about Alan

Alan is a highly energetic and animated storyteller who has taken home numerous storytelling awards. He travels throughout the United States telling stories at festivals and retreats as well as at colleges, schools and libraries. Alan has also shared his talents at church, corporate and civic events. He has a diverse repertoire from the hilarious, to the heartwarming and inspirational.  These stories are tailored for audiences of all ages. Alan’s school programs are specifically designed to focus on core curriculum standards in the areas of Language Arts, History and Social Studies. A well-told story is an interaction between the teller and the listener and when experiencing one of Alan’s performances students will, almost unconsciously, find that they are using their listening skills to as they become absorbed in the events of the story. Teachers are always surprised at how quiet their students become as they listen to a good story with rapt attention. 

“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.” Rudyard Kipling   Mr Kipling was correct and this maxim can be applied to just about every area of professional, academic or vocational endeavor. A good story is the best way to communicate an idea, advocate for a position, sell a product or sway an opinion. Good storytelling skills are the key to clear, concise, effective and persuasive communication.    Alan worked for 29 years at IBM, including 7 years as Site General Counsel for the Research Triangle Park NC location. One of his responsibilities was to provide training and education to IBM management on a variety of legal topics through seminars, lectures, and workshops. It was a challenge to find a way to present these rather dry and boring topics in a way that would be memorable to an audience that was attending only because it was required by the company. Alan’s approach was to weave stories into his presentations and teach by story. The audience reviews of his training sessions improved dramatically when he applied storytelling techniques when delivering these educational modules. Storytelling is a powerful and effective tool in most any profession and those who are able to artfully and skillfully apply these skills have a unique advantage in the marketplace of ideas.   Whether you are a salesperson, a lawyer, a teacher, a pastor, a counselor or any other professional, your effectiveness can be improved by improving your communication skills through Applied Storytelling.   Alan has developed and can customize seminar and workshop programs that teach the effective application of storytelling in almost any career.