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Do you have a story and you want to tell it at the slam, but you’re not sure if your story is ready?


Maybe you have a friend with a story for the next slam and you want them to tell it, but he/she is not sure if their story is ready?


Solution: Free Story Coaching

"Coaching by phone is a great idea! In a few minutes of coaching, I got just what I needed to make my story shorter and sharper.  Thanks massmouth! If you want to tell better stories and are open to respectful professional feedback, get this coaching."    - J. Cousins, story slam participant

How do I get this!?

Start by emailing stories@massmouth.com and follow these directions:

 
STEP 1: E-MAIL
 
1) Write your name and "coaching," in the subject line.
2) In the body of the email, put your name (again) and the best phone # at which to reach you.
3) Also in the body of the email, put the slam theme+date you're interested in, as well as the title or subject of your story.
4) Finally, please indicate times you are available for a ten minute coaching session and any specific questions you might have about the story you are telling.


STEP 2: RECORD YOUR STORY

1) Dial 617-942-2553
2) When prompted, say your name
3) Tell your story (please have a minimum of 3 minutes prepared).
4) You can re-record as often as you like but please, be fair,
only leave ONE recording at the voicemail.

STEP 3:  WAIT TO HEAR BACK
 
Please, don't leave more than one story or message per month.  We'll get back to you as soon as humanly possible!
 
A FEW TIPS
* Try not to read from notes - we can always tell.  Just wing it.
 
* Take some time to include specific questions you may have in your e-mail, especially about your story, and we'll be able to get right to work.

 
Finally, encourage your friends to get coaching!  Especially non-performer storytellers who may have a good story on the theme, but need some assistance in sorting out how to tell it. Not everyone likes feedback, but if you think coaching will help you feel prepared and confident -- call us!

 

And remember!  At slams, anyone can put their name in the 'hat' and offer their story!  Coaching does not guarantee anyone a place on the list of tellers.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


"stories are everywhere"
Big Mouths @ massmouth


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This is a great idea! In a few minutes of coaching, Nora gave me just what I needed to make my story shorter and sharper. Thanks Nora! If you want to tell better stories and are open to respectful professional feedback, get this coaching. Thanks massmouth for so many opportunities to tell and hear true stories!

Joan (from the beautiful but still snowy Berkshires)

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BMO 2014 Winners

Vanessa Ouellette, 1st prize, Simon Moody, 2nd and Theresa Okokon, 3rd Prize

StoriesLive® Winners - 2014

Freshman/Sophomores/ELL: $500 - 1st place - Mannasseh Konadu

$250 - Runners up - William Lam, Heroldine Blemur, Sabrina Barroso 

Juniors: $1,000 split to Patrick Hoarty and Silas Weiner to tie 1st place

Seniors: $1,000 - 1st Place to Rosemary Nabukeera 
$500 to Marie Pena and Briana Crockett 

Audience Choice – Freshman/Sophomore/ELL: $150 to David Judkins 

Audience Choice – Juniors/Seniors: $300 to Tony Santiago

StoriesLive® 2013:

Sophomores:

Annemarie DeMarco-Alfama - 1st place

Kenny Le & Moises Caraballo - Runner-ups

Juniors:

Latisha Joujute - 1st place

Stephen Carlin & Henry Chavez - Runner-Ups

Kristen Ruffin - Audience Choice

Seniors:

Nico Luisi - 1st Place

Moises Ramirez & Vance Crayton - Runner-ups

Theodore Biv - Audience Choice

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StoriesLive® 2012:

First place, and $1,000  prize

Junior Fernando Ortiz from Revere High School 

Senior Amario Malcolm from Boston Latin Academy

Runners-up ($500 each)11th

Alan Estes from Newburyport, 

AngelinaFerullo from Everett and 

Runners-up ($500 each)12th Caylen Bryant (Andover) 

Shavar Lazarus (Boston Latin Academy).

Audience Choice awards:

11th Justin Alexander 

(South Community High) 

12th Varvarra Valentin

(Lynn Classical High School)

massmouth choice awards:

Juniors 

Jennifer MonJoie(Revere) 

Bahiya Nasuuna (Chelsea) 

Karen Hua (Andover) 

Senior 

Jason Hittinger (Revere)

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Last Year 2011: StoriesLive® first ever high school story slam. 1st place awarded a $2,000 scholarship Brianda Agramonte, Lynn Classical High School, senior

2 runners up received $1,000 scholarship each: junior Conor Miller Newburyport High School and Mathews DeSouza, Everett High School,  Our "massmouth choice" was Sandy Fonseca, Boston Latin Academy, senior [below] She was awarded $500

Lexi Hernando Lynn Classical High School, senior was chosen by the attendees and awarded the Audience Choice prize of $500.

Congratulations all!

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