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Every communicator needs the same things to get better: better tools, better techniques, better feedback, and a better writing process to consistently produce better communications.

I know everyone can be an effective writer and communicator. I’ll show you what you’re doing well and how to do it better. And we’ll get there together without all the pain, suffering and self-loathing that often comes with talking to someone else about your writing.

I’m your expert, your guide, your cheerleader, your chief morale officer. I keep your spirits high and propel your skills even higher.

If you want the unique experience of becoming a more efficient and effective communicator, and you want to have fun doing it, I’m the coach you want in your corner and you’re the client I want to work hard for.

Learn more about me on Linkedin.

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Your investment in coaching yields valuable results:

  • More effective leadership, authority and influence
  • Better results from focused, detailed and well-written communications
  • Greater confidence in your writing and communication skills
  • Higher quality writing across all genres
  • Faster turn-arounds for time-sensitive projects

Thank you so much for the voice-to-text tip! It cut my newsletter drafting time by about 50% this week.
Jill James, founder, coach & consultant, SIF Industries

What can we work on?

Short answer: Anything that matters to you. Here's a quick run-down of the kinds of people I’ve worked with and what we’ve worked on:

Executive communications icon on Margot Lester's coaching pageC-level executives: I coached a CEO on a process for capturing and organizing ideas to plan and write a business book; and worked with a top executive to prepare Congressional testimony

Professional writers: A small team of writers engaged me to help them produce an annual letter to their industry with a better process, smarter revisions and clearer voice

Entrepreneurs and founders work with Margot LesterEntrepreneurs: To prepare a leadership team for a pitch competition, I provided feedback on a presentation that eventually led to a Google Demo Day win; a team of founders engaged me to help them explain a complex new technology

Career-changers: A successful TV news reporter and anchor engaged me to adapt those skills to a new corporate communications position with a national healthcare organization; I helped a professional changing industries to recast his résumé and cover letter

High-profile icon on Margot Lester's writing coach pageHigh-profile public figures: I advised an elected official on writing a statement and guest essay about a serious personal challenge; I helped a community leader craft an opinion essay for the local paper

Nonprofit leaders: When a board member decided to step down, we worked together on crafting a constructive letter of resignation; I coached an executive director on communicating effectively during a crisis

Book icon on Margot Lester's writing coach pageAuthors: When an established author took control of his own website, he engaged me to help him plan the content and edit the copy; I assisted a team of business book authors in creating a unified voice for their inaugural title

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Ready to go? Email me to get started.

While I consider myself a competent writer when it comes to everyday writing (emails, etc.), I’ve always struggled with writing well for my business, whether it be my website, executive summary, or other marketing documents. Using the straightforward strategies I learned from Margot, I immediately found the courage to tackle projects that had been looming on my task list. Thank you for the great techniques!
Howie Rhee, managing director, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Fuqua School of Business at Duke University

How does communications coaching work?

I tailor our engagement to meet your specific needs based on this process:

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Margot has that intangible, special trait that everyone in business strives for: charisma. Couple that with skills in her vast field of wordsmith optimization, passion, and smarts, and bam, you've got Margot. If you need a boost in today's emerging and ever changing marketplace, Margot is the woman to make it so.
Susan Kingman, managing director, SNI Companies

Let's do it!

Think some communication coaching is what the doctor ordered? Great! Take a look at the different ways we can engage and then contact me to get started.

About Margot: Meet Your Coach

Photo of Writing Coach Margot Lester by Alex ManessI was that weird kid in school who loved to write.

While everyone else was sweating bullets over an essay question, I was stifling my glee. I struggled with reading (we didn’t know how to diagnose dyslexia back then). As for math, let’s just say switching numbers around doesn’t work any better than switching letters around.

But I’ve always been a good writer. It’s what got me through school, guided me in my career choices, and has kept me thriving in business at The Word Factory for over 25 years.

There are a lot of writing coaches out there. Many are very good. I’m one of them. But I’m more than the person who helps you put your prose together.

All my clients benefit from improving their writing, but they want other things, too. They want to write faster, and at a consistently high quality. They want to pick the best topics, choose the best angles, and develop the full suite of abilities required to turn communication into thought-leadership.

Words matter. But thinking matters more. Planning matters more. Choosing channels matters more. Understanding your audience—their questions, concerns, objections, emotions—matters a lot more.

More things matter more than most people think. Which is why more people need a writing coach like me who has more to offer.

Will you become a better writer when you work with me? No question. You’ll be more productive, more confident, more decisive, too, and vastly more prepared to navigate the inevitable changes we both know are coming your way.

What gets me out of bed and excited by this work is helping you achieve your career, personal or business goals—and doing that with better writing.

I’m a writing coach who coaches and writes. Every year, my team at The Word Factory knocks out hundreds of pieces for top organizations worldwide. I write some of them, and edit the rest; hardly a day passes that I don’t dig into a thousand words of something, finding what works, fixing what doesn’t, adding what’s missing. That’s how my team and I get better at what we do every day. And that’s how you know you’ll get better, too.

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