Donald Miller's StoryBrand process is a proven solution to the struggle business leaders face when talking about their businesses. This revolutionary method for connecting with customers provides listeners with the ultimate competitive advantage, revealing the secret for helping their customers understand the compelling benefits of using their products, ideas, or services. Building a StoryBrand does this by teaching listeners the seven universal story points all humans respond to, the real reason customers make purchases, how to simplify a brand message so people understand it, and how to create the most effective messaging for websites, brochures, and social media.
Whether you are the marketing director of a multibillion-dollar company, the owner of a small business, a politician running for office, or the lead singer of a rock band, Building a StoryBrand will forever transform the way you talk about who you are, what you do, and the unique value you bring to your customers.
Why? Most plans waste too much ink on numbers and devote too little to information that really matters to investors. The result? Investors discount them.
In How to Write a Great Business Plan, William A. Sahlman shows how to avoid this all-too-common mistake by ensuring that your plan assesses the factors critical to every new venture:The people—the individuals launching and leading the venture and outside parties providing key services or important resourcesThe opportunity—what the business will sell and to whom, and whether the venture can grow and how fastThe context—the regulatory environment, interest rates, demographic trends, and other forces shaping the venture's fateRisk and reward—what can go wrong and right, and how the entrepreneurial team will respond
Timely in this age of innovation, How to Write a Great Business Plan helps you give your new venture the best possible chances for success.
Terrified of speaking in front of a group? Or simply looking to polish your skills? No matter where you are on the spectrum, this guide will give you the confidence and the tools you need to get results.
Written by presentation expert Nancy Duarte, the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations will help you:Win over tough crowdsOrganize a coherent narrativeCreate powerful messages and visualsConnect with and engage your audienceShow people why your ideas matter to themStrike the right tone, in any situation
Writing To Be Understood is the thinking writer's guide to effective nonfiction writing techniques, such as:
- Using analogies effectively to illustrate unseen concepts
- Appealing to the reader's innate curiosity
- Balancing humility with credibility
For each topic, the book combines insights from cognitive science with advice from writers and expert practitioners in fields of psychology, technology, economics, medicine, policy, and more.
Whether you're an expert trying to communicate with a mainstream audience or a nonfiction writer hoping to reach more people, Writing to be Understood will help you expand the impact of your words.
Gold medal winner, 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards
If you want to improve your conversational skills--and achieve greater levels of personal and professional success--The Art of Talking to Anyone is the ultimate book. Rosalie Maggio has built a career on teaching people how to say the right thing at the right time--and she's made her techniques available to you.
This essential communication handbook includes:Sample dialogues, topics, and responses Quick-reference dos and don'ts Tips for handling special situations Confidence-building advice and quotations Key words that get to the business at hand
Whether it's small talk or big, social or work-related, The Art of Talking to Anyone gives you all the tools you need to speak up with confidence, to charm and persuade, and to talk your way through any situation--successfully.
It’s time for Writing Without Bullshit.
Writing Without Bullshit is the first comprehensive guide to writing for today’s world: a noisy environment where everyone reads what you write on a screen. The average news story now gets only 36 seconds of attention. Unless you change how you write, your emails, reports, and Web copy don’t stand a chance.
In this practical and witty book, you’ll learn to front-load your writing with pithy titles, subject lines, and opening sentences. You’ll acquire the courage and skill to purge weak and meaningless jargon, wimpy passive voice, and cowardly weasel words. And you’ll get used to writing directly to the reader to make every word count.
At the center of it all is the Iron Imperative: treat the reader’s time as more valuable than your own. Embrace that, and your customers, your boss, and your colleagues will recognize the power and boldness of your thinking.
Transcend the fear that makes your writing weak. Plan and execute writing projects with confidence. Manage edits and reviews flawlessly. And master every modern format from emails and social media to reports and press releases.
Stop writing to fit in. Start writing to stand out. Boost your career by writing without bullshit.
Using engaging and thought-provoking examples and interactive exercises, the lessons in this book will help you express your ideas clearly, concisely, and persuasively. You’ll discover how to write:Proposals that generate new business Reports that illuminate key points Emails that are easy to read and respond to Training workbooks that facilitate deep understanding and results-based learning Letters that get you job interviews, business opportunities, and donations
Using a reader-focused approach, you’ll learn professional tips and tricks that are easy to remember—and that work. Business Writing for Results helps you get your points across clearly, quickly, and effectively in order to produce the outcomes you want.
“A life ring in disguise. I feel like I’m drowning at work and through this book, the rescue boat is in sight and coming my way. Thank you, Jane.” —Karen A. Polan, Senior Field Specialist, First Energy
“Jane’s real life examples helped me understand the concepts.” —Christine Lotz, Product Research Technician, Hillshire Farms
“After implementing several of [her] suggestions, we boosted the bottom line by 15-20 percent. Thanks, Jane.” —Denise Dennis, Office Manager, Eye Surgery Associates
“Business Writing for Results is terrific! I’ve been in business for twenty years, so it takes something special to get through the haze of habit! Jane’s book does it!” —Nancy Hartman, Writer, TKR Cable
“Our highest rated trainer—by far—is Jane Cleland!” —Candace Cross, Manager, Training, IBM Corporation
"The Grahams' system is the best way to transform data and ideas into meaningful information necessary to make profitable decisions. Their system works every time."
—Steven Laposa, PhD, MBA, Loveland Commercial Endowed Chair in Real Estate, Colorado State University
"The Grahams' straightforward program helps my teams create clear and concise reports, letters, and other documents with minimal effort. I want this program to become the standard for my teams."
—Bill Walter, Senior Vice President, Government and Infrastructure Division, KBR
"The Can Do Writing system made my career! I used it to write a winning business plan and proposal, and now I use it every day for all communications. Can Do Writing provides valuable insights into business and management as well as writing techniques."
—Christian Robey, President, DC Progress
You may be an expert at what you do, but if you can't communicate effectively in writing it may not matter. For scientists, businesspeople, and professionals in fields from engineering to public relations, the art of writing well can be a vital key to professional success.
Luckily, you don't need an English degree to produce top-class writing. If you're one of the millions of people who have to write clear, persuasive, understandable documents for your job, Can Do Writing is for you. Whether you're writing a business plan, a scientific paper, a press release, or anything else, this simple, straightforward guide will show you how to do it quickly, with style and confidence. You'll learn how to:Understand your audience and subject matter
Develop a simple, five-part purpose statement to keep you on track
Organize your main points into a coherent, sensible order
Edit your work for clarity, coherence, organization, and logic
Economize your words to craft a concise, powerful document
Make your documents easily readable for any audience
In this new, exhaustively researched book, you will learn everything you need to know about formatting a letter, using the word you, structuring a letter, emotional triggers, what works, what does not work, asking for year-end contributions, asking for the right amount, and common pitfalls to avoid. You will learn about follow-up letters, thank you letters, front-end premium letters, back-end premium letters, survey letters, special event letters, petition and protest letters, special appeal letters, renewal series letters, major donor letters, sustainer letters, and lapsed donor letters, as well as letters for recruiting new donors. Additionally, you will learn how to generate the best response, how to phrase your appeals, how to address your letter, how to write strong leads, how to open and close your letters, how to structure your letter, how to use compelling stories to your advantage, how to be personal, how to write with a sense of urgency, and hundreds of other writing tips.
The Complete Guide to Writing Successful Fundraising Letters for Nonprofit Organizations provides you with a wealth of sample letters, examples, writing exercises, and forms all of which are included on the companion CD-ROM as well as detailed advice and instructive case studies.
By reading this book, you will come to understand your donor and his attitudes. You will ultimately create a successful fundraising campaign and achieve your organization s goals. Whether you are a nonprofit focused on the arts, charities, wildlife protection, religion, health, science, literature, or any other field, you will find valuable information in this book. The companion CD-ROM is included with the print version of this book; however is not available for download with the electronic version. It may be obtained separately by contacting Atlantic Publishing Group at firstname.lastname@example.org
Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president's garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice. Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.
Good writing can launch a career. It has the power to break through clutter and capture readers’ imaginations. And good writing is not just a skill that marketers must master. Most workplace communication takes written form, and with the rising number of communication channels—social media, instant messaging, blogs—we’re writing more and faster than ever.
With new chapters on electronic communication, 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing is your guide to capturing readers’ attention and imagination. Writing instructor and coach, Jack Appleman uses examples and exercises to help you write with clarity and confidence. This updated edition covers the essentials of how to organize your text to hold your readers’ attention; edit yourself for grammar, tone, and excess words; and master the documents for any workplace situation.
It doesn’t matter if you’re drafting a business plan, an email, or a Facebook post. Forget the shorthand, drop the exclamation points, and ditch the emojis. Learn to create concise, persuasive, and powerful text with 10 Steps to Successful Business Writing.
Plan and use a repeatable proposal process
Use tools and templates to accelerate your proposals
Get the intel on bids and proposals
Congratulations! You have in your hands the collected knowledge and skills of the professional proposal writer – without having to be one! Inside, you'll find out how to unlock what these professionals know and apply it to your own business to improve the way you capture new customers and communicate with existing ones!
Inside...Develop a great proposal Focus on the customer Know your competition Plan your approach Use tools and templates Write persuasively Overcome misconceptions Expand your skills Avoid proposal killers
In order to work with your people and effectively monitor their progress, you need a system in place. The HBR Guide to Performance Management provides a new multi-step, cyclical process to help you keep track of your employees' work, identify where they need to improve, and ensure they're growing with the organization.
You'll learn to:Set clear employee goals that align with company objectivesMonitor progress and check in regularlyClose performance gapsUnderstand when to use performance analyticsCreate opportunities for growth, tailored to the individualOvercome and avoid burnout on your team
Arm yourself with the advice you need to succeed on the job, with the most trusted brand in business. Packed with how-to essentials from leading experts, the HBR Guides provide smart answers to your most pressing work challenges.
CONTROL THE CONVERSATION, COMMAND ATTENTION, AND CONVEY THE RIGHT MESSAGE--WITHOUT SAYING A WORD
Whether you're presenting an idea, delivering a speech, managing a team, or negotiating a deal, your body language plays a key role in your overall success.
This ingenious step-by-step guide, written by an elite trainer of Fortune 50 CEOs and G8 world leaders, unlocks the secrets of nonverbal communication--using a proven system of universal techniques that can give you the ultimate professional advantage. Learn easily how to:Successfully master the visual TruthPlane around you to win trust now. Gesture in a way that gains everyone’s attention— even before you speak. Appeal to others' deep psychological needs for immediate rapport and influence.
This enhanced eBook includes 13 exclusive videos demonstrating different body language techniques to enhance communication, increase trust, and attract others.
You'll discover how to sit, stand, and subtly alter your body language to move with confidence, control conversations, command attention, persuade and influence others, and convey positive energy—without saying a word.
It's the one key to success nobody talks about!
Ninja Future is an essential read for businesses and individuals striving to remain competitive in a rapidly evolving world: Gary Shapiro, the president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association, casts his eye toward the future, charting how the innovative technologies of today will transform not only the way business is done but society itself
During his more than three decades at the head of the Consumer Technology Association, Gary Shapiro has witnessed, and been a part of, one of the most extraordinary periods of technological change in human history. Today’s world is almost unrecognizable from that of just a decade or two before: in just a few short years, the internet has already transformed how we access information, purchase goods, get from place to place, and do our jobs. And even greater changes are on the horizon.
In Ninja Future, Shapiro explains the evolving technological landscape, breakthroughs underway now and those we can only envision. New innovations such as self-driving vehicles, blockchain, 5G, the Internet of Things, and countless others will forever change the economy as we know it. Shapiro uses case studies to identify companies and countries addressing today’s challenges particularly well—and relates lessons from those that have stumbled. Drawing on the insights he has gleaned as a martial arts black belt, he shows how businesses can move to succeed in today’s turbulent environment by adopting the mindset of “ninjas”—adapting to technological change to capitalize on opportunities at lightning speed.
The ability to write well is a key part of your professional success. From reports and presentations to emails and Facebook posts, whether you're a marketer, customer service rep, or manager, being able to write clearly and for the right audience is critical to moving your business forward. The techniques covered in this new edition of Business Writing For Dummies will arm you with the skills you need to write better business communications that inform, persuade, and win business.
How many pieces of paper land on your desk each day, or emails in your inbox? Your readers–the people you communicate with at work–are no different. So how can you make your communications stand out and get the job done? From crafting a short and sweet email to bidding for a crucial project, Business Writing For Dummies gives you everything you need to achieve high-impact business writing.Draft reports, proposals, emails, blog posts, and more Employ editing techniques to help you craft the perfect messages Adapt your writing style for digital media Advance your career with great writing
In today's competitive job market, being able to write well is a skill you can't afford to be without–and Business Writing For Dummies makes it easy!
In its fourth edition, Strategic Writing emphasizes the goal-oriented mission of high-quality public relations and media writing with clear, concise instructions for more than 40 types of documents. This multidisciplinary text covers writing for public relations, advertising, sales and marketing, and business communication. In addition, it includes concise chapters on topics such as diversity, ethics and the legal aspects of strategic writing. Featuring a spiral binding, examples for each document and a user-friendly "recipe" approach, Strategic Writing is ideal for undergraduate PR or advertising writing classes that take an interdisciplinary approach. This new edition devotes new attention throughout to social media and writing in the digital realm, and features new and updated online resources for students and instructors.
It will help you:
-Distill your message into a well-targeted statement
-Ace the elements of style
-Write what you want to say in emails, business plans and more
-Master the tricks of editing yourself
Presented in author Sandra Lambs lighthearted and easy accessible style, this little book is an essential desk reference guide for the modern working world.
In this book legendary copywriting pioneer and marketing expert Robert W. Bly shares his groundbreaking strategies for winning customers and earning profits with direct mail. Dive in and learn how to:Create a comprehensive direct mail marketing strategy Design marketing materials that connect with your target customers Craft letters, brochures, and postcards that stand out Seamlessly integrate direct mail with your digital marketing strategy Avoid the most common snail mail mistakes that will get ignored
Plus, you’ll receive Bly’s very own templates, samples, and checklists to ensure your direct mail materials earn you the highest ROI possible.
Starkman frames his analysis in a broad argument about journalism itself, dividing the profession into two competing approaches—access reporting and accountability reporting—which rely on entirely different sources and produce radically different representations of reality. As Starkman explains, access journalism came to dominate business reporting in the 1990s, a process he calls "CNBCization," and rather than examining risky, even corrupt, corporate behavior, mainstream reporters focused on profiling executives and informing investors. Starkman concludes with a critique of the digital-news ideology and corporate influence, which threaten to further undermine investigative reporting, and he shows how financial coverage, and journalism as a whole, can reclaim its bite.