I am a writer who works with business and community leaders to help them get to the heart of their stories and connect with new audiences.
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A great story is a hook. It’s something for people to hold onto, and when you have products or services to sell, it’s imperative to give people this substance, or they’re left grasping.
Without Clear Compelling Writing, There Is No Point
Poorly written copy costs you a lot of money. Don’t waste your money — or your reader’s time — with pointless, meandering fluff.
David Burn is the thought leader’s thought leader. In an industry of writers and idea people, his insight and expertise stand out from the hubbub. David brings a fearless point of view with a seemingly endless supply of fresh thinking.
— SALLY HOGSHEAD
“More Content, Delivered Faster and Cheaper” Answers the Wrong Problem
The advertising agency business has been in one bind or another ever since the dawn of digital. Digital shook the industry to its core, and the reverberations are still being felt from top to bottom. The list of problems is long, but one problem we don’t spend enough...
Rockin’ the Boat: Why It’s an Excellent and Terrible Thing to Do
Creative people in media and marketing spend their days working to disrupt the norm. That’s how attention—which is in scant supply—is won. The information products that we create from the ideas that we generate are meant to be unusual, odd, or even scary to a degree....
Show, Don’t Tell: A “Help Provided” Prose Poem Campaign
In my desire to "Show, Don't Tell," and to chronicle the prelude to my third career act, I've been writing prose poems about my career, the communications industry, and some of the philosophies that guide me. I published more than a dozen of these prose poems on...
Ad Brains: Conversations with Advertising’s Icons, Rebels, and Rulers
In this collection of 18 interviews with advertising professionals, the reader travels inside the minds of some of today’s top performers in the field. From the hallways of Madison Avenue to the freelancer’s home office, the lessons and stories offered here will entertain and inform.
A reader says:
I really enjoyed Ad Brains. When you’ve been working in the ad business as long as I have, you tend to gain a veneer of cynicism. Well, this book helped chip a fair bit of that away as it reminded me of all the smart, interesting people that work in the business. David Burn did a great job of giving us a peak into the minds of many of them.
This book is definitely worth the read for both newbies to the industry, as well as the road-worn folks like myself. A fun read!
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