When Marc Orchant answered my question “What kind of title is a storyteller?” it intrigued me to read more about him. It’s odd how our backgrounds are so incredibly different, yet we’ve both ended up blogging in the Internet world. Marc “has been building, testing, and sometimes breaking hardware and software for 25 years. A recovering graphic designer, Marc is currently the Storyteller at VanDyke Software, a co-host of On The Run With Tablet PCs, a weekly podcast, and a self-admitted "productivity maven, gadget freak and software addict". Marc was named a Microsoft MVP (Windows - Tablet PC) in January 2006. “ WOW … these are impressive credentials.
In a nutshell … he’s a pro at computers, programming, and must be a creative sort of guy to have had a graphic designer’s background. I admire and respect this greatly. I think I respect these credentials so much because I recognize that in the rapidly changing field of Internet and technology, it is better to be savvy and computer literate than not.
Me … I’m not (I just bought my first laptop and couldn’t figure out where the power button was)! I’m constantly calling our IT guys and asking them to help me.
I think that in running a business, it is vitally important to recognize your strengths, as well as your weaknesses. I purposely surround myself with men and women who know MORE than I do in their particular area of expertise. I don’t pretend to be the best at everything (heck, I’m still trying to figure out what I AM good at???). Being a good storyteller and getting across important information in an interesting and captivating way is truly an art. So if Marc is able to tell a provocative story and capture the attention of his audience and move his audience along a path that is carefully plotted, that is an art among itself.