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Frank Lanzer
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Professional Storyteller is a network for people who work in the field of oral storytelling. Please write a brief paragraph about your work.
Have just retired from teaching at the community college. It's has been a great 15 years. Now fully retired, I can devote myself to enjoying life and sharing.

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At 1:02pm on January 5, 2011, Rachmiel Tobesman said…



Maybe we can meet and share a tale or two over coffee or lunch or whatever.



Rachmiel Tobesman

At 9:43pm on May 2, 2008, Patti Christensen said…
Hi, my father-in-law is a 95 year old United methodist minitser, chaplain (still working) and storyteller. We are always looking for great spiritual stories. Welcome! Patti
At 1:02am on April 22, 2008, Steve Evans said…
Greetings and welcome to this great site. I think you will enjoy it as I have. Thanks for joining the Applied Storytelling group. We look forward to gaining from your insights and experiences. Also, nice to have you in the Biblical Storytelling group as well. Best wishes to you. STEVE
At 7:09am on April 21, 2008, Frank Lanzer said…
Hey David

Thank you for the welcome!

I can only share my story and take a guess at the rest. As a lay speaker, I bring the message to people in a variety of ways and settings. I've found that stories are the most effective way to relate to people, to engage them and have them take away a little of what I've shared. The first Methodist pastors in this country were circuit riders traveling from village to village, meeting people where they are and telling them the story. It's still that way in more rural areas, like "down east" in North Carolina where I spent so many years.

As usual in our humble lives, we don't often become what we set out to be, and my life has led me to become a teacher and telling stories is one of my most effective tools. Right now I'm leading a course called "Lay Speakers Tell Stories" and I can say that I've probably learned as much from my students as they may have from me. The text we are using approaches storytelling mostly from a Native American perspective that I find both insightful and humbling.

I'd love to hear what you find in your research!

Life is no more than you make of it.
At 4:14am on April 21, 2008, Don 'Buck P' Creacy said…
Good Morning Frank and welcome to this great site. Lots of good people here and I hope that you will just dive right in. Wonderful folks, great groups and good discussions.

At 8:32pm on April 20, 2008, Tom Taylor said…
Hello, Frank, and Welcome!

You've found THE place to be online w/ this site and these fine people. Awesome, all.

If I'd not seen you'd already joined our group, I'd put in a plug at this point . . . but, now - what's the point? (sorry!)

Anyway, this is a great site and will be an excellent online presence for you.

What an exciting avocation to combine w/ college teaching.
I know you must have some wonderful tales to tell of your experiences in both areas - I will look forward to your sharing of those. I wish you well in your endeavors, anticipate seeing/hearing some of your work (videos, audiofiles, photos, etc.) and, again, send my warm greetings and Welcome!


Tom Taylor (Deep in the Heart of Texas)



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