5 Ways to Exercise Your Writing Skills Without Actually WritingSep 24, 2021
For some of us, the idea of writing can be all too intimidating, and we tend to be our own greatest roadblock when it comes to getting started. This is true when writing a book, writing blog posts, writing social media posts - or even writing emails for your newsletter, your strategic nurture emails or your launch emails.
While you can treat yourself to fancy new notebooks and shiny pens meant to motivate your writing, putting pen to paper isn’t always actually the most efficient use of your time.
Rather than write, you could speak.
Grab a recorder and speak the whole shebang accepting it will only be 80% perfect, but you will also only spend a fraction of the time creating this first draft.
You can hire someone to transcribe the audio for you so that you can be putting your time and energy into the tasks where you are actually skilled. A copyeditor can turn your greatest ideas into powerful messages and music for the readers' eyes.
At first, speaking your material can feel awkward and even difficult. But this is great practice for online presence, friend!
Getting comfortable with speaking your ideas, is a skill that can lead to the hassle-free creation of courses or marketing videos or podcast material.
And by the way, usually finding it hard roots in not having DECIDED what goes into the material. You need a powerful planning process before you start rambling.
Here are 5 fun ideas as to how you can exercise your writing skills productively
#1 - Put what you do into words
Pick one simple concept you’ve used in response to a client’s problem and share how this solved the issue. Was it when the client needed to attract more customers, to find a supplier, or perhaps when the client was unsure how to position themselves? Show us (your audience) that you have the answers.
#2 - Tell your brand’s story
Give yourself five minutes to elaborate, non-stop. Tell of how you got the idea, how it all came to be, and what your aim is. When you’re done, hit playback and listen carefully to the audio, ideally transcribing. Now, summarize your story in just five sentences. This is going to help you keep a clear and concise presentation ready for those causal bump-ins with potential clients and contributors.
#3 - Give a sales presentation for a competitor’s product
This will make you examine what they are doing, whether it’s right, wrong or just different from yours. What are the product’s highlights? What does it say about the brand? Does it actually compete with your product in terms of potentially attracting the same clients?
#4 - Create a vision
Give yourself five minutes to describe where you’d like to see your company (and yourself) at this time next year. Allow this to be a free-flowing process, which is to say allow yourself to really reach into all the nooks and crannies. Whatever goal you set, try and double it and talk about what it would take to achieve it.
Share your journey
Think back to when you were just starting (even if that was only last week!). What have you learned so far? What makes you say “If only I knew then what I know now…”?
Come up with 10 pieces of advice for someone entering a similar business to yours. You may notice that you have some lingering questions yourself at this stage of your career.
And now for the hardest part: Listen to the recording and try not to cringe at the sound of your own voice. Just kidding. The idea is, you “write” to YOU.
This exercise helps you overcome the fear of writing as well as the fear of speaking out loud, a tool that turns out to be very useful in terms of developing your business.
So go ahead and listen to your recordings, transcribe all, some or even none of it (hiring someone will be so worth it!).
Afterwards, you may practice again and make some edits. Who knows, you may even use some of this audio for that future self-published book of yours!
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