Hello! Thanks for coming to my talk at The Spectacular!

Here you’ll find:

(1) The bonus question that I didn’t get the chance to answer

(2) Storytelling Checklist PDF to help you keep on track

(3) Links I mentioned

(4) A video about what storytelling does to your brain (with 5 costume changes and an alien outfit)

(5) Info on what to do if you want to take this to the next level and work on your story (or storiES!)

(6) How to get hold of the free training and visualization for using emotions in storytelling (plus free email coaching from me)


(1) Captivating Story Checklist PDF — reference this when you write your next story

Right click (or Ctrl+click on Mac) to save as a PDF

Yes Yes Marsha’s Captivating Story Checklist (Fillable PDF)

Yes Yes Marsha’s Captivating Story Checklist (Printable PDF)

(2) Links I mentioned

My Live (currently ONLINE!) True Storytelling Show: yesyesmarsha.com/truestories — next show Tues March 30th!

My “I Don’t Have My iSht Together, Either” Facebook Group

We’d LOVE to have you come join us — but feel free to just browse and laugh before you join:

(3) Bonus question I didn’t have time to answer:

QUESTION: if you’re talking about a difficult part of your life during your story telling, how do you engage with that without getting emotional and even tearful? (I’m a crier).

I’m a crier too! I have two parts to this answer:

(1) The first is to make sure you’re ready to tell the story. If you don’t have enough emotional distance from it, your audience won’t feel safe — as they say, “write from the scar, not the wound.” One way you can tell if you’re ready or not is, “When you tell a friend the story, do you feel emotional charge?” Another — courtesy of my friend Erin Rodgers: “When you think about telling the story, does the thought, ‘THAT’LL SHOW THEM!!!’ come up?”

If the answer to either is yes, you’re not yet ready to tell the story.

However, if the answer’s no, but you still cry because you’re a crier (been there!), then:

(2) PRACTISE OUT LOUD. I told a story a couple of years ago about the death of my beloved Uncle Boris. I knew I had the emotional distance — when I talked to friends about him, I wasn’t overwhelmed. But trying it out as a performative story had me in tears every time.

I asked my storytelling teacher, Sage Tyrtle, what to do. She told me to keep practising it out loud until I get the cry out. So I did this — mostly on my bike, looking very sad to passers by — until I could get through the story out loud (alone in my house) without crying.

When I actually got on stage, I did cry a little, but not in a way that derailed the story, so I was fine!


Got any more questions? Pop them in the comments below, or — even better — post them on my Facebook page, because I bet the answer will help someone else (and make others intrigued to learn more about you!). Find me here: Facebook.com/yesyesmarsha


(4) Video about storytelling’s effect on the brain

(5) Inspired to work on YOUR stories? Here’s how to take the next step.

I would love – LOVE – to help you.

Online entrepreneur who wants to make potential clients fall in (business) love with you? Find out how to walk the line between personal and professional — all the while pulling in your dream clients and repelling the ones you don’t want — by learning to tell your stories in a way that captivates your audience, positions you as an expert, and protects your privacy: www.yesyesmarsha.com/youinbusiness

Are you a speaker who wants to take your good speech into a mind-blowing, world-changing one? Whether you’re headed for TED, World Domination Summit, or anywhere in between, I’ve got you covered with story-focused speech help that makes your speech just as good as the ideas you’re sharing in it: yesyesmarsha.com/speech

Do you HATE writing sales pages? Wish you could just do your thing and have people give you money? Can’t stand the thought of the hard sell? Really curious as to how you can write a sales page that’s a gift instead of a gut punch? This is for you: yesyesmarsha.com/saleswithsoul

Not sure which one is for you – but know you’d love to get better at storytelling with my help? Let’s chat! We can jump on the phone – click HERE to book in a call, or just email me on marsha@yesyesmarsha.com.

(6) My free training on the magic bullet for storytelling – plus free Coaching on Storytelling from me!

If you’d like free coaching (and stories and secrets I won’t put on the internet) – along with, then just fill in your details below:

Love this frock.

Thanks again for watching!

You rule,

xx (Yes Yes) Marsha


  • Vie Portland

    Reply Reply March 17, 2021

    At the beginning of your talk, you said sometimes people will bore you to death with their stories, whereas others will make you want them to be your new best friend; I definitely felt the latter! You are brilliant! Thank you so much! (I did put this in the comments but so many of us were engaged with what you were saying that I imagine you missed it!

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