My entire career has been focused in some form or fashion on words. How to use them. Where to put them. And figuring out why some words work better than others. I’ve worked with a lot of words, a lot organizations, and a lot of people.
Along the way, I figured out that each word has its very own energy. And then I figured out how people can tap into that energy to tap into their awesomeness. So now that’s where I focus my energy: on people harnessing that energy so they can own their words and own their lives.
Here are a few titles/positions/descriptors that I have held, or currently do hold:
Author: Own your words. Own your life., Pitchfalls--why bad pitches happen to good people, Great Mission. Bad Statement: why the social sector should worry about words, and more than 350 blog posts. (That's a whole lotta of words!)
Speaker: At dozens of events across North America. (Here's me in action at one of those events.)
Founder & CEO: Claxon
Senior Lecturer: Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington
Co-Director: Nancy Bell Evans Center on Nonprofits & Philanthropy, University of Washington
Creator: The Wordifier
Creator: 1, 2, 3 Marketing Tree
Inventor: The Claxon Method
Director of Communications & Development: NPower
Associate Director of Commerce Undergraduate Programs: University of British Columbia
Waitress/Caterer/Bartender: Too many places to list
As a consultant and/or coach, I have worked with organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PATH, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Team Read, Group Health Research Institute, and, oh, about 100 more. Collectively, I have trained and/or taught more than 1,000 people.
Things I believe in: Gratitude, kindness, humor, rest, silence, conversation, grit, love, that we each have a unique reason for being on the planet, and the energetics of language.
Things I like: My husband, my kids, my parents, my friends, tomatoes, boxing, walking, dark chocolate, good wine, fluffy bathrobes, and any variation on the word ‘vex’ (e.g. vexing, vexatious, vexed, etc).
Things I don’t like: Mean people, slow drivers, and beef. I haven’t eaten beef since I was 16. I drove through cow country in Northern California and got totally grossed out by the idea of eating cows. My mum thought this would be a passing phase (go ahead and ask her). That was 30ish years ago.
If I can help you in any way, please drop me a line.