We have decided to start a storytelling masterclass for the Venture Cafe Summer School for 2019. It was once a week on Thursdays for five weeks for the month of August. The master class was designed by Maria Bahamam the founder of Madam Rotterdam and Mike Rynart the founder of the Dutch Daily News. They have knocked their heads together to bring their expertise of storytelling in the field of business and the creative fields. Each session is titled differently and carries out a different topic. Starting from storytelling in a pitch, how to define a  company business, branding and ending with social media storytelling.

The first session is titled “The Power of Storytelling” , the session was hosted by Maria and Mike. They kicked the session by explaining the beginning of storytelling. Starting from a hundred thousand years ago when the stone age man develop languages to communicate, cave paintings and  down to new age area of powerpoint as method of getting a point across.

They shared the methodology of storytelling and the science behind it. And how stories can induce hormone and neurotransmitters such as Vasopressin, oxytocin’s, serotonin, dopamine and endorphins in our brains. So after knowing that information, how can you not use it to create a good story.

The session was attended by a lot of people with different backgrounds and career choices all in one place for one common goal. To learn how to become a better storyteller. 

About Storytelling Masterclass Hosts:

Maria Bahamam is an innovative entrepreneur, public speaker, content creator and a woman in Tech. She is CEO and founder of Madam Rotterdam. Madam Rotterdam is a platform that connects tourists, expats, and local businesses together through the use of high tech and AI. Maria is bringing forth the community of Rotterdam and showcasing talent through a series of live stream interviews every Thursday at the Venture Cafe and through a podcast every Friday. Her mission is to inspire people and put more positive content out into the world.

Mike Rynart is a Web Consultant helping people to become more effective online. Mike has been developing for the Web since 2000. He spends his days helping companies to grow their business through engaging tech solutions, and his nights dreaming about how to make tomorrow’s Web sites even better. Mike believes everyone has a story to tell. Your message has the ability to change somebody’s life. Mike’s mission is to help you share yours with the world.


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