Important news about tonight’s show

Hi Everyone,

Now that we have a statewide indoor mask mandate I’m going to go ahead and take our show back to Zoom for a while. Hopefully, only for a month or two, but this month for sure.

I’ve had way too many friends and acquaintances get Covid recently even though they were fully vaccinated to want to risk anyone’s health. The good news is that our friends from around the country will now have a chance to tell stories again!

I hope you’ll all join me back on Zoom tonight. You’ll get the added bonus of seeing me try to remember how to host a Zoom show. How did I forget so soon?

Email me ASAP  if you’d like to tell a story and I’ll put you on the list to tell. If you can’t email me before the show try to sign in early and tell me then. I’ll do my best to get you on.

Thanks for your patience and understanding. I’ll keep the show running one way or another until we can all get back together without mandated masking. I’m crossing my fingers this will only be a month or two. 

Here’s the Zoom info you’ll need to attend tonight: 

Time: Aug 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81689189348?pwd=OTkrSHlLN2JTd0FRUXR0VnVKWE5uQT09

Meeting ID: 816 8918 9348

Passcode: 148818

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Passcode: 148818

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdPDoY7q6i

Paul

Freshgroundstories@gmail.com

See you this Thursday!

Hi Everyone,

I’m looking forward to seeing you at our Starbucks this Thursday. If you can’t make it in person, feel free to watch over Zoom (links are below). You won’t be able to tell a story but it’ll be good to know you’re with us over wifi 🙂

If you’re joining us in person please consider bringing your own chair. Starbucks has seating for 65 and we already have more RSVP’s than that. We’re going to space everyone out as much as we can so we’ll probably be experimenting a bit with arranging everyone. Thanks for your patience.

If you want to tell a story, get there before 7:00 so you can throw your name in Mr. Coffee. 

See you soon!

Paul

Topic: FGS: Tipping Point – Stories of enough is enough

Time: Aug 19, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81689189348?pwd=OTkrSHlLN2JTd0FRUXR0VnVKWE5uQT09

Meeting ID: 816 8918 9348

Passcode: 148818

One tap mobile

+12532158782,,81689189348#,,,,*148818# US (Tacoma)

+13462487799,,81689189348#,,,,*148818# US (Houston)

Dial by your location

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

Meeting ID: 816 8918 9348

Passcode: 148818

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kdPDoY7q6i

Looking forward to next week!

Hi Everyone,

I hope you’re all having a good week and are looking forward to our show on the 19th. This month’s theme is “Tipping Point – Stories of enough is enough.”

https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Ground-Stories/events/279672211/

Starbucks is very excited that so many of us have RSVP’d for next week’s show. They’re hoping it’s a packed house. They’re still looking for more chairs so it’ll be a good idea to bring your own chair again if you can. They know how many people we usually bring out and they’re doing their best to scrounge up more chairs for our monthly shows. But for next week you should still try to bring a chair if you can. I’m going to bring two with me since I have a little extra room in my car. Don’t worry if you’re taking the train or bus. Starbucks has 65 chairs so not all of us have to schlep our own seat.

I hope to see a bunch of you at the show and that a few of you are bringing stories. Let me know if you have any questions or want help or feedback on a story you’re working on.

Here’s a sweet Moth story I just re-found and want to share. I might have sent it to you a few years ago so if I did we’ll call it kismet because it’s worth watching again 🙂 

See you soon,

Paul

Freshgroundstories at gmail dot com

FGS: Tipping Point – Stories of enough is enough

When does patience become a liability? I know there’s a point in me where it starts to feel less like kindness and more like cowardice. There have been so many times where I’ve said to myself “I’ve had enough!” and then spent the next six months or ten years doing absolutely nothing.

Come tell a story about a time when you reached a tipping point. Did it come too late or right on time? Did you leave a job? A relationship? A religion? A way of life? What was the thing that finally made you act? Come tell a story about a time when you reached a tipping point and did something about it.

If you want to tell a story, remember to practice out loud on as many people as possible and time yourself when you’re doing it. All stories have to be under 8 minutes. Stories can be as short as you want but not over 8 minutes. If your story goes long, someone else who practiced for weeks might not get a chance to tell. Stories also have to be clean in both language and content. Send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions about that.

The rest of the rules and guidelines are below:

Workshops are a great way to get feedback on a story you’re working on. Here is one I highly recommend:  https://www.meetup.com/Fresh-Ground-Stories-Storytelling-Workshop/

I’m also happy to help people with their stories. Send me an email and we can set up a phone call.

If you like to work alone, this is the best book I’ve ever seen on personal storytelling:

I hope to see you all at 7 pm on August 19 at the Olive Way Starbucks 🙂

Paul
freshgroundstories@gmail.com

Thank you + some great opportunities!

What a show we had last Thursday! Thank you all for coming out to our first in-person show since we last exchanged respiratory droplets. We filled every seat in the house and all the extra chairs people brought with them. With so many people sitting in lawn chairs it felt like a concert in the park but with nicer bathrooms. 

If you weren’t able to catch it in person or watch it over Zoom, we got to see a bunch of tellers from FGS past tell stories we hadn’t heard in years. That was my goal with this show. Instead of our usual open mic format, I tracked down some folks we hadn’t seen in a while and asked them to tell stories from the 2014-2016 era. Some tellers told stories I’d heard at others shows but that we hadn’t heard at FGS before. Next year I’ll ask some folks who performed on our Zoom shows to come back and tell those stories live again at another curated show. 

I’m going to see if I can get permission from last week’s tellers to post their stories on the FGS blog and FB page. I couldn’t possibly do justice to any of these stories by just writing about them. I want you to hear them told live with all the laughter and cheers that went with them. If the file isn’t too big, I’ll post the entire show online so you can hear the in-between bits where I get to show some love to each of the tellers.

Special thanks to Jen Stone, who ran the Zoom portion of the show for us. There is no way we could have included all the new folks we met during Zoom times without Jen stepping up and offering to help. I don’t know how often I’ll be able to do a Zoomcast. It’ll probably have a lot to do with how often I can get my son to do it. But I will try to keep the wonderful people we met over the last 18 months involved somehow. They won’t be able to tell but at least they’ll be able to watch.

I’ll be sending out the invite to our August show later today. It’s on August 19 and the theme is “Tipping Point.”

In the meantime, please check out the three links below. There are two shows and a workshop coming up that I want all of you to know about. I’ll be in the audience at the Pandamnit show tonight if you want to come by and say hi. Not only do they have some great tellers booked, audience members might get a chance to tell a story of their own if their name is chosen.

PANDAMNIT! Comedic Stories about Lockdown Life (IN-PERSON) (tonight)

Last Thursday, I introduced Melissa Reeves as the host and producer of Melanin Stories Matter https://melaninstoriesmatter.com/. She’s in the finals this Saturday at the NSN Grand Slam. Watch her online and vote for her story!

National Storytelling Network’s annual GRAND SLAM (this Saturday)

Kent Whipple told a beautiful story at last Thursday’s show and we are lucky to have him holding a six-week workshop starting this Sunday. Everyone who takes his class comes out a better teller. Check out this workshop because it only comes around a few times a year.

Creating Stage-Worthy Personal Stories In Person Workshop (starts this Sunday)

Ok, that’s it for me. Look for the August invite to hit your inbox sometime today.

Take care,

Paul