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Lecture-Concert Series presents
Annette Simmons in 'The Power of Story' April 6
March 8, 2010
The fifteenth event of Arkansas State University’s Lecture-Concert
Series, and the Honors Lecture of the Year, will feature Annette Simmons
in “The Power of Story.” The lecture is Tuesday, April 6, at 7 p.m. in
the Reng Student
Services Center/Student Union Auditorium, 101 N. Caraway Road,
Jonesboro. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Simmons is the president of Group Process Consulting and the author of
several books, including “The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence and
Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling” (named as one of The 100
Best Business Books of All Time) and “Whoever Tells the Best Story
Wins.” Her lecture is co-sponsored by the Honors College, the Graduate
School, the College of Business, the College of Communications, the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Nursing
and Health Professions.
The Honors Lecture of the Year, now in its second year, is an annual
event. The Honors College is the main organizer, but the lecture is
supported by a university-wide coalition of students, faculty, staff,
and administrators. The Honors Lecture of the Year aims to stimulate
campus discussion through academic discourse about an issue that affects
Simmons is a powerful keynote speaker and popular consultant. Her client
list includes the Brookings Institution, Price Waterhouse Coopers,
Microsoft, Time, Inc., NASA, the World Bank, Best Buy, and the YMCA. She
appeared on CNBC’s Power Lunch and NPR’s Market Watch, and she has
been cited in Fortune, Working Woman, Harvard Business Review, The
Chicago Tribune, and The Washington Post.
Simmons founded Group Process Consulting in 1996. She earned her
undergraduate degree in marketing from Louisiana State University in
1983 and her master’s degree from North Carolina State University in
social psychology and adult education in 1994. She presented her first
course on storytelling for government officials through the Office of
Personnel Management in 1998.
Storytelling is one of the oldest influences in human history. The
process of storytelling uses theory, practice, and group reflection to
determine what people currently think about a given individual and his
or her story. Simmons’ course on storytelling offers a comfortable, safe
environment for participants to scrutinize areas where they feel no
inspiration and are therefore hindered from inspiring others. Simmons
evokes participant creativity and self-analysis. Storytelling is
designed to help participants become better speakers, whether speaking
formally or informally, by telling stories that listeners can understand
and to which they can relate.
For more details, contact
Dr. Gil Fowler, associate
dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308, or via e-mail at
Lecture-Concert Series presents diverse programs to enrich the cultural
life of the campus, community, and region.
--Molly Carpenter, senior public relations student intern in the
Office of Public Relations, researched and wrote this release.
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