Category Archives: Professional Development

The Writer’s Workshop Live & Small-Group Writing Circle

This Fall, for the first time in three years, I’m teaching a live (via the Internet) gathering of The Writer’s Workshop. We’ll come together for eight weeks to practice writing, form writing groups, and gather for live calls in order to get better at storytelling, narrative, and persuasion. Sign up early, space is limited.Read the article

An Inside Look at the Mastermind: Free Info Session Thursday, February 23

Curious about the program and want to know more about what’s in a Mastermind? Join me this Thursday, February 23rd at 1:00PM Eastern for a Free Info Session and an inside look at what the program includes, how it works, and what to expect.Read the article

How to Know When You’re Communicating Well

Communication is one of the most challenging aspects of leadership. Often I see young leaders and CEOs (myself included) getting frustrated because they said or emailed something once, and it’s not sticking. Communication is often about repeating yourself. You need to explain yourself, explain it again, return to the idea at the end of theRead the article

“Stay Tuned”

There are lots of marketing phrases and cultural habits that we have from the 20th century that no longer make sense in the 21st century. But, because of the ever-turning force of habit, we keep them around. One of my least favorite sign-offs and marketing phrases is “Stay tuned.” “Stay tuned” used to be a wayRead the article

When A Client Says No — Should You Do An Exit Interview?

A friend of mine is a successful independent business owner with high-end corporate clients. After a few deals didn’t close — and she didn’t feel badly about the deals not going through — she wondered: Should I follow up and ask them for feedback about why they went with another service? Small business reality: you’re alwaysRead the article

4 Key Phrases & Tools You Can Use To Influence Other People

Have you ever wanted to shake someone and change the way that they’re thinking, working or operating? From every day team communications, to managing your relationships in your family, to navigating the increasingly intense political landscape out there, effectively communicating who you are and what you want can seem like a pipe dream. We allRead the article

Why Starting A “Blog” Is A Terrible Idea

Getting out there on the internet is kind of like making friends as a five-year old. The internet can be an intimidating place — it’s full of people who seem to write effortlessly and publish often. It’s like they have crowds of people gathering and listening, which makes other people wonder if they’ll ever be able toRead the article

Go Your Own Way

“Squeezing your business (or career, or relationship, or lifestyle) into someone else’s plan hurts, and it denies your own self-leadership.” — Tara Gentile, Quiet Power Strategy There are a lot of plans and products out there that sell you a process or a formula. It seems so sexy, doesn’t it? A prescription-ready answer for buildingRead the article

Writers Resources for 2015: Make a Living as a Writer With These Sweet Courses

Want to make a living as a writer? Maybe you’re simply looking to improve your craft. Maybe you want to self-publish a book, or you want to learn more about publishing. Perhaps you’ve got a side-hustle, and you want to turn it into a full-time business. Maybe you’re working on a book proposal but you’reRead the article

A 30-day Writing Challenge, A Brand New Class, and a Book Giveaway.

Want to be a better writer? What does it take to become a better writer? I’ve been thinking a lot about resolutions and goals lately, and every time I talk to someone, I hear the same dream: I want to write more. So these past few weeks, I’ve been making a few new things toRead the article