Category Archives: Writing

Committing your words and thoughts to paper or screen for publication or consumption.

Six Ideas for Taking Your Events to the Next Level

I recently presented a session entitled 50 Ideas in 50 Minutes: Taking Your Events to the Next Level to an audience of association executives.  The talk included strategies and tactics that would work with either refreshing an existing event or … Continue reading

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Goal Attainment 101 – Three Questions to Guide You

Can asking three questions (pictured to the right and highlighted below) bring you closer to achieving your writing, business or personal goals?  Yes. Articulating answers can help you: choose the right goals surface how committed you are to achieving them … Continue reading

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The Importance of Tone

Matching your tone to your content and purpose is a good corollary to the “know thy audience” rule of writing.  It’s a crucial decision that makes an enormous difference in your ability to impart meaning with words. Tone is communicated … Continue reading

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How to Edit your Own Work (Complete with an Editing Checklist)

So your first draft is finished and you’ve transferred your salient points to paper or screen.  You’re about to forward it to your boss or publish it to your blog. How do you polish your piece so it shines? Setting … Continue reading

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Top Ten Countdown – Ways to Avoid Procrastinating on that Writing Project

Are you a visual learner?  You might enjoy this short video I did, designed to get your ideas flowing and pen or keyboard flying.  It’s based on an earlier blog post and done as a short “top ten” list. View … Continue reading

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Nine Ways to Slay the Dragon of Writer’s Block

Most writers experience a touch of writer’s block at one time or another. Staring at a blank screen or piece of paper can be intimidating and unnerving. You shift in your chair. You are not smiling. Both your fingers and … Continue reading

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I Love Words.

I love words.  They have limitless power. They can leap tall buildings, move mountains, inspire multitudes, bridge divides, race to the finish and so much more.  Verbs captivate, celebrate, accelerate and exemplify, all in a day’s work.  Nouns, the ying to … Continue reading

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No Piece of Writing is Ever Finished

Do you believe that “no piece of writing is ever finished … merely abandoned” as I learned early in my writing career?  How do you declare victory on something you are writing?  When is it complete? That quote has stuck … Continue reading

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