In addition to coaching storytelling for business professionals to shine, Melissa Reaves performs 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 (Comedic/Dramatic) 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 and took second place. Melissa also won first place at the National Storytellers Network in January 2021.
Melissa 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. Thank you NAMI Washington, Susan Fee and Kacie Rahm for this opportunity to share.
CW/TW: ADULT LANGUAGE and RELIGIOUS CHALLENGE, OCD
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!
Seattle's Covid Storytelling: Quarantine Connection, hosted by TEDTalk's Bill Bernat. This is Melissa's funny & reflective journey down the aisles of Costco during quarantine. Enjoy "Keeping the Covid Cooties from Costco."
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.