Writing more and better

One of the things I need to do is write more and write better.  I acknowledge that the key to writing better is to practice.

Yes we need to learn what makes writing better, but simply by putting more words to paper, we will get better.

I have done a little research to how I can write more effectively, and also write more consistently.

First from Jeff Goins site here are seven tips for more effective writing:

  1. Practice
  2. Challenge Yourself
  3. Be Yourself
  4. Don’t write like an Idiot
  5. Start Small
  6. Don’t give up
  7. Learn to pitch your pieces.

I think for me the ones I need to focus on are practicing, challenging myself with specific topics, and being myself.  The latter – leads into another article about finding your writing voice that I recently read.

Joy Tanksley writes that to find your voice you need to write what you know (or I believe do great research), then write like you talk, get into a flow of writing, and to start off with, forget conventions – just get the words down on paper.

My research on writing lead me to a great article about how to write daily.  Julie Isaac lists these five steps:

  1. Make a commitment
  2. Make a list of the top 10 reasons why you want to write daily.
  3. Make writing top priority
  4. Write first
  5. Break your daily goal into smaller goals.

I believe I need to make that list of to 10 reasons and post it on my bulletin board.  Then I need to make writing a priority – as it now is not at the top of what I do.

Onward and Upward,

A Nimble Social CRM option

Tried out Nimble – one of the new Social CRM (Customer Relationship Management) cloud based options available.

To really call Nimble a CRM option for you business is stretching it.  Unless ALL of your business communications are done via social media – it really is not an effective CRM tool.  It has limited options for personalization of profiles, does not track the sales process in any way, and no way to track non-internet based communication (meetings, phone calls, etc).

So what doe Nimble do?

It puts all your online communication together under one program.  It links contacts across multiple platforms such as Google Mail, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  It centralizes this information into one contact profile.  This is nice as most people have limited information on their individual profiles, but once put together you get to see most of the information.  You can then fill out any missing basic info (email, address, phone, etc).

It also does a nice job of separating People from Companies.  This is one thing that is often hard to do in regular social media.

I also found the message functionality nice to use for handling Twitter messages.

Nimble is very nice in that it has live feeds from all the social networks.

Nimble is not a complete CRM solution, but it is a nice addition to my online toolbox, and since it is in the cloud, I can access it from anywhere.  Therefore it is a worthwhile addition to any business for aiding in communicating with their clients and prospects.