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THE DIRECTOR’S LINE
CORE VALUES IN ACTION
Core Values In Action
Written by Dr. Joel Ying, MD
Storytelling is my peace work
As a storytelling performer, I tell stories to entertain with the substance of truth. From folk tales to personal stories, you will find a truth that touches me in all the stories that I tell. Some are lighthearted and fun; others are deep and profound.
Stories infuse everything that I do.
When I started my office practice bridging alternative and holistic medicine, I decided to give talks to get myself known in the community. There was just one problem: I was soft spoken and nervous. With the suggestion of a friend, I joined Toastmasters in 2005 to improve my public speaking. This organization helped me to grow as a confident speaker, but I was still working on becoming an engaging speaker. Yes, my talks were often boring!
I still remember the Toastmasters meeting where instead of a speech, someone told a story. I was captivated and entranced by the magic of storytelling. I knew right away … “I want to do that!” I still remember telling my first folk tale. Voices and characters came out of me. I felt as if the story had come through me. I felt alive! I had uncovered a hidden talent and a new passion.
In 2015, I began the journey as a storytelling performer. I discovered a new way to connect and touch an audience. In this age of information, it is not the facts and figures that inspire, but rather it is the power of story to create emotion and move us into action. I began to work on the craft of storytelling: workshops, writing stories, and watching other tellers. Promoting storytelling has also become one of my passions. With Storytellers of the Round Table, I have produced showcase events, sponsored National Tellers to perform locally, started a local guild, and of course perform!
A story is gift that gives back when it is shared
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