I am a relatively new business owner (I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary!) and my writing career started at that time as well. I started writing so that I could reach my online clients more effectively.
My writing career began by writing articles for my website and my monthly newsletter, “Choose to Be Clutter-Free!”. Then, in 2002, I wrote an online course for UniversalClass.com, “Learn to Be Clutter-Free!”. Since then, I have had over 200 students enroll in the course and the majority found the information provided helpful in their endeavors to become clutter-free and organized. THAT is a satisfying feeling!
In September 2003 (3 months after I lost my Mom to breast cancer), I was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting MS. I didn’t want that to stop me. So, in addition to offering the “Learn to Be Clutter-Free!” course, I wrote the, "Learn to Be a Professional Organizer" course. Since then, I have had almost 40 students in this course and at least 1/2 have pursued the career of a professional organizer!
In 2004, I joined the National Association of Professional Organizers & the National Study Group on Chronic Disorganization. Those are additional reasons for me to become more adept at writing. I want to get into public speaking and write seminars, workshops, and speeches - ones that will grab the attention of the participants.
I spoke at the Professional Staff Senate (about 200 people!) of the University at Buffalo Conference in Grand Island, NY on June 17th. As the wrap-up speaker, I wrote a 20 minute speech to help people see why it is important to declutter their lives, why it isn’t so frightening, and why it is achievable.
I joined Toastmasters recently, to improve my public speaking skills. Little did I realize that this is going to also encourage me to write, since I need to write speeches for the meetings.
I know that writing is essential for me to be effective in the way that I want to help people. Joining Authors Den is just what I needed to spur me on!