Writing to your mom or your friend
Advice is to make you think and inspire you; certainty and wisdom, though, you have to figure out for yourself. Take the quote below:
“It took a lot of thinking through, a lot of taste, and lot of iterations, and a lot of feedback cycles, to realize ‘ok, we need to write this like we’re writing to our mom or our friend’, because that’s going to make sure the language comes of so .. clean”
-Patrick Campbell, Profitwell
Someone like Patrick had probably already been told to, “write like you’re writing to a friend”. Or he’d read it in a book or article. That’s not uncommon writing advice.
When you give (or write down) advice though, you’re not actually transferring any wisdom at all, contrary to the sales pitch of many consulting firms.
You might capture someone’s imagination though. All you’re really transfering when you give advice to someone is inspiration, to get them to try doing something – with the hope that through taking action, that person might eventually acquire wisdom for themself.
It worked for Patrick BTW; his Profitwell marketing emails are so clear that I often used to mistakenly assume he’d written me a quick note, personally. When in reality, he probably has 60,000 people on his list.
(This was originally published on Art of Message – subscribe here)