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#116: Why Storytelling Skills Matter

From “Once Upon a Time” storybooks to a chat at the water cooler, storytelling is an effective way to get your point across at any age and in many situations. Communication skills are essential for success in the world of work. In this episode, Alton Takiyama-Chung discusses the importance of storytelling and shares how you can get better at it.

Alton Takiyama-Chung is a professional storyteller, who performs at storytelling festivals internationally, sharing stories and legends from Hawaii and spreading aloha. In 2005, Alton was awarded the first J.J. Reneaux Emerging Artist Award by the National Storytelling Network.  His DVD and CD have both won Storytelling World Honors. Alton has also performed in schools, libraries, museums, and universities across the country, and has created multicultural programs sharing Asian folk tales from many countries as well as legends from Hawaii. Learn more about Alton at

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.