NITA would like to give a huge shout out to Communication Consultant Brian K. Johnson, who taught at his final NITA National Session July 25 – August 2nd. Brian, along with his business partner and wife Marsha Hunter, taught a communication component of the program. According to Brian, “When Program Director Karen Steinhauser asked me, ‘You’ve taught at the National Session for how many years?’ the startling word ‘thirty’ left my lips as I stood to introduce myself. My co-author, business partner, and wife, Marsha Hunter, joined the National faculty back in 2000. The NITA National has been the central event of our summers for three decades. We are nowhere near retiring and intend to keep teaching at many other NITA programs for a long time to come. But thirty years feels like the right time to offer someone else a chance to enjoy Boulder in July.”
NITA is extremely grateful for the commitment to our programs that both Brian and Marsha have shown throughout the years. They continue to teach our Articulate Advocate program multiple times per year, to help attendees improve their communication skills. Their communication session at the National program was a true joy to watch so we will leave you with one final anecdote from Brian:
“We cling to one indelible NITA memory that resulted from a perfect coincidence. In the summer of 1991, during the National program, Marsha and I were engaged by the Colorado Music Festival to sing our concert of songs by Lennon & McCartney. NITA colleagues and participants joined the sold-out audience at the Chautauqua Auditorium. Heavy rain had been falling all day, but it stopped right before show time. As we strode onstage with our accompanist, a slice of rainbow was visible through the open door at the back of the hall. Such a good omen! We had a blast performing and, egged on by our NITA friends, so did the audience. The reviewer in the Boulder Daily Camera called it the ‘most enthusiastic audience ever’. He couldn’t know that our NITA colleagues were undoubtedly one reason why. The Beatles were right: We get by with a little help from our friends.”
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