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Key Messages that Resonate


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Lessons on Plagiarism from “The Decider”

In light of the news that our 43rd president plagiarized portions of his OWN MEMOIR, it's clearly time for a review of what we learned in high school English class about giving credit to others. Not doing so is an act of piracy.

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How to work with a Ghost Writer

People ask me all the time if there's A WAY to work with a ghostwriter. Chemistry between any two people varies so I can only answer by describing the way I work with my clients.

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Mark Twain, The First Blogger?

Tamela Rich & bust of Mark Twain in Hannibal, MO 2010

I totally understand Twain's decision to dictate his story, mostly from his bed in the four years before his death at age 74. He argued that speaking his recollections and opinions, rather than writing them down, allowed him to adopt a more natural, colloquial and frank tone, and Twain scholars who have seen the manuscript agree.

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Strategy First, SPAM-Avoidance Second

WOW, it feels good when a stranger calls from two time zones away and says "Thanks to you I know everything I've been doing wrong."

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Management Secrets of the Grateful Dead

I was never a Deadhead but the MBA in me perked up at this article's title in The Atlantic. Not one to tinker with perfection, I kept it for this blog post.

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Oriental Rugs & Business Writing

True story: I was once written up for using college level vocabulary on the job. Yes, it was in a written performance evaluation. No, I was not writing for a living at the time; was running a line of business. You might not guess that my employer was a bank, where most workers had some college and many had MBAs. Go figure. Just one of the reasons I'm forever freelance.

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Burned by Boilerplate

As we hurtle towards 2010 some financial advisors and life insurance agents keep communicating like it's 1999.

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Low-Jargon Financial Blogs & Newsletters

I write blogs and newsletters for attorneys, advisors and accountants. These professionals often need to provide complex information without making their clients' eyes glaze over.

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My NPR 3-minute Fiction Entry


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