On Writing

Interviewing Family Can Be Awkward

Third in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. It can be hard to interview members of your own family. If I interviewed my sister I might feel she was mocking me – she always teases me! My brother is a man...

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Lessons in Sexual Assault

Around the same time Christine Ford (now Dr. Christine Blasey Ford) recalls being in a room with two drunken teenage boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed and put his hand over her mouth to silence her while he tried to remove some of her clothes, I was sitting in a...

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Throw Away Your List of Questions

The second in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Before you sit down to conduct your interview, I recommend that you draw up a plan. This is not a list of questions, because that is the one thing most...

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Find Out What Makes People Tick

The first in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. You may be no Oprah Winfrey or Jay Leno, but there are still plenty of reasons you might want to interview someone. Try these for starters: Preserving...

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4 Ways a Book Will Make Your Business Stronger

The most unexpected growth strategy you will read about this week. Many organizations set out to create a book about their history because it will boost their brand in the marketplace. It can frankly be a way of stroking the ego, too. But a considered, well-crafted...

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5 qualities of the perfect client

One of the questions I get asked most is, “how can I find the best ghostwriter [or co-writer] for me?” An excellent question, and one that I will address in a future post. But what about you – are you ready to launch into the writing process? Have you got all your...

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