All Y‚Äôall is on Spotify

Chris Jay and Sara Hebert, creators of All Y'all PodcastThe dynamic duo/Louisiana couple that is Sara Hebert and Chris Jay has been perpetuating Southern stories on the All Y’all podcast since 2013, and now they are on Spotify!

The amazing thing about Chris and Sara is that they really have a knack for finding people who have something to say but may have never thought about sharing. The All Y’all podcast begins as a live storytelling event where people are asked to tell their story, without any notes, on stage in front of anywhere from 150-300 people in the audience. If you’ve never been to one of these events in the Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana area, I highly recommend that you put it on your list of things to do. It’s such an electrifying experience that includes stories, music and great snacks at intermission. (Homemade Tobacco brownies by Judy Williams – ummm, yes please!)

I suggest you listen to every single episode, and while you’re at it, be on alert that I was the storyteller for episode 19 in 2015 (click photo below to link)

These podcasts are great for “on the way to work” or “road tripping” listening. AND 3, 2, 1, Go >>>

Sara and Robin at Highland Mardi Gras

Chris and RobinEpisode 19 of All Y'all Podcast

 

Let me know your favorite episode (It doesn’t have to be mine!) Oh, hey, don‚Äôt forget to follow All Y’all on all their channels:

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That Just Happened!!
Robin Williams

All Y’all Social Glue

11073554_10204945908980605_1294152985240062350_nI recently ran across the words “social glue”. What I understood social glue to be is a way of bonding or connecting people through various actions and/or sharing commonalities. The first thing that I thought about was storytelling, and, in particular, the All Y’all Live Storytelling Events and Podcasts, that my friends Chris Jay and Sara Hebert produce. Chris and Sara are providing a safe space for people in the Shreveport-Bossier community to share experiences and situations through very personal storytelling. No scripts or notes . . . just get on stage in front of, oh, say a couple hundred people, and speak from the heart.

It never occurred to me that being a storytelling could be such a powerful glue that binds a community until I experienced myself.¬†It was the night before the “Under the Influence” All Y’all event when I was contacted by Chris asking if I’d be willing to step in as a¬†substitute for one of the storytellers. I had previously mentioned that I might be interested, and I had been thinking about the possibility¬†but was by no means prepared to step in less than 24 hours before the scheduled event. What the heck? I said “yes”. I didn’t really know what I would say, nor if I would be able to say it. Chris said he’d call me back in a few hours to discuss the details. When he called me later, he apologized and basically said, “nevermind, it’s not fair to ask you on such short notice”. I knew in the moment that I had to do it. I agreed under the condition that I may chicken out at the last minute. That’s the great thing about Chris, whether he was fine with that, or not, he said something like, “don’t you worry, just give me a signal and we’ll keep on rolling with the show”.

10995707_10204945854619246_6626746765654232419_nThe day of the event, I only told four people (two of which were my kids) that I would be speaking that night. I didn’t want the pressure of people giving me encouragement and then bailing on them. I have struggled my entire life with shyness and social anxiety and this was going to be a¬†huge step for me, although, at the time, I had no idea how HUGE. I practiced all day, recording on my iPhone and realized that there was no way that I’d be able to go through with it. My voice was just not there. I worried that no one would even be able to hear me. I was making myself sick with anxiety. As I sat in the audience waiting for my turn, I wasn’t sure until that last second if I could do it, and then I stood up. I walked to the stage and I started telling my story. My voice was there. And soon, there were people nodding, and smiling, and laughing, and . . . ¬†bonding with me. The social glue began to flow.

11751413_10205857145360945_6455528596976410319_nBut that was just the beginning. After the event, as I entered the lobby, the connections started to set in as each person who came up to me said things like “your story is my story”, “I have struggled with the same issue for years”, ¬†“You are so brave”. I then met Karen, who had been sitting in a middle seat near the front row, and had become my anchor for getting through the tough parts of my story. She helped me by giving me something to affix to in the audience. For the next few weeks, I’d be attending an event or walking through the grocery store and someone would stop me to say they had been at the All Y’all event and how much it meant to them. In addition, my life has been enhanced by the friendships I’ve built with other storytellers. Jennifer and Esther were the first two storytellers that I met and I can’t begin to tell you how they have influenced my life. (Jennifer was one of the four people I told that I was speaking that night, so there ya go.)

Below the surface, we are all struggling with something. By sharing (and listening to) stories, we can recognize ourselves in others and become connected through sameness. I have come to realize that Chris and Sara are not just providing social glue for our community, they are pouring social cement. Shreveport-Bossier is most definitely strengthened by All Y’all and the bonds being built are amazing.

To learn more about All Y’all:

That Just Happened!!
Robin Williams
Marketing Maven, Holiday Lanes

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This weekend, is the first ever, multi-night event¬†at East Bank Theatre in Bossier City. ‚ÄúMomma,‚ÄĚ an evening of stories about moms, motherhood and more, will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016. ‚ÄúDaddy,‚ÄĚ featuring stories from, to and about fathers and fatherhood, will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016. Unfortunately, Friday is sold out and Saturday only has a few more tickets. BUT WAIT!! I have a ticket for both nights to give away.

And, how do you WIN THE GIVEAWAY?

One lucky That Just Happened¬†blog reader will receive a ticket from season sponsor¬†Holiday Lanes¬†to both Friday 3/11/16 and Saturday 3/12/16 events. Simply¬†go to ALL Y’ALL BLOG, listen to a few of the podcasts, paste your favorite storyteller title in the comments section of this blog below. (It doesn’t have to be my podcast, but here is the link in case your want it:¬†UNDER THE INFLUENCE: ROBIN WILLIAMS, ‚ÄúMR. BOURQUE‚ÄĚ) .¬†Winner will be announced¬†on Friday, March 11, 2016 at around noon.

UPDATE 3/11/16: Congrats Pat Gill – you are the winner!

 

Get ALL Y’ALL BLOG the NPR attention it deserves

recommend allyallblog.com to NPR

Chris Jay and Sara Hebert are changing the makeup of storytelling in the South with allyallblog.com – What started as a podcast has become a live storytelling event that crosses crucial boundaries in the community.

Chris & Sara are such a compliment to their community

Chris and Sara’s wide circle of friends is a deep well of diverse people who are submerging themselves into the sometimes unknown world of storytelling. If there is a glimmer of a story, Chris and Sara will shine more light on the subject. ¬†Floating on hope that they just might have something to share, the storytellers rise up at each event, leaving us wanting more. It’s about getting everyday people to tell everyday stories. What’s amazing is the clarity that I’ve gained from listening to other storytellers. I’ve finally come to understand that we need to look outside of ourselves and see that there are folks just like us with trials, struggles, happiness, fears and accomplishments. ¬†Many stories mirror similar experiences in my own life and I’ve been able to step out of my self-centered world where I think things only happen to me.

All Y’all Blog

I think it’s time for the big time NPR geniuses to scoop up All Y’all Blog and share it with the world. Could you take a few moments to answer NPR’s¬†short and easy survey about you favorite blog of all time, assuming it’s All Y’all?

  • NPR Survey:¬†Take NPR Survey
  • Enter the All Y’all blog link:¬†http://www.allyallblog.com/
  • Select your favorite episode and enter that link as well.
  • Share the survey with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your blog, etc.

Let’s try to get Chris & Sara the recognition the deserve.

This IS happening!

Robin Williams,
Marketing Maven at Holiday Lanes

April 6, 2015 РUPDATE! I was a storyteller in September 2014 and that podcast episode has been released: LISTEN HERE