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“When Chris and I first discussed this work, I recognized his talent. What I grew to appreciate however is his ability to bring out the genuine life story that is in each of us.”
--Barry Banther, Best-Selling Author of A Leader’s Gift: How to Earn the Right to Be Followed
“Chris is an outstanding consultant and editor. His contribution included facilitating the evolution of my initial idea into an outline and then an initial draft. Chris also coached me to enhance all of my major points and draw my readers’ attention to the key elements of my message. His wise council as I wrote my manuscript made the experience delightful and helped me to take my manuscript to the next level. If you are writing a book, I encourage you to have Chris by your side.”
--Dr. Marta Wilson PhD, Author of Energized Enterprise, Founder and CEO of Transformational Systems
HOME OF WORDS WHISPERER
Each week my clients and I brainstorm together with me asking them probing, provocative and practical questions based on my twenty years of interviewing and journalism experience at high level media organizations and a decade of experience interviewing celebrities (If you can get a celebrity to say something meaningful, you can get anyone to!), plus a decade as a publishing consultant and editor helping CEOs and others write their books.
I guide them through their initial answers and thoughts to higher level questions and assignments then I send them away to think about it on their own, and then we repeat the process.
But it’s how I sift through their answers - that’s the REAL magic, and the part that’s really hard to describe.
Because I see things that aren’t necessarily there– actually they are there but others just can’t see them.
They are what I call “thought gems” that shine like diamonds to me but often get lost in the shuffle to the client and others. Kind of like the main character in the movie “A Beautiful Mind” would see mathematical patterns and numbers that others could not – that’s how words, phrases and ideas shine through to me like the sun brilliantly poking its head through the clouds on a winter’s day.
And once I see them, I am able to reach into the author’s psyche to draw them out and help them to refine, polish and build off of them.
It’s such a fluid and magical process that the best way I can think of describing it in a few words would be – Words Whisperer - because it really is like whispering into the minds and hearts of my authors.
One by one, and little by little we collect and build these thought gems into a shining showcase of the author’s best ideas, their greatest words, and eventually into a book that no other author could write.
It’s a pretty extensive, dynamic and downright exciting process that I developed over the last ten years in which I work directly with the thought leader to start with those single ideas and brainstorm and develop out the core themes, ideas, audience, market as well as distribution and publishing goals from.
In addition to highlighting the winning ideas, I help them to filter out the duds quickly and effectively. Often authors who haven’t worked with me come to me with dozens of ineffective ideas that they have wasted months and sometimes years developing even though they weren’t worth it. How much that wasted time cost them is inestimable.
One of the greatest additional attributes of this system is that the thought leader IS the author with my help, as opposed to hiring a ghostwriter who is never truly able to capture the author's voice.
And the process of actually writing the book in this way brings out and develops ideas that much of the time the leader didn't even fully realize previously. In other words writing a book about their business with my help actually helps to grow and develop their actual business ideas as well.
Now I am not going to mislead you. The process takes time and effort – usually it’s about a year from start to finish. But ultimately, if you want to write a book that highlights all the wisdom and experiences that you and ONLY you have inside of you and sets you apart as a thought leader in your industry, you can and will accomplish that. That is if you have a guide to get you there - a WORDS WHISPERER!
“I knew nothing about being an author or really how to properly write a book. Chris has guided me, counseled me, and, many times, just listened to me rant about the process. From the beginnings in my first book to this book, Chris has always been there. So, when you get to the meat of the book and if things sound just a little bit better, it is because Chris pushed me 5% More, but, more importantly, he gave more and made this book what it is today.”
--Mike Alden, Best-Selling Author of 5% More: Making Small Changes to Achieve Extraordinary Results
I WANT TO BRING OUT YOUR VOICE!
I have spent almost thirty years telling the amazing stories of inspiring people and helping others speak in their own ways
As a developmental editor/partner for almost ten years now with private clients and through my role as a book doctor/editor-at-large for Greenleaf Books, I have prided myself on helping authors find their voice and their most powerful ability to inspire. That is partly because of my years of literary experience but also because of my gift for understanding people, the way they think and how they work, so to maximize their potential and their potential product.
If you have ever thought about writing a book, then I hope to speak with you soon about how we might work together to move a whole lot of folks with your words.
I look forward to hopefully chatting -- and helping--soon!
© 2013 | Chris Benguhe