Hello! I’m Suzy Cooper.
I love words. I’m fortunate to have made them a part of my work as a writer, editor, tutor and communications consultant (that’s where I help businesses to communicate more clearly – I do my corporate work through my business, Sidecar Studio). I love helping people to find meaning through the words they choose to write and speak.
I left a sensible job as a geologist to try on anything and everything that interested me, diving into roles like technical writer, business process analyst, massage therapist, braille transcriber, adult literacy tutor, telephone counselor for a suicide prevention hotline, stand-up comedian, writer, editor, alderman on a city council, tutor for a course on entrepreneurship, director of a communications company, and change manager for a bank.
What I found was that a) I love learning new things, b) following my interests makes life fascinating and full of wonderful people and ideas and c) there’s a common thread throughout all my interests – communication.
I love explaining what I’ve learned by trying to boil it down to its basics. I’m good at taking something technical or complicated and explaining it, using ideas from all over the place, so the person I’m talking to gets it. I want them to get it their own way.
For fun, I’ve enrolled in courses in software engineering, conversational French, lino cutting, drawing, dance, creative writing, public speaking, photography, graphic design and songwriting.
On the serious side of things, I’ve been on boards and committees for sustainability and arts/heritage/science/history organisations. I’m a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. I was also an alderman with the Hobart City Council.
Whatever the role, I’m always peeling back the edges, asking
- what does this mean?
- how does this work?
- what’s next?
I love being around people who are excited about things in their life, or just interested. If you want to find your own voice and learn to express it in a way that’s comfortable for you, I’d love to work with you.
If you’re interested in my corporate communications services, you can find more information at Sidecar Studio.