Public speaking is one of the most useful skills in school and the work force, and one of the scariest. These storytelling and theater-based workshops introduce participants to speaking in front of people in a fun, carefree, and educational way. Games encourage students to feel free of self-consciousness or stage-fright and to discover the fun that storytelling and public speaking can be. Emphasized techniques and skills include: paying attention to surroundings; speaking and thinking quickly in a public situation; and encouraging imagination and storytelling skills in a public, but risk-free, setting.
Storyteller Claire Ramsey has a strong background and experience in storytelling and theater. She studied storytelling and theater in college and university and is a regular storytelling performer across North Carolina especially in library and school programs. Accomplishments include: Past President of the NC Storytelling Guild and Premier Storyteller of Wake Forest. Notable programs include: workshops for Cary Academy's Ubuntu Celebration; themed storytelling for Sterling Montessori; historical programs for Granville Historical Museum and the Holly Springs Arts Council; and featured performances at Vance County Storytelling Festivals. Claire Ramsey believes storytelling helps people value education and learn from one another.