18/11/2017

7' Gig at Comedy School as special guest


November 2013 after a "refreshment workshop" with the Comedy School they invited me to perform at the showcase of new Standup Comedy students.

I opened the show, alas I was allowed only seven minutes from ten prepared. But of course, one has to adapt each time.

This year I had my ten minutes at "Old folks jokes" but I do not have yet its video recording. And now, 10' also opening at Ivor Dembina's 'you should have listened to Ivor'. Went very well, made those present laugh a lot.

New tips to look for when you look at it the second time.

Listen to how I begin.
First recognising what everyone can see: I am old. (Later, that I am not English, that my mother language was Hungarian.)

It is good to recognise what they see and hear. Then of course comes the surprises. In my case proving that we old folks are "open minded", surprising those listening with 4 letter words.

Finally, "toping" by telling the tale about my daughter and she "not being there". That connects to all of us who ever did something because "he or she was not there".

"Toping" is adding to a punch line without necessity to introduce, it also gives it a more impromptu feeling. Like you just invented it, now for this audience. I top even more at the end.

Be aware that nor in Comedy or in Storytelling do you have to stick to the "exact truth" about time, names, durations, for example. It is very important to be "in the moment" - so my daughter really called me - but it was more then a year before (just before my first ever standup comedy performance), so what? I told it first the day it happened and then 77+ times as it was that morning.

It is not important when, and it make seem more "fresh".

And I still tell "I am 77" it seems a sexier year, easier to remember then 78 or 79 (or now, more).

Observe how I finish.
I segue with what come before, "I am a bit out of practice now, but" and 'top" again then give my most outrageous sentence of my performance. It work very well every time. Sometimes, I got even standing ovation for it. But then, I do not stop at that but top it and top it again, usually getting laughter after laughter for the end.

It is best to leave your best working part to the end, your second best at the beginning.

I found the sentence after six hours of workshop at Camden with Ivor Dembina, who probed deep into what is we do not tell usually because "that is what the audience is interested is enjoying best".  I hesitated for three month until I first dare to try it out. It does work each time.

Added to the routine (It grows with new frustrations)
There are some added parts that were used the first in this performance, from frustrations I got just then before I performed this, about my teeth.

I also added the routine about my eyes (is it in this yet?) Later, I found a better way to introduce my Kindle (not in this performance yet). It does get a huge laughter as I talk about "Size is import - well, sometimes" and let the audience think first of something else, "I did not say it" as just before it I added a part that is about a message I got on Facebook. (See my later gigs for that).

Observe how I go from one part to the other.
Just before I performed I was told that I have to do only 7 minutes not 10 as I was promised. I had to cut some parts. Because the routine has been made in Parts, I could leave out some. But is is more difficult then. Usually I put a word at the end of a routine to trigger in me and remind the next part.

All audience is not as receptive as this was. Sometimes a part works better or less depending whom listens. That is normal, most important is all love and enjoy most of it.

31/10/2017

Halloween, France


Before arriving in London, I was mostly playing around with photos and slides, like this one special Halloween, created 11 years ago in France, in Paris and around Paris photos, taken by me, and a software with special effects on my then Window laptop. 2 min

Julie at Online Officers 'Pathways Pioneers' meeting


Beside what I said there, at the Online Alliance special Pathways meeting, you can find in this video also a few bits from what others said. To publish more form them, have to ask each's permission. 

But we prepare. 
I would say "we are prepared".

Most of our clubs are Advanced, and it's members at least Dual. Some are in 8 clubs!
So between us we have Pathways Guides, Pathways Chief Ambassadors and Ambassadors, Path Proficient (finished a path already), and many already working in the Pathways program.

30/10/2017

"Grow" and Julie Kertesz on the wall

Vic Lendal preparing his speech for the Conference, speaking before audience. But before he begins to speak, he does prepare also, as Sudha does a mind map. 

Today, it is the third time that suddenly I hear about a mind map software and even of Tony Buzan who did propose it the first time.

Paul also send me a mind map and pic with him.

And before Vic speaks, he does this kind of mind mapping about it, he told us about it tonight at Royal Roads online meeting. Noon for them, evening for me in London.


And here is his presentation so different, and at the same time following what he decided to do.


A good surprise for me this morning, to be not only given as example, but shown the interaction between us, that took place through the Zoom platform's Share Screen a few days ago. Yes, I told Vic to use as he wants, any part of it, but did not suspect this. 

Great conference, well I found out only "conference preparation" and to me of course it seems even better with me on the wall...  Haha. I loved not only his verve and arguments, but also the importance of telling stories, remembered and used also. Vic practicing, what he recommends.

26/10/2017

True Tales - Julie Kertesz, Manchester Town Hall


More audience, lots of energy, easier and not more difficult to perform,
to tell my true tale of when I was 10 years old and the war caught up with me.

There were almost 500 in the huge town hall in Manchester that day.
I had some difficulty to find a "good ending", a satisfying ending to a sad tale.
Of course, "I am here to tell the tale" was already great, but I found a more touching end.

One can tell the same tale so many ways! There are all "true" but how you tell the story counts.

23/10/2017

From speaker to Trainer, from beginner to Pioneer.

I begun this blog when I got my (second) CC, the first after 30 years of absence from Toastmasters clubs. I did practice my public speaking between the two in my professional life. You followed me from 2009 or you just arrived here today?

I learned, went into the Education Program as far as it is possible, got "distinguished toastmaster" once and the second time went to the Advanced communicator Gold, the highest communication award again. But I already knew by then the Manuals and felt the need to go ... Pathways. I did. Soon I will be one of the panelist's online.

In my online club, Witty Storytellers Online, we have some experienced "pathways pioneers" and also new in pathways: in all 65% of us already "in". Sudha Mani who designed this flyer, just begun 2 weeks ago Pathways and she is already finishing her "level 1" she become as passionate, as me. Or more.

Pathways is a new Education Program in Toastmasters International, and it is introduced step by step, region by region. I succeeded to get on it end March 2017, almost 7 month ago and lived in it, lived through it, decided to help the transition from the Legacy Program to the new one as much as I could. All, that depended on me. That was my "vision" and decision, as I finished my first path : Visionary Communication. 

In November, if I am still here and healthy enough, I will finish my second path, Presentation Mastery. The name we get when we finish a path is "proficient in". Well, we just begin, but for sure, in the 5 levels in each we do learn a lot. 

I begun a new blog: PathwaysExperience, and neglected a little this one, as I try to write day by day something new about how I experience the new educational program called Toastmasters Pathways and also progress in my Path. I have two other path I begun, so a lot more to learn and speak, soon. Their title, does not reflect as well as it should, in my opinion the content, but now I learned to look inside and chose after how the projects inside are different of the other paths. I will add also a link to it in this blog.