I’ve researched, written and produced stacks of corporate press releases, annual reports, media statements, speeches, news stories and marketing pieces, and I’m competent at it.
Yet at heart, I’m a storyteller.
As a child, I was irresistibly drawn to the stories friends and family shared around our farmhouse kitchen table. After college, I worked at newspapers and trade publications, although I spent much of my career in corporate public relations. After launching my own consulting company 18 years ago, I have provided writing and public relations services for a wide range of clients.
Along my career path, I learned a great deal of personal discipline and became a much better listener. I discovered that the most memorable messages, whether they were business or personal, could be communicated through sharing stories. This convinced me that many, many stories are too powerful to be lost.
Today, I’m thrilled to be writing more about people’s lives than business news. It’s fascinating how the ups and downs of life shape a person’s character and, in turn, influence events in his or her corner of the world. People continually tell me they have nothing meaningful to say and I prove them wrong!