Make Your Story Shine: Written Story Services

Now accepting 2 new clients to begin December 2017. Please note: prices for my package offerings will increase by 35-45% in January 2018. Reserve your space before then to lock in this current price tier. Apply Now »

 

The Ancient Art of Story… for Modern Day Change-Makers.

  • Trusted by CEOs, small business owners, coaches and creatives since 2012.
  • Experienced. 100,000+ words of story content produced for clients in 2016 alone.
  • As Seen On: Psychology Today, INC, Forbes, CBS News Sunday Morning.

What Story Are You Telling the World?

When people meet you online for the first time, what version of your story are they seeing?

Do you have a story waiting for them — on your website, on LinkedIn, on your business’s Team page — on the other side of their Google search? Or does that potential client, colleague or peer have to piecemeal a semblance of understanding for who you really are — beyond the bullet-points of your resume?

Story Shine is my premier one-on-one written storytelling offering for young and mid-tier professionals, self-employed change-makers, health coaches, yoga teachers, budding entrepreneurs, career re-inventors and thought leaders who have big dreams to fulfill, and know that it’s the story they’re telling that makes all the difference in being remembered by new people, trusted enough to get hired, and affirming the value you bring to the table.

As you strive to live your best life and do work that matters, you’re already demanding a lot of your time and energy.

So the least you can do in support of your hard work and your desire to create impact in the world is to have a good, authentic story waiting on the other side of those Google searches and inquiring eyes.

A precise, personal story that says where you’ve been and how that’s shaped where you’re going? That’s a story that works on your behalf.

A well-written, totally authentic story speaks to your core values, takes ownership of your beliefs as much as your perseverance, and speaks truth to how you’re living and leading by example.

I’m here to help you synthesize that authentic story into written form.

 

 

In 30 days* or less, you’ll have new written story artifacts to spread across your online presence. My Story Shine service is a practical and personal story journey where I become your guide and partner in gently uncovering the sticking points and shadows of your past-present-future stories.

I’ll show you the magic and value of who you are and what you’ve done already, and then I comprehensively rewrite the stories that no longer serve you into the physical words that will help you feel seen, honored, appreciated — and maybe even get you hired or promoted.

“As soon as I started reading my story, I knew that Dave had found my voice. He’s been able to get in my head and speak as if he were me.”Chip Rogers, Former CEO of The Eagle-Tribune

Recruiters have been contacting me nonstop thanks to my new and improved LinkedIn presence. I’m starting a new job this Wednesday! I have Dave to thank for that.”Raina Porecha, Commercial Loan Underwriter

This is NOT…

  • Scratched-together copy in one-size-fits-all format
  • Copy-pasting questionnaire entries into a Word .doc
  • Resume renovation or “I just need someone to write this out for me.”

Story Shine is…

  • A spirited exposition of your life-path to date, re-purposed into written narratives to attract your envisioned future
  • An intimate examination of the core emotional-spiritual threads like values and guiding beliefs that are subtly woven throughout your work
  • A deliberate but gentle treatment of shadow-behaviors, mental constructs, obstacles, illusions, assumptions and wounds that inhibit Self-Actualization
  • The conscientious creation of practical artifacts (written stories) that highlight professional appeal and amplify dharmic trajectory

Why Me? Why Story?

As a professional writer and 11-time author, you could say that I have a way with words.

I’ve written and published more than 500 articles on my website since 2009, and have been published in books alongside talented folks like Seth Godin and Danielle LaPorte.

I’ve also worked with more than 300 writing clients from 17 countries since 2012.

And yet, I kind of fell into professional storytelling work by accident. Because of my skills as a writer, friends and peers from the blogosphere and all around the world began to quietly reach out to me looking for help with their About Me pages.

The hardest story to tell is your own — always! — so I began to transform their words into meaningful narratives. I quizzed them about what they wanted most in their work and why they wanted it.

Their stories began to shine.

I came to realize that my deep sense of empathy, knack for therapeutic listening and my precise awareness for the story beneath the story is a recipe for something magical:

  • From 2013 to 2015, my storytelling work was entirely supported by positive word-of-mouth referrals in a network of certified health coaches in the United Kingdom, Australia and Northern Europe
  • From 2015 to 2016, I worked as the exclusive Story Coach of Get Storied, an internationally-acclaimed storytelling business headed up by story evangelist and all around aces human being, Michael Margolis, a dear friend and mentor. He taught me everything I know. (Thank you, Michael!)
  • In 2016 alone, I wrote over 100,000 words of original story content for clients in the US, UK, Canada and Australia.
  • These days, I hustle stories with heart and soul on behalf of around two dozen personal clients per year, ranging from former CEOs to ex-con entrepreneurs, professional artists, thought-leaders, and both young and mid-tier professionals.

Did I mention I’m also a bit of a woowoo, New Age spiritual yoga teacher? It turns out those skills are wicked helpful for storytelling, too. :) That’s why we’re here. And that’s why I’m inviting you to begin to tell the very story that your True Self demands you express in the world.

Your new story is just days away from being expressed in the world, once and for all.

“Dave is an immensely talented story coach and writer. He was a go-to member of the Get Storied team for a couple years, which I’m deeply grateful for. Our clients adore him! Dave’s always a joy to work with. As a devoted yogi, he works hard to bring people’s authentic story to life with grace, passion, and deep insight.”Michael Margolis, Global Storytelling Evangelist and Cultural Anthropologist (San Francisco, CA)

How It Works

Think of my written story services as a creative partnership. Your involvement is required, but it’s me who does all the investigative work, connecting and heavy-writing-lifting.

Through a simple series of interviews and reviews of your previous profiles and resumes, I begin to construct the narrative puzzle of your life, your goals, and your vision for the future on your behalf.

Half detective work and half creative writing, at every step of the process you’ll feel personally seen, witnessed and honored as a human being — that’s more than can be said of other resume-building digital-sweatshops scattered across the web who view you as a dollar sign, not a soul.

Click here to see an example of a real client’s stories Before and After, side-by-side.

In under a month, you’ll witness new written stories come to life — for immediate use across personal and professional websites, social media, and beyond.

Stage 1 (Days 0-7)

  • Select Package. Choose from 3 offers designed to honor your vision, goals and journey.
  • Submit Application. Why does your story matter? Why does this work matter right now?
  • Schedule Call. A 20-minute voice-to-voice to exploration together.
  • Submit Deposit (50%). Upon approval, your deposit locks in your price and space. We’re begin.

Stage 2 (Days 8-21)

  • Video Interview #1. You show up, talk, be you. I do the interviewing.
  • Video Interview #2. A week later, we rehash, go deeper, and focus on your future.
  • Complete Payment (50%). Interviews completed, it’s time for me to start writing.
  • Dave Begins Writing. You live your life. I invoke the muses for a 10-day drafting period.

Stage 3 (Days 21-30)

  • Receive First Draft. Highlighted by a reading guide with notes and explanations.
  • Give Your Feedback. First impressions, how did we do? How do you feel?
  • Finalize Story. We tweak and revise (two rounds of edits per story) to massage the words to perfection.
  • You’re Finished! We proceed to the next story format (when appliable), and conclude with personal takeaways.

My Story Shine process is totally bespoke, intimate and personal.

I guarantee all of my work and your satisfaction 100%: you get a say on every word, phrase and paragraph of your stories. Your revision and review is built into every step of the writing I do on your behalf. You are the final say in everything that I write — in your voice, and aligned to your values.

The stories are not finished until you’re satisfied with them.

And, to be totally honest, it’s really powerful to witness your experience, personal history and professional expertise begin to emerge into a single, cohesive narrative.

You will realize that this is the right path that you’ve been on, all along.

Ready to Make Your Story Shine?

Service Package Options

I’ve built the Story Shine process to be bespoke and intimate, so I only work with 2-3 clients at any given time. I usually have a short waiting period of 4-6 weeks. Submit your application below as soon as you feel ready, or email me with general questions and inquiries. I’m all ears!

Currently, I’m accepting  2 new Story Shine clients  to begin in December 2017.

If you know this is the perfect fit for you, you can say yes to your new story journey by including an optional 50% deposit in your application. Whatever you decide, the sooner we can discuss if your goals and needs are a perfect fit for Story Shine.

(PLEASE NOTE: Prices for my package offerings will increase by 35-45% in January 2018. Reserve your space before then to lock in this current price tier!)

i . Re-Story Your Past (1 Story Bio)

$1,095 – Most Affordable

Increase Your Value Perception. Your new One-Page Cover Letter Style Story (view a real client’s Before and After) transforms bullet-points and eye-glazing corporate lingo into a compelling personal-professional narrative that shines with heart and soul while conveying value and authority.Ideal for career-shifters, young-to-mid-level professionals and career re-inventors.

  • One (1) One-Page Cover Letter Story (500 Words)
  • Two (2) Video Interview Sessions via Zoom
  • Coaching Sessions Recorded + Delivered to You For Future Reflection
  • Dave’s Until-You-Love-It Guarantee: Includes Two (2) Rounds of Written Revisions Per Bio
  • Digital Collaboration + Delivery via Google Docs

Inquiries + Questions     or    Reserve Your Space »

ii. Re-Story Your Present (2 Story Bios)

$1,695 – Most Popular

Land Your Dream Job. This double-impact story package turns your evolving career goals into two shining narratives for use across the web. Convey a depth of voice, a sense of personal stake in your work, and a command over your expertise. Invite in new connections and clients, or a new job entirely. Great for mid-career professionals and business owners on the cusp of leveling-up,

  • One (1) One-Page Cover Letter Story (500 Words)
  • One (1) LinkedIn Profile Story (350 – 400 Words)
  • Two (2) Video Interview Sessions via Zoom
  • Coaching Sessions Recorded + Delivered to You For Future Reflection
  • Dave’s Until-You-Love-It Guarantee: Includes Two (2) Rounds of Written Revisions Per Bio
  • Digital Collaboration + Delivery via Google Docs

Inquiries + Questions    or     Reserve Your Space »

iii. Re-Story Your Future (5 Story Bios)

$2,195 – Best Value

Make a Long-Term Impact. This ensuite story package creates a series of cohesive narratives for easy use across all your social media platforms and your personal or business website. Leave no stone unturned as we create this wide-ranging net to elevate your platform and totally commit you to your mission and personal path — honed to your voice, through your values, and spoken directly to your ideal client avatar.

  • One (1) One-Page Cover Letter Story (500 Words)
  • One (1) LinkedIn Profile Story (350 – 400 Words)
  • One (1) Twitter Profile Story (160 Characters)
  • PLUS … One (1) About Me Page Story (1000 Words)
  • PLUS… One (1) ‘Work With Me’ or ‘Services’ Page Story (500 Words)
  • INCLUDES Complimentary Voice-Values Diagnostic and Client Avatar Analysis ($1,000 Value)
  • Four (4) Video Interview Sessions via Zoom
  • Coaching Sessions Recorded + Delivered to You For Future Reflection
  • Digital Collaboration + Delivery via Google Docs
  • Dave’s Until-You-Love-It Guarantee: Includes Two (2) Rounds of Written Revisions Per Bio

Inquiries + Questions   or     Reserve Your Space »

I look forward to making your story shine together!

If you have any questions, email me. I’d be happy to discuss your goals with you in advance.

Heaps of Praise from Happy Clients

“I cannot recommend Dave highly enough to help you tell your story. And I say this as a very competent writer — and a professional storyteller! I have been paralyzed with fear about writing my own story for far too long. Dave washed away these fears. He put in the time, and he simmered and sweated the content furiously. The end result was a personal story that was inspiration, vulnerable and one that I know will resonate with my target market. He fused my secret sauce with an unexpected twist that had me uncomfortable but ultimately liberated. Dave is part spiritual, part intellect and 100% heart. Get your own personal story done NOW!”Mark Truelson, Brand Storytelling Expert and Speaker (Melbourne, Australia)
“Dave is a great listener and writes an awesome bio that makes you sound like a relatable person that your future team will see themselves wanting working with. As he writes, he strips away all the calcified ‘corporate speak’ to reveal who you really are and what personal qualities make you shine — things that can’t be replicated. I enjoyed the personal touch Dave uses to handcraft a personal bio that’s as unique as a fingerprint. Work with Dave, you’ll love it!”Raina Porecha, Risk Management Professional and Commercial Underwriter (Modesto, CA)
“As soon as I started reading my story, I knew that Dave had found my voice. My first reaction was, ‘He knocked it out of the park.’ Dave has been able to get in my head and speak as if he were me.”Chip Rogers, Former CEO and Publisher (Boston, MA)
“Dave really spoke the language of our brand, which is particularly unique and sometimes difficult to convey to an outside audience. We’re a small business made up of formerly incarcerated individuals. We own our pasts and have turned our struggles into our unique angle on the personal training market. Dave helped us communicate to our core people. We’re not an easy voice to tackle, but he communicated every one of our goals!”Coss Marte, Entrepreneur and Founder of ConBody (New York, NY)
“Dave was wonderful to work with. He immediately put me at ease and helped me identify the skills, beliefs, and passions that will make up my own LinkedIn profile. Through our conversations together he managed to create a bio for me that truly represents who I am. This was my first experience collaborating online with someone and I consider it a complete success. I have already recommended Dave to a colleague. The process was enjoyable from start to finish.”Lynn Hennigar, Former CEO and Publisher (Nova Scotia, Canada)
“Dave’s story process helped me realize that what I thought was a ‘disjointed’ career path was actually the perfect trajectory I needed to take to be where I am today. Now I can share that story.”Brandon Sutton, Cultural Strategist and Business Consultant (Atlanta, GA)
“Talk about WOW! When I saw my new story, I had a good cry, and then my partner and I did a happy dance!”Crystal Lahan, Professional Speaker and Life Coach (Los Angeles, California)
“After working on my story for 8 months, I finally came to the uncomfortable realization I needed help. From the start, Dave made the process easy: he has a remarkable ability to see people and invite them into a conversation. He easily understood how to articulate what I had been trying to say, filtered out the extraneous to get to the core of my message, and offered it all with simple, evocative language in a tone I was comfortable with. His being the intermediary, standing both in my shoes and those of my readers, has provided an objectivity that I was after. I so appreciated his genuine interest in my story and what I’m embarking on. My only question is, why did I wait so long to get his help?!”Jane Hawley Edward, Chinese Face Reading Consultant (Ontario, Canada)
“I am so grateful for Dave. He was able to put into words the thoughts that I had that I was never able to express on paper. Dave has the incredible ability to make you feel comfortable, which enabled me to truly open up and express myself. If there were a person to go to for inspiration, motivation, or encouragement, Dave is that person. Sometimes you just need that push from a person from the outside and Dave is the one!”María José Morales Ballesteros, Spanish Interpreter and Teacher (East Greenwich, RI)
“One of the best things about my short time working with Dave was being invited into his personal mindset as a teacher and writer — something I respect, and try to emulate. We accomplished all of my goals in an extremely tight deadline during my 1-on-1 story coaching together. Now, I have a deeper understanding of my story and how I can communicate it to others. He guided me in a fun, patient, kind, steadfast, and peaceful manner.”Darla Dallas, Office Professional (Keller, Texas)
anian“Dave is a genius when it comes to choosing the right words to help others to express themselves authentically. As a proud storytelling client of his, Dave helped me tie the big themes of my life together in a brilliantly-told story. He made my message more resonant with my audience. I have more clients than ever before. Dave constantly surprises and impresses me with his creative ideas, and how he pulls a written story together for clients is no different. I can’t thank him enough!”Ania Nowicki, Nutritional Expert and Results Coach (Soest, The Netherlands)
benaz“I was so impressed by the story that Dave created for me that I spent the whole day reading it! The story is wonderful. As English is my second language, I depended on him to articulate the pieces of my history and business goals that I struggle to communicate at times. Dave is very, very good at what he does! His storytelling process will change how people see, appreciate and understand your work. Thank you, Dave!”Ben Azevedo, Web Design Entrepreneur (Rio de Janiero, Brazil)
olwen“My About Me page was just sad. I knew I needed to revamp it, but Dave went way further. He truly made my story shine and, in the process, his storytelling process helped me pinpoint how to speak to my ideal clients (who I didn’t even know I was looking for before he discovered them!). He was right on target, and able to articulate my thoughts about my work in my own words. Three words: He. Gets. It!”Olwen Wilson, Wellness Coach and Yogi (Ontario, Canada)
“Dave. Wow. Reading through this, I am speechless. You’ve conveyed everything that I’m feeling and more! I love what you’ve done with my story. From beginning to end, my story has such an authentic flow and I could not have possibly asked for anything better! Thank you so much!”Serena Misquez, Authenticity Coach (Arizona, USA)
robl“I’m blown away how you’ve managed to bring together so many seemingly unrelated, disparate pieces of my story to fit a common theme. I felt so absorbed as I read my story that I forgot it was mine! Thank you so much for your investment into the Story Shine process and the care you have taken.”Rob Lawrence, Audio Producer and Podcast Coach (United Kingdom)
muitsun“Wow! I love my new About Me page! It’s been such a mess for such a long time, and I couldn’t be happier (or more proud) with how I feel putting my story on display now. As a businesswoman, presentation matters — and I know that new clients will find me far easier after today. You’ve done a great job. Thank you, Dave!”Mui Tsun, WordPress Ninja and Business Mentor (Norwich, United Kingdom)
lawrence-m“Dave, I love my new About Me page — it’s really good! You tied together all the themes that I needed to communicate from my past health experiences to my mission in the world today. That’s no small feat! Thank you Dave for all of the work you’ve done.”Lawrence Mitchell, Health Coach, Wellness Advocate and Entrepreneur (Sydney, Australia)
“I truly loved working with Dave! His insights on storytelling come from the heart, and it shows: he’s a great interviewer and listener, and the space he held helped me witness the evolution of my own story. I’d recommend working with him if you are looking to understand and evolve your story.”Robin Holland, Coach and Brand Consultant to Creatives (San Francisco, CA)

 

* Actual time to completion can range from 30 days to 45 days on average. The process entirely depends on your commitment to turn-around of timely payment of invoices and proper feedback to advance each step of the process. :)

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