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This Is What Happens When You Let Other People Get In Your Head

This week I’m in Houston staying with my parents because I’m a great daughter and winner of all brownie points. I was meeting a friend for dinner when my mother said, “I’m not sure you should take the car. You haven’t driven in a while.” She was right. Living just outside Manhattan I never drive,…

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The Pressure To Write Something That Doesn’t Suck

Last week a reader asked me if I’d review her work before she published it publicly. I said that I could, but it wouldn’t help her solve her problem. Her problem was this: “It’s like I know I have a Picasso ready to be painted, but I only know how to do f$%^*@# stick figures.”  There are two…

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How To Get People To Listen To What You Have To Say

Have you ever been in a conversation where you couldn’t stop talking? That was me at a party a few weeks ago. Like this: I could not shut up. I finally apologized to the guy I was talking to, I felt so bad. “Sorry for verbal vomiting on you.” “That’s by design,” he said. Huh?…

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Why You Need Specificity in Your Marketing If You Want It To Work

One thing you should never do is listen to Revisionist History episode 6 while you’re at the gym. The episode is titled “King of Tears” (if that wasn’t a dead giveaway), about the man behind country music’s biggest hits and why country music is so gut-wrenchingly sad compared to other genres. After putting you through “He…

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Is Everyone Entitled to A Platform?

“Not everyone should start a blog!” A client threw this slinger at my friend. “I wasn’t suggesting everyone start a blog,” she told me over dinner recounting the story. “I was suggesting she start a blog since she wanted to be a writer and the traditional approach wasn’t working for her.” My friend was horrified at how her…

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This Hiring Mistake Could Be Costing Your Marketing Department Millions

Have you ever been to Stillwell, Kansas? It’s the type of place where you walk down the street and everyone says hi to you. That warm receptiveness to strangers is a hallmark of the Midwest. It’s also why I was so shocked to meet an unfriendly Starbucks barista when I was in the Kansas City…

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How Long Should Your Content Be?

How long should your content be? Email. Blog post. Sales page. Instagram caption. What’s the right length? That’s the most common question I get asked about writing. (The next question is “how often?”) Every successful writer and copywriter will tell you the same thing: Content needs to be as long as necessary to convey the message.…

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How Sam Harris Is Supporting His Work Without Running Ads

I’ll sit, staring at the screen, credit card in hand, thinking, “Put your money where your mouth is, Margo. Do it already.” Then, like clockwork, I proceed to do something else.This scenario happens once a day as I attempt to support my favorite content producers on Patreon. Despite being vocal about the future of media…

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