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.


~~~~~~~~~ Virtual Storytelling Salon with Cara Black ~~~~~ ~~~~~~Paris Mystery Writer & Historical Thriller Author of ~~~~ "Three Hours in Paris" August 22nd 19:15 - 21:00 (CEST Paris) via ZOOM

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          This unique Storytelling Salon features Cara Black, Paris Mystery Writer to talk about “
Three Hours in Paris” , her first historical thriller which is a National Bestseller, an ABA Indie Next Pick for April 2020 and an Amazon Best of the Month Pick for April 2020. Cara will be zooming in from San Francisco joining Host Bernadette Martin in Paris and the Storytelling Salon crew who will be on-site in Paris intermittently showing live some of the key crucial locations in the book such as Montmartre, Jardin du Luxembourg and Place de la Sorbonne.  Cara will share her inspiration for choosing these locations and read excerpts that take place in these very locations. Join guests from around the world as we go back in time to June 1940 and see how it looks today.

          The seed from which her novel, “Three Hours in Paris” , grew was a single historical fact, a footnote really, that was irresistibly full of potential. In June of 1940, after Paris was seized by the Nazis, Adolf Hitler came to Paris to victoriously survey the city. He spent only three hours in the City of Light before abruptly leaving and never returned. Why did Hitler leave so quickly? What could cause him to flee from a city held in the Reich’s iron grip? From this little imaginative exercise in “What happened?” came the opportunity to finally tell the story of occupied Paris and weave together all the lore and research Cara had been hoarding. All guests will receive an excerpt from “Three Hours in Paris” and a chance to win a copy of Cara’s book. Partial proceeds go towards Cara’s favorite charity Restos du Cœur, (literally Restaurants of the Heart ), a French charity, launched in 1985 by the French comedian and actor Coluche, which distribute food packages and hot meals to the homeless. Additionally, guests will receive the ebook synopsis of the first 10 books of Aimee Leduc which includes the locations, characters, maps and synopsis of each story. More on Cara…

               Cara Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. With more than 400,000 books in print, this series has been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. Her Aimée Leduc series is under film option. Cara lives in San Francisco with her husband, a former bookseller and their dog. She gets to Paris whenever she can.



Site: www.carablack.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CaraBlackAuthor/

Twitter @carablack | Instagram @carablack51                                                               

 Virtual Storytelling Salon
Julie Collas
Oh My God She’s Parisian”
Date: TBD


Virtual Storytelling Salon 
Cara Black
“Three Hours in Paris”
August 22, 2020
19:15 – 21:00 CEST Paris

Virtual Storytelling Salon
Suni Paz

Argentinian Singer | Songwriter | Guitarist | Poet | Folklorist
Sept 5th  19:15 – 21:00 CEST Paris

Sept 12th 22:15 – 24:00 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.