FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THESE STORYTELLING EVENINGS?
Events at a private residence, usually in Paris, where a storyteller (author, entertainer, artist, musician, author, magician, opera singer, dancer, actor, expert in a particular field) tells a story around culture, lifestyle, entertainment, travel or the arts. The idea is to ENTERTAIN, AMUSE, EDUCATE, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof.
WHO ATTENDS? 

25-30 Storytelling aficionados who hail from across the globe attend the actual event and dinner. However, anyone from around the world can join via LIVE-STREAM and only need to click on this link HERE at the designated time. There is no charge to join and virtual guests can ask questions and comment.
WHAT IS THE DINNER MENU?

This varies with cuisines from the “four corners of the globe” and have ranged from Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Canadian, French, Cajun, French, regional French and oftentimes fusion. VEGETARIAN and VEGAN options are available. Wine, juice, and other beverages are served as well as a selection of teas and coffee with a delightful dessert.
WHAT IS THE COST and HOW DO I REGISTER?
45 Euros which includes presentation, dinner, wine, beverages, juice, dessert, coffee and a good time. RSVP HERE
Codes sent with payment.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO HOST A STORYTELLING EVENING?
Yes! These events can take place at any location around the world where you can be the host and choose the Storyteller to feature. The physical event can be for your exclusive guests and others from around the wolrd can join via LIVE-STREAM. To discuss send message HERE.
HOW OFTEN ARE THESE STORYTELLING EVENINGS?
Once a month usually on a Saturday.
DO YOU WELCOME SUGGESTIONS FOR STORYTELLERS?

Yes!  This could be you, someone you know in Paris or someone who may be passing through.
WHO HAVE BEEN THE PREVIOUS STORYTELLERS?
See PAST EVENTS page     

Virtual Storytelling Evening with Her Highness Marie-Antoinette May 23rd 19:30 - 21:00 (CET Paris)

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Complimentary invitation to the first
Virtual Storytelling Evening featuring
Her Highness Marie-Antoinette
May 23rd 19:30-21:00 (CET Paris)
Location: ZOOM
RSVP (required)  HERE

After 70+ Storytelling Evenings hosted on-site in Paris, please accept this complimentary invitation to the first VIRTUAL Storytelling Evening where court will be held with Marie-Antoinette, the last Queen of France. Fashioned after the 18th Century Parisian salons, these Storytelling Evenings offer entertainment, amusement, enlightenment and lively interaction. The salon on May 23rd will be no exception where the evening will kick off with a period musical performance by Ayke Agus, world-class violinist and pianist, followed by an interview (see questions below) with Marie-Antoinette. Join other guests from across the globe in this interactive online experience where together, in the presence of Marie-Antoinette, we will mingle, interact, raise a glass of champagne, and enjoy a slice of her favorite cake (recipe HERE).  Dress code is as you wish….dress up or dress down, in period attire (duke, duchess, marquise) or not at all (assuming video is off). As a guest you can interact, observe or remain anonymous, the only requirement is to RSVP (at no charge) to assure a virtual seat. Your Host, Bernadette Martin will be hailing in from Paris, Ayke from California and Marie-Antoinette from the Palace of Versailles. This is the first (but not the last) VIRTUAL Storytelling Evening with upcoming salons featuring Mona Lisa, Edith Piaf, Marcel Proust and a stellar list of artists, entertainers, musicians, authors and dancers. Stay tuned for details on this site and Facebook.


Questions to be asked of Her Royal Highness:

  • Tell us about coming from Vienna to Paris as the 15 year-old bride of Louis XVI.

  • How long does it take to get “all dolled up” or “all queened up”?

  • Tell us about the lavish parties you organized at Le Petit Trianon and who was invited?

  • What interests did you share with King Louis XVI?

  • Why did many refer to you as “Madame Debt” ?

  • What did you mean by “let them eat cake”?

    

Next Storytelling Events


 


 An evening with
Maria & Isabelle
Storyteller & Ukulele Player
Date TBD



 

An Evening with
Mona Lisa
Date: June 13th
Virtual
19:30 – 21:00
 
 
An Evening with
Marie Antoinette
Saturday May 23rd
19:30 – 21:30
 
 





 
MAY 23rd
Virtual Storytelling Evening with Marie-Antoinette

Suggested to join with a beverage of choice, ideally champagne,
to accompany a slice of cake, recipe here
“Let them eat cake”
 

Ingredients

125 ml water

3 egg whites

4 eggs, separated

1 tbsp vanilla extract

165 g sugar

¼ tsp cream of tartar

¼ cup vegetable oil

⅛ tsp pink food coloring (powder)

6 small roses

½ tbsp baking powder

225 g sugar

½ tbsp rose syrup

150 g flour

½ tsp salt

Step 1

WHIP YOUR EGG WHITES

Pre heat your oven to 180°C. Add the egg whites and the cream of tartar to a bowl and whisk until stiff peaks are formed. Set it aside.

Step 2

MAKE THE BATTER

Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl to combine and get rid of lumps. Make a hole in the middle and add the egg yolks, oil, vanilla extract and water. Whisk to combine, don’t over mix this. Fold in the egg whites and bake in a 21cm lined tin for about 45 min or until cooked in the middle.

Step 3

MAKE THE MERINGUE

Make a Swiss meringue by whisking 3 egg whites with 225g of sugar in a Bain Marie until all the sugar is dissolved. Then, move to a Electric mixer and whip. Add the food coloring, and rose syrup.

Step 4

ASSEMBLE THE CAKE

Flatten the cake and slice it through the middle. Add the rose meringue between the cake halves and then, cover the entire cake with the meringue. Decorate with the roses and enjoy!

 
 
 
 
 
 

The Host
Bernadette Martin

Welcome and Bienvenue! If you have read the Frequently Asked Questions on the FAQ page, many of your questions about the Storytelling Evenings may have been answered so you might ask…….what’s my story? I felt the extract below from an interview conducted by Sean Ryan – Communications Consultant gives you a snapshot. Sean has attended 17 out of 25 Storytelling Evenings.IMG_0701 2 3BD 2

Tell us about your story…where you grew up?
Originally from Los Angeles I am of Irish, German, and French descent and have lived and worked in Asia, Europe and the US.   After a first degree in French followed by an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management I embarked on a career in branding on the client and advertising agency side holding positions in Asia, Europe and North America. In 2002 I moved to Paris which coincided with transitioning from a corporate career to becoming an entrepreneur. Having lived in Paris since 2002 I feel truly « Euro-American ». A long distance swimmer (former long distance runner) and Bikram (hot) Yoga practitioner I find my « zen » in the H2O doing endless laps. My favorite Tibetan proverb, « Happiness is not at the end of the road, it’s the road that brings happiness ».
What is your “day” job?
As Founder of Visibility Branding   I help professionals identify, clarify and message their personal brand (online & offline) using storytelling. I am  a Personal Brand Strategist, Storyteller, eReputation Analyst and author of « Storytelling about Your Brand Online and Offline 
» These Storytelling Evenings are a brand extension of my « day job » and are a chance for me to welcome guests from all walks of life and nationalities where the common thread is a desire to hear a good story, and share an amazing meal and convivial evening together. For more on my “day” job visit my site or go the the Visibility Branding PAGE.
Why did you decide to launch your Storytelling Evenings in June 2014?
I have been an expat for most of my life, the last 14 years here in Paris.  What triggered the launch was, to use the French expression, a “concours de circonstance”.  Having moved into a larger apartment, this allowed me to welcome guests chez moi (tapping into my love for entertaining and meeting new people), as well as cook (designing menus inspired from my travels),  and more importantly provide entertainment around Storytelling…..my passion.
Where do you find the Storytellers?
Some approach me having heard of these events. However, for the most part they are people I know well. An example is my good friend Ayke Agus a world class pianist, violinist and author of Heifetz as I Knew Him . She will feature when she passes through Paris this year. Others are recommended or people I meet here in Paris. I have the reputation as the “networking queen’ with affiliations and membership across a range of professional and cultural associations such as Toastmasters, Professional Women’s Network, Arts & Arena, American University Clubs of France, Paris Women of Success, Project Management Institute, my alumni association Thunderbird School of Global Management and others. At events is where I often meet potential storytellers where my innate curiosity in hearing other people’s stories prompts me to ask if they would like to feature.
How do you see the future progression of these Storytelling Evenings?
I plan to continue hosting these events wherever I live and in parallel with my professional career. I do plan on keeping these events intimate, on a small scale with ever changing delightful menus and chez moi.


Past Events

Natalia Lazarus
Director, Producer, Actor and Founder of the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center
” A Picasso”

Johannes-Maria Lansche
Dancer, Choreographer, Actor and Bikram Yoga Instructor

Dr Marie Holm
Cognitive Neuroscience and Positive Psychology Researcher
“Blending Science & Spirituality”

Judith Merians
Hollywood Studio Executive, Literary Agent, and Entertainment Attorney
“Making Movies & the Marriage of Creativity & Business”

 

Sandy Beky
Sustainability Advocate, Founder of Kyosei Leadership
“The BUZZ on Bees”

Dr. Lorraine Tilbury
Veterinarian and Toxicologist
“Practicing Emotional Agility in your Life – an Approach Inspired by Horses”

Owen Lean
Magician, Street Performer
Stand-up Comedian

Testimonials

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RSVP/CONTACT

RSVP directly HERE. Your seat is guaranteed with payment. Link is http://visibilitybranding2015.eventbrite.com

 

 Send message if you have QUESTIONS, SPEAKER SUGGESTIONS or OTHER

 Bernadette Martin
E: bmartin@visibilitybranding.com
T: 33 (0) 6 33 41 70 01
Normally the event location (chez moi)  is 55 Boulevard Richard Lenoir 75011 Paris, France
Easy access: across from metro Richard Lenoir line 5. Close to Bastille lines 1,5,8
Wheelchair accessible

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Visibility Branding offers career development services to Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Academic Institutions, Corporations, and Associations in the form of individual sessions, workshops, courses, modules, presentations and keynotes. These can be delivered on-site or virtually.  The “red thread” methodology that flows throughout the Visibility Branding process is based around the four C’s of a strong brand. CLARITY, COVERAGE, CONSISTENCY, CONSTANCY and the use of STORYTELLING. Selected services are the following with a full list on the Visibility Branding site HERE.

COACHING: Identifying and clarifying your personal brand (what makes you UNIQUE), as well as your direction, goals, target and Call To Action (CTA)
The BIO: Creating compelling and captivating stories and narratives for various versions of the BIO tailored to the target. Placement purposes: LinkedIn SUMMARY, site, blog, Twitter, association sites and other.
ACCOMPLISHMENT STORIES:  Creation of well-structured accomplishment stories for online (LinkedIn, site, blog, Twitter, etc.) and offline (interviews, presentations, etc.) purposes.
LINKEDIN: Profile “makeover” and training on LinkedIn with direction on optimizing your presence and advice on how to make your profile stronger.
CV/RESUME and COVER LETTER development:
INTERVIEWING & PRESENTATION SKILLS:
VIDEO: Advise on use of video as a brand-messaging platform. This can be a VIDEO BIO with advice on script and coaching of delivery and/or Video Storytelling.
ONLINE IDENTITY or e-REPUTATION: Identification of your Online & Offline Visibility with ongoing monitoring using selected tools.
For full list of services please visit the Visibility Branding site.

www.visibilitybranding.com