Authentic writing comes from the heart and mind. What you are thinking affects what and how you write.
Do you ever notice yourself critiquing people as you watch them at the airport, in the grocery store line, or sitting in church? I confess, I find myself looking at their clothes, hair, and facial expression. People watching is a favorite pastime for many, but what you think about people while watching them makes a difference in the way you interact and write about people.
Recently I've been hearing what I am saying through their ears. What if they could hear what I'm thinking? I quickly change to a more positive voice while describing the person to myself.
Some people are born seeing the positive in everyone and some are born very critical. In fact, some people make a living writing very critical and sometimes uncomplimentary articles and reviews. That is not the type of writer I want to be. I want to use my critical mind to make positive change.
How do you use your heart and mind in your writing?
We went to the lake today. Here is our story:
We cut across the ripples on smooth water as we paddled out toward the river. As we came around the bend, the wind struck our faces and the water lashed out in confusion as we tread across the surface. Dark clouds loomed across the sky. As the water slapped against the boat, we shivered and wondered if this trip was a mistake. Our paddles bore down on the waves as we made our way to the first stop.
Here is another picture of the same trip:
Clouds hovered across dancing water lapping at the sides of the boat as the spray tickled our cold faces. We laughed as we splashed each other giving a shiver in reply. We worked our arms and legs in gentle retaliation to the current running against us. Soon we would enjoy rest and refreshment as a reward for our trouble.
Both of the stories are ways of looking at the same experience. We had never taken our kayak out in such cold windy weather before. We had a few moments of uncertainty thinking maybe we should call it a day and head back. Then, knowing we had the stability of a tandem Hobie, we decided to work it and enjoy the day.
Can you think of a story where you could tell the same experience with different feelings, meaning, or perception?
The beauty of writing is making the story what you want it to be. It is your story. I could think of my experience as hard work on a cold day or a new experience and adventure. The way you tell your story affects your attitude and memory of the experience.
How do you want to tell your story?
Give me a question or problem related to your business, career, or networking on social media, and I will give you 10-minutes of (phone or Skype) Business/Career Coaching at no cost to you other than a few minutes of your time. This trade is for the purpose of giving you (the client) brief coaching, and myself (the coach) writing ideas. It is not for the purpose of marketing. All coaching requires a formal agreement with no obligation.
Sound like fun? If you are ready to put me to the test and see what I can do for you with 10-minutes of coaching as well as writing an article using your question or problem as the theme? Then send me an email at:
Use the subject line: Answer This
If you would like to add an additional 10-minutes of coaching for $20, you will also receive the "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success" eBook (PDF). This is a limited time offer subject to change at the author's discretion. I'm looking forward to hearing from you.
Blessings for Health & Prosperity,
Nancy J. Miller
Author of the book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success."
Do you ever feel stuck in the mud when it comes to your writing. You wrote your great idea for an article or book, but then you stop.
Writing Sticklers (as in being stuck on something):
What to do when I'm stuck:
When I am having trouble finishing an article or chapter I usually do something else, write something unrelated, or take a break.
The problem comes when the break is too long or the project forgotten. Better to go back and finish, decide not to continue, or do it differently rather than leave a project hanging.
As a Business/Creativity Coach I can help you write through the process by encouraging you, holding you accountable, and bringing out the creativity that is ready to charge out to your audience.
Contact Nancy to make an appointment to discuss your project.
Your profile is the picture of you that reflects your values, skills, interests and accomplishments to a customer, prospective employer, and/or colleague. Do you know what others see in your picture? Take advantage of a free assessment of your Linkedin Profile by an experienced Personal-Career Coach and author of "Fire Up Your Profile for LifeWork Success". Your Linkedin Profile can be the foundation for your resume, cover letter, or personal business plan.
From my new book Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success pg. 179:
Your Profile is an effective marketing tool for your business or job search. Using social media to build relationships takes time and planning. There is no financial cost but there are many rewards.
Besides showing your expertise and building your networking skills you will be forced to define who you are as an entrepreneur or job seeker. Use these prompts to write your profile.
• Clearly describe your product or service.
• What can you offer a customer or employer that no one else has?
• What important values do you bring to your job or business?
• List skills you have that are needed in your business or career field.
• Write something interesting about yourself that might connect you with your audience (a favorite hobby, sport, food or leisure activity).
Whether your audience is a current or potential customer or a prospective employer, let them know what you want them to do next. Do you want them to contact you? Read your blog? Connect with you on social media? Be sure to give your contact information where it is readily visible.
Thank you to all of the volunteers and participants who made this an amazing workshop. Partnering with the California Career Development Association, Cosumnes River College Career Center, Teal Publishing, and Fitness By Design, we did stretches, the "Power Pose", and activities like "Mix and Mingle" and "Work That Needs Doing." I learned so much from the creativity and sharing of strengths and skills. It was an honor to share activities from my book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success". You can see more about the workshop information and activities in the Power Point Presentation below.
"The workshop was terrific! There were elements that made it engaging, active, current and informative. You did a great job of keeping us engaged. Also, the pace was good because time flew. I was impressed with the volunteers. Thank you for a wonderful event." Marco Contreras, Sacramento CCDA Chapter Chair
"This workshop was wonderful! The activities were a lot of fun and very applicable no matter where you were on the career development path. I walked away feeling more confident as a business woman and am excited to implement what I learned from Nancy. Michelle Ernster, Fitness by Design
"I enjoyed participating in Nancy's workshop on, "Fire Up Your Profile". She has a talent for using creative activities to involve the participants in discussion. In this busy, technology-laden world we live in, we sometimes forget the power of an in-person conversation. Nancy brought the power of that personal connection to the activities she facilitated." Wendy Hays, Graduate student
"This interactive workshop uses a variety of activities to engage people with different kinds of learning styles, which helps to make the concepts being presented more relevant and tangible!" Kelli Sholer, M.S. - Undergraduate Advising Coordinator @ UC Davis
I reinvented my business. Now it's time to re-energize it. I went from a career counselor working with students and people in crisis to a Career Coach working with professionals, creative entrepreneurs, and people in career transitions. As a creative Career Coach, I am an author and publisher. After writing career articles for professional magazines and career sites, I wrote and published my first book, "Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success."
I was so excited about reinventing my business that most of the time I was either working on my business or thinking about what needed to done. Then, I had a spontaneous mental meltdown where I lost my motivation to write or work on my business. I've always been eager to learn more about career directions, the economy, languages, and literature--then I found that I just didn't care anymore.
Have you ever lost your enthusiasm for your work or business? I understand what it is like. I don't like to set a work schedule. I like the flexibility to think and write when ideas come up and take care of business as it needs to be done. This work style was effective in charging in and working until I finished writing my book: learned the publishing business, and started selling books, but now it is time to re-energize myself and take charge of my coaching business rather than letting it take control of me.
My plan to regain enthusiasm for my work:
I recently read an interesting book by Amy Lorenzo called, "What We Are Made Of." Her story is unique yet I was able to relate to her locations and feelings. Through her story Lorenzo showed me a different view of places I had been and seen. Her observations drew me into her story and kept me thoroughly engaged. Lorenzo's honesty and transparency about her life and her family give us a sense of observing while being there. She puts me in the story through the use of details, descriptions, and feelings.
Amy has a personal story about living in Sacramento, CA. It is a story of culture, diversity, and environment. You can learn more about Amy through her Facebook page: "What We Are Made Of," and you can order her book through Xlibris.com.
Writing a great story is the first step to getting your book published. Many new authors like Amy use a subsidy publisher such as Xlibris. These print-on-demand publishers give you the opportunity to quickly and inexpensively get your book published and out to the public. They offer an amazing opportunity to tell your story. As with any publisher, they do little to market your book.
There are so many ways to publish and market a book with today's publishing options. The biggest challenge is to show your value in a sea of information. A Creativity Coach can help you with inspiration, creative thinking, and marketing. A new author can find many ways to inexpensively market their book. Whether the purpose of your book is to inspire, tell your story, or market your business, social media can get the word out. There are so many ways to use Facebook, Linkedin, and Blogs to let people know who you are, what you do, and why they should buy your book. Share information that will let people know about your successes and how you have overcome challenges. Share experiences and activities that relate to your values. For more information and workshops on how to use Social Media to market your book contact, Nancy Miller, M.S.
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Nancy Miller, M.S. is a Career Counselor, Life Coach, and writer. Nancy will assist you with story ideas, organizing your book whether fiction or nonfiction, and choosing a method for publishing and printing.