In my twenty-something years of travelling the globe and living and working in 6 countries on 4 continents, I have worked in the arts world and in the corporate world, run startups in pyjamas and in fancy suits, published a book, turned my back on a thriving business in order to try something new, and now I’m happily pursuing a portfolio career that allows me to do a little bit of everything.

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I believe that life is too short to only do one thing, and in addition to being avid reader, writer and storyteller, my interests include sustainability, Africa (South Africa being my key area of interest), walking, scuba diving, coming up with new ideas, learning to play the guitar and the uke, bringing people together, mastering the perfect loaf of bread, travelling, meeting new people, growing chillies, drinking tea, star gazing, writing and illustrating, and wine.

Professionally, I presently run three small businesses, including Start with Story (communication strategist, presentation skills workshops, cross-cultural programmes); WP Stressfrei (WordPress workshops, websites and support); and SciComm Success (science communication training & coaching). I am also a professional storyteller over at Ziyadliwa and that combined with my love of books led me to start Suzanne Whitby Voice Overs, where I provide the voice for audio books, cultural tours, corporate videos and training, and the occasional advertisement – all in English.

I love bringing people together am the founder and organiser of a number of groups and communities in Innsbruck, including Innsbruck Internationals (a social group of international folk in Innsbruck); WP Tirol (Tirol’s only WordPress Meetup); and We Network Tirol (a networking group for entrepreneurs, business owners and wannabe solopreneurs in Tirol).

I am in the process of writing and illustrating a series of children’s books and when I have time I write occasional stories about odd topics that take my fancy on my blog.

If you’d like to get in touch, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll do my best to respond to emails promptly. I receive hundreds of emails daily, thanks to all the things I do, so that normally means a few days.

A summary that appeals to me

I put this together a few years ago and I still love it. It’s how I like to describe myself, if that gives you any insight!

Avid reader, fish-hugger, ENFP bordering INFP, scuba diver, star gazer and storyteller. A morning person who prefers being barefoot to wearing shoes. Love bringing people together, jumping in puddles, losing myself in a good book, throwing parties, scuba diving, cycling around town in a sundress and a big hat, drinking wine, vivid colours, cooking up a storm, the ocean, birds, basil, writing, walking (not hiking), people watching, tea, words, growing chillies, and hopping on a train, plane, or other mode of transportation to travel just about anywhere.

This too shall pass

— Engraved on a ring by a Persian wise man, in answer the challenge to find a sentence that would be true and appropriate in all times and situations...