“Are either of you in show business?”
It wasn’t the question my parents expected at their daughter’s first-ever parent/teacher conference. No, they assured the kindergarten teacher, they were not.
“Funny,” she replied, “because she just loves to gather all the kids around on the playground and tell them the most wonderful stories.”
I heard my folks deliver that anecdote a few dozen times throughout my childhood–at dinner parties and during after-school visits to the office. Were they saying I was a ham? I wasn’t really. An entertainer? Not with this stage fright. I grew up never really understanding what that story was supposed to say about me.
Now, some **cough** years later–20 of them spent enjoying a career in public relations, corporate communications, marketing, speech writing, social media management, and crisis communication–it’s become ridiculously clear. Let me backup and introduce myself.
Hi, I’m Esther Grenz. And I’m a storyteller.
“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’Tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.”Mark Twain