William Shakespeare understood that, “All the world’s a stage, and the men and women merely players….” Like actors playing out their role, we communicate through the telling of our stories. As a society we are drawn into the tales and stories that are shared with us. The storyteller and the story itself has been an integral part of our lives throughout human history. But did you know the style in which a person tells a story reveals interpersonal details about their life philosophy? During this presentation we will learn more about Kenneth Burke’s Narrative Theory. Burke identifies how storytelling reflects philosophy and, more specifically, how to identify which philosophy is related to which aspect of storytelling. I’m going to show how we can use Burke’s theory to connect directly with an audience in most any setting--be it one or many.
With a background in history, public relations, mass communication, and media criticism, Karen Baumgart brings a multifaceted perspective to presentational theory. Born and raised in Montana, Karen is dedicated to improving the communicative skills and confidence of the personal and professional workplace across the state of Montana and beyond. Karen currently works as a coach and facilitator for Elation, Inc.-a new company in Billings dedicated to personal development in the workplace. By combining the different aspects of her education and professional experience, Karen has the perspective and insights that can empower most anyone, in most any field with delivering their story in a more compelling and engaging way.
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