We’re looking forward to seeing all of you in Deer Valley soon and hope that you will arrive with a great story to tell, because the Elevate Storytelling Competition is back! Expect a trophy, a grand prize trip and bragging rights!

About the Storytelling:
This year's storytelling competition will be emceed by the director of the Storytellers Brand Studio, Megan Finnerty. She’s the founder and director of a nationwide series of live storytelling nights as part of the USA TODAY Network. Finnerty was a features reporter for 14 years, and now works as a storytelling coach for brands, individuals and nonprofits. She’s coached almost 2,000 people on how to tell true, first-person stories. (Look for her session on telling your most important story in under a minute.)

Elevate participants will arrive at Stein Eriksen Lodge throughout the day on Sunday, July 22nd. Around 7:30 p.m., we will gather for the storytelling competition. Bring open minds and open hearts.

To Participate:

Participants should be prepared to tell a great tale in 5 minutes. It must be true, first-person and address the theme literally or metaphorically. The theme is “Growing Up: Stories of lessons in life, work and love…” To help you prepare, we’ve attached a Story Starter worksheet from Megan and her team. We hope it helps you!


Names gathered by email leading up to the event will be placed in a hat and 8 - 10 competitors will be drawn at random to tell their stories. If you don’t get selected, don’t fret! There will be plenty of time throughout the event to share your story!

To Win:

The audience will cast ballots for their favorite story. The storyteller with the most ballots will win the Elevate Storytelling Competition Grand Prize - an all-expenses-paid trip to Brand Storytelling at Sundance Film Festival 2019, including:

-  A full pass to Brand Storytelling: A Sanctioned Event of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival  -

-  Round-trip airfare to and from Salt Lake City in January 2019  -

-  A four-night stay at The Lodges Deer Valley  -

-  Two tickets to Sundance Film Screenings  -

-  The greatest prize of all - bragging rights throughout the three days of Elevate!  -

The best advice from experienced competitors is practice, practice, practice. Tell your story in front of a mirror, your wife, your husband, your kids, your neighbors, or the person next to you on the plane. Or make an audio recording on your phone and listen to it.


Sound like fun? We sure think so. With this group of storytellers, we will all be treated to some great tales!


To enter, simply send an email to Rick Parkhill at Rick@BrandStorytelling.tv letting him know you’d like to participate. Watch your inbox for more updates to come – see you soon!

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