The Story Sharing concept of My Word originally started after learning the stories of my grandparents at their funerals. This left me feeling guilty and upset that I hadn’t taken the time and effort to find out the deeper stories of these incredible people who had so heavily influenced my life, and the lives of my immediate family.
In a conversation with my dad, David, he agreed that stories are the only way to connect with people and he related it to his 30+ year experience working with many businesses, boards, leaders and teams. He believes that; if you can’t author your story then you can’t lead, mentor, coach or train. A business’ point of difference can only ever be revealed through stories, so it is increasingly important for businesses to own their story and share it with staff, customers and suppliers.
So My Word was born and has organically evolved as we paved our way in a non-existent ‘Story Sharing’ industry. Since first launching, we have realised that stories are just as essential for communities and, more recently, for the care industry. This came about when we had to place our own loved ones into aged care and saw first-hand how hard it is for busy carers to connect with their residents. We realised that the best way to help that connection is knowing someone’s story.
Welcome to our world!
– Danielle Stewart
Families, Businesses and Communities are built around stories – the stories of identity, who we are and where we come from. This fuels our mission to connect people through stories.
Danielle is carving out a new market as Co-Founder and Managing Director of My Word. With business acumen, an entrepreneurial flair and insights built from her corporate background, she has acted on a gap in the market.
Drawing on her 10+ year experience working across different industries has given Danielle the resilience and knowledge to position the business as a market leader.
Family is at the core of her drive and she is now on a mission to help others connect through stories that would otherwise be lost. Danielle uses this passion as energy to steer the business to further and future growth.
David’s extraordinary ability to get to the heart of a business’ identity has driven the success of RYP International, his management consultancy specialising in leading any organisation through a longitudinal cultural change process.
Backed by 30+ years of industry expertise and tangible results, David’s wisdom and insight into team dynamics and leadership uncovers the real story of an organisation.
This passion, ambition and know-how has lead him to become the Co-Founder and Chairman of My Word. David knows the value of stories, and as a seasoned chairman, his expertise is invaluable in setting the path for My Word.
I am the Creative Director at My Word, so I oversee all the creative ‘packaging’ and design for the stories we capture. I ensure every deadline David and Danielle set me is met, drawing on my extensive design experience, paired with my attention to detail.
1. Time with friends and family
Caring, conscientious, calm
An iced latte or a flat white.
I am a Jack of all trades at My Word. My years of bookkeeping (for my husband) and teaching has given me the skills to support our ambitious co-founders and help bring their ideas to life (in a realistic way). They name it and I’ll attempt it!
2. Coffee with friends
Organised, punctual and will-have-a-go!
Hot skinny cappuccino.
I am completing a qualification in Marketing and working as a freelance designer. My main expertise lies in publication design and illustration which I gained when I completed my Graphic Design and Visual Communication courses.
2. Emotive classical music
3. Visiting art galleries
Sensitive, dedicated, loyal
With soy milk, or black, depending on my mood.
I have had a range of experiences! From being an Administrator, Secretary, to a Mum, to working in retail, and most recently a Transcriber for My Word! I feel so chuffed to be part of this team and to hear all of the amazing stories we capture.
Caring, friendly and shy
Soy and strong!
I have been helping out My Word for many years by interviewing, organising large projects and being an extra pair of hands whenever needed. More recently I have come on-board part time and hope my witty sense of humour livens up the office!
1. Animals (especially my dog, Dela)
2. Eating food with friends and family
3. Annoying people by quoting movies and TV shows
Fun, energetic and generous
I am the adorable My Word office dog. I have great experience helping stressful situations seem calm, and am always a helping paw when my co-workers need a cuddle. I make sure everyone gets out of the office at lunch for a walk and to clear their heads, and I love greeting everyone when they come to visit us!
1. Walks on the beach
2. Chasing shadows
3. Going for coffee
Affectionate, intuitive and energetic
In the shape of a doggie treat.