Coaching can improve any kind of performance, including interpersonal issues and written communication. It develops talent and aligns expectations; it helps overcome hurdles; and it can turn a promising professional into a star player.
Just like a coach can be credited with leading his team to the big game, a professional coach can play a key role in guiding their protégé to the C-Suite. Because business writing plays a key role in career success, why not consider a writing coach?
Coaching is more than a chat among friends. Unlike friends, trained coaches will see beyond the symptoms and will help you diagnose your weaknesses and develop frameworks to overcome them. A business writing coach views the writer holistically and situates the feedback in a career-appropriate context, which makes it easier to understand and consistently apply the advice. Ultimately, a writing coach helps guide a writer to reach their full potential.
If coaching sounds like something you’d like to try, here are three coaches who work with professionals who write about complex issues for work.
1. Greg Kurtz
When your writing process craves a blend of inspiration, contemplation, and old-fashioned hard work, where do you turn? We suggest inviting Greg Kurtz to survey your drafts and technique (or lack thereof). An experienced editor and the creator of Good Comma Classroom’s online video series Master the Writing Process and Master the College-Entrance and Scholarship Essay, Mr. Kurtz also meets one-on-one virtually with professionals and students. His 29 years as a writing instructor enable him to seek and destroy writer’s block before your eyes, clearing the way for your best writing yet.
2. Anne Janzer
The business world requires a lot of writing – content marketing, proposals, emails, and various other communications. To be an effective business communicator, you must find your business writing “voice.” Author and business writing coach Anne Janzer can help you find your voice, identify opportunities for growth, and develop a process for creating effective content. Anne is an award-winning author, nonfiction author coach, marketing practitioner, and blogger. As a professional writer, she has worked with more than one hundred technology companies, writing in the voice of countless brands and corporate executives. She is author of the books Get the Word Out, Writing to Be Understood, The Writer’s Process, The Workplace Writer’s Process, and Subscription Marketing.
3. Michael T. Hamilton
Some writers see blank pages as white deserts littered with the dry bones of their weakling phrases. Others turn blank pages into word avalanches, burying themselves in disorganized heaps. Whichever scene you find yourself in, Michael T. Hamilton can help you recover true north and guide you home. The founder of Good Comma Editing and of Good Comma Classroom’s writing-coaching program has trained his team of editors and educators to refine more than five million words since 2013. Michael’s experience in connecting disparate ideas into unified, persuasive arguments led to his publication in The Wall Street Journal and powers Good Comma’s live and video-based 1:1 writing coaching programs.
Your On-Demand Writing Coach
A live writing coach is a significant but worthy investment of time and money. They will give you customized feedback that changes as you progress. But some people need constant feedback and can’t invest in a live coach. To get the feel of constant coaching, try WordRake. It’s your on-demand writing coach ready to give you feedback at any time of day or night. It won’t replace a human coach, but it will improve your writing. With daily use, you’ll improve your judgment and your results. And for $129 per year, you can add WordRake to your writing workflow even while you work with a coach!
WordRake is lightning-fast and uses the familiar Track Changes feature. It shows all recommended edits at once. You may accept or reject each change. By clicking through and reviewing each change, you will be forced to rethink your writing, which helps you grow as a writer and editor.
Writing coaches can help you determine the strengths of your writing and what can be improved. Over time, your coach can become a mentor, trusted friend, and advisor to help you achieve your professional development goals.
If you’re convinced a writing coach can help you with the next step in your writing journey, consider the three coaches above and try WordRake. Get your 7-day free trial now.
About the Author
Nicole Abboud-Shayan is the Business Development Associate for WordRake. Prior to joining the team, Nicole practiced law for several years and then launched her own media and marketing company. Follow Nicole on Twitter @nicoleabboud or connect with her on LinkedIn.