I need some help with my consulting business. In particular, I need assistance with my writing skills. I have excellent verbal, presentation, and analytical skills, but I have below average writing and reading skills. I have been this way all my life and find that my poor reading and writing skills are a huge hindrance in starting up my consulting business. I am in need of some method or resource (I am willing to purchase this resource) to aid me with proof reading, writing up proposals, and web site content improvements.
Any suggestions or stories from others with a similar situation?
As the late Mayor Daley of Chicago would say "print what I mean, not what I say". I too share your problem with written communication. While I've worked on it, I realize that it is not, nor never will be my strength so I have found ways - tools to compensate. Here are some:
Realize your strengths and your weakness and find tools to work around them. Finally when before I hit SEND before doing any of the above, I try to apologize and remind people, sorry "I are engineer".
Scott - I have the exact OPPOSITE orientation. In fact, I specialize in extracting the "wow" from snarls of information and converting it into rock-star written materials. Would love to help if I can. Cheers, Jeff
Jeff, I am interested in how you might be able to help. How might we begin a dialogue to understand each other?
Scott - Send me an email and we can get started: firstname.lastname@example.org
I am in the same situation you are in, Scott. I know the speaking levels are average, but my writing skills needs some work. I've asked writers, teachers, and other folks in the same career field about how to write better. They all said to keep writing! Read from authors who have writing styles you adore...and then, keep writing. Like everything else, it will take some time, but eventually we both will find our "voice" in writing.