253 Storytelling from the Heart – Robin Gelfenbien

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Vulnerability, Leadership, Storytelling, Heart, Audience

253 Storytelling from the Heart – Robin Gelfenbien


As a leader and a storyteller, the temptation is to project yourself as strong and invulnerable. Today’s guest reveals the power of speaking and leading from the heart. You’ll learn how to inject fun and creativity into your speaking and better connect with others as a human being.

Robin Gelfenbien is a NYC-based storyteller, writer and comedian whose told stories alongside luminaries like Hannah Gadsby and Trevor Noah. She’s also a two-time Moth StorySLAM winner who has performed on PBS, RISK! and Mortified.

Robin is the Creator and Host of the storytelling series and podcast, “Yum’s the Word,” that features her homemade ice cream cakes. The show has been named a New York Times Critic’s Pick and guests have included Tim Gunn, Joy Behar and more.

We’ll explore: 

  • What Robin calls herself the “Ambassador of Fun.”
  • Robin’s experience driving the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, and what she learned from it.
  • How speaking from the heart makes you a good storyteller.
  • Robin’s storytelling and leadership role models.
  • The difference between a story and an anecdote.
  • Mistakes people make in sharing their story.
  • The best narrative talks Robin ever heard, and what she learned from them.

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