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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
December 10th


Deborah Gallin

Urban Art (aka Street Art)
A Perspective on Paris

         screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-19-44-23THIS PRESENTATION WILL BE IN FRENCH & ENGLISH

This Storytelling Evening features Deborah Gallin who will share her passion for and knowledge about Urban Art and Street Art in Paris.  She will be accompanied by Arnaud Liard, French Street & Urban Artist (www.arnaud-liard.com/), Virginie Fromentin, Licensed Tour Guide providing Street Art and Graffiti tours in Paris (www.facebook.com/virginiefrom/) and Jean Jerome, French Street and Urban Artist (www.jeanjerome.com). All three will be happy to answer your questions about this movement, their involvement, and experiences. Fascinated by this art form, Deborah has developed an awareness and sensitivity that she wants to share: “It can be surprising, amusing, romantic, a political comment or play on words…it’s always unexpected and can make me stop in my tracks…almost whatever it is, it adds pleasure and often beauty to daily life!”.  I can attest to this as Deborah took me on an unexpected discovery walk where my eyes were opened to art I was unaware of and that, in reality, is all around me. With a creative bent from a young age, Deborah grew up in Southern California amid furnishings and art work that still qualify as modern or contemporary, beginning with the Scandinavian furniture and impasto paintings.   Her career in San Francisco, New York and Paris put her at the core of creative problem-solving environments where Deborah was an active partner with some of the top graphic designers in these cities. Deborah will give a multi-media presentation that is sure to open your eyes to the creativity and art that surrounds us even as we walk the streets of Paris.

Here are some questions she will field during her presentation and she welcomes more.

  • What is the history of Street Art?
  • What sparked your Interest and passion for this type of art?
  • What is the difference between tagging, graffiti, vandalism and street art?
  • What are the artist’s motivations for creating Street Art?
  • What is the link between punk rock, hip hop and Street Art?          

The menu will be Lebanese, see MENU page for details. As usual, it will be a complete dinner with choice of red and white wine, beer,  cremant and other beverages served.  RSVP here to receive codes.





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

December 10th

Lebanese Lemon Red Lentil Soup

Chicken Meatballs
Falafels (vegetarian)
with two dipping sauces
pine nut, tomato and parsley
mango, cilantro and lemon

Various Spreads on Pita Bread
Baba Ghanouj (eggplant)

Lettuce Boat with Crudites
cucumber, carrots, zucchini, bell peppers
with Greek Yoghurt Dill Dip

Lebanese Coffee Tiramisu with Pistachios & Chocolate

Cremant, Red and White Wine, Beer, 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