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eTips from the Storytelling Coach

a free email newsletter from Doug Lipman

"You'll Need This Monthly Collection..." -

"You don't have to be a professional actor to enjoy telling stories to a crowd. If you don't have any formal acting training, you'll need this monthly collection of tips and advice from Doug Lipman, a storyteller, coach and mentor. Lipman tackles a central topic each month - how to take care of your voice, incorporating storytelling into different arenas, such as corporate events and children's festivals, stimulating imaginations, creating characters and the essential elements of storytelling - and shares advice, insights and some personal philosophy. You'll learn techniques for effective storytelling without straining your most precious instrument, your voice." - Janet Roberts,

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Thirty years ago, at 7:30am on a Tuesday, I stood facing a roomful of restless pre-adolescents. Unexpectedly, I had been placed in front of 70 of them with the instructions, "They can't use the playground because of the rain. Keep them busy until the other teachers get here."

I looked out over their faces, which revealed 10% hopefulness that I'd say something interesting, and 90% cynicism that any adult ever could. Their bodies were slumped, their arms were folded. They were challenging me to interest them.

Not knowing what else to do, I began to tell a story. Within moments, their postures changed. Their arms lowered to their sides. Their faces relaxed. Their eyes rolled slightly back. Best of all, they remained entranced throughout the fifteen minutes of the story.

I had no way of knowing it, but those fifteen minutes were to change my life. Over the next years, I followed the "story response" of children and adults - out of my teaching job, into free-lance performing, and finally into my role as a storytelling coach.

I became part of the storytelling revival, which has swept from classrooms and bedrooms into theaters and boardrooms. I wrote books, performed at festivals, recorded video and audio, coached individuals, and offered workshops and corporate trainings.



"Your newsletter is a terrific resource, not only for school and library storytellers, but for anyone who is drawn to using story in other settings as well. - Gail Rosen, Bereavement Counsellor, Pikesville, MD
What is your equivalent of that room full of antagonistic children? Do you face:

  • Jaded colleagues?
  • Sceptical investors?
  • Bored children?
  • An organization in need of your vision?
  • A staff locked in conflict?
  • A profession unaware of the opportunities you see for it?
Storytelling can be a vital tool to help you communicate, solve problems, and lead. Wouldn't you like more insight into how and why it works its magic?
"I think that your newsletter is terrific. I'm using many of your 'tips' with my Museum outreach staff - and they're most helpful. Keep up the good work." - Candace Barrett, Los Angeles, CA
"Doug Lipman's 'eTips from the Storytelling Coach' is a joy to read! Informative, interesting and very helpful to anyone who performs stories or music. I'm so happy I found it!—Amy Conley, musician, Milford NH
"Reminds me of my passion! I look forward to taking some of your training some day when finances allow. In the meantime, I really do appreciate your newsletter. When I go to a gig tomorrow, I will take some of your wisdom with me."—Rita Whitebud, NY




In order to keep in touch with people who care about the transformational power of storytelling, I send out a FREE email newsletter. It just comes out once or twice a month, so it won't clog your in-box.

eTips from the Storytelling Coach features brief articles about:

  • Improving and applying your storytelling
  • The importance and uses of storytelling
  • The process of coaching

Every month's issue also contains a "subscriber special"—a time-limited discount announced only to eTips subscribers. Recent offers have included

  • discounts as large as $300 on storytelling resources,
  • advance announcements of telephone seminars,
  • pre-order offers on upcoming recordings,
  • discounts on web hosting for storytellers,
  • and much more.

Once every few months, I send announcements about:

  • My personal and recommended storytelling events, and
  • Useful storytelling resources I may find from time to time.

By popular demand, I also send an email reminding you when a subscriber-only special is about to expire. Altogether, you can expect to receive two or three emails a month from me.

I welcome your feedback on the content and usefulness of the newsletter, and will sometimes incorporate your comments in future issues.
"Most email newsletters are worthless. This one is a goldmine." - Ellen Riordan, Children's Coordinator, Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD.
Past issues have included topics such as:
  • Finding the Sacred in Stories
  • Does Storytelling Make Us More Human?
  • Can Storytelling Teach Children Respect?
  • How to Harness a Hidden Power
  • Saved By a Buddy
  • What Are Stories Made Of?
  • Are You Neglecting Your Voice?
  • The Four Pillars of Your Storytelling
  • Are You Making These Marketing Mistakes?
  • What's the Purpose of Character Voices?
  • Storytelling Spreads...Now to the World of Business
  • Do You Want to Spend More Time on Your Art?
  • Can We Lead Through Stories?
  • Wild Women Speak Their Minds
  • Seven Tips for Choosing a Story Coach
  • Why Can't Johnny Tell?
  • Two Dangers To Your Storytelling

Thousands have subscribed to this free newsletter. Read why, in their own words!
"Reminds me of what I love about storytelling - and helps me move toward it!." - Fran Yardley, Professional Storyteller (Tupper Lake, NY)



If you ever want to cancel your subscription, just send me an email to , including the word "unsubscribe" in the subject.
Or you can cancel on the web.
"I've unsubscribed from other things, lots of things, but never from the storytelling coach.  It is a wonderful pick-up for my spirits." - Bob Reiser, Tarrytown, NY


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eTips is my gift to those interested in storytelling. At the same time, it lets me spread the word about unique resources.

To explain these same storytelling topics individually, I would charge at least $125 an hour, often more. But this one essay a month is free!
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