Do you have something to say?

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Opinion pieces have been part of my working life for many years.

As a journalist on a weekly business magazine, I used to commission and edit guest columns. Now as a freelance, I ghost-write them for clients who don’t have the time or find writing difficult or a chore. 

I also help people get better at writing them as part of my in-house writing workshops.

Common mistake

When I was an editor and people pitched their opinion piece ideas to me, the most common mistake was an obvious one: Their idea lacked an actual opinion.

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Are you making the most of your events coverage?

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You’ve spent months organising your event and getting the right people to come along but does your coverage effectively leverage the time, effort and costs involved?

A good write-up broadens the audience and life of your event.

I’ve seen some great coverage… but there is a lot that really misses a trick.

Is that the best you can say?

Talking about ‘packed rooms’ and ‘great turnout’ is an easy way to show success but is that the best or most interesting thing you can say?

If you are hosting the sort of event designed to showcase thought-leadership, share knowledge or challenge thinking, what did people learn from attending?

What were the ‘take-aways’?

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A good example of rewarding brand loyalty (and good copywriting)

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👏 Abel & Cole.

I may be a regular customer but that doesn’t mean I don’t review the value I get from my weekly fruit and veg box delivery.

Abel & Cole don’t wait for me to cancel or reduce my order, instead, they occasionally send ‘A Little Freebie’ which makes me feel valued as a customer.

But not only that, the friendly note they put in with my freebie directs me to their website to a blog post with handy tips for upcycling the packaging.

So to recap:

👉 They have made me feel valued.

👉 They’ve given me another reason to visit their website.

👉 They have reminded me of their sustainability credentials which reinforce the brand image and appeals to my own values.

👉 Given me useful information/fun ideas.

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Why quotes on press releases matter

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Let’s talk about quotes on press releases and why they are a big opportunity but not always properly leveraged.

First and foremost, no one cares if you are ‘delighted’.

They don’t.

Harsh but true.

Powerful soundbite

The quote on a press release can be a powerful soundbite, an opportunity to expand on your story, showcase your business and expertise.

It’s an opportunity to add value, talk about context or strategy.

A good quote can really lift a story.

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Learning to teach – my first content writing workshop

jeshoots-com-436787-unsplash.jpgWhen I was first asked if I could do a content writing workshop, after giving an enthusiastic “yes” I started feeling a bit nervous.

It is one thing being able to write and edit but quite another being able to explain it to others. It’s a different skill set.

As a teenager, I struggled with maths, it was like an obscure foreign language to me.

My maths teacher was kind and patient but after two years I was still struggling and my exam results weren’t great.

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