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
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.
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!