported while sharing some really personal stuff. She helped me recognize the details that make my story compelling, she helped me create the hook and pointed out what I should include and what I should leave out. Now I have the confidence to tell my story in public knowing all the ways in which I can modify it and use it for different purposes while always knowing that people will love listening to it.”
Ginny Santos
Creativist, Founder and CEO of NeOle

“She inspired me to find my voice as a storyteller

paul-dore“Workshopping my story with Marsha was essential to figuring out what it was that I wanted to express to my audience. Not only did she have an unbelievable instinct to help me get to the heart of the story, she inspired me to find my voice as a storyteller. Marsha’s enthusiasm for my story during our workshop was contagious and gave me the confidence to share it in front of 150 people.” 
Paul Dore, Author

 

Are you ready to tell YOUR compelling story?

Let’s talk!

Book a free (no obligation) 15 minute chat by clicking HERE

 

“Afterwards, I did the best public presentation I’ve ever done, business or artistic”

rick jones“I was skeptical of the very idea of Marsha helping me polish my story. After all, it had been okay before. I am skeptical no more; her insight and communications expertise helped me turn my little yarn into the best public presentation I’ve ever done, business or artistic. An hour with her was incalculably valuable. I say yes, yes to Marsha!”
Rick Jones
Stand Up Comic

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