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Eva Grayzel          

Master Storyteller & Visionary Survivor

Eva Grayzel, a professional interactive performance artist, was diagnosed with late-stage oral cancer at age 33 and told she had a 15 percent chance of survival. A non-smoker, she was bounced among dental professionals while the ulcer on her tongue grew more prominent and painful.

“It was two years and nine months from the first appointment with a dental professional until the day I was finally diagnosed with late stage oral cancer. During that time, no one EVER mentioned the words ‘oral cancer’ as a possible cause. Finally, I made an appointment with Dr. Mark Urken, the chief of head and neck surgery at Mt. Sinai Hospital. I took the bus into Manhattan the fateful day of April 1, 1998 not having the slightest idea that what was on my tongue was remotely serious.”

Grayzel endured a partial tongue reconstruction, a modified radical neck dissection, and a maximum dose of radiation therapy. Through an extraordinarily successful treatment plan, Grayzel not only survived but also regained her ability to speak clearly. With a second chance at life, Grayzel couldn’t let the same thing happen to someone else.

A champion for early detection, Grayzel founded Six-Step Screening™, an oral cancer awareness campaign for dental professionals and the general public. For her initiative, she was recognized by the American Academy of Oral Medicine and awarded honorary membership.

“I share my personal story hoping it will inspire dental and healthcare professionals to perform oral cancer screenings on all their patients, educate them about what they are looking for and the early signs of oral cancer. It’s more than my mission to educate. It’s my tribute to all those that came before me and my obligation to those that will follow.”

Grayzel celebrated her 10-year cancer free anniversary by founding the Talk4Hope which includes two children’s books to promote dialogue and minimize fear around cancer, and My Story Legacy, a 12-page guide to document personal stories, a gift as valuable as material possessions.

Speech Topics


Does your website bio list your education, accolades and conclude with a sentence about your hobbies? If so, you are missing out on potential clients and customers, the ones you want to attract. Tell the story that delivers real insight into who you are, values you live by and specific skills you bring to the table. Rev up your storytelling IQ and invest in the power of story to be memorable and stand out among the competition.


Parents multi-task on the commute from bedroom to kitchen, with barely enough time in the day to smell the coffee. ‘Quality time’ has to be uncomplicated. Discover how story can promote communication, develop self-esteem and cultivate family-centered values. After seizing a second chance at life, Motivational Storyteller Eva Grayzel made simple changes at home creating story rituals her children cherish to this day.


Interactive storytelling starring your coworkers is destined to entertain and unite teams. Improvisational dialogue allows humor and individuality to take center stage. Applaud spontaneity. Motivational Storyteller Eva Grayzel choreographs theme-centered stories directing interplay with the goal of elevating self-esteem and developing trust. Belly laughs guaranteed!

STORY DISTILLERY: Craft your IPA - Individuality, Passion, Ability

Brew a powerful story you can employ to develop your unique brand. Vaporize the extraneous for a flavorful micro story that will grab attention and evoke a connection. Tap the power of story to foster an enduring memory of your noteworthy value. Expert storyteller Eva Grayzel will turn a stout story into a skyscraper.

TONGUE-TIED: A Story NOT Silenced

Performed Off-Broadway as a one-woman show, Eva takes her audience on an eye-opening journey overcoming the odds. Her poignant firsthand account of hardship, courage and love defines why lemonade is worth the squeeze. Eva inspires survivorship with a voice of kaleidoscopic vision and wisdom.

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