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Social Media Ghostwriter

You want brilliant social media posts or LinkedIn articles but aren’t a natural writer and wouldn’t have the time anyway?

Weekly conversations between you (entrepreneurs, CEOs, founders, presidents) and I generate content from which I mine the gems from our time together and craft an insightful, witty, scintillating piece for your social media channels…in your voice. Your commitment is simply a standing weekly 20-minute call where we discuss the big questions in life and business, the why and how of you.

That’s it.

Now you can, each week, reach everyone in your network with your values, vision, innovative thinking, and never have to perform the hard labor of sitting at the computer and hammering it out.

The best part is that it clarifies your thoughts to you. It brings shape and direction to the swirling mass of ideas in your mind. It’s actionable information. It defines purpose, marketing, corporate culture, and more.

Become a high-impact communicator with a writer’s flair.

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Social media blogs | LinkedIn articles
newsletters | letters | speeches

Comfort: the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite

By Jared Romano, CEO, Roadmap Therapy

I can see it in their eyes as they walk up. It’s clear what they want me to do before our coffee & chat is over. Entrepreneurs come to me believing now that they’ve broken away from their boss and 9 to 5 job, everything would be better, their business idea would catch on and money would start to flow in. And now that nothing has turned out like they had hoped, they want a business consultant to deliver the words that will make them feel more comfortable with their situation. But I can’t do that—and wouldn’t if I could.

This is what I say. They have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. The motivation of an entrepreneur, at the core, isn’t comfort but the opposite—dreaming dreams they couldn’t possibly accomplish, financially committing to things that offer the same thrill as jumping over a cliff, problem-solving as an minute-by-minute function, feeling the heat as it crawls up and through the shirt collar, failing, and then getting back up eagerly for the next challenge. And all of it is about as comfortable as a submarine fire—but it also feels like being their most alive.

This is not to say things won’t get better. Progress is good. I like progress. I like helping companies grow and ideas take shape. But if you find yourself hoping for success so that the uncomfortable fight for survival goes away, you may need a conversation of a different kind, perhaps with the person in the mirror. Is this really what you want to do?

Comfort is an entrepreneur’s greatest threat. Being uncomfortable is something to embrace.

Standing Up To The Boss

By Garrett Delph, CEO, ShootDotEdit

I was at a bar with my employees buying rounds of beer and feeling confident I was contributing to our morale when two of them took me aside. “If you don’t stop treating us so poorly,” they agreed, “we’re going to leave the company.”

It wasn’t long after at a holiday party that the husband of one of my managers, as kindly as he could, turned to me and said, “You gotta be nicer to my wife.”

Like eyes that slowly adjust to the dark of a movie theater, things began rather gradually coming into view—and the truth was everywhere: my employees were miserable working for me, and I had missed every cue.

Of course, I didn’t like it at the time, but those brave souls saved my company. They also saved my life. The changes I had to make in order to have happier employees had to start with changes made to me. Who was I, I asked, and were my financial goals worth the pain I was causing? The only way I could treat others how I would never want to be treated was if I was dramatically off course in life. So blinded with ambition, it wasn’t simply that I didn’t care, I couldn’t even see how badly I was hurting them; the pain in their eyes, the dark tension in every room I walked into, the eagerness they had to get out of my presence.

Today, after many years of change both in operation and my heart, ShootDotEdit is thriving and reports are of happy employees, many of whom have been with me for 13 years with plans to stay. Me—I’m happier too, thrilled, actually, at the feeling of being about somebody else besides myself. What a relief. But it took courage—not mine. It was the courage of others to stand up to the boss and call him out. I would have never thought to say it then, but I am so grateful for those horrible, hot-under-the-collar moments of truth.

Who am I becoming, and, Who am I hurting, are infinitely more valuable question to ask oneself than How much am I making.

Humanity Makes a Comeback

By Allan Chua, CEO, Pinpoint Digital

You may not believe this, but even as someone who butters his bread with where the digital age has taken us, I find myself feeling slightly excited about Apple’s opt-in mandate, where online marketers are now subject to the people’s will as to whether their data can be used and acted upon. Like advertising’s heyday of the 60’s-80s, marketers will have to create brilliant ideas with a broad appeal now that they can’t simply give you pablum based on data that said you were interested in their product category. Like Avis ads said back in the day, we’ll have to Try Harder.

I know some people will be aghast at that. Some digital empires may crumble. A few more teens will have to go to state colleges and forego their Ivy League dreams. But the idea that advertising will soon cease to be mostly a clickbait war, where people are simply data-rich pawns, and will now have to be appealed to as actual human beings who laugh, cry, and kiss their kids, makes me hopeful.

Connection, person to person, is making a comeback. It didn’t seem possible. It was all one-way traffic for, say the last 20 years. But it’s a new day. It makes me want to walk up to a stranger, or a barista, and say, “How are you?” and wait for the answer like I never have before.

Don’t look now, I think we humans have just snatched back a little of our humanity. It may be something we all should try to take advantage of; to push the issue of connection just a little bit more.

“Dave’s ability to write is one thing, but his ability to see the meaningful moments in your own words and thoughts is nothing short of amazing. There’s a bit of magic about what he does.”

Chris MeffordCEO, Qontent Agency

"One of the joys of working with Dave is the moment I get to open a doc containing the contents of one of our conversations. The insights he finds from my thoughts, and writes into my thoughts are brilliant."

Jessica YaffaSpeaker, Author, CEO, No Silence No Violence

“I’ve never been a great communicator. Thanks to Dave, I am now.”

Mark BeamishFounder, CEO, MBW Inc.

“Dave finds the insights and storylines that are meaningful and heartfelt in ways I would never know how to convey.”

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