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say yes and figure it out

By Angie Colee

I’m not a big fan of proclaiming any one thing “the secret” or “the thing” responsible for success. There’s no miracle button, no magic pill. And certainly no “secret” that, once unlocked, will suddenly put wind in your sails and take you to Successville. If you want something, you need to take every opportunity. And…

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self promotion and nuclear winter

By Angie Colee

To say I have a flair for the dramatic is a tiny bit of an understatement. It makes sense, considering it was once my dream to write for television. Mmmmm… drama. Delicious. So I’m sure it’ll come as no surprise that I am good a catastrophizing. Turns out this is a skill a lot of…

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the choices we make

By Angie Colee

This week I find myself in a situation that I never dreamed I’d be in, not in a million years. I’m in Cleveland, Ohio. I’m wrapping up my last day at an event called the Titans Master Class. And what it is, is a business/marketing training/mastermind hybrid. It’s put on by people who have decades…

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the “school of hard knocks” is a thing… and it’s about time you graduate

By Angie Colee

Some thoughts to ponder this weekend, particularly on education. [WARNING: I’m fired up, swearing ahead] Recently I was talking to someone about my path to becoming a coach. It sparked an interesting discussion on education, training, certification. Or rather, it brought up the age-old notion that only folks with degrees and certifications are qualified to…

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kindness costs you nothing

By Angie Colee

I had a couple weird experiences within 24 hours, and I was surprised at how strongly they affected me. And it ties back to a little knowledge nugget that’s served me well over the course of my career… Kindness costs you nothing. It can seem daunting and maybe even a tiny bit overwhelming to be…

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following your internal GPS

By Angie Colee

Earlier this week, I was leading a coaching call with a badass group of up-and-coming copywriters. And one of them said: “I had a hard time with that last assignment. I just didn’t understand it, wasn’t connecting with it, and it took me a lot longer than I thought to get it done. I almost…

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the importance of getting burned

By Angie Colee

We’re all familiar with this situation: Hot stove. Curious kid. Concerned parent. Kid gets precariously close to the glowing red coils, and the parent says, “be careful, that’s hot!” Then maybe the kid looks at the parent quizzically. A quick back-and-forth glance between dad and imminent danger. Kid touches stove, gets burned, screams bloody murder.…

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why sucking is a necessary part of success

By Angie Colee

Before you think I’m being pervy… I’m not talking about a potential sexual harassment case. I’m talking about being horrible at what you do. There’s actually a BENEFIT to allowing yourself to suck. Case in point, I just came across an interesting post from a frustrated copywriter: My trouble is getting started. I can’t seem…

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how to get hired (especially if you’re just starting out)

By Angie Colee

Last week, I got a bit ranty about why you shouldn’t offer to work for free. (refresher: There should always be an exchange of value, whether you’re paying a mentor to educate you/shorten the learning curve, or you’re being paid/trained as a copywriter. Both you and your client/mentor will value your work more.) At the…

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what clients really think of your offer to “work for free”

By Angie Colee

Recently I came across a question in a copywriter group that I see pretty consistently:   I have no degree and very little experience so I’m willing to work for free, which I’ve already proposed to two smaller businesses but unfortunately, I’ve received no response. How would you guys go about this? Any tips/strategies?  …

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