create.compose.communicate — resolution month.

Friends, when will I learn? Technical difficulties . . . this post should have gone live a week ago, but it is still relevant. It’s Resolution Month on Create.Compose.Communicate. Our next edition rolls into inboxes tomorrow morning. Get signed up!

In college, I was part of a team called LEAD Mizzou. We called ourselves leadership educators, and did presentations for other campus groups on all kinds of topics. My favorite to present with our team: goal setting. We chatted about what a good goal looks like, how to measure progress, how to ensure you’re on the right track . . . and I relished every minute of it.

What is it about the simple flipping of the calendar? I feel like I’m right back in a LEAD Mizzou presentation these days, clicking through PowerPoint slides on SMART goals. (Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic and Timely, that is.)

Real slide, real presentation. Nerd, and I'm not apologizing for it.

Real slide, real presentation. Nerd, and I’m not apologizing for it.

No matter where you stand on New Year’s resolutions – love ‘em or hate ‘em — there’s magic to be found in the new year. It’s goal setting season. No denying the power of a clean slate, a new leaf, a fresh start. This new optimism and energy is exciting and can push us to a new level, a new place of success.

Now, goal setting and resolution writing is easier said than done. Melissa and I think the new year is a great time to put your best foot forward professionally. It’s a great month to set business communications resolutions.

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So in the spirit of setting goals and making plans, it’s Resolution Month on Create.Compose.Communicate. We have much planned for the next few weeks.

We’ll share why it’s worth it to invest in your business communications. That 2013 business or organization communications plan that hasn’t been finalized yet? We’ll walk you through it. Also on the docket: how to write a better how-to, and how to write better sales copy.

And so that’s the talk-the-talk portion of it all, anyway. Personally, I’m trying to walk-the-walk too. It’s one thing to smile big and roll through a goal-setting PowerPoint as a college student. It’s quite another to do the hard work of making goals become a reality.

Every week, Melissa and I love sharing what we know and what we’re learning about writing every Thursday morning. It’s our craft and our passion, so it’s a privilege to share it with you. Oh yeah, and it’s totally free. No matter what you do for a living, being a better communicator and a better writer makes you a better professional. Get signed up here. 

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