So many events. Keynotes. Presentations. So little time. We spend much of our time sitting, watching, and listening. As an experienced performer, I know how to entertain, uplift and educate an audience. The below topic options are popular and can be adjusted to fit a particular event and audience. Let’s talk.

Speaking Topic Options

Gail Thomas storytelling at the Impact Hub

1. The Courage and Capability of Story

Empathy. Strategy. Unite. What is good for the heart is also good for business. Gradually we’ve seen a shift in the traditional corporate model, a shift toward a more holistic workplace. Conversations have widened to talk about values like diversity, equity, sustainability, empathy, and inclusion. This is good for the world and it helps organizations retain and attract talent, and serve their customers. 

How does this change happen? Storytelling. Using story, we can build bridges between customer needs, employee happiness, and business goals. In an increasingly complicated world, this is a simple solution. 

As a storytelling coach, I’ve worked with hundreds of individuals from all over the world, with many different backgrounds. This talk will give real life examples where and how stories have moved positive change personally and  professionally. It’s possible, it’s fun. It’s time to get started.

2. Storytelling for Marketing & Sales — when words aren't enough.

Why do stories help in content marketing? Because there are too many words on too many pages. Over 100,000 digital words are consumed by the average American. So, those words need to be special: relatable, engaging, and entertaining. 

The way to do that is using storytelling. Don’t tell people what to do, or think, don’t impose your opinion on them. With a story, the writer can show, not tell, which gives agency to the reader, letting them reach the conclusion with you. Plus, wrapping facts in an emotional narrative gives people a reason to care. 

No matter what point you are making, whether the content is long form or short, a story makes it memorable.

Picture of person holding a tablet with content marketing graphic

3. Stand up for Yourself

This is my most personal talk, as I share lessons learned during (and after) my cancer diagnosis(s). Between the condescing doctor, conflicting advice and contradictory diagnosis, life was heightened and decisions more important than ever. 

Writing and telling my story has been healing for me, and (I hope), inspiring for others who face similar challenges. Here’s an early version of this tale, which has been updated more recently.

Feedback & Reviews

“Always Incredible”

Gail’s stories are always incredible. She truly has mastered the ability of taking the most difficult moments and finding their beauty.

Gastor Almonte

Standup Comic/Storyteller

“A Mountain of Talent”

We saw a mountain of talent both as a performer and a writer.

Arnaud Collery

Global Chief Happiness Officer

“A fabulous job”

Gail wrote the script for our conference emcee and did a fabulous job. She was able to work with him to make sure he was well-prepared and felt comfortable in what he was saying.

Melanie Kelman

Bilingual Marketing & Events Manager