I’ve dedicated my career to helping people tell their stories.
Why do I do what I do?
Because I know what it’s like to keep a story inside.
That might seem like a strange thing for a professional storytelling to say. After all, I’ve been a storyteller my whole life.
I’ve been writing pretty much since the moment I learned to hold a pencil. I started self-publishing around the age of seven. I have an Honours degree in English from one of Canada’s most respected universities. And I have nearly 20 years of work in the communications industry under my belt, including marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, B2B, and non-profit.
Yet for years I wasn’t telling my own story.
I was born with a heart condition called “complete heart block.” In the simplest terms, it means my heart beat was a bit erratic, and a bit slower, than a heart should be.
Knowing there was something wrong with my heart made me feel deeply vulnerable. I felt ashamed. Of course, as an adult, it’s easy to see that a heart condition is nothing to be ashamed of. But as a young person, that shame took root. So I hid the truth from others. The story of my heart became my secret.
It wasn’t until I was around 30 years old that all this changed.
A friend and mentor invited me to share my story at a motivational speaking speaking event. So I turned my experiences into a story, I gathered my courage, and I stood on stage before a large group of complete strangers and, even scarier, friends.
I finally told my story. And it changed my life.
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After the speech, dozens of people — with all different kinds of experiences and backgrounds — told me that my story resonated with them.
They were inspired. They felt less alone. And they wanted to share their stories with me.
That’s when I realized that something very important.
I learned that I could make an impact on others.
A story, well told, is a powerful way to connect with and help other people.
A genuine story, well told, can also do wonders for your business. My story proved to be more effective than any resume or portfolio. It led to my own clarity around what I do and who I do it for. It infused my business mission, my branding, my communications materials, and so much more. It also established strong bonds with clients, customers, new people in my network, and existing relationships.
Telling my story led me to develop a thriving business while living and working authentically and from the heart. What could be better?
After that, I embraced my story — and my mission to help other people tell their stories.
That’s why I’m here, and why I do what I do.
Everyone has a story. What’s yours?