A great few lines from Seinfeld worth sitting with

I just came across ‘Stopping and starting with success’ – a Harvard Business Review podcast with Dan McGinn and Jerry Seinfeld. You’ll find the download and full transcripts here. It’s worth listening to in full, but one excerpt made me laugh so hard I had to share it with my storytelling colleagues. DAN MCGINN: Why didn’t you try to come …

Can I use your personal story?

Lately I’ve heard of several incidents, where people found out their personal stories are shared by others in front of an audience. This was done without permission. Even more annoying – when confronted, the people performing the breach willingly embarked on lengthy, pseudo-scholarly explanations, about how their behavior is the custom in their professional domain. My basic advice is this: …

Observing our storytelling work – what are we looking for?

If you paint or sketch regularly, you know the habit of backing off for observation. After working for an hour or two you take a break, go make some coffee or brew tea, and come back to take a seat and watch what you’ve done. This habit of backing off and observing for ten or twenty minutes, develops the ability …

My sculpture doesn’t tell a story

A year ago, I joined CAN New Artists Collegium founded and led by David Zundelovitch. The members of the group I’m in are all sculptors. I arrive from music and storytelling. It wasn’t clear if I’ll manage to blend in. My music education involved art history and I’m no stranger to the arts. Yet my knowledge and experience with sculpting is zero. I never …

Storytellers, what do you think about story slams?

By Limor Shiponi I’m seeking sincere replies: after several years of story slams gaining traction, do you see it is supporting the art of storytelling and storytellers, creating more awareness to what we do and why we do it, or isn’t it? Maybe it’s changing the nature of what we can offer and will be accepted, maybe it is bringing in …

Practice out loud

By Limor Shiponi The guy opened his mouth to tell me a story he’s been working on for over a month; it was a disaster. The words stumbled out of his mouth; he looked totally confused and frightened. “But I’ve been practicing daily,” he hissed with visible frustration. I asked him to tell me about his daily practice. Turns out …

What is a good story?

By Limor Shiponi Originally posted on LinkedIn I guess this is another million dollar question. The way to go about it starts with observing specific moments where people say, “that way such a good story”. Last week I had the opportunity to be reminded of this question once again. We had a concert involving eight storytellers and seven musicians. The …

A lesson about reciprocity in performance arts

By Limor Shiponi We arrived to the venue an hour and a half early. My partner had two lutes to tune, together with a Hurdy-gurdy and a Vihuela. I had about a dozen wind-instruments to tend to and then tune to her. Costumes to wear, headpieces to fix – we were busy for over an hour, as usual. Sitting in …

Recalculating Route

By Limor Shiponi Officially, I’m going on a sabbatical. Personally, I’m giving myself time for exploration, experimentation and a good rest: seafaring, sports, storytelling, sightseeing, and some sweat folly with my grandchild. Adieu business, I’ll be back in a year.

Why does a storyteller need all the fortune in the world?

By Limor Shiponi One of the groups I work with is a storytelling peers group, looking into Jewish texts as a source of inspiration. After doing some Limmud (learning) each of us goes off exploring, composing, reading, thinking, trying to come up with tales, new stories, interpretations, and create something new. Limmud in the Jewish tradition is performed in Hevruta …