I opened my talk last night to the Toronto chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators with a story about the day I first realized I was in the right career.

I was lugging news releases, in heels of course, to the Ontario press gallery.  I looked up at the grand legislative building, the pink palace as we called it, and felt so thrilled to be part of the political drama, to know I was having an impact, to realize how much I loved writing that helped people make sense of their world.

I was so exhilarated I felt like throwing my hat up into the air, just like my TV role model, Mary Tyer Moore, whose reruns I used to watch daily.

writing has given me many mary momentsEven though many people in the audience were too young to know the show, about a small town girl taking on the big city, they could relate. First thing this morning, I got an email from one of the participants, telling me about her Mary moment, which climaxed with Donald Trump’s jet.

I hope I’ll hear more.

Only a story could go deeply into my feelings and connect at that level with all the people who’d had the same kind of ah-ha moment.

What’s yours? Tell me the story behind your Mary moment.

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