A Writer who’s “Smarter than the average bear”

gs-sgmc-ladies-nite-18As a contract resource or employee, on a scale between superb Matt Damon in “The Martian” and Yogi, the picnic basket-snatching Bear, I can follow directions from afar or produce original takes on content across a wide professional spectrum. I’m confident a variety of career projects puts me ahead of that one-trick “smarter than the average bear.”

My RESPONDER-1 material, specifically focused on a firefighters niche as a real estate broker, or compiling multi-department contributions into reports is at the core of  editorial best practices, and that has always meant providing information worth knowing, considering, and using.

Interviewing is a long time strength – what would a sports writer be without good quotes? – and “research” covers a lot of territory, but writing for the market and speed in becoming a subject matter specialist is essential for consultants, journalists, and long-form informational bloggers.

The Q&A process with consulting and interviews is about communications, never just interrogation. Determining the factors that are most important to clients, and what is essential to convey in content creation is a well-honed skill from over thirty years of editorial and sales related expertise.

Corporate newsletters to politics, business and sports features (50+ credits for Panthers FanSided site in 2018), CBD oil (manufacturer was *big* on SEO), senior healthcare, recruiting, and real estate are all in my bailiwick.

Knowing how to “dig” in client interview situations is mandatory for material research, a skill sharpened often in sales presentations.

PowerPoint slide deck? Sure. “Leadership Thought” – 1,200 words enough? 3,000 words about recycling and U.S. – world garbage challenges with lots of links? Done it (no tee-shirt).

Producing corporate Ordering and Return Procedures for an industrial laundry machinery operation (in a nifty 895 words) and distilling a 1,325 user mailing list from an 18,000 machine data and distributing it, that’s “value added.”

Editing group essays of 130 rising juniors (HOBY Ambassadors) into chapters for a read-along book project that highlighted qualities like confidence, loyalty, cooperation, and being trustworthy for a youth leadership organization, translates well in management reporting.

Motivational speaking skills being a confident, well-used asset, whether conveying operational steps at scholastic (fundraising), HOBY or CIS (Communities in Schools) youth leadership, or professional levels are a point of pride.

SEO and Tech Writing

There’s a definite difference in needing-to-be-done-a-certain-way design for multiple operational layers, starting from scratch tech writing and compilation and interpretation of content, then presenting it with specified formats and “editorial values.”

A recent recruiter contact indicated there would be a paid training period by the client, so that all contract people were knowledgable in OpenText, and picking up something on gigs becomes career enhancing expertise for content writers. I haven’t been intimidated about using systems listed in job descriptions, and its good to know about up front training, which is nothing but good dusiness.

CDTalent Enterprises has produced in a variety of situations that create editorial depth. I’m not a coder.

This is an upgraded kronut by Sugarrmann, with an extra blob of flavorful lemon under the glazing, after I reviewed a previous version’s tastefulness. Super little crunch of layers for it being a cake donut, and give it an A-1 on the sugary-cinnamon overload.

The Return of TV Sports

Without getting crazy about Juan Carlos of the Nationals going out before July 23rd opener based on COVID positive, I caught part of a NWSL game, and dropped through three other MSL games with the knock-out stage format that has never-before-in-playoffs Houston Dynamo into the next round off a particularly stingy defense. I’d have to say everyone is taking these events seriously, fans or not.

Baseball-wise, I’m going with ATLANTA on general principles. Goooood bunch of young hitters, terrific manager. Nobody actually wins just because you might want to respond here, but IMHO, sending the right kind of message about VARIETY by better communicating relevant experience is its own reward.

What’s your new watchable sports focus?

A) Glad to see the women’s soccer, two daughters are huge fans.

B) Baseball is a little weird, but they’re piping in noise. Expect to see “COVID out reports” of people held out. Let’s see how 60 games and playoffs work out. Testing is still a question under these circumstances.

C) ” Hockey” Are you kidding, in AUGUST? Well, it is playoff format. See how fast they go to shoot outs, like with soccer.

D) Basketball. They say LeBron is acting beastly. In a short sprint, playoff deal, who wants to bet against him? With Anthony Davis and Kuzma, could be that kind of year.

E) Other

Pick A,B,C,D,E and include your own analysis. At the end of September, I’ll pick two responses and interview – write a 1,200 word Leadership Thought piece for their authors.

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