Why Aren't They Publishing Your Op-ed?

#opeds Jan 15, 2021

Pay attention to the submission process and know what the editor is looking for. Four tips -- check 'em out.

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Learn to Say "No"

Uncategorized Jan 14, 2021

When writing, our first instinct is to include as much as possible, but that's the wrong move. To most of your facts, figures, and stories, you have to say "No.


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Before You Try to Explain It, Understand It Yourself

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2021

We've all tried to write something with our document in one window and Wikipedia in the other. But taking the time to really understand something before you write won't take as long as you think. You just need the right approach. Check out my essay -- click here.


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People Believe the First Thing They Hear More Than What Follows

Uncategorized Jan 12, 2021

When it comes to messaging, get their with something simple and get there first. Mike's friend and former student Kirk Westwood of Glass River Media talks about this idea in his podcast -- check it out! https://www.youtube.com/c/ReleaseTheKREATIVE/videos  

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To State a Claim, Ask a Question


Here's a way to be more creative with your language when doing the never-ending tasking of framing up a topic for your audience.

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Talking Point Tips

Uncategorized Jan 08, 2021

Chances are you're writing a lot more than you need to, and those extra words are hurting, not helping, your speaking when it comes to talking points. Check out these six tips to writing better talking points.

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Positivity When We Need Some

#mindset Jan 07, 2021
Early in my time at Georgetown, a student told me this:
"When I was in high school, a teacher told me I was no good at writing and that I should pursue something else. So I did. But you told me I *could* write -- and you were right. And now I get to do what I love!"
Encourage everyone you meet in their positive pursuits.
Tell them they can do it, even if you're not sure. Encouragement is where it all begins.
Let's build each other up.
P.S. Here's a tweet from the poet Clint Smith with his similar experience.
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How I Changed Careers in a Big Way

Uncategorized Jan 06, 2021

How did a physics guy become a writer, speechwriter, and professor? Here's the story. (Click on the link.)

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Schedule Time, Not Tasks

Uncategorized Jan 04, 2021

You may not reach an activity goal, but you'll always reach a time goal. This is a powerful tool to getting more things done, and faster.


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Write a Recipe, Not a Grocery List


People read your writing with deeper interest when it's leading to a goal -- but facts about a topic? Eh...

Here's an easy way to re-frame your thinking about everything you write. 

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