FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
1) What are these virtual Storytelling Salons
2) Who are the Storytellers?
3) Who attends?
4) How often are these Storytelling Salons held?
5) What is the cost?
6) How do I register?
7) What is the flow of the Storytelling Salons?

8) Are there any requirements to join?
9) Is there a culinary aspect to the Storytelling Salons?
10) How can I be a Storyteller?                      

1) What are these VIRTUAL Storytelling Salons?
Online events featuring a Storyteller (Singer, Actor, Musician, Magician, Impersonator, Entertainer, Artist, Author, Dancer, other), who ENTERTAINS, ENTHRALLS, EDUCATES, INSPIRES, ENLIGHTENS or any combination thereof. Hosted by Paris based Bernadette Martin, guests join from across the globe to mingle, interact and to be entertained.

2) Who are the Storytellers?
Entertainers, Artists, Impersonators, Musicians, Actors, Performers, Magicians, Authors, Singers, and Dancers who will ENTERTAIN, AMUSE, EDUCATE, ENTHRALL, ENLIGHTEN or any combination thereof.

 3) Who attends?
Storytelling enthusiasts from around the world, regardless of the time zone, and kid friendly.

4) How often are these Storytelling Salons held?
Usually twice a month on Saturdays at 19:15 – 21:15 (CEST Paris)

5) What is the cost?
General Admission is10 Euros with an optional “passing of the hat tip jar”

6) How do I register?
RSVP on the Eventbrite site HERE. For full information on past events, photos, storytellers and more visit the Storytelling Salon site HERE

7) What is the flow of the Storytelling Salons?
19:15 Guest check in via ZOOM (CEST Paris), and channelled to breakout rooms for mingling
19:30 ALL guest gather. Welcome by Host Bernadette Martin who introduces the Storyteller and program which could be any combination of an interview, performance (music, song, dance, other), interludes, guest interaction, contest and quiz.
21:00 Q&A from guests
21:15. ZOOM doors close

8) Are there any requirements to join?
An internet connection, ideally with video, and viewed on a laptop for a better experience. ZOOM link is sent 24 hours in advance, if you do not have already, will be the latest 5.0 version of ZOOM.

9) Is there a culinary aspect to the Storytelling Salons?
As guests join from various time zones, Chef recommended culinary delights, to accompany morning coffee, afternoon tea, or an evening glass of wine are posted on the Storytelling Salon site.

10) How can I be a Storyteller?
To feature, and/or if you have a recommendation, contact Bernadette Martin at bmartin@visibilitybranding.com.


Two Naughty Dames of Paris – Maria Sweeney and Isabelle Sojfer November 28th 20:15 - 22:00 (CEST Paris) via ZOOM

November 28th, 2020

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Two Naughty Dames of Paris wish to spice up your banal lives with stories and songs. Maria Sweeney is a storyteller, author and dancer from Ireland living and performing in Paris. Isabelle Sojfer is an authentic Montmartre Parisian singer, musician, ukulele player, and poet who is perfectly able to captivate your imagination in both French and English. At this Storytelling Salon, November 28th they will combine their energies entertain you royally with romantic songs of Paris, witty lyrics by Serge Gainsbourg and through their own spicy compositions. These two Naughty Dames of Paris, met by chance one sunny Bloomsday on the street outside an art gallery, on rue de Rivoli. They chatted, sipped wine and discovered they both loved suggestive literature, music, costumes and extravagant hats! They will share all these passions at this Storytelling event which includes a contest for the most extravagant hat.

More on Maria…Maria Sweeney trained at the Gaiety school of acting, Dublin, then found herself drawn to poetic narrative pose and evolved into a storyteller. She chooses saucy, poignant and entertaining tales that carry the listener off into a parallel universe. These she has performed on both sides of the pond in Paris at Shakespeare and Co, Spokenword, Paris Soirees, Café de Paris, The Swan Bar and in the US in Boston at Outpost 186. Her stories come from her own novel, “Seventh Heaven from Seven Perspectives”, as well as “Ulysses and Salomé”.

More on Isabelle….Isabelle Sojfer has written books and songs, composed and performed La Belle Epoque musicals and has a one-women show named Textes Crus et Chansons Saignantes. She is fluent both in French and English, and sings at Le Connetable, Le Santa Maria, Le Rigletto etc. She plays the ukulele and entertains with romantic songs of Paris, poems, and her own spicy compositions.

Facebook: Maria D’Arcy   and   Isabelle Sojfer

Isabelle site: www.isabellesojfer.com



Virtual Storytelling Salon 
Ariane Gray Hubert
Composer | Singer | Songwriter
Concert Pianist
January 16th, 2021
20:15 – 22:00
Details Posted Soon




Virtual Storytelling Salon 
Naughty Dames of Paris
Maria – Storyteller | Dancer
Isabelle – Ukulele Player | Singer
November 28th
19:15 – 21:00 CEST (Paris)



Virtual Storytelling Salon
with Santa Claus
Presents, Prizes, Fun, Games
& Christmas Stories
Benefit for Petits Princes
December 19th

19:15 – 21:00 CEST (Paris)





August 22nd, 2020
Virtual Storytelling Salon with Cara Black
Author ” Three Hours in Paris”


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


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



 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:
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.