I see myself as a writer, communicator and storyteller. I would say my life theme is words; how can I use words to tell a story. Nothing gives me more excitement than being able to tell a story that resonates with someone.

Let me explain what I mean by “story.”

I’m not using the word story as a fairytale or fable. I’m using story as a means to communicate a message, whether fact or fiction. A story can be a collection of words on university letterhead telling a student they have been admitted to this amazing university. A story can be a feature about a student athlete’s success at college. A story can be the President’s remarks to eager students at Commencement. And a story can be my own personal reflections of being an “Aztec for Life.”

One of the basic principles of communication is the concept of the sender-receiver. The sender speaks words, and the receiver listens and responds. Without one, there is no other.

The same can be true with speechwriting and telling stories. It’s not just about the words and the person speaking them. It’s how the listener responds.  Without the student’s joy and excitement after reading their admission letter, the document would simply be words on a paper. If the student athlete profile didn’t bring his mother to tears, the story may not have meaning. Without the smiles, cheers and excitement on the faces of graduating seniors, the President would simply be putting words into the air.

So what’s my story?

I’m a person who uses words to inspire, educate and entertain. I do this when I write admission letters, Web site copy, and university General Catalog policy. I do this when I write my personal stories about cooking and parenting on my blog. I do this as I profile a neighborhood leader for my community magazine.  And I do this as a mother trying to inspire and teach (and entertain) my 3-year-old daughter.

I am someone who believes in the power of words, and the power of a story.


Originally published at Leah's Thoughts.

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Comment by Nonqaba waka Msimang on April 7, 2011 at 1:04am

Well put Leah.  Your daughter is very fortunate.  She thinks you two are playing when she is actually learning.


Comment by soneet on April 6, 2011 at 11:04pm
I understood it in the very beginning that your interest are perhaps more inclined to cooking and parenting.  nevertheless, you seem to have very strong grip on words. I don;t know what profession u r in. But definitely, i an make out right here that you would be very inspiring. Bye see you moving.

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