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A Book-to-Blog Experiment

By Renae Gregoire

Trying to increase two habits I long for: reading and bloggingHey there. I’m Renae, an online business owner since 2002. Running and growing that business, along with raising a family from toddlers to college students, has taken up much of my time — including my reading and blogging time.And even though my reading and blogging time decreased, […]

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Perceptions: Do your prospects see what you see?

By Renae Gregoire

Do you see what your customers and prospects see?Running a business can be kind of strange. Here we are, doing this thing we do, selling that thing we sell. Trying to get the word out. Trying to get our product or service in front of our ideal customers. It’s a lot of work, right? We’re busy scurrying here and there, […]

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What’s the deal with blogging?

By Renae Gregoire

To blog … or not to blog?I’ve been talking a lot about blogging lately.  I created a blogging card deck, a 30-day blogging challenge, and I’m working on a program to help solopreneurs and small business owners jumpstart their writing confidence along with their blogs. It’s been “Blog this, blog that, blog, blog, blog, blog, blog” around […]

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3 ways to use writing to share your gifts with the world

By Renae Gregoire

You’re a solopreneur. Now what?I love being a solopreneur.  I love peeling back, refining, and communicating deeper and deeper layers of talent, all with the glorious goal of serving my ideal clients and in some ways changing the world. Yeah, that’s lofty. But it’s also true. If you’re a solopreneur, then your goal might be something similar.  You hold […]

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Wake up, class! How I became a confident writer

By Renae Gregoire

Hint: It had more to do with role models than writing      Dateline: Freshman Year in College, 1994 “Wake up, class!” Professor Harrison boomed, a big smile on his face, quickly clapping his hands twice by his right ear, as if clapping would jostle the remnants of sleep from our bleary, first-period eyes. He held that pose […]

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Getting to know you: A tour of my bookshelves

By Renae Gregoire

Welcome to my bookshelves!   Salutations!  I’m very happy you’re here!  I love to share my favorite books (nearly as much as I love reading them!), so it is my pleasure to take you on a brief journey to explore the treasures on my bookshelves. Note that I wrote this post several years ago as part of […]

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In defense of the exclamation point!

By Renae Gregoire

Pro or con? Choose your side, and stick with it!   Have you seen this chart by Hubspot, on when it’s okay to use an exclamation point? You can click in below for a closer view, but what I really want you to see is the spoiler (in the blue box) at the top of the image.  It […]

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Cut these 5 words; be a better, stronger writer

By Renae Gregoire

Sometimes even good writers need a reminder …   While watching a recording of a live event for the design industry yesterday, one of the speakers surprised me when she mentioned how she became a stronger writer by eliminating one word from her communications. As soon as she mentioned the word (I’ll tell you what it is […]

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5 ways to avoid killing readers with your content

By Renae Gregoire

The Internet is like our oceans … filled with garbage  One day, while I was out on the Internet, doing typical Internet-y things — Facebooking, following links, reading articles — I discovered what seemed to be an intriguing article, both by the vivid image and promised topic: 10 colors that increase sales, and why. Sounds good. Looks […]

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Marketers, is there a smell in your sell?

By Renae Gregoire

What happens when you try to sell ice to Eskimos?Before I became a product creator and writing coach, I used to troll all the job boards looking for writing and editing work.  Believe me, applying for “gigs” is about appealing as I imagine that getting back into the dating scene would be after being married for […]

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Luminous writing: Holy crap, that’s scary!

By Renae Gregoire

Let me be luuuuuuminousEvery day during the 30 Day Blogging Challenge, I’m drawing a set of cards from my soon-to-be-available Blog Post Inspiration Deck. One of the cards today is luminosity. Luminosity. Luminous. I love that word, both the sound of it … luuuminous … and the diverse images it brings to my mind. Like … a sunbeam, […]

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The sales power of communicating your WHY

By Renae Gregoire

When I started my business back in 2002, I was on a mission. I wanted to help small business owners, solopreneurs, and marketers lead more people to YES with clear content and strong positioning that would differentiate them online and offline.  As time went on, my motives became less altruistic. Growing more and more tired of crappy […]

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