After the second scariest flight of my life

Beirut after the civil war
Beirut 2001: Photo by author

Our lives are full of thousands and thou … OK, TRILLIONS of incidents, conversations, interactions, experiences, sights, smells, tastes, thoughts, reactions, impressions etc … Some incidents we forget. Others become stories The more spectacular the incident, the more it challenges our sense of the status quo – the more it interferes with the balance in […]

How to remember stories and jokes

Do you often wonder why you can't recall a good one when you need to?

Story tellers have good memories
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

You CAN remember stories and jokes. People who are good on their feet are usually good at stories or jokes, or both. Have you noticed that they bubble them out like, like—well, like a bubble machine? How do they do that? Are they special? Did they get an overdose of the smarty-pants gene? Did they […]

Do you know what your story is?

Most people can't answer this question, so why is it important?

Celinne Da Costa storytelling expert

I receive Celinne Da Costa’s newsletter which I thoroughly recommend as a refreshing read for all. It’s a stimulating source of encouragement for story writers, speakers and marketers. She writes and vlogs from exotic places as she tours the world. One day she’s in London and the next she pops up in Israel and then […]

What stories will they tell?

Stories are all we'll leave


About 152,000 people will die in the world today. Sounds gloomy, but 360,000 will be born to take their place. 360,000 new stories in the making. The deaths mean that in the next week or so there will be 152,000 funerals. There will also be the 1,000,000 funerals of the people who died in the […]

What can we learn from Labor’s loss?

Tell stories

ALP loses election without telling a story

Once upon a time (last weekend in fact), there was a political party in Australia that had itself convinced it was going to win a Federal Election. It didn’t. Everyone who knows the story – apart from those who believe in miracles – wonders how. I don’t want to be an ambulance chaser by heaping ridicule […]