Gutsy Tales Off the Rails: Living Out Loud

Gutsy Tales Off the Rails: Living Out Loud

by J. Blackwell Gordon

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Overview

It takes guts to stand up in public and tell a personal story. Rumor has it that more people are afraid of speaking in public than of dying.

Starting in October 2016, nine speakers met from 7:00 to 10:00 one night a week and worked on their stories. Captain Jim Gordon prepared to share the stage with fellow speakers Joan Bowling, Shirley T. Burke, Angela Edwards, Dorothy Erlanger, Yolanda Gomez Gray, Elizabeth Louis, Shanna Kabatznick, and Pam Rambo by meeting with Storyteller Channel's Gayle Turner.

And even though many of the group were already experienced speakers, they weren’t interested in public humiliation. And that included the rehearsal process; so, the only feedback permitted was the following:


  1. What you specifically liked.
  2. What you’d like to hear more about.
  3. If you got lost in the story, where did you get lost and what didn’t you understand.


That was it. Nobody was allowed to suggest changes to another’s story. As is human nature, everyone seemed to want to, at one time or another, but they quickly caught on to the wisdom of the rules of the game.

From night one, the group worked on structuring the stories. The goal was for the stories to last no longer than ten minutes each. Some were successful in this goal, others less so, but the group's primary goal was to structure stories in such a way that their family and friends would ask them to tell their stories again instead of rolling their eyes and praying they’d stop talking.

On November 29, 2016, these nine speakers presented in front of a packed audience. Some of the tellers confided later that they had been so anxious they had considered not performing. But in the end, the night flew by and everyone in the audience had a grand time.

Captain Jim and the group never tired of listening to these stories during their rehearsals, nor during their performance at the Showcase, nor when they watched them on Storytellers Channel. As such, Captain Jim feels confident that you, too, will enjoy them as you read them here. Please enjoy their stories.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732103481
Publisher: KWE Publishing LLC
Publication date: 10/30/2018
Pages: 78
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.16(d)

About the Author

Captain Jim Gordon - Results Trainer for over 30 years, Chesapeake Bay Captain, author of "Songbook From My Soul, Notes of the Sea", works with women business leaders who want a proven system that ensures their success.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Pam Rambo - The Queen of the Second Row .............................. 1

Dorothy Erlanger - The Next Hundred Yards .............................. 7

Yolanda Gray - The 24-Hour Woman ........................................ 15

Shanna Kabatznick – How Did I Get Here? .............................. 19

Captain Jim Gordon - Searching for Treasure .......................... 23

Shirley T. Burke – Have You Been to Selma Today? ................. 29

Elizabeth Louis - The Gift of Africa ........................................... 37

Joan Bowling – What Makes a House a Home .......................... 45

Angela Edwards - Wonderland .................................................. 51

References .................................................................................. 59

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