Academic: Creating Community Through Story

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I am excited to have as my next guest, Will Hornyak, university instructor, professional storyteller, and business consultant. According to Will, all good communicators use stories as a perfect vehicle to transform facts and ideas into images that touch the heart and soul of the audience, whether in a boardroom, classroom, on the factory floor, or from the speaker’s podium. While storytelling can enhance learning and comprehension within any organization, often communicating the vision and values of a community or company far better than elaborate mission statements, we will look at the personal value of storytelling. Being able to articulate and engage others in a compelling story transports us and creates community by drawing others together in conversation. We will consider how stories and storytelling influence community life by communicating history, information, knowledge, values, warnings, expectations and more. In this day and age while the human community seems fractured and more disconnected than ever, storytelling may be a way to return to a connection with others that we so sorely miss. We will examine how some of our personal and collective stories influence our current view of self and world. We will consider how myths, fables, and legends are still used today to communicate ideas and shape perception and opinion. Join Will and I in two weeks to learn the value of reviving the ancient art of storytelling and get us talking together in conversation and community...

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