North Platte Community College student Ethan Montalvo shares a story about how a family member named him “Rattlesnake” with an audience comprised of other students and NPCC Speech/Human Relations Instructor Nadyne Crumly at the Espresso Shoppe in downtown North Platte on Monday.
According to expert author Marc Adams, if you want to be a dynamic communicator and an exceptional speaker, you must learn the fine art of storytelling.
Students in the Public Speaking class at North Platte Community College took that advice to heart Monday as they presented stories about themselves to classmates and NPCC Speech/Human Relations Instructor Nadyne Crumly at the Espresso Shoppe in downtown North Platte. The students shared stories on topics ranging from a scary rattlesnake encounter to a missions trip.
Crumly believes the art of storytelling is being lost through the generations. She has been emphasizing the value and importance of storytelling to her students for many years. Both she and Adams are in strong agreement that storytelling is an art that needs to be developed.
“Storytelling is a cherished tradition and an entertaining, effective way to convey information about almost any subject,” Adams states on in an E-zine article titled Public Speaking 101-Becoming a Great Storyteller. “By sharing stories and listening to the stories of others we learn to understand one another at a much deeper level. By creating a common level of understanding, we come together as a community of individuals, appreciating both the differences and similarities we share.”
Like Adams, Crumly believes that public speaking does not have to be something to fear or dread, but can be something you love to do once you develop the fine art of storytelling.