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Well-exercised writers are better writers

Having a hard time focusing on work? There’s so much to think about with Covid-19 and the market decline. When I feel like this, exercise sometimes helps me to focus more. I used to run out to my gym for exercise. That’s not an option now. To help me exercise, I’ve compiled a list of […]

Andy McMorrow

Everything old is new again in advisor communications

This guest post comes from Andy McMorrow, a longtime financial marketer who has inspired some of my own blog posts. I’m glad to have his contribution about crisis communications for advisors. Everything old is new again in advisor communications By Andy McMorrow Back in the day—probably been 15 or 20 years ago—private wealth consultant Russ […]

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Financial communications during the coronavirus crisis

I wish I had a magic bullet for your financial crisis communications during a time of coronavirus and big market declines. I don’t. But I want to help you, which is why I jumped at the opportunity to watch a March 18 webinar delivered by consultant Nick Richtsmeier, whose presentation at the 2019 NAPFA Fall […]

Back at beginning

Writers, go back to the beginning

Sometimes you need to go back to the beginning to find the end. That’s my takeaway from the following quote, from David L. Carroll’s A Manual of Writer’s Tricks. When you’re stuck for an ending, go back to your beginning. When stymied for a way to end your piece, go back to the first line, […]

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Two types of prose from poet Robert Graves

In The Reader Over Your Shoulder: A Handbook for Writers of English Prose, English poet Robert Graves and his co-author, Alan Hodge, say: “There should be two main objects in ordinary prose writing: to convey a message, and to include in it nothing that will distract the reader’s attention or check his habitual pace of […]