Category Archives: Communication

A 30-day writing challenge, a brand new class, and a book giveaway.

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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 to help with this. At my new job at One Month, at least half of my teammates said that they also wanted to make writing a priority for 2015. After some late-night giggles and brainstorming, I whipped together a quick challenge for us: 30 days of writing prompts, so you can write a new essay each day.

Fun announcement #1: Take the 30-day writing challenge (free)! 

Want to write with us? Sign up here to get email prompts delivered daily for a month and join us on the writing journey.

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Also, I’m teaching a brand-new class on content marketing — including tips on copywriting, building relationships, understanding your customer, and capturing email leads. Which leads me to...

Fun announcement #2: I'll be teaching a new class on Content Marking in February!

In February, I'll be teaching a brand-new One Month class on Content Marketing.

Content Marketing covers the ins and outs of creating brilliant content and connecting with your desired audience — through a deep understanding of your user, strategic publishing, and creative copywriting. We'll cover topics like thought leadership, copywriting basics, creating landing pages, writing great headlines, and capturing leads.

If you want to be on the early-bird access list for the course, sign up here.

The class will be four weeks long, with screen-share videos and personal videos 3-4 times each week. We'll do three projects together, and you'll get to meet your classmates and talk through ideas in a private forum. You can email me and chat about questions you have along the way. This is a chance to dig deeper into the field of content marketing and improve your writing and marketing skills.

But before I finalize the development of the class, I'd love to know from YOU: Why are you interested in taking this class?

I’m in the early stages of planning the course, so I’d love your feedback and insights. In exchange for sharing your thoughts and feedback with me on the upcoming course, I'll send four survey participants a digital copy of my favorite book this month, Cal Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You.

Fun announcement #3: A book-giveaway! Take the survey, win a book.

Let me know what you'd love to learn about content marketing — and what topics you think I should focus on during the class. It's a short survey, and I'll be giving away four copies of my favorite book this month randomly to people who fill out the survey before January 30th.

Take the survey, here.

Thank you!

The beauty in complaining

My head buzzes when I am around people who start to complain too much. It’s like an electric current goes through my head, starts building, and then my frazzled mind-space begins to implode under all of the pressure. I like solving problems, and can be known to interrupt or interject with “Yeah, sure, okay, but — howContinue Reading

How to write more handwritten notes.

I love checking the mailbox. I’ve had pen pals since I was seven years old — and it’s one of the ways Alex and I first met. Yet in today’s busy-busy world, how do you make time to sit down, get out the pen, and write a note? Here are a few tricks you might love: 1.Continue Reading

Are you in love with the product? Or the process?

“My job is to do, not to judge.” — Dani Shapiro Sometimes, as writers or as makers, we become obsessed with the outcome. The work itself as object, as product — not as process. We judge, criticize, and refuse to do the work when we see the outcome as one great failure. Push publish anyways, IContinue Reading

The Writer’s Workshop is now open for our summer session! Join us for the next class—and kickstart your writing into high gear.

It’s baaaaack! The Writer’s Workshop will open up again this summer for a brand-new six-week session beginning June 30th. The Writer’s Workshop is a live course focused on improving your storytelling, writing, and narrative abilities through eight masterful lectures and exercises — together with a community of co-writers to share the journey. We interview experts across the industry inContinue Reading

Want to be a better storyteller? Two new online workshops, April 24th and 29th.

Humans are born storytellers. The way we tell and share our stories about who we are, what we do, and what we want affects who sees us, hears about us, and whether or not the right people connect with us. If you want to learn how to describe yourself or your business (or both), joinContinue Reading

Want to stand out?

In a recent conversation with Daniel Epstein (founder of the Unreasonable Institute and more recently Unreasonable Media), we started talking about what people do to stand out. And we agreed–it’s not that complicated: Ask for what you want. Follow up on that ask. And then follow through. In the following example, all of my numbers are made up. But let’s play with aContinue Reading

How do you combat loneliness? A brand new talk at ALIVE in Berlin + an epic scholarship opportunity worth $400.

How do you deal with loneliness? The problem with my first job wasn’t the job itself—it was how few people I knew at the company. In most structures throughout my life—family, school, college, sports—we bonded as teammates and community members because of shared goals, ideas, and dreams. Yet at work, I barely had friends. PerhapsContinue Reading

The Write Life’s bundle: massive sale for writers!

Writing is powerful stuff. I teach several writing courses as a tool to gain insight into your inner wisdom, access your inner soul, and pen your own stories. If you’ve been itching to write, yesterday I shared several of my favorite resources in the March edition of my behind-the-scenes newsletter. Today, I’m excited to share aContinue Reading

How do you talk about who you are?

Cue the scene. I’m standing in a big house party, feeling eerily like I’m in an episode of Animal House, red solo cups in hand, loud music,  glittery females and dapper gentlemen draped over surfaces. My toes point inwards and my hips clench together a bit. My insides are crawling. Apparently my inner Extrovert refused to comeContinue Reading