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Shannon Cason

Keynote Speaker: Brutally Honest Storytelling

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Your brand is who you are, but who are you honestly? Gimmicks are shunned and true authenticity is rewarded in today’s ever-changing landscape. And nothing is more attention-grabbing than a real brutally honest story. Shannon Cason, storyteller with The Moth, Snap Judgment, and WBEZ Chicago, shares keys to Brutally Honest Storytelling. You’ll learn:

  • How to keep your audience’s attention with stories.

  • Stop telling people what you are trying to communicate, instead show them.

  • Be as vulnerable as you dare to be, but control the narrative.

  • Use your brutally honest stories to have raving fans holding on to your every word.

  • What makes a great story and a great storyteller?

Meet Name

Shannon Cason has shared his stories all over the country. Shannon is a host, MainStage storyteller and GrandSlam champion with The Moth.

He is a regular on WNYC’s Snap Judgment; awarded their Best Performance of 2013. He has appeared on countless podcasts and storytelling stages, including SXSW, RISK!, Third Coast Festival, Podcast Movement, and an upcoming television pilot. He also hosts his own storytelling podcast, Shannon Cason’s Homemade Stories, which partnered with WBEZ Chicago for its 2014-2015 season.

Shannon recently launched a new podcast with WBEZ Chicago called The Trouble with Shannon Cason. His storytelling is featured in the anthology, The Moth Presents: All These Wonders.

Shannon serves as the chief educator for the Brutally Honest Storytelling workshop series, where he has worked with companies, pro athletes, and celebrities tell their stories more honestly. He is a husband, father, and is originally from Detroit. Find out more at