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What's Your Story Slam ONLINE : Trick or Treat (A Hybrid Show)

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What's Your Story Slam Presents: Stories about Tricks and Treats Hosted by : ANNA ONG

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*This is a Hybrid Event - We have virtual and live performers & audience members*

Trick or Treat

They say that our minds can sometimes play tricks on us. Tell us about the time you've fooled yourself or tell us about the time you've put wool over someone's eyes. When was the last time you pampered yourself? Tell us about the delightful treats you've made for yourself or someone else.

What is "What's Your Story Slam?"

What's Your Story Slam is a curated live storytelling competition. It is a hybrid between a showcase and an open mic story slam.

All stories must be true and lived by the storytellers. All storytellers must pitch their stories and go through coaching with creative director Anna Ong.

Storytellers have five minutes each to tell a story based on the show’s theme.

Who participates in What's Your Story Slam?

What's Your Story Slam features people like YOU entertaining the audience with the unpredictable, hilarious, and poignant turns that their lives have taken.

If you have a story to tell or want to join in the show, please pitch your stories via our pitch form (https://bit.ly/WYSSPitch).

VIRTUAL STORYTELLING TIPS

Please keep in mind that we are recording your story for potential use on our future podcast and/or our YouTube channel.

Turn off your phone! It would be embarrassing if we have your phone ring while telling the story.

Ask your family, roommates, (pets?) to keep it down as you tell. Try to keep your very local environment quiet.

If possible, stand up to tell your story. There is an energy in standing that helps storytelling!

Stand (or sit) at arm's length from your microphone (which may well be your laptop).

Wear what you want, but please wear SOMETHING.

Tell - do not read - your story! Trust us. The audience will know.

When you've finished your story, say, "Thank you." This will let our producers know to return to the host!.

TIPS ON LIVE STORYTELLING

First, it must be your story to tell. Were you there? Are you one of the main characters? Your involvement in the events as they unfold is essential. No journalism!

Heads Up!

What's Your Story Slam stories are told, not read. We love how each storyteller connects with the audience when there's no papers or notepads between them. Please know your stories by “heart” by being very familiar with them.

What’s at Stake?

Stakes are essential in live storytelling. What’s in it for you? Are you going to win or lose? Why is what happens in this story important to you? We want to root for you! Make us care! If you can’t answer this, then think of a different story.

WHAT TO DO:

Bring in the Action!

A striking first line grabs our attention and reels us in.

No: “So I was thinking about signing up for my first marathon. But then I watched a little documentary on Netflix about running, made a snack, took a nap, and my mom called and vented about my dad. Then I did a little laundry, and then I thought about it again and decided to sign up for the marathon tomorrow.

Yes: “I am freezing, wrapped under a trash bag in the heart of Shinjuku. I bounce as I wait for the marathon to start. Two thousand runners surround me - there's spandex everywhere!

Know your story, and have fun!

Outline, memorize your bullet points and play with the details. Enjoy yourself. Imagine you are telling the story at a dinner party amongst close friends.

WHAT NOT TO DO:

Avoid meandering endings

They kill a story. You should know your last line from the start. Bring the audience with you as you contemplate what goes on in the story. As a storyteller, you’re the tour guide. You’re the one who knows where this going. Keep your audience with you. Don't lose them!

No sales or motivational speeches

We love how motivational speakers use stories to make a point, but this isn't a Tony Robbins special, and we are not looking for the next evangelist. This isn't the place for your startup pitch.

No stand-up routines, please.

SERIOUSLY. NO. STAND-UP. Funny people need to tell funny STORIES.

No poetry or essays

We love your sweet words, musings and sonnets, and they look great...on paper. Unless you can make them gripping and set up stakes, they won't work.

No rants

Take your anger issue with your therapist/best friend/bartender. Tell stories you’ve already had some form of resolution.

No key takeaways

NO KEY TAKEAWAYS. Leave your audience to come up with their own takeaways from your story.

Virtual doors open at 7: 45 PM SGT

Stories start at 8:00 PM SGT

Rating: PG 13

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WYSH offers experiential training, coaching and consulting services in ImprovStorytelling and Applied Theatre – all of which have been proven to bolster capability in soft skills, enabling individuals to perform with greater confidence and impact, and teams to drive better collaboration and productivity. 

We specialize in experiential and participative training and coaching – meaning no lectures, no long videos, and no ‘death by PowerPoint’ (trust us, we’ve been in those meetings, too)

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