Dr. Murray Nossel – Powered by Storytelling

Murray Nossel, Ph.D.,
Co-founder and Director of Narativ

Murray Nossel co-founded Narativ with Dr. Paul Browde in 2000. Their mission was to humanize business communication through the power of listening and telling. Nossel has taught storytelling for 25 years in more than 50 countries to more than 10,000 people. He believes unequivocally that we all have a personal story to tell. We simply need a method to excavate, craft and present that story. Nossel is the author of Powered by Storytelling: Excavate, Craft, and Present Stories to Transform Business Communication.

Signature Stories for Executives

Nossel works one-on-one with executives to create a signature story. This is a story he or she can use especially during mission-critical moments, such as when strategy shifts, during an internal reorganization, or to support PR efforts.

Keynotes and Workshops

Murray presents his 7-step method along with essential storytelling principles in keynotes or team workshops. Participants will gain insight into the reciprocal relationship of listening and telling, develop the outline of their own personal story, and experience the skill of presentation.

Nossel has applied his listening and storytelling methodology in the theater and documentary filmmaking. Two Men Talking, a performance of his listening and storytelling method developed with Dr. Paul Browde, has been performed in the West End of London and Off-Broadway in New York City. His film, “Why Can’t We Be a Family Again?”, about African American brothers in Brooklyn struggling to reunite with their mother, a recovering drug addict, was nominated for a 2002 Academy Award®.

Nossel is currently producing and directing “Sala” a documentary film about a Nazi Holocaust survivor who resolutely chose not to tell her story until age promoted her to speak. He is the founder and director of the World Mother Storytelling Project.

Visit Dr. Nossel’s website: www.narativ.com

Unpacking your crosscultural experience

Our special guest is Cory Trenda, author of After the Trip: Unpacking Your Crosscultural Experience. For more than three decades, Cory has worked with international humanitarian organizations and led crosscultural trips to dozens of countries. A senior director for World Vision, he is the author of Reflections from Afar: Unexpected Blessings for Those Who “Have” from Those Who Don’t and lives with his wife, Janet, in southern California. When he’s not traveling internationally to promote poverty alleviation efforts, he works to bridge cultures in the United States.

Can a one-time crosscultural experience truly be life-changing? Veteran trip leader and intercultural guide Cory Trenda says yes—if we let the trip launch a journey of integrating the experience into our ongoing life. In After the Trip Trenda provides a unique guide for individuals and teams to make the most of a crosscultural trip after returning home. Readers will find help with navigating the crucial reentry process, remembering and sharing key stories, interweaving new insights into everyday life, and engaging in continuing learning and service. Combining practical tips, reflections, and stories from Trenda’s own decades of crosscultural travel, this is an essential resource for organizations, churches, schools, and all travelers who want crosscultural trips to be a catalyst for lasting good.

The trip itself is just the beginning; real life change happens after the trip.

Kelly Minter: LifeWay author and Christian singer

Our special guest is Kelly Minter, an author, speaker, songwriter, and singer. She is passionate about women discovering Jesus Christ through the pages of Scripture. Whether through song, study, or spoken word, Kelly desires to authentically express Christ to the women in a culture where so many are hurting and broken. She is driven to share the healing and strength of Christ through the Bible’s truth. In her own words Kelly talks about her upbringing and life. My parents raised me along with my three younger siblings in Northern Virginia, which is an important distinction because it means D.C. metro, traffic, and politics more than the Blue Ridge Mountains. In the Minter home, although our family didn’t always get it right, we mostly got it real. As a child, I struggled with acute anxiety and waves of depression before I or the people around me had much language or help for such things. The Word of God became my balm. This is one of the reasons I love the Bible so.

In my twenties, I moved to the Nashville after signing a record deal. Soon after unloading all my belongings, I got used to the perks of the south—a then slower pace and novelties like cheese grits. If I’d written the rest of the story, the next few paragraphs would include the heights of happiness and fulfillment as a result of success and notoriety. But that’s not what happened. I poured myself into three records—but instead of fame and fortune, pretty much everything I’d put my hope in unraveled before me. I eventually ended up with an opportunity to write a book, which is now out of print—so that went well, too. I was looking to people, career paths, and success to fill me, but whatever splashed into my bucket only leaked out. I had a bunch of those ‘cracked cisterns’ in my heart that are mentioned in Jeremiah—the kind that obviously don’t hold water. Maybe you can relate?

Around that time LifeWay asked if I’d be interested in writing a Bible study. I was equal parts thrilled and overwhelmed by the opportunity. (This was around the same time when I’d run into people I hadn’t seen in a while and they’d say encouraging things like, “Oh do you still live here?”) Since the Lord was deconstructing just about every false god I had in my life at the time, I wrote about what I knew and what I needed to learn—the idols I was trusting for worth and meaning. I thought it a good idea to invite real people to my house to pilot the material I was writing—people who would tell me the truth. We cooked and ate together, dug through Bible passages with intensity, prayed with one another, and laughed for hours. (That was before everyone started having kids). Shortly thereafter, No Other Gods was published. What followed, quite unexpectedly for me, were invitations to speak at churches across the country, a few more books, teaching local Bible studies, and the opportunity to lead worship at my home church and abroad. So did a trip down the Amazon in a riverboat.  As in…the real one in the jungle, my friends.

I’d been invited on a riverboat adventure to serve the forgotten people of the jungle. My comfortable, western lifestyle and mindset was challenged at every turn. Since then, I’ve traveled to the jungle numerous times with an organization called Justice & Mercy International, and I’ve since written a book about it. I sit on the board of JMI, and I’m a passionate supporter and participant of their annual jungle pastors’ conference. The invitation to be on mission with God, both here and abroad, is one of the greatest joys of my life. Today I’m grateful for the opportunities to study and teach the Word of God—the very words that have changed my life. I’m also thankful to be singing and writing music, bringing it all together at an event called Cultivate. Other joys include teaching the Bible to the younger generation and serving them coffee in weighty diner mugs (the younger generation must understand the weight of the diner mug—pun absolutely intended). I adore community, which naturally means I’m zealous for all things food, cooking, and gardening. I’ve adopted the southern love of college football. I am an ecstatic aunt of six nieces and nephews who say things like, “You’re the best Kelly ever,” even when I don’t feel like it. In all things, I delight in the person of Jesus in whom is found the only redemption this world has ever known. My joy is to know Him, talk about Him, and teach the Word that is all about Him.

What is a virtual assistant?

When people want information regarding any topic within the Virtual Assistant industry they turn to one of its Pioneers, Tawnya Sutherland. “Create the skill base you need to enable you to outsource your workload to a VA specialized in the skill set you need to free working capital, and more importantly your time. Allowing you more time to do what you do: promote your business”

Created in 1996, Tawnya’s first venture, (and still operating today) Mediamage Business Solutions was forged from the need of a divorced mother of three to find a way to put food on the table, a roof over their head and still find time to spend time with her kids.

Tawnya took those hard learned skills and in 2003 founded VAnetworking, the largest and most prolific Virtual Assistant Social Network online today. With thousands of members worldwide VAnetworking.com is the place to find the latest information about the VA Industry, and locate the fastest growing opportunities for VAs looking to put their business on the fast track to success. Tawnya has become the go to person for Virtual Assistants wanting to share, learn more, and grow their businesses. More recently Tawnya has decided to take her knowledge of the Virtual Assistant industry together with her skills as a Certified Internet Marketing Business Strategist to educate business owners on how to outsource their business needs to a Virtual Assistant.

”Virtual Assistants today can do so much more than just basic administrative tasks, their skill sets now run the entire gambit of abilities from basic secretarial work to full on accounting, web management, and strategic planning” With her member site VAinsider Club, Tawnya has also created a built in resource of talent for those entrepreneurs looking for the skilled personnel they need to help lessen the load of business ownership, freeing themselves up to re-concentrate on the expansion of their business’ or get that free time that they so well deserve.

Tawnya uses her Internet Marketing skills to help business entrepreneurs turn clicks into cash. She is a VA Expert, coaching new and veteran Virtual Assistants on how to make money with their business online. Hundreds of VAs have utilized her Virtual Assistant Startup System to get their businesses up and running quickly and easily. Tawnya started the VA Virtuoso Seminars so Virtual Assistants could access top notch advice and support from Tawnya and her exclusive worldwide network of business experts.

Visiti Tawnya’s website at: www.vanetworking.com

V-OH! Tips, tricks, tools, and techniques to start and sustain your voiceover career

Our special guest is Marc Cashman, author of V-OH!: Tips, Tricks, Tools, and Techniques to Start and Sustain Your Voiceover Career. Marc is an award-winning Radio and TV commercial producer. He teaches voice acting at California Institute of the Arts, produces V-O demos, coaches one-on-one with voice actors worldwide, and instructs voice-acting at all levels through his classes, The “Cashman Cache” of Voice Acting Techniques in Los Angeles, CA. Marc is also a guest speaker at Ad Clubs, Broadcasters Associations and voiceover conventions, and writes a monthly online column, “Ask the VoiceCat.”

Marc is a veteran voice actor with over 25 years of studio experience. He has been heard locally, regionally, nationally and internationally, voicing thousands of Radio and TV commercials, dubbing foreign films, narrating dozens of audio books, and creating the voices of many CD-Rom, online and videogame characters. Marc was voted one of the Best Voices of 2008 by AudioFile Magazine and has won the “Listen Up!” Award from Publishers Weekly and two “Earphones” awards from AudioFile. Marc is currently represented by the Osbrink Agency in Los Angeles, California, plus many other local talent agencies around the country. He brings a high level of professionalism, humor, energy and creativity to every voice acting session.

How open is the church to racial diversity?

Our special guest is Sarah Shin, author of Beyond Colorblind: Reedeming our Ethnic Journey. Sarah is associate national director of evangelism for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF). She is a speaker and trainer in ethnicity, evangelism, and the arts, and she previously served IVCF as an area director in Boston and as a regional coordinator of multiethnicity. A fine artist and painter, Sarah has a master’s degree in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a master’s in city planning and development from MIT. She and her husband live in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

For a generation or so, society has tried to be colorblind. People say they don’t see race. But this approach has limitations. In our broken world, ethnicity and racial identity are often points of pain and injustice. We can’t ignore that God created us with our ethnic identities. We bring all of who we are, including our ethnicity and cultural background, to our identity and work as God’s ambassadors. Ethnicity and evangelism specialist Sarah Shin reveals how our brokenness around ethnicity can be restored and redeemed, for our own wholeness and also for the good of others. When we experience internal transformation in our ethnic journeys, God propels us outward in a reconciling witness to the world. Ethnic healing can demonstrate God’s power and goodness and bring good news to others. Showing us how to make space for God’s healing of our ethnic stories, Shin helps us grow in our crosscultural skills, manage crosscultural conflict, pursue reconciliation and justice, and share the gospel as ethnicity-aware Christians. Jesus offers hope for healing, both for ourselves and for society. Discover how your ethnic story can be transformed for compelling witness and mission.

Bill DeWees: How to start and build a 6 figure voice over business

Our special guest is Bill DeWees. author of the book How to Start and Build a 6 Figure Voice Over Business: Set Your VO Career On Fire. Bill has recorded thousands of radio & television commercials, narrations, learning/training programs, & audiobooks for a global audience. Believable is the first word that comes to most client’s minds when describing Bill’s voice. Trustworthy, Sincere, Authoritative, Friendly, Fresh, Powerful, Energetic, and Relatable are also accurate adjectives. Bill DeWees has been in the voice over business for more than 30 years, having recorded thousands of commercials, industrials, narrations, training videos, Internet videos, TV projects, educational scripts, IVR promotions, and other projects. As a voice professional, he wants his clients to think of him as the partner down the hall, that will deliver your voice over the way you want it, because to him, it’s about exceeding your expectations.

If you are looking for a relatable, friendly voice for your next campaign, click the link in Contact information above, explore his profile and you too can have the “voice of the world” for your next campaign. For booking information, email Bill at: Booking@BillDeWees.com , call 815-520-3699 or check out BillDeWees.com.

More helpful links to learn about voice overs:
Visit Youtube: www.youtube.com/user/VoiceOverExpert,

Someone once described Bill as ‘the voice of the world.’ While John Cusack was the voice of the Chevrolet brand in America, he was the voice of Chevrolet’s Find New Roads world campaign. Bill has done voice work for some of the largest and best-known brands in the world. From Disney, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft and Warner Brother studios, to many of the Fortune 500’s, he is the voice behind the product. Want to hear him in action, check out his Contact Info, there’s a YouTube link. goo.gl/oypthw. From commercials to narration, to explainer and training videos, one of his biggest niche markets is technical voice work. Bill makes the intimidating sound not so intimidating and the technical sound not so technical. His ability to create a trustworthy sound isn’t by accident. Bill has been a college professor, a business consultant, and a business coach. He’s also worked for an Instructional Design firm creating training for Fortune 500 clients.

Bill’s voice over and voice credits include working for the following companies: Disney, Coca-Cola, Google, Microsoft, American Express, DreamWorks, Pizza Hut, Sears, Whirlpool, NBC Universal, Warner Brothers, National Geographic, Pepsi, Frito Lay, Shell, Pitney Bowes, Tiffany & Co., PGA Tour, Adidas, TD Ameritrade, Safeco, Dell, Lowe’s, Exxon Mobil, Motorola, Toro, Oracle, Land O’ Lakes, Butterball, Best Buy, LG, Hitachi, Carlson Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Avaya, Time Warner, Makita, Carnival Cruise Lines, Dagedar Racers, Purina, UBS Financial, Rosetta Stone, Dannon, Volkswagen, Arm & Hammer, Syngenta, Bayer, Elanco, QVC, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Pep Boys, Liberty Mutual, Unilever, Ramada, Nikon, Wells Fargo, Lenovo, Husqvarna, Bosch, Scripps Health, Professional Bullriders Association, HP, Prudential, CSG International, FILA, Hospira, Phillips, Cheesecake Factory, Sony, Eli Lily, FEMA, Walmart, Aramark, AAA, Symantec, McCulloch, Holcim, VMWaren, Accenture, Simon & Schuster, Nokia, BIC, Wahl, SPX, Lawyers.com, Monster.com, Enterprise, U.S. Dept of Education, IBM, Amgen, Tyco, Billy Graham Association, Intuit, Big Lots, SAP, PBS, CDM, Smith Underwriter’s Laboratory, Renault, Perry Ellis, PwC, Circle K, Strayer University, Dominos Pizza, CSX, Highlights for Children, ADT, and Ericsson.

This is by no means a complete list.

The Turquoise Table: Finding community and connection in your own front yard

Our special guest is Kristin Schell, an established speaker and blogger on the subjects of food, faith, and hospitality. Passionate about community, she has served at every level, from grassroots-level work in church and local nonprofits as well our nation’s capital. As founder of the Turquoise Table and Front Yard People movement, Kristin travels the country speaking at conferences and events with an encouraging word on how to open our lives and homes to others. She lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, Tony, and their four children.

Are you consumed with a busy life but unsure how to slow down? Do you desire connection within your community and think, “Absolutely, but I don’t have time for that” or “I can’t create that”? What if there was another way through it all, a way to find those moments of peace and to create a time for honest, comfortable connection? What if meeting neighbors and connecting with friends was as simple as showing up and being available?

Desperate for a way to slow down and connect, Kristin Schell put an ordinary picnic table in her front yard, painted it turquoise, and began inviting friends and neighbors to join her. Life changed in her community and it can change in yours, too. Today, Turquoise Tables are inviting individuals to connect with each other in nearly all fifty states and seven countries. Ordinary people like you wanting to make a difference right where they live. Community and friendship are waiting just outside your front door.

For more information on the Turquoise Table please join Kristin at www.theturquoisetable.com

Introverts in the Church

Our special guest is Adam McHugh, author of Introverts in the Church. Adam shows how introverts can live and minister in ways consistent with their personalities. He explains how introverts and extroverts process information and approach relationships differently and how introverts can practice Christian spirituality in ways that fit who they are. With practical illustrations from church and parachurch contexts, McHugh offers ways for introverts to serve, lead, worship, and even evangelize effectively.

Introverts have gifts for the church and the world. But many churches tend to be extroverted places where introverts are marginalized. Some Christians end up feeling like it’s not as faithful to be an introvert.

Introverts in the Church is essential reading for any introvert who has ever felt out of place, as well as for church leaders who want to make their churches more welcoming to introverts. This expanded edition has been revised throughout and includes new research on the neuroscience of introversion and material for parenting and encouraging introverted youth. Discover God’s call and empowerment to thrive as an introvert, for the sake of the church and kingdom.

Adam S. McHugh (ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary) is an ordained Presbyterian minister and spiritual director, and a regular contributor to Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution website. He has served at two Presbyterian churches, as a hospice chaplain and as campus staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He is the author of The Listening Life, which won the 2017 Christianity Today Book Award for spiritual formation, and Introverts in the Church, and lives on the central coast of California.

How to become a leader in life

Nationally known leadership coach Dan Reiland and author of Amplified Leadership talks about how to become a leader in life.