Charmed, I’m sure
My brother–there are five–once said to me, “If experiences were riches, you’d be loaded.”
He was referring to the several cities I’ve called home, the jobs I’ve held and the people I’ve met. He has three kids and a wife. I have a three decades of a life on the go. Married to my curiosity, I’ve discovered one experience after the next, and each one has its stories.
We all have stories. We’re made of them.
My name is Pema Teeter, a.k.a. Story Charmer
Story coach and writer, I find story in everything.
Stories relate us
…whether we’re selling or buying or trying to get by.
When you tell your story, you begin to understand what moves you, and others. You don’t have to share your story, but you have to find it. It’s your touchstone. Let it inform.
A little more about me…
I’ve spent more years as a writer unlocking writers block than I have at any one profession. Writing is a language that communicated for me in younger years, when my speech would lock in brain traffic. In later years, my refuge in writing clouded over, too, instigating a crusade to unlock my expression.
While practicing my own was difficult, writing a voice for others became my mainstay. I founded my copy writing business in 2005, and grew from ghostwriting to branding to a channeling, of sorts, the spirits of the entrepreneurs I wrote for. Meanwhile, my personal writing practice grew as I approached, failed, re-approached, reconsidered, and approached again the challenge of expressing my stories. These efforts, I eventually learned, were the point to writing…to push up against what is difficult, and master it.
My freelance career began after college, as a features writer and editor-in-chief for a community magazine in California. At the same time, I stumbled into a weekly interview column for the local Arts and Entertainment paper. These interviews early on set the framework for what I would keep learning as a writer, over and over in the continuation of my my career. They taught me to listen, first of all, and to disappear in the writing, so that my subject could shimmer in his or her individuality. Eighteen years later, my listening is my greatest tool. It has deepened my relationships and absorbed industry languages (finance, technology, online advertising, grantmaking, entertainment, and others in the private and nonprofit sectors). My story coaching continues to center on what I hear, and what can come to the surface as a result.
My skills are at your service.