Under the Influence: Robin Williams, “Mr. Bourque”

A photo of Robin Williams
Robin Williams shares her story at the “All Y’all: Under the Influence,” in 2014.

Most All Y’all storytellers have months to prepare their stories prior to taking the stage at a live event. They have opportunities to rehearse, to meet with other storytellers, and to give and receive feedback well in advance of the live event. Robin Williams, a Bossier City-based marketing executive who shared her story at “All Y’all: Under the Influence,” had less than 12 hours to prepare her story for the stage. As an alternate storyteller for the evening, Robin was called up when another storyteller backed out. Considering that her story deals with overcoming oppressive social anxiety and fear of public speaking brought about by the cruelty of a figure in her past, live storytelling was no small challenge for Robin.

Here is the thing about Robin’s story: Since the live event, dozens of people who attended have approached us to say: “Robin’s story is my story.” It’s our story, too, and the story of anyone who’s ever found the courage to speak up for themselves.

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  1. Annie

    Loved hearing Robin’s story…I’ve had my inspiration for the day !!!
    Can’t wait for the next event…!!!

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