FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE THESE STORYTELLING EVENINGS?
Events at a private residence 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.
25-30 Storytelling aficionados who hail from across the globe and understand English.
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 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?
28 Euros which includes presentation, dinner, wine, beverages, juice, dessert, coffee and a good time. RSVP HERE www.visibilitybranding2015.eventbrite.com
Codes sent with payment.
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
Saturday September 2nd
19:30 – 22:30
Storytelling Evening & Dinner
with Sylvain Gillier
Legends of the Navajo People & how Horses feature in their Ceremonies, Traditions and Culture
This event will be LIVESTREAMED meaning you can view the live event (for free) by clicking on this link at
20:30 CET Paris Time
Stories of the Navajo and how Horses feature in their Traditions, Ceremonies and Culture
This Storytelling Evening features Sylvain Gillier, a holistic practitioner and homeopathy MD, who will share legends, lore and history of the Navajo Native American People, in particular, how the Navajo interact with horses. He will recount the traditional Navajo ceremonies and techniques used in gentling horses and how the Navajo incorporate horse-work into teachings, bringing knowledge to their fellow Native Americans to improve their lives and interactions with the world at large.
About Sylvain……residing near Paris in the natural preserved area of Vallée de Chevreuse with his herd of horses, he organizes workshops on relationships between humans, animals and nature. His passion for horses started when he discovered through intuitive communication that many horses have a message to transmit to humans. He was trained in horse therapy by author and teacher Linda Kohanov, author of The Tao ofEquus attending horse workshops and traditional Native American ceremonies on the Navajo reservation in Arizona and New Mexico. These experiences led him to discover the parallelism with his practice. Sylvain’s curiosity resulted in numerous visits, twice a year since 2012, and cultural exchanges with the Navajo People. Developing many friendships along the way including with the renowned Medicine Man Jones Benally, an Arizona Living Treasure, who visited France to share teachings and methods. In the Fall of 2017 Sylvain is organizing a group journey to Arizona to meet the Navajo and Hopi in their own territory and will include visits to the Grand Canyon, the Painted Desert, Shiprock, and sacred places in the Canyon de Chelly.
Questions fielded during the presentation
* How did you first develop your love for horses?
* What do you think is the message horses and animals in general have for humans?
* What is your medical practice? Does it includes Native American ceremonies and methods?
* What are the similarities to what you do and how the Navajo interact with horses?
* How did you discover this?
* What are the intercultural exchanges you have had with the Navajo and Hopi?
The menu will feature a Navajo and Southwestern cuisine. As usual, it will be a complete dinner with choice of red or white wine, beer, cremant, and other beverages served. This Storytelling Evening will be chez moi. Codes sent when you RSVP.
Yours in lore & legends of the Navajo,
Information on trip to Navajo Reservation in September
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.
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.
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
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
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.