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Patron of the Arts: Chad Taylor

By Joanne Spataro
Special to the Observer

Chad Taylor learned how to be a better public speaker when he became a member of the Arts & Science Council Steering Committee. To prepare for his role with the organization, he took a one-day speaking seminar with local public speaking coach Lou Solomon. In the class, he discovered how to tell an authentic, concise story to a group of people. The training has made him better at encouraging people to participate in or give money to the Arts & Science Council. Instead of a sales pitch, Taylor gives a real story about his own personal experience with the arts.

Storytellers: Taylor, who is a banker, joined 15 people in Solomon’s class. Solomon, who works to promote clearer communications within corporations, started by asking participants where they grew up and had them finish the session by telling a story. “The idea is to build up,” Taylor said.

Symphony Night: Taylor and his soon-to-be 6-year-old daughter love attending Charlotte Symphony performances. “We always go to Soho Bistro before the shows so she can get her egg soup,” he said.

Like Father, Like Daughter : Taylor did pencil drawings as a kid and came from a family that built its own chairs for the porch or built a new deck. His daughter shares the same joy for art and creating new things. “My artistic talent is coming out in (my daughter),” he said. “I always liked to draw and to craft.”

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