Sometimes you simply need someone to help with your writing. I offer personalized one-on-one coaching for individuals or group coaching for small- to medium-sized corporate teams. These consulting sessions deliver coaching that is specific to your business environment, individual style or communication needs.
A case for individual coaching
Did you know that many people who seek coaching are better-than-average writers? The individuals I work with might be targeting a particular writing problem, such as how to organize a large writing project they’ve never handled before. They might have a manager who wants them to improve the speed and quality of their writing. They might even be recognized as good communicators, but they feel writing creates too much stress or takes too much time.
|A promising executive couldn’t be promoted unless his writing skills improved.||After a writing consultant helped him adapt standard report formats to his audience, his reports became a model for his peers.|
|A manager spent time correcting an employee’s grammar errors instead of giving feedback on content.||A writing consultant developed proofreading strategies and a way to get feedback on concepts rather than commas.|
|An employee needed to improve her proofing skills.||A writing coach developed an individualized review of grammar fundamentals.|
|A manager who had to write for the company blog agonized over each entry.||A writing coach helped her manage stress and find ideas to write about.|
A case for group coaching
Coaching can help individuals improve the speed and efficiency of their writing. Groups, too, can benefit from coaching:
|Intern sent email to clients that was embarrassingly informal and filled with errors||Manager hired a writing consultant to provide training on professional email standards|
|Head of a state agency wanted to improve compliance with regulations.||Readability testing helped staffers write for business people, not Ph.Ds.|
|Scientists devoted several days exclusively to writing research reports.||A writing coach showed how to schedule short, frequent writing periods and build final reports from lab notes.|
|University department had to compete with outside vendors.||A writing coach helped develop models for responding to typical requests and set departmental communication standards.|
While each case is different, these examples show how training, process analysis, and follow-up coaching can be combined to customize writing instruction to various groups and business needs.
A case for project support
Sometimes you can do it yourself; sometimes you get better results by calling in a professional. These examples show why it can be cost-effective to hire an outside writer or editor.