A Short Ode To Spring's Latest Attempt To Arrive

I am the next bloom on the cherry tree about to burst wide open, the next new leaf about to unfold its green self, and the song about to erupt from the robin red breasted and boldly singing to source of its Gratitude.

May your writing this coming week erupt from that place in you that believes wholeheartedly in what you are doing and being in the world.

There are people in need of you and your offerings. They simply need know what your offer is.

My offer is to assist you get comfortable with being perhaps more forthcoming and transparent about who you are, what you are up to, what you are a resource for and authentically expressing yourself so that the people who want and need you, have an easier time finding you.

All “writing rules” aside, what would you add to your writing body of work?

Passioneer® Podblast (11 minutes), Deborah’s Tips on Authentically Writing YOU

Sue Zeal Oliver of Passions and Possibilities has a way of bringing out the best with ease in all those she invites to be interviewed.

Are you a Passioneer? She’d love to hear from you too!


SZO: What Tips Do You Have for Budding Passioneers to Cultivate Authentic Self-Expression through Writing?

Practice. Practice. Practice.
Find a trusted friend to critique, work with, edit and give honest feedback as you develop your voice and transparency.
Read other good writer’s stuff and try what appeals to you if only once.
Carry a blank book with you at all times to capture moments that deserve to be remembered and shared.

SZO: What Resources Do You Recommend for Budding Passioneers in this Area?

Any and all Natalie Goldberg Books: Writing Down the Bones and Wild Mind offer great exercises to cultivate your writing muscle.
I can’t say enough about what a friend writing has been to me in my darkest hours and my finest moments.

What could a dose of Authentic Writing and Self-Expression bring into your life?

Passions and Possibilities: What's Love Got to do with IT? Everything!

Dear Sue Zeal Oliver of Passions and Possibilities:

Thank you for having me on the show today to talk of Passions, Possibilities and Love.

I had a most delicious time dialoguing with you over what felt like a virtual cup of tea.

You have a way of showcasing people that is completely honoring.

Now I realize I am doubly blessed to be co-authoring a book with you that showcases the stories of over a dozen of the 100s of Passioneers you have interviewed in the past two years. Your dedication to interviewing your passioneers week after week is inspiring. Showing up like you do alone is motivating thought.

And we all benefit from the wonderful library of dialogues you are creating and maintaining. Conversations filled with hope, inspiratiion and vibrancy (one of your favorite words for good reason!)

Oddly I felt most nervous at the end of the call??? I wonder why…No matter.

My days of radio dj’ing came flowing back to me and to imagine the message that we c-created as we dialogued might be just what someone needs to here…

Now that is what I am all about.

I’m looking forward to tuning into the podcast and archived audio file for quite frankly I remember most of wh\at I shared, but I bet a nugget or two got overlooked and isn’t playback GREAT.


If you missed the live interview and wish to hear it, the link above will get you there.

May you gentle reader at large be blessed with having the ability to pursue your passions as the livelihood of choice.


Oh My Words…Where Have They Been?

What kind of blogger goes into hibernation for too long? Well apparently me. And now I am back…intentionally and pre-emptively before the end of the year to reclaim being a stand for ACTIVE engagement, creative writing, and to initiate a set of themes for 2011 writings:

Fiercer Authenticity

Gentle Consistency

Dashes of Spontaneity

Promoting Collaboration

Building Community

And having fun while working!

What prompts this inventory of mine this morning? Well I was asked by a colleague and friend I have thanks to a blog comment that got responded to, to please come back and be the moderator I invited you to be because we know you like it Deb, and being busy is no longer a good excuse…your comments are missed and we seek your re-engagement.

Message received and digested. I am back! Feeling creative and prolific again.

So I rambled on in a reintroduction of myself to the group I am part of that is now over 400 members strong and an active group on Xing.com saying things like:

Greetings from Deborah Drake, who KNOWS Urs as I do via a blog comment that got taken to an offline conversation very quickly and here we are nearly a year and a half later still discussing the evolving world of Social Media Marketing, Metrics, Monitoring and I love it all.

I for one think ALL marketing is best when social.

And I realize yet AGAIN, I never liked being talked at much.

I prefer a dialogue and the BEAUTY of Social Networks is that they allow for dialogue in real time too.

And What I Notice IS Important where Social Media Monitoring is concerned.

A great user of Facebook, for more business than only personal am I.

I tend to blend my work and life more than some I know–who compartmentalize more and so they do the same with how they show up on LinkedIn vs Facebook vs Biznik vs Xing vs other niche communities.

Twitter honestly still alludes me or rather I have decided I am not a match for Twitter as I need more that 140 characters (apparently, as I laugh at myself and try to end this sentence.)

My intention is to be actively engaged daily if only a little bit, as the fan of Urs that I am and this Xing group.

These days what is keeping me busy is being the “Catalyst” championing as always Authentic Self-Promotion via the many channels of Self-Publishing.

There are new clients with great projects and I’m supporting the cultivation of blogs people look forward to writing for, producing books that are ready to be “born”, and championing balanced attempts at an authentic and timely online presence.

This is the juicy stuff that I coach my clients through with the vision this attracts them the right clients, partners and ambassadors.

A trio of writing revelations revisited:

Writing as ourselves is simply less work and flows from us more freely.

Writing for our audience requires us to contemplate what might be of interest to them.

Writing for the search engines and “bots” requires that we apply a strategic filter to our writing before we “self-publish” and refine here and there to please the equally non-human reader.

A smattering of random thoughts about Social Media as the AMAZING OPPORTUNITY it is:

I remain amazed and humored by how many people (some of them younger than me!) resist the communication technology platforms that literally open up the world to us all.

And I realize that everyone evolves at their pace, not mine AND embraces new paradigms at their pace, again not mine.  You won’t start that blog (or maintain it) because I say so. It is when you see the value in doing so.

And,  avid reader and writer that I am: if ever there was a year I would invest in a Kindle or a Nook or a Digital Reader…it has come…the luddite in me is squirming and yet I see that I must accept (and choose to) that changing platforms for sharing and communicating (and reading) is here and now and good for us at the end of the day (when all is said and done.)

We can be more connected than ever and we can choose to do it in a way that cultivates that feeling of a great face to face meeting. Or so I believe.

If I know me, my opinions and observations in 2011 will continue to be a blend of the soft and the hard sciences of this “animal” called social media marketing and the monitoring of it.

I can be a “numbers” person and yet I always look for what is also at the heart of the marketing efforts made by me and others (e.g. I  truly and authentically write to promote an event I am producing or promoting because I want to see a “full house” BECAUSE I know the content of the event will be so good for those who get it. And so, I will embrace doing what it takes to engage, enroll, convert and yes, make the sale–BUT not WHATEVER it takes!

Get my drift?

I’m looking forward to being an active blogger and role model in 2011. And I will forever remain an Enthusiast about all things “Social” and “Media” and its evolving state.

My big question of the day is when will FB get that it might be nice to survey their customers before changing things as they do deciding for me how I want things to be? (smile…LOL)

Happy Holidays to you all…

Deborah Drake – Writing Coach, Business & Marketing Consultant

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The Manifesto

This is a blog devoted to Effective Communication and Authentic Marketing Strategies.

I believe that Authentic Communication provokes readers into action.

Self-expression is something we did as children and for as long as we were not silenced. So now we get to relearn how to write and speak like ourselves.

What stops you from saying what you really want to say? About your professional services, your business, your most important creative aspirations?

I enjoy helping those who desire to write, publish, and market themselves but resist doing so Authentically, Boldly, and Consistently. (ABC’s in my book!)

May you come to the place you look forward to sharing yourself through writing or self-expression through other mediums for pleasure and/or profit.


Insomnia and Creativity Go Hand in Hand

I do so love a good all nighter!

Reminds me of that time I had to complete a final paper for a college literature course and I got stuck on page five of 20.

I had drafted the first five pages with ease. Weeks before,  I had typed up those first five inspired pages on my trusty Brother (back before computers made it a breeze to edit and rework copy).

So imagine a college Senior, eager to complete this 20 page project and get on with my Life! Sitting at the dining room table (or rather the card table that served as such) I starred hard at the bottom half of the fifth page…blank…uninspired. Simply stuck on where to go from the point I had left off.

My roommate Dan did his best to coax and coach me to relax, let the ideas flow, and just type something but I was a deer in the headlights. But I was determined to sit at that card table, fingers on the keys, and referencing my outline and notes, I prayed for guidance. None came.

So Dan got radical on me. How you ask?

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