I specialize in storytelling: online, onstage and on the printed page. Strategic storytelling is a powerful way to convey a message, and I do it effectively in any medium.
I use storytelling as a tool to educate and engage, strategically wrapping facts and data in personal stories that bring them to life, generate empathy and make a lasting impact. I’m honored that people feel comfortable telling me their personal stories, like those I’ve shared in my series on the lives of transgender people and the positive impact of the Affordable Care Act.
I also advise organizations on storytelling strategies and present workshops on practical applications of storytelling to improve communication, messaging and issue advocacy. Other workshops I’ve delivered guide individuals in using storytelling to personally advocate for their issues, such as those I’ve presented to the Michigan Nurses Association and ACLU of Michigan’s Transgender Advocacy Project.
In addition, I offer individual speaker coaching to help others tell stories about their work and lives. I’m proud to lead the speaker coaching team for the annual frank gathering.
My decades of experience performing in and directing live theatre prepared me well to be a speaker coach and a polished public speaker. Just ask anyone who saw my IGNITE talk at the 2014 Netroots Nation conference, where I used Obamacare success stories to demonstrate the value healthcare reform delivers. I also conducted a live onstage interview with Lisa Schneider, chief digital officer & publisher for Merriam-Webster, at the 2018 frank gathering.
I’m comfortable talking about any topic, too. My on-camera experience includes moderating TEDMED Great Challenges panels. I’ve also been a guest on many radio shows including the nationally syndicated ‘To the Point.’