Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Government Communications and...The Monkees?

Not making the connection? Understandable at first glance.

The theme of this year's NAGC Communications School is "Telling America's Stories" and many of the speakers will be doing just that -- sharing their case studies, experiences and anecdotes -- and showing how their agency made an impression with their audience. That usually means connecting with that audience in some way that leaves an impression, and the best way to do that is to tell a compelling story.

Peter Tork of The Monkees
While he's not a government communicator per se, Peter Tork is a both a great American storyteller and a great American story. Peter will speak and perform at the NAGC Communications School on Thursday, June 7, at the Sheraton National Hotel in Arlington, VA.

Long before he became part of the legendary 1960s phenomenon known as the The Monkees, Peter was already a well-respected musical artist in the burgeoning New York folk and blues scene. 

The Monkees brought international fame to the multi-talented musician and the success of last year’s 45th anniversary reunion tour with former Monkee mates Micky Dolenz and the late Davy Jones is evident of his enduring popularity. His real passion, however, is for the musical storytelling of the blues and Peter can currently be seen touring with his band, Shoe Suede Blues. In a rare solo performance, Peter will share his love of folk and blues music and talk about its importance in the American culture to tell the stories of our people.

Register now to attend the NAGC 2012 Communication School – “Government Communicators - Telling America's Stories" – June 5-8, 2012. Peter’s performance will be part of the NAGC President’s Reception June 7. For more details and the rest of the exciting agenda, including Astronaut Michael Foreman, memory expert Paul Mellor, Communicator of the Year Judy Gish, ace speechwriter Joan Detz, media panels, and much more, visit Professional development at its best!

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