About — Do dreams come true?

Or here’s the more important question: do your dreams come true?  Well, sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t — but you didn’t need me to tell you that.

The difference between the dreams come and the ones that don’t has everything to do with your strategy and how you communicate it.

It’s not magic. It’s a process — and it works.

I know because I’ve used it for almost two decades. I’m Jamillah Warner, MsJ for short, and I help executives and artists clarify their message with smart systems and clear communication.

Speak Dream — Every dream requires a strategy…

…a detailed, practical, step-by-step process that brings it to life.

From grant writing to program development, from launching  startups to getting small businesses over that 10 year hump, it’s the strategy that makes the difference between daydreams and a new reality. It’s all about the details and how you tactical them that brings your passion to life.

But once there is a business or a program or an event, there has to be a clear and engaging message to help you get the word out.

Speak Clear — Your message depends on it

It’s never enough to just have a dream or idea. You have to ignite it inside the people around you. You have to explain it to your team in a way that gets them moving.

And it takes effort to get past the jargon, the industry slang or even your own credentials and truly connect with your people.

  1. A clear message is about your passion – purpose – product – service in a package that connects with your people.
  2. A clear message is audience drive and the rest of it comes second.
  3. The clearer the message the further it travels, the deeper it goes, the greater the impact.

Of course, clear doesn’t mean boring. It means your audience can understand what you’re talking about and get excited about what’s in it for them.

Your audience needs a clear message — but they’re not the only ones.

Speak Team — Your business depends on it 

After 11+ years in management, I get it: How you talk to your team is making or breaking your business. In fact, for the best outcome — the most productive — you need to speak and live your message.

It’s not about babying your staff, but it is about hearing them. It’s about training, pushing and respecting them.

The stronger your teams and the systems they use, the more enduring your business.

In other words, effective communication is everything. And to be effective you have to choose to consistently communicate on at least 3 different levels as well as understand all 5 platforms. I teach managers, department heads, directors how to talk their way into a responsive and productive team.

That’s a little bit about me. For more, see the short bio below and be sure to check out my blog at GrittyWriter.com. We dig deeper into communication — and marketing, because it’s a deal breaker (or deal maker) when it comes to business and life.

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– Ms.J –

What People Say About Ms. J

“Each sentence has a nugget of truth in it….She just has a wealth of information. Jamillah is a born commmunicator. It’s natural.” — Kelle Boyd | Ann Kelle Designs

“Jamillah is the kind of the speaker that gets up there and delivers it from the heart. She knows what she’s talking about.” — Mrs. Boyd | Educator

“When she’s speaking it’s almost like she’s putting a melody together. It draws you in and makes you want to listen and learn. She’s very inspirational.” — Charli Sims | Administrator

“Ms. J is a good communicator. She makes it simple and really clear.” — Minister Agatha Lynch

A poet with a passion for business

I’m Jamillah Warner, Ms. J for short and the author of GrittyWriter.com. Born in the South, raised traveling the US, I write for business and pleasure including a weekly column at SmallBizTrends.com.

I may pick up a mic to give a keynote, teach a seminar or share a poem.

Whether addressing a Fortune 500 company, 1000s of small business owners or an audience at a local comedy club for a poetry break, my approach to communication is simple…and a little gritty

audience first — find out what they need from you; strong message — say something that matters; clear delivery — say it in a way that connects. 

Effective communication is marketing, and marketing always boils down to your audience, your message and your delivery.

Welcome to the site,
— Ms. J —
a gritty little writer

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