In this episode we meet Brian O'Connor, a business consultant trying to democratize strategy by making the knowledge and tools big companies have more accessible to the little guy on Twitter. Brian talked about realizing his writing was too logical and how he started to add emotion and resonance.
If you want to figure out the best solution to a given problem, you have to first understand the situation you are in. Most people skip the “situation” step, and wind up with a strategy that isn’t anchored in reality. I’ve been working on a leadership development program about understanding, communicating, and executing strategy for … Continue reading 7 basic questions that lead to an actually useful strategy, and how to answer them with a Wardley Map
In this episode we meet Natasha Tynes, an experienced journalist whose personal journey into entrepreneurial-ism mirrors changes in the broader publishing industry. Natasha reminded me that "retweets and likes are not going to pay your bills" and talked me through the diverse set of offerings from which she draws her sustenance.
In this episode we meet Aida Alston, who only learned she could draw because she figured out how to write online. We talked about stepping off a linear path and why she wants to tell people about it, a deep (but not shared) love of editing, and making #ship30for30 a family affair.
In this episode we meet Susan Abel, a life long educator who is on an epic daily writing streak that she doesn't want a vacation from. We talked about the importance of reading chapter books to young kids, the ideal ratio of details to ideas in an essay, and why a small audience can be a gift.
In this episode we meet Sandra, who talked to me about the rhythm of writing daily, the upwelling of ideas (and why she doesn't struggle with a blank page), and her Hemingway challenge to write "the truest sentence she knows" for 100 days.