Monthly Archives: June 2013

Writers Retain the Essence of Many Stages

It is a boon and can be a curse to recall the swirl of preceding life stages, but so necessary for our best writing.

 

“Don’t laugh at a youth for his affectations: he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.”

~Logan Pearsall Smith

 

Really, doesn’t this quotation represent most writers of any age?

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

We Can, We Will, We Do

It is never comfortable to be unsure, but even less comfortable to realize later that we missed an opportunity.

 

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”

~Theodore Roosevelt

 

When we wait until we understand perfectly, are perfectly situated and have all the tools that we think that we need, we are sometimes in for an interminable & unnecessary wait.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

The Relationship between Achievement and Success

Define the goal of success for yourself, getting there requires a series of achievements on your part.

 

“My mother drew a distinction between achievement and success.  She said that achievement is the knowledge that you have studied and worked hard and done the best that is in you.  Success is being praised by others, and that’s nice, too, but not as important or satisfying.  Always aim for achievement and forget about success.”

~ Helen Hayes

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

You, Taking Charge

You know best what you want, and where you really want to be.

 

“People always wait too long for other people to change their situation.”

~Kenwyn Smith

 

Lead the charge.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

Understanding the Arc

We crave simplicity, understanding and clarity; which is why we like stories.

 

“The criterion of simplicity requires that the minimum number of assumptions be postulated.”

~ Albert Low

 

Sometimes it takes time and distance to clearly understand how to present a situation in the best, most straightforward manner.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

Hard, but Worthwhile

Gaining strength at something that is challenging gives much more pleasure and sense of accomplishment than doing something that comes easily.

 

“Obstacles cannot crush me.  Every obstacle yields to stern resolve.  He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.”

~ Leonardo da Vinci

 

Getting past those early fears and objections make small successes in your written communications that much sweeter.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

Being Open to Possibilities

Writing about our world isn’t the same as being able to script it.

 

“Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.”

~John Wooden

 

Regardless of how things unfold, we will have the opportunity to find a story.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

Enjoy the Process

I admit that this one comes naturally to me, I am fascinated with the process of all things.

 

“Not every end is the goal.  The end of a melody is not its goal, and yet if a melody has not reached its end, it has not reached its goal.”

~Friedrich Nietzsche

 

We can learn so many interesting nuances if we pay attention all along the way between the start and the goal.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

Better Writing is Just a Start Away

Sometimes something that we want to do seems so hard to achieve, so we avoid making the effort at all.  We set up artificial barriers that say ‘I’ll do this new thing once I have more time’.

 

“The man who insists on seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides.”

~Henri Frederic Amiel

 

When we were young we didn’t think that we had to win the Tour de France to learn how to ride a bike.  The same holds true for improving our skills, or learning new ones now.  We just have to start somewhere.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

A Place for Levity, and Levity in its Place

Bringing a smile to the reader’s face offers a chance for deeper connection.

 

“I don’t cry over spilt milk, but a fallen scoop of ice cream is enough to ruin my whole day.”

~Terri Guillemets

 

Finding the sweet spot of shared humor is like an extra scoop of ice cream.

 

© 2013 BAReed Consulting | Business Writing Coach

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