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72. 3 Steps to Storytelling for People of Color with Arshiya Kherani, Co-Founder of Potluck Stories

podcast March 7, 2024

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How does a person of color get more comfortable with telling their story?

For this Women of Color Rise episode, I talk with Arshiya Kherani who is a Coach, Facilitator, and Co-Founder of Potluck Stories, a LA-based community organization that hosts monthly interactive storytelling events that amplifies underrepresented voices. Arshiya shares how she is often in white male dominated spaces. Being a Muslim woman who wears a hijab has given her the choice to either assimilate into what is expected of her or empower her to share her identity and culture with others. Arshiya chose empowerment

We discuss 3 steps people of color can take to tell their stories:

Step 1: Be vulnerable, and narrow down to an experience that matters to you. Sometimes people of color feel that their stories need to be their resume. Instead, think of an experience that shaped your life (could be from childhood, young adulthood or even recently). This could be a moment of fear, calling, or overcoming a challenge. Brainstorm for a few minutes, and choose one.

Step 2: Pick a specific moment in that story and bring us to that moment. Paint the details. What did you see, smell, taste, hear, feel? Help us be in your shoes.


Step 3: Speak it aloud and get out a SFD, shitty first draft. Don’t spend so much time writing and rewriting and trying to make it perfect. The more you do it, the better you’ll get, and the more you’ll be able to tell that same story from different perspectives based on the audience.

Get full show notes and more information here: https://analizawolf.com/ep-72-3-steps-to-storytelling-for-people-of-color-with-arshiya-kherani

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