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Add Oomph to Your Stories
by Bringing the Characters Alive

Jon SchwartzGuest Expert:

Jon Schwartz, a.k.a. Vinny Verelli   (About Jon)

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The Program:

We all know that telling stories is the best way to connect with an audience and to make a point stick. But are you getting the most out of your stories?

You tell stories in your presentations about your stern father, wise grandmother, bawdy aunt or clueless ex-boss. But what if you illustrated the character of their personality through your voice tone, accent, facial expression and/or body language? It would make your presentation much more powerful and the point of the story more memorable.

If you don’t incorporate memorable characters into your stories, you’re missing an opportunity to make a stronger impact on your audience. The more you can do to bring your stories to life the better chance you have of making a difference.

Jon is a master at characterization. His most memorable character is Vinny Verelli, The Goomba Guru of Negativity Management®. Why does Vinny stand out? For one thing, he’s quite a character, literally one of dozens created by Jon.

You will learn:

  • simple tools that you can start using immediately, to add a new dimension to your presentations
  • tips on how to do accents and dialects
  • why less is more and the importance of doing nothing
  • how to explore character development on your own with tools and resources to help you
  • how to avoid common performance pitfalls

More about our guest expert:

With his degree in Marketing, Jon Schwartz decided there’s no business like show business, and has been performing professionally for the past 35 years!

He has toured prisons with a production of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot and has performed mime at Carnegie Hall. Jon also worked with Tennessee Williams in the world premiere production of Tiger Tail and worked on ships as cruise director and entertainer.

For the past 18 years Jon and his wife Ginny King have been producing shows for the event business in Atlanta. Jon has written, produced and directed fourteen interactive mysteries that have been produced at over 350 corporate events.

Jon has played many characters in his career, however, Vinny Verelli is the only character that has written a book, Motivate This. Often called the Tony Soprano of motivational speakers, Vinny works with groups that want to laugh while they learn.

In February of 2004 Jon, as Vinny Verelli, won the NSA Comedy Idol Competition in St. Louis and recently won the Toastmasters State of Georgia humor and table topics competitions. In December 2007, Vinny was the closing keynote speaker at the 2007 CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) convention in Halifax. Jon is currently the president-elect of NSA Georgia.