Wednesday, January 27, 2016

How to Tell Your Story

with Harris Gaffin
Sunday, February 28, 2-4 pm

Most people who have had a job interview, given a speech, or simply sat around a campfire, have probably told a story at some point in their lives. Whether that story was engaging, or delivered the message they intended, might be another issue. At this fun two-hour workshop participants will learn that telling a story can be a way to organize their thoughts and deliver their message successfully.

The fundamentals of storytelling can be applied to any media format with any theme. For example, How to Tell Your Small Business Story or How to Tell Your Family History, Moses and the 10 Commandments, My Dream of Coming to America, How I Won an Olympic Gold Medal... the sky’s the limit. Participants will get hands-on practice writing the story as well as putting it into action. At the end of the session, they will create and deliver their own one minute story. Storytellers can find a wide range of uses for these skills including: delivering a speech, improving English language skills, writing a magazine article, preparing for a job interview, creating a movie treatment, or telling that bedtime or campfire story.

Harris Gaffin has been a professional photojournalist his entire adult life. Based mostly in Paris, his stories have been internationally syndicated and published in the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe and the International Herald-Tribune. He’s written and produced documentaries for cable television. He’s given workshops on photography and lectures on American history. A trained public speaker, Mr. Gaffin has been a member of Toastmasters International since 1999, was president of different Toastmaster clubs and, was honored as a Toastmaster of the Year. He is currently coaching Olympic athletes on how to tell their story during a press interview.

Whether you want to deliver a message, or just speak with confidence before a group, this story workshop will be two hours of fun as well as educational. And it’s free at Crowell Public Library.