The Power of Story

Story shortens the distance between you and me.

Telling our stories helps us understand who we are, why we’re are here and what we have to give.
Hearing people’s stories makes the other familiar.

Doing this with honesty and courage creates empathy and connection.
This is how we find our way back to each other.


When you tell your story, you free yourself and give other people permission to acknowledge their own story.

-Iyanla Vanzant

What Is Life’s Echoes?

Life’s Echoes is a place for stories – yours, mine, his, hers, theirs.

We live in a time of uncertainty. We are no longer talking to each other – really talking to each other. We use technology to soothe and distract us. We are digging our heels into ideologies and identities, instead of opening our eyes and ears to different perspectives and possibilities. This concerns me. I want to do something about it.

I was recently reminded that lasting and impactful change starts within the individual. We have to be the change we wish to see in the world (Gandhi).

I wish to see individuals, families, communities, churches, business, politicians crossing the divide with empathy and charity. I wish to see more collaboration and less obstinance.

I wish to see us understanding the impact of words and taking responsibility for our language. I wish for us to seek common ground that we may create a more generous and joyous way to live.

One of the things I’ve learned in over twenty years of storytelling is that regardless of whether or not I agree with someone or even like them, once I know their story it’s impossible for me not to be compassionate. I may still disagree and maybe not like them, but I can hear them. I can value them.

Creating an environment where people feel safe enough to let down their guards and risk being seen and to share their stories is how I can be the change I wish to see.

What do you wish to see? How can your story be part of manifesting that change?


Elizabeth Ostler


laugh loudly
live and create with joy and gratitude &
reverence the individual’s journey.


Courage is to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart. 

-Brene Brown


Learn how to stand in your truth & tell your story. 


 Transform your experiences into stories with a beginning, middle & end.

Share your ideas, data and facts in understandable and memorable ways. 

Own your voice and what you have to say.  

Tell your story with your whole heart. 

Connect authentically with your audience.

Upcoming Workshops


  • Liz has the ability to gather a diverse group of people in a room, usually strangers, and by the end of the gathering they feeling a connection to the group and each person there.

    Amanda, Costume Designer
  • What I took away really helped me to recognize that I am enough to fill the needs of a piece and that I have a right to be heard.

    Mike, actor
  • At the time I was still at a very immature stage in my artistry as well as my personal development. I couldn’t help but surrender to the freedom Liz’s technique encouraged. Everything I imbibed during the process challenged me to dig, to accept, and ultimately, to grow. She undoubtedly knows her stuff and I would vouch for her wholeheartedly.

    Tricia, actor
  • Liz saw something in me that I certainly didn’t know was inside myself. She helped me unlock my potential through her encouragement and thoughtful direction. Liz helped me believe that I had everything I needed inside of me. I still occasionally struggle with believing in myself, but I always can go back to that experience and draw strength from it so that I can carry on.

    Heather, actor & graphic designer

Motivating Resources

Books and quotes to give you courage to stand in your truth & tell your story.

Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull
A Child’s Work by Vivian Gussin Paley
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
Raising Strong by Brene Brown
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
Make music. Leonard Bernstein
Make amazing mistakes. Neil Gaiman
You must do. Eleanor Roosevelt.
An untold story. Maya Angelou.
Give us what you’ve got. Steven Pressfield.
Thwarted. Jean Houston.
What would you do. Elizabeth Gilbert


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