Executive & LEADERSHIP
Every communicator needs the same things to get better: better tools, better techniques, better feedback, and a better writing process to consistently produce better communications.
If you want the unique experience of becoming a more efficient and effective communicator, and you want to have fun doing it, I’m the coach you want in your corner and you’re the client I want to work hard for.
Let's work together to produce:
More effective leadership, authority and influence
Better results from focused, detailed and well-written communications
Greater confidence in your writing and communication skills
Higher quality writing across all genres
Faster turn-arounds for time-sensitive projects
What Can we work on?
Short answer: Anything that matters to you. Here's a quick run-down of the kinds of people I’ve worked with and what we’ve worked on:
I coached a CEO on a process for capturing and organizing ideas to plan and write a business book; and worked with a top executive to prepare Congressional testimony
Ahead of a pitch competition, I provided feedback on a presentation that eventually led to a Google Demo Day win; a team of founders engaged me for help explaining a complex new technology
When a board member decided to step down, I helped her craft a constructive letter of resignation; I coached an executive director on communicating effectively in a crisis
When an established author took over his website, he we worked together to plan and edit the content; I coached a team of business book authors in creating a unified voice for its inaugural title
I advised an elected official on his statement and guest essay about a serious personal challenge; I helped a community leader draft an opinion essay for the local paper
A successful TV news reporter engaged me to adapt her skills to a corporate communications position; I coached a professional changing industries to make his résumé and cover letter more relevant to prospective employers
More About Me
I was that kid in school who loved to write. While everyone else was sweating bullets over an essay question, I was stifling my glee. I struggled with reading and math. But I could always count on writing. It’s what got me through school, guided me in my career choices, and has kept me thriving in business at The Word Factory for over 25 years.
So I'm a coach and a professional writer. I know the struggles and have some solutions. Every year, The Word Factory knocks out hundreds of pieces for top organizations. I write a lot of them and edit the rest, so hardly a day passes that I don’t dig into a thousand words of something, finding what works, fixing what doesn’t, adding what’s missing. That’s how my team and I get better at what we do every day. And that’s how you know you’ll get better, too.
And, for what it's worth, I actually did sort-of write the book on being a better writer. I was the development editor for and co-author of the multiple award-winning Be a Better Writer.
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From My Clients
Margot has that intangible, special trait that everyone in business strives for: charisma. Couple that with skills in her vast field of wordsmith optimization, passion, and smarts, and bam, you've got Margot. If you need a boost in today's emerging and ever changing marketplace, Margot is the woman to make it so.
While I consider myself a competent writer when it comes to everyday writing (emails, etc.), I’ve always struggled with writing well for my business, whether it be my website, executive summary, or other marketing documents. Using the straightforward strategies I learned from Margot, I immediately found the courage to tackle projects that had been looming on my task list. Thank you for the great techniques!