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.
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 virtuala 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 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?
30 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
Thanksgiving Weekend at the
Chateau de Percey
Thanksgiving and Storytelling Weekend
at the Chateau de Percey
November 24th – 26th
Again this year a Storied Thanksgiving weekend will be held at the beautiful Chateau de Perceywith grounds that feature a fountain, moat, trampoline, a maze or labyrinth (think “Alice in Wonderland”), animals, swimming pool and more. View photos HERE. I would be delighted to share with you this wonderful American holiday of Thanksgiving in this beautiful setting.
The idea is to arrive on Friday and stay until Sunday. However, I will be there from Wednesday to start preparing and cooking and staying until Monday if you wish to come earlier and/or stay later. There are four beautifully appointed gites or apartments (details below) available with all the modern conveniences, and with spacious salons and fully equipped kitchens. The main feature will be Thanksgiving Dinner served on Saturday(see on menu page) in the main hall followed by a Storytelling Evening and Talent Show (sign-ups open). Accompaniment can be arranged as sound system and piano available. Other ideas……poetry reading, singing, playing an instrument, skit, improv, charades, jokes, karaoke, dancing…the sky is the limit! Be sure to bring any instruments, props, costumes etc. Friday will feature a moonlight night tour of the castle grounds that will take you through the maze/labyrinth (see photo above). Those who find their way out (hee hee) can also join a more complete day tour of the castle, grounds and nearby church (behind castle) on Saturday morning. Sunday features a Treasure Hunt that will take you all around the castle grounds.
The gites or apartments are all self-contained with salons and fully equipped kitchens. On Friday you will be arriving at various times so the idea is to gather at the fireplace between 20:30-21:00 for the Welcome (light refreshments served) followed by a night grounds tour. Re: getting there see below, is easy and I can arrange pick-up from train station (Saint-Florentin – Vergigny) which is a 10-minute drive. All reservations need to be confirmed by latest November 18th. Please refer to this link www.chateaupercey.com for photos, description of rooms, amenities, things to do in the area etc.. There are only accommodations for 30 and there has been a lot of interest so best to reserve sooner than later.
Hope you can come to share a celebration of an American Thanksgiving at a French chateau.
Yours in turkey, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie,
Friday November 24th
20:30 – 21:00 Gathering at fireplace for welcome and night tour of the chateau grounds gardens and maze/labyrinth. Bring flashlights. Light refreshments served (hot chocolate, other beverages, home-made cookies, popcorn, salty snacks, etc.).
Saturday November 25th
Breakfast: All gites have full kitchens. Muffins (assorted types) and juice will be delivered the evening before with coffee and tea provided in rooms. This way you can have breakfast at your leisure. If you need to have a baguette, local bakery in town (5-minute drive)
11:00 Day tour of chateau gardens, grounds, maze/labyrinth and church in back of castle
Day options: enjoy the chateau, walk along the canal, bike, visit the marche in St Florentin, local excursions (see site for options), help with Thanksgiving preparations, feed the rabbits and chickens. REHEARSE for the talent show
19:00 Thanksgiving Dinner starting with cremant and canapes. (menu below).
Talent Show & Storytelling Evening follows.
Sunday November 26th
Breakfast All gites have full kitchens. Muffins (assorted types) and juice will be delivered the evening before with coffee and tea provided in rooms. This way you can have breakfast at your leisure. If you need to have a baguette, local bakery in town (5-minute drive)
11:00 Treasure Hunt (time subject to change as might be later in day depending on recovery from Saturday)
Day options: Recover from Thanksgiving, enjoy the chateau, walk along the canal, bike, visit the marche in Chablis, local excursions (see site for options). Truffel market in Noyers-sur-Serein which is a 30 minute drive from the chateau and listed on the 100 most beautiful villages in France. More info HERE
On site under FAQ http://www.chateaupercey.com/faq-2/ you will find ALL info on various ways to arrive (minus arriving by spaceship) but here are more specifics if arriving from Paris by train/TER. You will want to go from GARE DE BERCY (PARIS) TO SAINT-FLORENTIN – VERGIGNY. Here is link. http://www.sncf.com/fr/trains/ter CLICK BILLETS then put GARE DE BERCY (PARIS) – SAINT-FLORENTIN – VERGIGNY. Is approx 30 Euros one way. Lots of DIRECT trains which will be 1.5 hours. I can arrange pick up from Saint-Florentin – Vergigny which is only a 10-minute drive from the castle. Leaving on Sunday is same as I can get you to the train station at Saint-Florentin – Vergigny. I will be at the castle from Thursday to Monday so feel free to come early and/or stay longer even if I am not there. Lots to do in the area…again best place to find out is on site under FAQ http://www.chateaupercey.com/
PACKAGE: cost for the weekend not including rooms: 80 Euros per person 40 Euros children under 12. In addition to a ton of fun includes:
Friday: Evening: Light refreshments (hot chocolate, tea, homemade cookies, popcorn, other snacks and beverages)
Night tour of the castle grounds and visit of maze/labyrinth
Saturday: Breakfast – assortment of muffins, juice, coffee and tea
Day tour of castle grounds and church
Dinner – Thanksgiving Meal (cremant served w/canapes, local wines available for purchase, can also bring own alcohol)
Storytelling Evening entertainment and Talent Show
Sunday: Breakfast – assortment of muffins, juice, coffee and tea
ROOMS are 90 Euros per room per night whether single, double or triple occupancy. For bookings of a gite/apartment/room contact Lara directly. Email: email@example.comCell: 07 85 26 36 75. If you are single and would like to share a room let me know as well as Lara as other singles coming who may wish same.
PLEASE NOTE THAT PHOTOS/DETAILS OF GITES CAN BE VIEWED HERE www.chateaupercey.com
There are four gites/apartments, all with various number of rooms. All are equipped with lave-vaisselle, four, micro-ondes, hotte, plaque de cuisson, frigo, congélateur. All gites have a full bathroom, WC shower and/or bath, lavabo. Some of the rooms have an « ensuite » meaning adjoining/private bath and/or shower, lavabo and WC.
GITE #1 TWO ROOMS
Le Petit gîte du Château de Percey se trouve dans le cœur du château au premier étage.
Entrée, wc et lavabo et escalier
Salon Séjour / Salle à manger
Chambre : 1 double lit avec salle de bain, WC ensuite i.e. attached
Chambre : 2 lits 1 personne
+ Lit bébé
Salle d’eau, WC
GITE #2 SIX ROOMS
Le Master gite du Château de Percey se trouve au premier et deuxième étage du château.
Entrée et escalier
Chambre 1: 1 x double
Chambre 2: 1 x double
Chambre 3: 1 x double
Salle de bain, WC
Salon séjour/ salle à manger
Chambre 4: 1 x double + attached « ensuite » bath, WC
Chambre 5: 1 x double
Chambre 6: 2 x single
Salle de bain, WC
Chambre 7: 1 x double 1 x lit petit enfant + salle de bain, WC, ensuite
GITE #3 TWO ROOMS
La Tour 1Au premier et deuxième étage dans la tour nord
Salon séjour avec cuisine
Salle de bain avec douche et baignoire, WC
1 x chambre lit double
1 x chambre 2 X Single
GITE #4 TWO ROOMS (BOOKED)
La Tour 2 : Au premier et deuxième étage dans la tour nord
Salon séjour avec cuisine
1 x chambre lit double avec salle d’eau, WC ensuite
1 x chambre 2 x lit simple avec avec salle d’eau ensuite , WC
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.