© Sandra Buschow

©Sandra Buschow

Testimonials 





I’ve been a storytelling teacher for a while now and a storyteller for even longer. 


I’m told I have a knack of finding the kernel of what you’re really trying to say.


With me, you will hone your presentations and speeches and expand them into unexpected areas. 


You will solidify your knowledge of the craft of storytelling.


You’re ready for that, no? 


To finally tell your tale?

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“Mike does a wonderful job making  everyone feel comfortable, recognized and valued and gives 

on-point feedback.  I’m a huge fan of his storytelling.”


Dyane Neiman: founder of The Bear, Berlin’s preeminent English language storytelling show

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“Mike gives really, really clear feedback – he nails it and is really souverän. I came to realize what an art form storytelling is.” 


Katja Tannert: actress

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"I honestly believe your input steered my story into a new, better direction. And made me a better storyteller. I was very hesitant to make it all about the humour aspect of my religious experiences, but as I worked your suggestions into my revised story - it all started to really click. I changed my body language, My depictions and incorporated my natural comic self into the performance (which had a lot more punch than my original version)."


Deepti Anupundi: standup comedian 

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“In Mike's workshop, he facilitates a safe, inviting, and fun environment in which to learn what makes stories work well. 


I had such a great time — even over Zoom! — and I expect to use the skills I learned in his workshop not just for storytelling, but also for writing scholarship applications and pitching future projects to investors!


Jesse Pinho: USC Screenwriting MFA Student

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“Dear Mike. Thank you for your lovely storytelling workshop. 


The intimacy of the atmosphere throughout encouraged me to tell intimate stories, which I normally hold back out of fear of embarrassment.


The warm-up at the beginning of each session was a great idea, adding to the intimate atmosphere.


Your leadership qualities come from a real compassion for STORYTELLING as an art form! 


Please do it again!”


Sylvia: writer, storyteller

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“Mike’s workshops are fun and extremely inspiring. He listens to your story and then he asks questions, and suddenly you realize: there’s much more to your story than you had thought at first. 


Say, the prompt is a little vague and you decide on some anecdote that happened years ago and you say, yeah, it’ll do. You tell your story and then Mike comes in with his questions and suddenly you’re deep into whatever was going on in your life at that time. Another participant called it ‘story therapy’. 


Of course, you can keep all of that to yourself. That’s another thing he does: he doesn’t give you advice – unless you specifically ask for it. For me, that meant, I have the space to develop my story in whatever way I wish. Then, the next session, you can repeat, no problem, and find out how your story works with this different approach you have come up with. 


A true workshop spirit, I highly recommend it. This guy knows what he’s doing!”


Eva: Storyteller & Toastmaster

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Working with Mike helped me to take third place in my Toastmasters regional contest!!


“This is story-therapy! Mike uses his coaching skills to go to the heart of the matter - finding what matters to your heart within your story. Superficial ramblings are allowed in the service of humour and pace authenticity is the thing, and style and purpose. 


Wendy Buckley: Toastmaster & Freelance Consultant in Quality and Leadership

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Mike advised me, guided me, and in certain ways (gently) provoked me into creating something I previously considered impossible - namely a seventy-page outline/treatment for a screenplay I had procrastinated on for years.


He was able to achieve this in a number of ways, the most prominent being that - outside of lending me all the expertise and insight he has accumulated from the diverse projects he has undertaken in his own creative life - he cared.


Mike was genuinely invested in my work, evidenced not just by his alerting me to things I might want to avoid, but with enthusiastic and interesting suggestions that I might want to try - always offered humbly, as mere suggestions. Some of those suggestions made it directly into my work, while others favorably influenced its tone. 


Mike may be warm and funny and have a fantastic speaking voice, but I enjoyed our regular meetings, first and foremost, for his unique perspective on storytelling and the creativity he brings to it. 


This was the first time I ever co-opted someone to even look at my unfinished work, nevermind contribute to it. I’m usually that guarded about it. But I’m very happy I trusted Mike. I consider his contributions to be invaluable.


Robert Ferraro, screenwriter and owner/operator of the musician interview website Of Personal Interest. 




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