3 Dec 2017
Two parallel path, leading to Story Swap
First, Paul White, Chief Ambassador of the second Pilot District, 27 from Virginia, near Washington DC, created as HPL program 3 Storytelling Toastmasters clubs. Witty Storytellers Online was created in June 2017 and chartered in September. That is represented by the second tree. In June also this year, the three clubs hold a StorySwap in Virginia, the third tree.
Yesterday, we held the first Story Festival together, some telling stories from onground, others from online clubs. With somethings we learned to do and others not, it went really well and we have record. Many interesting and divers stories told alternatively from the room and from Zoom coming in from different countries as far as west Canada coast all the way to New Zealand, other American cities, Uzbekistan's Samerkand, and European cities, London, Cologne. Guest arrived even from Nigeria, Malaysia and so on. All telling stories, all enjoying and listening to them.
Recording will come, if many of you comment, ask for it. Perhaps in stories for some of us, one by one. Two hours passed so fast when we were there, but it is not to include in a blog.
All this started with Paul White initiative: let us go through our next path with Storytelling in mind, and finish them with a StorySwap in December. He just finished his Presentation Mastery Path and begun to speak professionally, and I finished the Visionary Communication Path, and went on to show and speak about Pathways all over the word. In this blog, through Panels and Q/A webinars too. And creating with Michelle, the Pathways Discussion Forum, as for me moderating it, animating it daily.
For me "animating" means to answer to questions and try to invite others also who may know better some answers. Interacting with those commenting and posting.
For this festival, both of us begun a New Path, dedicated all to show along the importance of Storytelling and culminating in the 2nd December festival. For Paul, it was the Visionary Communication, and indeed, he had a vision. As for me, I have chosen the Leadership Development, specially because it was leading to Organise a Festival, a bigger event at Level 5.
It will continue, and next, for January 2018 a new Pathways Panel Storytelling was decided, and in February 2018 a new Story Swap, this time organised by online clubs inviting the storytellers who hosted us and more. A Path does not stop when we finished the 5th Level, it just begins to be applied in "real life" or other situations.