In addition to coaching storytelling for business professionals to shine, Melissa Reaves appears regularly at storytelling venues, sharing personal stories that match a theme thrown to the storytellers. Take a peek at her work.
Seeing your parents to the end of their golden years was a gift and also a time of stress as the adult child. We're not taught how to reverse this role, especially when dementia enters the picture. This story was part of my journey with two people I loved dearly. Some adult language present. This story won The Moth Story Slam on NYE, 2020.
Storyteller, Melissa Reaves, shares a personal story about how she was raised to be racist by her "kin folk" from Oklahoma. Systemic racism starts early in families and had a lot more power over her decision making than she realized or welcomed. This vulnerable story aired on The Moth at the Berkeley show in September 2020.
The following story was recorded at The Moth, Bloedel Hall St. Marks, Seattle, WA on June 21st, 2019. Melissa Reaves finds herself working out at a hotel gym when President Obama walks in. Although a little star-struck, she couldn't let the moment pass by without aiming for a heart to heart with POTUS 44.
Storyteller, Melissa Reaves, shares her personal journey with OCD and how to crush it for NAMI Washington's annual fundraiser in November 2020. The OCD management doors open and close constantly. This is a Mother-Daughter journey that finds humor, love, and moments of perseverance. There is ADULT LANGUAGE and RELIGIOUS CHALLENGE in it, so please be forewarned. Thank you NAMI Washington, Susan Fee and Kacie Rahm for this opportunity to share.
Seattle's Covid Storytelling: Quarantine Connection, hosted by Ted Talk's Bill Bernat. This is Melissa's funny & reflective journey down the aisles of Costco during quarantine. Enjoy "Keeping the Covid Cooties from Costco."
Thirty years ago, I was pretty naive and broken hearted---so what do I do? I seek out the guidance of a psychic. One of more embarrassing moments, but hey---it's a funny way to learn some life lessons!
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is not a laughing matter and affects millions of people. Melissa is passionate about building awareness to change the stigma. It takes a lot of dedicated work for the patient and their family, and there is hope!
Highlighted as one of the Top 10 Stories of Ignite Seattle's 2019 season. Full Transcript
At 59 years old, Greg Kiper had been literally kicked to the curb by his third wife---the love of his life. But this time, he would fight for her. His journey into rehab to battle the addiction demon that had plagued his life for over 40 years, was now going to take a serious turn back to peace and love. Watch his powerful performance that is now used in his own Addiction Recovery Workshops and counseling he now conducts as a licensed therapist. www.kipercounseling.com