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“A great memorable encounter”
“Each time is a renewed pleasure to be here. Super!”
 « Merci for a beautiful artistic night »
 « more than a story it was a show too!!! »
« the food was amazing… each time a different cuisine »




“what an opportunity to meet new people and discover new things”


“delicious food, stimulating discussion, warm, welcoming environment”

                                                                  FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.

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.
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.
Once a month usually on a Saturday.

Yes!  This could be you, someone you know in Paris or someone who may be passing through.
See PAST EVENTS page     

Next Event    November 12


James Navé

Poet * Storyteller * Arts Entrepreneur

                    James Navé
                    Poet * Storyteller * Arts Entrepreneur


This  Storytelling Evening features James Navé, one of the pioneers of the spoken word movement. In sharing his passion for stories and poetry, James will be reciting excerpts from some of his favorites poems, some with a holiday Thanksgiving and Christmas theme, and talk about the value of stories, poetry, and how a language fits together.

An Asheville, North Carolina native, Navé holds an MFA in Poetry from Vermont College Fine Arts. He has been the LEAF Poetry Slam Master since the festival began in 1995. He is the Director of the Taos Storytelling Festival and the Director of the Taos Poetry Festival. He is also co-Founder of Twice-5-Miles, a creative think tank. James cofounded Poetry Alive!, a theater company which has performed poetry for over 10 million K–12 students around the globe. With Julia Cameron, he co-Founded and directed The Artist’s Way Creativity Camp which toured North America. For 25 years he has taught writing, performance, and creativity on 5 continents; he has designed and facilitated executive creativity sessions for clients such as Timex, Pepsi, the National University of Ireland Galway, North Carolina Outward Bound, Gettliffe Architecture, Create to Heal, and LKB Associates, Paris. 

Navé was interviewed by Jacki Lyden for NPR’s Weekend Edition in 2011 where he told the story of how he confronted his big mento mori (« remember your mortality ») moment the best way he knew how — vowing to write a poem a day for the hundred days following his cancer surgery. 

To reflect the holiday season the menu will feature traditional Thanksgiving dishes. See MENU page for details. As usual it will be a complete dinner with wine, beer, cremant and other beverages served. This Storytelling Evening will be chez moi. Codes sent with RSVP.



Ayke Agus
World Class Violinist and Pianist
Author « Heifetz as I Knew Him »

Marie La Voix Etoilee

Neni Chacin
Jazz Singer and Life Coach

Florentine Houdinière
Professional Ice Skater and Choreographer

Birgitte Bourgois
Shakespeare Actress & Voice Coach
Deborah Gallin
Urban Art (aka Street Art): A Perspective of Paris
December 10th

November 12th

Fig Walnut Spread on Multi-Grain Bread
Salmon with dill on Crispbread

Carrot Sweet Potato Soup
with hint of ginger

Roasted Turkey
with hint of Sage & Rosemary
Served over
Wild Rice & Bread Stuffing
Cranberry Sauce with zest of Orange

Lettuce Boat with Seasonal Vegetable Medley and dip

Fluffy Pumpkin Pie w/dollop of whipped cream

Cremant, Wine, Juice, Coffee, Tea





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

Storytelling Evenings

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.


Storytelling Evenings