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“It was incredibly inspiring! Just what I needed » 
“Each time is a renewed pleasure to be here. Super!”
 « Merci for a beautiful artistic night »
« 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, 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.

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.
30 Euros which includes presentation, dinner, wine, beverages, juice, dessert, coffee and a good time. RSVP HERE
Codes sent with payment.
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.
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     

 Saturday October 28th
in Paris
19:30 – 22:30

at 20:45



Storytelling Evening & Dinner
with Henry Bastien D’Elie
Opera Singer


This event will be LIVE-STREAMED meaning you can view the live event for free and ask questions and comment by clicking on this LINK  at
20:45 CET Paris Time




This Storytelling Evening features Henry Bastien-D’Elie, a versatile, accomplished, and talented singer.  With a passion for Opera, his repertoire includes famous arias in French, German, English, Italian, Spanish, Hungarian, and Portuguese.  Multi-faceted he is well-versed and has performed in a rainbow of genres including Gospel, Jazz, Spiritual, Musicals, World, Rock, Reggae, R & B, Latin, Country and Blues. Henry will perform operatic selections, and from other genres to showcase his versatility, preceded by an amusing show of his warm up routine. He will also sing a tribute to my dear friend, the late and great Manda Djinn where he will interactively sing with her recording of the “Child of God”.
          Originally from Guadeloupe, moving to France at the age of two, Henry was born into a family where singing was as natural as breathing. His mother sang in the church choir and his father played the guitar and, although not musically trained themselves, their desire was for the young Henry to start lessons at an early age. This started with violin and piano lessons at the age of six and at ten enrolled in guitar classes at the Music Conservatory in the 11th arrondissement. Adding to his instrumental training, Henry discovered choral singing at the parish school Lycée Voltaire, igniting a passion for singing on stage with a group and as soloist. This would be the “red thread” or constant throughout his life. Henry credits many wonderful teachers and directors, especially with Mr Bugnon, his first music teacher, who inspired him along the way. Henry has performed with eight choral groups in France and Germany (church groups, UNESCO and Le Choeur des Hommes de Paris) where he is often chosen to perform solo.
               Following lycee (high school) and a two-year stint studying medicine, military service took him to Germany to the town of Saint Wandel (near Saarbrücken). Joining a choir during this one year period was a life changing experience and returning to Paris, Henry decided to pursue a singing career enrolling at the Sorbonne in musicology with a first solo professional experience at the Archdiocese of Paris.  Sidetracked for family reasons, as painful as they are unexpected, Henry regrettably put on the back burner a singing career for a more practical vocation in the security industry where from 2005 – 2013, he held managerial roles at ESA (European Space Agency) and CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales – French Government Space Agency). During this period, his passion for singing was kept alive performing with choral groups and 3-4 concerts a year.
                  As they say in French a “concours de circonstances” (translated -chance alignment of circumstances), a layoff in 2013 gave him the opportunity to fulfill his dream to pursue an artistic career. The result of his full-time pursuit includes performances in various genres but primarily opera roles such as Theos Oïdos (The Three Lights), the Dutchman (Le Vaisseau Fantôme) Wagner,  Pandolphus (The Servant Mistress) Pergolese,  Don Magnifico  (Cinderella) Rossini, Pantheus (The Trojans) Berlioz, and as Soloist for the Solemn Mass of Rossini. To complement his singing talent, Henry studies theater  and acting with TV (TF1) series roles in Profiler, Munch, and Lebovitsz against Lebovitsz).
The menu is at the inspiration stage and will feature a Guadalupe cuisine. The location is chez moi. RSVP http://www.visibilitybranding2015.eventbrite.comHERE and for  LIVESTREAM available HERE at 20:45 Paris time.
                                                                                 Yours in story,

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October 28th, 2017

Storytelling Evening & Dinner
with Henry Bastien D’Elie
Opera Singer

Mango Orange Shooter

Cauliflower Hummus
with sesame & whole grain crackers

Chicken Colombo
coriander, mustard, cumin & aniseeds
with sweet potatoes and zucchini
served over Creole Rice

Creole Coleslaw
red & green cabbage, carrot, radishes, bell pepper, and parsley

Pineapple Coconut Date Dessert

Red & White Wine, Beer, Cremant, 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

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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.