To celebrate my 35th birthday, I planned a girl’s trip to Dallas with my two best friends from college. I had been looking forward to it for months. It was a chance to take a break from my crazy life – a working mom with two small children, the wife of a small business owner, and a public relations professional running an employee-funded foundation.
I had a lot on my plate, but I was so happy. My husband, Scott, and I had just celebrated our eighth wedding anniversary and after a lot of hard work we were realizing our dreams – our relationship had never been stronger, we had two beautiful children and our electrical business was beginning to thrive.
The week before my trip, Scott had surgery on his hand. Since he was in a cast, we decided to let the grandparents watch the kids while I was out of town. It would give Scott a chance for some downtime, too.
But when my parents arrived to drop off the kids on Sunday, Scott wasn’t home. They tried to reach him by phone thinking that they miscommunicated on the drop off time. When I received the call from my parents, I knew something was terribly wrong. Scott would never forget something that had to do with the kids. They were his number one priority.
Still unable to reach Scott, I began calling our family and friends to try to locate him. After the longest flight of my life, my parents and children picked me up from the airport and I continued making phone calls as we drove to my house.
My world shattered when we found his truck in a ditch half a mile from our home. It was a single car accident and Scott had died instantly from the impact. I will never know what caused him to swerve off the road, but his death changed the course of my life forever.
The Power of Storytelling
The grieving process is different for everyone, but for me, it exposed a strength and determination that I never knew I possessed.
I began to feel a need to do something bigger with my life – a desire to share my skills, talents and unique situation with others. My challenge was to figure out how to take what I had learned and made a difference in the lives of others. What I discovered was that my life and career had uniquely prepared me to teach others about the power of storytelling.
I’ve been blessed to work in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors and understand the unique challenges and opportunities in both environments. I created Elizabeth King Consulting because I want to teach organizations how to use the power of storytelling to positively impact their business by engaging employees, customers and the community.
My goal is to help organizations navigate the communication process to craft the right message to engage the audience or tell the perfect story to illustrate an idea. Let me help you unlock the power of your story.