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Pricing Excellence

When I came across this Ted talk  three years ago, I didn’t like the sound of “no one will ever pay you what you are worth”. At all. My premise was that people WOULD notice that I’m excellent, just from showing my work. I found it interesting enough to draw a note about it, but  I had no idea how…

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Eggs, Potential and the Messy Middle

Above you see the first stage of starting a project. So many ideas, so many possibilities! It feels great. But there are two more stages to come. But then, as soon as you begin pinning them down, it is as if they evaporate. On paper, they don’t look nearly as good as you had imagined them. This is true for…

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Daily Practice

I’m writing a daily email. And if you’re in the process of building an audience,  I recommend that you do the same. I had committed to a daily practice before – posting a drawing on Facebook every day – and it was life changing. Or, let’s say.. business changing. Not that publishing daily is easy. Here is how it felt…

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Writing template for posts and articles

  You have already written your Big Story for your next Ted talk (if not, download the  Signature Story template and get started! But what about the everyday writing you are struggling with? How can you produce content for social media posts, fast? I hate to sit with a blank page every time, starting from scratch.  I have tried copying what…

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A fertile ground for Aha-Moments

Recipe for growing new ideas – two minds, one paper, and a pencil! The other day I had a Brand Storyboarding Session with Paul, who is a brilliant and successful business consultant. He had gotten disenchanted with the corporate world and is toying with the idea of becoming a motivational speaker. He already knew how to help people through entertaining…

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My messy pencil – about hidden strengths.

Have you heard the saying “your mess is your message?” I think there is something true in there. During many years as a graphic designer, I didn’t do illustrations, because my lines were crooked and the whole thing looked „too messy“. Until one day I had the lightbulb idea to make exactly the messiness “my thing”. And I haven’t looked…

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Freebie: Do you know who you are?

Do you know who you are and what you are doing? I guess. Can you SAY who you are and what you are doing? It can be surprisingly difficult. Especially if you do something that is intangible, complicated, or new. Of course, you don’t NEED an original label. I lived my life happily with the generic label “graphic designer” until I…

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No B.S. Agency – a Brand Storyboard Interview with Pia Silva

I spoke with business coach Pia Silva about the new program that she and her husband Steven are putting out in the world. Here is their website: Worstofalldesign.com

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Think – feel – do. A framework for writing

Drawing is fun. But I found out drawing isn’t enough. If you want to reach your audience, there is no way around writing – and writing well. I came across a framework called „Think-feel-do“, that might be helpful for people like me who want to learn to write better. For impactful writing, you need to cover all three areas: 1)…

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Through the forest to a happy ending

“Worried about the world? Here’s what you need to know: We live in a story. And that means that we can change it.“ Mary Alice Arthur is a story activist. She just launched the the book 365 Alive! – A revolutionary field guide to your inner superpower – Story. Before you read the book, you might – Feel overwhelmed or…

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