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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