About this pro
I write, edit and teach. All three activities turn on my ability to analyze and to communicate effectively. By ''effectively" I mean in a way that is efficient and engaging -- sometimes even funny The content I prefer is either science or business - or some combination. Both topics, because they can be so complex, are recognized as difficult by most communicators. So the bottom line for my service -- what makes it stand out -- is that I can make science and business accessible and interesting. (Note: I have a current background check done by Wyzant.) I get excited about breaking down complex topics for students or readers. It really is exciting for me. And it's especially exciting if the topic is science or business. As a teacher, I love to watch students find their footing and move ahead. I once had a math student who was failing. I started working with her in the fall. By winter, she was the "go-to" person in her class. She didn't need me anymore, which pleased me enormously. As a writer and editor, the reward is learning that an article I wrote conveyed successfully new and valuable insight. Or in commercial writing, it is exciting to watch sales grow as a result of a marketing program or blog I designed. It's like building a money machiine.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?I target $50/hr. That's how I think. Clients typically target less. Once they realize how much work I get done in an hour, we achieve a "meeting of the minds".
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Tutoring: In the first session the student is assessed and a strategy formulated. Writing and Editing: The first step is to assess the project and formulate a strategy that includes milestones. Fee arrangements are then negotiated.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?My education and employment background is unusually comprehensive in both science and business. (Please review my LI profile or request my resume.)The richest learning in school was in the physics department at Johns Hopkins, chiefly because the professors who taught me were brilliantly efficient communicators of science. The richest business experiences were with highly analytical supervisors who gave me the tools with which to examine complex business problems.