About Noelle Chorney

I love a lot of things, but above all, I love a challenge. That’s why I have been pursuing new and exciting projects that come my way over the last 12 years that I’ve been leading Tall Order Communications.

I also love to learn. The projects I take on stretch me out of my comfort zone. I love talking to clients, scientists, designers, web developers, and seeing the world from their perspective.

I thrive on the spaces between disciplines, where it’s hard to define exactly what I do based on established job types, like marketing, communications, journalism, and writing. I do aspects of all of those, but from the perspective of creating experiences and inspiring people rather than from meeting marketing targets or communications goals (although I do that too, in the process of creating experiences).

I arrived in my current position by saying yes to what I enjoy doing, even when I didn’t know whether that was going to allow me to succeed. I’m happy and grateful to say it has, and I thoroughly enjoy my eclectic path of partnering, learning, creating, problem-solving, and all things content.

I also love food. While this doesn’t always factor into my work, it is one of the ways I connect with people—by feeding them, dining with them, talking about food with them, and offering restaurant recommendations in cities I’ve traveled to. Any food-loving clients I’ve had tend to turn into long-term friendships—and we still meet as often as possible, over dinner. And I share my adventures on my blog, Amazon in the Kitchen.

Education

I have a Master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Calgary. How did that launch me into my current career, you ask (everyone asks that)? I learned during my last degree that I am too much of a generalist to pursue any further graduate work (1/3 of my coursework and my thesis topic involved English and Literature, even at the Master’s level).

But what I’m really good at is pulling out the important points, knitting them together into a new synthesis of ideas, and communicating that clearly and concisely. I’ve been doing versions of this ever since in every aspect of my career.

Experience

I began my career as a content developer with AldrichPears Associates, Ltd. This was the perfect place to learn to work with talented and creative individuals on interdisciplinary, story-driven projects.

Shortly after I moved home to Saskatoon in 2003, I was laid off, and shortly after that, became self-employed, taking on a museum writing project with a former client. I have worked with several communications firms, and maintain a strong connection with Reach Communications in Saskatoon. I have since discovered that content development for museums translates effectively into content strategy and management for websites, and I have been building partnerships and experience in that realm since 2012.

It took me over 10 years to launch my website, because I have been blessed with loyal colleagues and clients who have recommended me for project after project. Beyond building strong trust relationships with everyone I work with, from clients to partners, I didn’t take the time to let the broader world know I exist. That was then, this is now. Along with taking on more leadership roles, I have accepted it's time to let the world know I'm here and ready to serve.

Testimonials

Noelle Chorney has a distinct super power: she finds meaning in chaos. Her ability to boil ideas down to their essence is inspiring.

Melanie Greenaway

Double Dare Design

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