I help individuals and organisations communicate clearly, concisely and consistently with international audiences in English.
My name is Suzanne Whitby and I founded Start with Story to help individuals, organisations and businesses communicate better with international audiences.
I have strong background in and deep understanding of traditional marketing, online and social media marketing; content research and writing, creative communication (branding, design, visual), storytelling, new technologies, project management, presentations, speaking and intercultural communication.
I work primarily with businesses in German-speaking countries, helping them not simply “broadcast” messages, but communicate and form connections with their international audiences using English.
A bit about me
I am a communication specialist with 20+ years of practical experience working with communication for clients worldwide.
Prior to founding Start with Story, I ran my own successful integrated agency with offices in the UK, USA and South Africa for 14 years. In parallel, I started a communication training firm, offering presentation skills training and cross-cultural training, which thrived for 8 of those years. In 2010, I took my love of crafting content and speaking in public in a new direction and became an oral storyteller – to my astonishment, my storytelling “career” continues to grow and give pleasure to an international fan-base to this day.
Back in the dark ages, before I decided to open my first business, I worked in the corporate world for a number of years, first as a self-taught programmer, then as a project manager and finally as an account manager, managing international teams and taking responsibility for project branding and communication when no one else would.
I am South African, have lived and worked all over the world and now divide my time between my homes in beautiful Innsbruck, Austria and vibrant Johannesburg, South Africa. My native language is English but I also speak an unusual-but-fluent form of Tirolean German, basic Italian and a smattering of Zulu and Afrikaans. I am an avid reader, community builder, fish-hugger and chilli lover with an insatiable curiosity about all things. I am constantly seeking out ways to live a more sustainable life – sometimes I succeed.
Get in touch
It all starts with a conversation. And the conversation starts with a story: yours.
If you think that a conversation about making your communication more compelling might be useful, let’s arrange a time to speak.