Should I Follow a Guru?

“So, who’s your guru?” she suddenly asked. I admit, I was a little stunned and didn’t know how to respond. Did she mean the one writer I look up to as my idol? One, whose every word I follow because I want to be like her/him?

There isn’t one. Should there be one?

I follow many successful writers, and they take turns in popularity with me. There are so many excellent, successful writers out there who love to share what they know, and I feel I’d miss out if I limit myself to one or even a few.

Maybe it’s an old habit of mine to always spread myself out too thin. I want it all, a bit of everything at once, rather than one thing at a time.

But, here’s the thing about all these amazing, knowledgeable, and experienced writers:

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What I Learned About Medical Marketing Writing 2

„We need more compassion in our writing,“ said Dr. Shuldiner, low vision optometrist and founder of the IALVS (International Academy of Low Vision Specialists). „Our texts are too cold and theoretical; there’s not enough empathy in them!“

I listened as he explained how most patients arrive at his practice only after having been told they are going blind, and there’s nothing that can be done.

So, here I was. I had researched the medical conditions leading to low vision for the past two weeks but suddenly felt that it was all for nothing.

How do I address readers who have just been told they’re going blind? What do I tell them?

That’s when I began to understand what it means to write medical marketing content.

Read my second article about the challenges of writing marketing content for doctors.

What I learned about medical marketing writing

How do you promote a service that’s necessary, but people never want to need? Like cataract surgery.

Out of the many industries in which I’ve worked, writing medical marketing content for doctors was the most challenging and also the most rewarding.

Creating communication that will bridge the gaps between the practitioner’s world and the patient’s world can be fiercely complex.

The reasons may not be what you think.

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Caring Is Paying Attention Is Caring

“I want something special for my birthday!”

He looked at me with a frown, “but we never give each other presents.”

“Not a present, just something, a flower, even.”

“But I bring flowers every Friday.”

“So, bring an extra one. I don’t know, just something to feel it’s my birthday.”

On Friday morning, I got up to this:

A handful of delicate roses, 

three balloons over the kitchen table, 

One set from my favorite dishes – the ones I only take out on special occasions,

and my usual peanut butter and honey. 

A note said, “Happy Birthday 🙂 !”

I stood there with a smile and watery eyes! He nailed it. 

He succeeded in making my day with so very little. And you know why? Because he knows my routine and what matters to me. He paid attention to how I treat occasions to make them feel special to me.   

By showing me that he pays attention, he made me feel that he cares.

So, why am I telling you all this? Not because I want to show off my awesome partner (well that, too) but the main reason is that there’s a simple lesson that I want to share:

If you want someone to feel that you care, pay attention to them! 

Pay attention to what they do and how they do it, listen to what they say and how they say it.

It’s true for your family but also goes for customers, clients, and readers. Don’t try to impress or tease them into thinking you care. Just get to know them. Give them what they need, not what you think they want.

The real beauty in this is that you end up genuinely caring once you start paying attention, whether you want to or not. It just happens. 

It’s Not Copywriting! …or Is It?

“Remember, what we do is not copywriting…..”

Said the editor after reading my comments about a piece I had rewritten. “We do content writing.”

She lifted her eyebrows as if looking down on me, where she was probably seeing me on her computer screen.

“Sure,” I replied, “but you do want your readers to take action. I mean, you want them to click on one of the CTAs, right?”

Her eyes moved back to the second computer screen, where the text must have been displayed.

“But we don’t sell”, her tone of voice was dry and decisive. And before I could explain what I was getting at, she added: “We never want people to feel like we are trying to sell them something.”

At this point I, wished we weren’t on Zoom. Should I enlighten her and explain that she had just described the essence of copywriting?

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