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Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018
Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018

Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018

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Introduction: I enjoy helping my clients reach their goals by coaching them to speak with impact, by ghostwriting gripping prose, and by flawlessly editing their drafts. 1. COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ESSAYS: Finding out what admissions officers are really looking for in student essays and personal statements happened to me through pure luck. My first career was in higher education, where I was promoted from writing instructor to Dean, then to Director. Admissions ended up reporting directly to me. During those years, I read thousands of application essays, and I watched closely how the Admissions staff selected the winners from the losers. At some point, I was able to predict which essay/application would end up in which pile. The same held true when I later worked at Stanford University. You see, there really are "ideal student" profiles at many colleges, and I learned how to uncover them. I can use my experience to uncover them at schools you are considering. Then, together, we can see which ones have a profile that looks like you. If the ones that are a good fit also have the course programs you want, we have a match. All that is left to do is write an entertaining essay that highlights the qualities you have that they want for their student body. You may not even know you possess them, but that is where you will have to trust my coaching skills to help you see them and describe them. More than 85% of my clients have been accepted by their dream schools, including at Stanford, Princeton, Yale, Brown, and Duke, as well as MBA, law, medical, and even dental grad schools. The latest hot trend is community college students applying to four-year universities. Unlike community college applications, though, universities require essays. That's where I can help. Be aware, though, that even the most creative, most impressive essay won't get you in by itself if you don't have the required GPA, test scores, activities, etc. But it sure helps! 2. PUBLIC SPEAKING COACH: I have coached hundreds of college students and dozens of business and technology executives in Silicon Valley, as well as the occasional panicked buddy of the groom who needs a funny "Best Man" wedding toast, preferably accompanied by an embarrassing but hilarious story from the old days. With experience like this, who could be more equipped to turn you into a speaking pro! Over 30 years of speaker coaching, I'm sure I've worked with almost every topic under the sun, and I've faced some severe cases of stage fright. Finding that the solutions all the books suggest don't work, I came up with my own methodology, which does. And not just for stage fright, but for all the skills good speakers need. In fact, my clients achieve noticeable improvements in far less time than other programs require, and with less effort. This is not a cookie-cutter program; it is carefully tailored to bring out your strengths and cure or camouflage any weaknesses. It doesn’t take a lot of work from most clients. But there is always the exception. I’ll never forget him—a brilliant CEO genius who regularly put audiences to sleep. He was determined to be great, though, and after a couple of years (yes, years!) of intensive coaching and practicing my methods, he was like an entirely new person. He became a frequently invited keynote speaker at conferences worldwide, including the World Economic Forum in Davos, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffet. It was a remarkable transformation. You should be forewarned that I intend to have fun. Most people would rather die than have to speak in public, but you will find the training painless, and often quite funny. If you should come from a foreign country and Americans have difficulty understanding what you are saying, I can also teach you methods to reduce the effect of your accent without having to eliminate it. 3. EDITING: I love the challenge of making complicated content easy to understand and pleasing to the ear. As a former writing instructor and speech-/ghostwriter for Silicon Valley CEOs and senior executives, I will deliver nothing less than top-quality work. Clients often accuse me of mind-reading, as my edits usually get closer to what they originally wanted to express than their own words did. I don't know if it's mind-reading or just careful listening, but it happens all the time. 4. GHOSTWRITING: As mentioned above under Editing, I can pick up your unique "voice" quite accurately and quickly. Will help you refine your initial idea, create the outline, interview you for stories, and write the manuscript. Can write query letters to agents and publishers, arrange press tours, and perform other promotional activities. 5. THOUGHT LEADERSHIP PLATFORMS / PROCESS MODELS: Developed thought leadership platforms for Silicon Valley executives. Will create or improve your process model and engage an illustrator whom I will guide to develop a useful version for your website, keynote presentation, white paper, and marketing literature. Please see my recommendations here and on my LinkedIn profile at linkedin.com/in/sharonturnoy. There are more writing samples there. EXPERIENCE • Executive communications manager and speaker coach for Silicon Valley CEOs, senior VPs, sales, and marketing groups. • Taught college English: grammar, punctuation, composition, job search, resumes, and public speaking. • Business management: Built an executive communications function and team from scratch in a startup; managed all aspects. As college director, responsible for marketing, compliance, revenue generation, and P&L. WROTE, GHOSTWROTE, EDITED: 1. Blogs, articles, web content, social media, published book, publisher queries, white papers 2. Employee newsletters / intranet content 3. Resumes / cover letters 4. College application essays / theses / dissertations / personal statements 5. Change-management communications 6. Strategic communications plans and annual marketing campaigns 7. Speeches and PowerPoint presentations / speaker proposals 8. Thought leadership platforms 9. Investor / analyst reports 10. Earnings release and M&A call scripts 11. Press, customer, analyst briefings 12. Sales tools 13. Press releases 14. Articles translating complex technology or medicine into understandable concepts 15. Wedding vows and ceremony scripts, toasts, eulogies NON-WRITING SERVICES: 1. Speaker coach; media coach; accent reduction; speaker placement 2. Video - write script, direct, edit 3. Career coach / business strategy / create or refine process models 4. Build executives' brands / PR / spokesperson / press contact 5. Refine company mission / goals 6. Analyze communication failures and repair 7. Tutor English and public speaking POSITIONS HELD: 1. Freelancer / Entrepreneur / Solopreneur 2. Writer / Blogger / Ghostwriter / Sales Writer / Editor / Proofreader 3. Public Speaker / Speechwriter / Speaker Coach / Speaker Placement 4. Senior Executive Communications Manager / Coach / Executive PR 5. Executive Thought Leadership Platform Developer 6. Employee Communications Manager 7. Video Script Writer / Director / Editor 8. Career Coach 9. People Manager / Team Builder / Team Leader 10. Strategic Marketing Communications Campaign Design / Execution 11. CEO Assistant / Legal Assistant 12. Project Manager / Program Manager 13. College Instructor / Corporate Trainer / Training Manager 14. Instructional Designer / Curriculum Developer 15. College Director / Dean of Instruction / Dean of Students / Counselor 16. Writer Topics: Medicine, Science, Technology, Psychology, Law, Education, B2B, B2C Call me today for a free consultation and quote.

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Tracey C.

Writing and Editing Services

I am very satisfied with Ms. Turnoy. Her confidence speaks volumes. Her writing skills are impressive and I look forward to utilizing her services in the future.
May 13, 2021
Valerie G.

Resume Writing

I have had the privilege and honor of working with Sharon and I wish to share my experience so those out there, seeking to find that special person find solace and comfort in reading this. Sharon is an extremely attuned individual, who clearly has been a master of her craft for many years. She will listen to you, while collecting a sketch of who you are, what you have done and where you wish to go as a professional. She, as a paintbrush does with colors, will formulate in the most concise, relevant and articulate way, who you are and all that you have done and wish to, assembled beautifully and formatted with all that you have asked for in writing. She is expert with many platforms, is determined, authentic and committed to a client she works with, and I could not have asked for someone better in all areas! Her main goal/focus is to get you where you need to be - regardless of how close or far one is to the goal. It is difficult enough to self-market, even for those who are good with this, but she will always find a way to make the narrative interesting and memorable in the way she places her wording and chooses her statements about the person she works with. In addition, she her sensibilities and ability to really listen to the person makes for a more valuable journey, since she has a natural way of being an introspective listener while allowing the person to self-reflect. This allows for one to be honest with one's professional quest. I chose Sharon among many that are listed for professional writers/job seekers etc. Sharon works at all levels of the corporate hierarchy so her knowledge base, expertise and approach are all integrated behind successful yield and results! She has this personal touch in the way she works with you, and you at all times feel she gets to know you, versus it being just another client. She takes great pride in her work, will research everything there is to know and is diligent within her time frames and deadlines she sets for herself. I could not have been happier working with Sharon. She is a rare gem and I would highly recommend her to anyone who seeks professional advice/guidance and coaching. She is in addition, an extremely gifted writer. Thank you so much Sharon for your time, wisdom and incredible skills!
Mar 31, 2018
Mariyam S.


As I was preparing to submit my statement of purpose for graduate school, I found Sharon and chose her right away. She is professional and I was impressed with her editing!!! She gave me new insights and tips on how to express and articulate myself in writing. she took my seemingly random experiences in the statement of purpose paper, polished it, and skillfully weaved it together in a way that makes sense for the graduate school!! She was prompt, extremely thorough, and sincere in her counsel. Working with Sharon was one of the best choice I made and I recommend everyone to use her for help in writing and editing papers!!!
Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018's reply
Mariyam, thank you for your kind words You are a pleasure to work with.
Apr 24, 2017
Madainia T.

Writing and Editing Services

I was very pleased with the final product. Sharon took her time and asked me very detailed questions to ensure she brought out the best out of my graduate school essay.
Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018's reply
Thank you so much for your kind words, Madainia. You have so many experiences to choose from that you made it easy for me!
Feb 10, 2018
Victoria C.


I highly recommend Sharon Turnoy to do work that is fast, that is accurate, and that goes beyond your expectations .I hired Sharon to help me with something I thought would be only a little proofreading assignment. I was working on a research project about Classical Music of the 20th Century and hired her to proofread it. At the last minute, I realized I wasn't going to be able to meet my very tight deadline on the research itself, so I didn't have everything done yet for her to proofread. I asked her if she could possibly help me with some of the research because I was in a bind. Even though she had something else planned during that time, she canceled her plans and said yes. Her help was invaluable. First, she figured out a faster way to do the research than I had come up with so that I could meet my short deadline. Then, not only did she supply that new research, but she also went beyond just proofreading the research I had done (spelling, grammar, etc.) and checked it for accuracy, too. It's a good thing she did. She found and corrected numerous errors. With the errors she corrected and the new research she supplied, she easily raised my grade on this project from a "D" or an "F" to an "A." And all of this was done well within my deadline. In fact, she put in extra time over and above what she had originally committed to, foregoing her own plans, so I would have an excellent project to submit. I recommend her without reservation and would welcome the opportunity to work with her again.
Sharon Turnoy-Messaging Maven-Top Pro 2018's reply
Victoria, Thank you for the detailed, very positive review! I'm so glad you appreciate what I was able to do. I want to hear what your grade is when you get it! Best. Sharon
May 4, 2017

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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    STANDARD AND CUSTOMIZED FEES: Factors I consider are: 1. Project complexity 2. Expertise and experience required 3. Market rate 4. Client's budget DISCOUNTS: For repeat clients and multiple requests at one time. RESUMES FOR THE UNEMPLOYED: Sometimes will take half the fee up front and the other half after first paycheck at new job. RUSH charges when applicable. I'm negotiable, so let's talk.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    1. Short phone conversation as soon as possible. 2. Collect relevant data to determine price and deadline. 3. Collect background documents or drafts. 4. Continue conversations and email as needed. 5. Deliver final document. 6. Make one set of minor revisions or corrections if requested. Major or multiple revisions billed separately.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    Online courses in social media strategy, content creation, website design and management, SEO. Degrees and/or certificates from UC Santa Cruz, San Jose State, UC Extension, private courses in: • Journalism, linguistics, advertising, marketing • Instructional technology • English Teaching Credential • Public speaking, speech writing • Coaching direct reports, interpersonal communications, managing employees, leadership • Goal-setting, time management • Human resources training and development, management 4.0 GPA

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