2011 was unique and scary and all the things years filled with milestones should be. I continued on my freelancing quest, and had one of those babies everyone keeps talking about. Filled with lessons big and small, here are two of the most important freelancing lessons I’ve learned this year:
Less Words, More Speak
As a collective, we need to find a way to say what we mean, without all the filler. I’ve been known to ramble as much as the next person, but I realize there’s a need for more meat, and less bread and mayo. Cut the fat, speak with intention, and do whatever else you need to do to use less to say more.
Absorb what you Read
From the back of the cereal box to the first page of War and Peace, every single thing we read can serve a purpose. Dissecting ad copy and analyzing literal prose – both are equally valuable and should be treated so. Figuring out why something was written the way it was (whether in err or with intent) will develop analytical skills and improve our written word.
No matter your occupation, ring in the New Year with introspection, and discover ways to improve what you do and how you do it.
What are your professional New Year’s resolutions?