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I'm Not Writing About You - Am I?

Dr. Linda Hancock The Eleventh Year Writing & Speaking

Often people tell me that they read my articles and wonder how I know what they are going through. They think that perhaps someone has told me about their situation or that I have some kind of magical powers that gave me insight into their troubles. Well, you can relax. I have been writing articles for this column for almost twelve years and have never based any article on one person. In fact, most of them were written without me having any particular person in mind. After having seen over 7,000 clients, though I have found that there are some...

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Getting Ready for a Speaking Presentation

Dr. Linda Hancock Writing & Speaking

My son lives five hours away from my home but travels with me for professional speaking engagements. He usually arrives a day or two before the scheduled event and we begin strategizing and preparing so that I can be my best. Following are the steps that we take: Review of the materials that I have received from the hosting organization - We want to make sure that we understand the specific needs and requests as well as the logistics for our stay. We double-check the times they have set for us to fulfill their banquet and room reservations as well...

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Tips for Your Business Writing

Dr. Linda Hancock Writing & Speaking

Keep it simple - Write the same way that you would talk to a young but intelligent grandchild. You need to tell a story that is interesting enough to capture attention and simple enough to be understandable. Begin by stating why you are involved in telling this story and describe the characters who are involved. Use language that is easily understood and stay away from words that others might not know. Imagine that you are writing a story that will be found by historians hundreds of years from now. Would they be able to read it and not only know what...

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So, You Want to Write a Book!

Dr. Linda Hancock The Fifth Year Writing & Speaking

Repeatedly I hear individuals state that they either have written an unpublished book or have always had a desire to write a book. Well, I just finished my second and learned a great deal from the process. Doing the writing is just one element of the process. You also need to know about graphic design, interior layout, editing options and marketing. In fact, it doesn't matter who you have as a publisher, you will still be responsible for a major part of the marketing. One of the most important things to know as an author is the different types of...

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So, You Want to Write a Book!

Dr. Linda Hancock Writing & Speaking

Repeatedly I hear individuals state that they either have written an unpublished book or have always had a desire to write a book. Well, I just finished my second and learned a great deal from the process. Doing the writing is just one element of the process. You also need to know about graphic design, interior layout, editing options and marketing. In fact, it doesn't matter who you have as a publisher, you will still be responsible for a major part of the marketing. One of the most important things to know as an author is the different types of...

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Journaling - "Dear Diary"

Dr. Linda Hancock The Second Year Writing & Speaking

Thoughts go around and around and around in your head but when you write them on paper, they have a beginning and an end. My Aunt Eleanor kept a daily diary and whenever we wondered about the details of an event or circumstance, she could fill in the missing information by merely looking it up. I always thought that she was very disciplined and amazing but never followed her example other than when I travel. I always take a journal with me on trips to document my "adventures", gather autographs and record my personal feelings and thoughts. As a therapist...

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