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Services2018-04-12T13:10:27+00:00

 

Writing

My clients want rigorously vetted text, but they also want words that hit the page alive and kicking. I deliver a seamless blend of precision and warmth, creating documents that go deep, not dull.

Order from chaos. Specialists excel at the details, but they often struggle to explain their work to others. I help clients uncover crucial messages hiding among the data points.

SERVICE IN ACTION:
Louisiana has the most rigorously science based approach to climate change of any state in the U.S. I’m the go to person for making that science sing so that everyone—from journalists, to crawfish farmers, to Congress—can understand the issues.

  In addition to over 20 reports on the subject, I was the sole author of the state’s first two master plans for the coast, and wrote the public summary for the third.

  The Economist says that Louisiana’s master plan “reads like a publication from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, on whose sea level rise projections it is indeed based.”

Editing

Some clients call me when they’re stuck. Maybe the complexity of their ideas has them stumped. Maybe cross-cutting views on their team make it hard to move forward. Through a combination of group facilitation and wordsmithing, I create a path through the word jungle.

Document diplomacy. When a team writes something, they do more than arrange words on a page—they take a united stand on issues they care about. But getting everyone to agree requires problem solving. I studied mediation at Harvard and MIT so that I could resolve tough conflicts and keep client teams on task.

SERVICE IN ACTION:

Systems thinking offers great tools, but it can be hard to write about. I help experts from a range of fields explain how concepts like chaos theory can be applied to high stakes issues.

•   I’m working with an ecologist and his team to build a semester long course that applies systems thinking to coastal environments. Together we’re designing presentations, honing ideas, and creating text.
•  I’m helping peacebuilding experts describe how systems thinking can re-establish legal systems in post-war environments. Together we’ve written a 40 page article, and we’re working on a book length treatment.

Training

People share ideas all the time, but most of us could do it better, especially when controversial issues are involved. I teach researchers and other experts how to share their ideas verbally or in writing. The key? Start by listening. 

Just enough embarrassment. I’m not a “sage on a stage” trainer. Instead, I like to bring people together around a table to laugh, trade ideas, and take some risks. Reading their rough text aloud to an audience can be nerve wracking, but it reminds my trainees that words are tools for connecting people. To keep this message fresh, I provide take home templates and guides.

SERVICE IN ACTION:
Young university researchers are busy building their careers, and they want to talk about their work with people outside the lab.
 I work one on one and in groups with cohorts of 12 to 15 university researchers. We focus on improving communication skills and outreach strategies.
  Many scientists want to practice talking about their work with diverse audiences. In conjunction with Louisiana Sea Grant, I’ve been a regular judge at state wide competitions that invite graduate students to get up on a stage and describe their research to people from different academic backgrounds.

Your knowledge. My writer’s touch.
Together we tell the story.