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Communication professor Hank Roubicek is an author, radio show host, consultant and has taught at UHD since 1983. But most importantly, he is a storyteller.
Roubicek's fascination with storytelling can be traced back to his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor who "told great stories." That affinity for hearing and delivering powerful stories stayed with Roubicek through the course of his life and he pursued a bachelor's, masters and doctorate degree in communication. He also spends time researching the impact of human narratives on conversation and communication methods for law enforcement officials.
Roubicek admits that his storytelling course at UHD is among his favorite to teach because students learn more about themselves as they begin to tell the stories of their lives.
"Storytelling can help people focus on what is important to them and then communicate that to others," Roubicek said. "Every episode of our lives can be turned into a great story. You just need to know how to deliver it."
To help people with their storytelling, Roubicek even authored "So, What's Your Story? Discovering the Story in You," which he considers part-commercial work and part-textbook. He mixes personal stories and anecdotes with fundamental guidelines to help readers understand the basics of becoming a good storyteller.
Roubicek also puts his storytelling powers to good use as the host of a radio talk show for KPFT called "Storytime," which airs the fourth Friday of the month and features personal narratives from listeners and guests. "Storytelling has so many benefits," he said. "It helps people feel, engages our imaginations, teaches us to articulate our thoughts clearly and become active listeners to others."
He is the president of the Houston Storytelling Guild, a board member for the chamber music group Context, a docent for the Holocaust Museum Houston and a communication consultant to many organizations.
Roubicek has been named in Who's Who Among American College Teachers numerous times and received the UHD Excellence in Teaching award.
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