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There is something magical that happens when people come together in person to share stories.

I tell stories that inspire people to be braver and to find their unique way to serve the world.

As a speaker, Marianne is remarkably easy to work with. She artfully weaves together personal stories and larger, important lessons. People were enthralled.
Dr. Rebecca Self, Connect & Act Global

I’d love to ‘enthrall’ your next conference, meeting or event with some of my stories.

I tell stories about:

  • how to cultivate courage in the face of fear
  • the complexities of ‘doing good’ in settings like Afghanistan, and how – nonetheless – one person can make a difference
  • how I learned the difference between ‘changing the world’ and ‘being of service’
  • the lessons I learned in Afghanistan, and how they can be applied to business, entrepreneurship, creative work and relationships
  • how connection lies at the heart of all sustainable change work
  • the relationship between self-care and being of service

I tell stories to:

  • school groups
  • professional institutes and groups
  • academic conferences
  • workshops

I’ve recently told stories to:

  • soldiers deploying to Afghanistan
  • an auditorium full of school children
  • a room of middle-aged businessmen
  • my nieces and nephews

Come hear me speak:

Christchurch Pecha Kucha Night

Date & time: 30 August 2012, 8.15pm

Venue: Geo Dome, Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ

Christchurch Writers Festival

Date & time: 2 Sept 2012, 3.30pm

Venue: Geo Dome, Hagley Park, Christchurch, NZ

Get in touch – let’s talk about me coming to talk!

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What people say:

Marianne’s presentation was cogent, calm, clear and evenly-paced. She displayed an impressive ability, a rare talent, to capture and hold the attention of a sizeable and diverse audience.¬†– Bryan Lynch, Director, Institute of International Affairs, University of Victoria.


My favorite way to tell stories is as part of a collective. I’m part of Storyworkers, a group of story-gatherers, story-crafters & story-tellers. We help grow great causes and organisations through compelling stories. You can learn more about what we do and find out how to work with us as a collective, [coming soon]

More praise

I wanted to convey my sincere thanks to you for your part in the delivery of the training. I can assure you that having been involved now in seven [deployment trainings] this was by far the most effective and that has been reflected in the comments from the students as well. Your involvement and the high standard of your participation was greatly appreciated. –¬†New Zealand Defense Force

In person Marianne is exactly as she presents herself online: focused, insightful, composed. True to everything you’ll see in book reviews and blog posts, she’s also utterly human and down to earth. The combination makes people fantastically willing to speak their own truths. – Dr. Rebecca Self, Connect & Act Global

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