Rhetoric is the art of using all available means of persuasion. The most powerful among these, is language.
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With an academic background in Classical Philosophy and Rhetoric, I take a serious, thoughtful approach to communications–the fads are just fads: there's a reason we still read Classics. My work builds upon the classical rhetorical principle of enthymematic argument; what that means is that the most effective arguments (and marketing) are the ones in which the audience makes the connections themselves, so the argument isn't yours,...
Through my experience in academics, non-profit and for-profit business, and politics, I have developed a wide array of diverse and effective tools, including:
Writing: I have written blog posts, brochures, email and print newsletters, fundraising letters, tv and radio scripts, web copy, press releases, speeches, and grant proposals. Privately, I have published articles, poems, and translations in highly respected academic and popular journals.
Translation: While I do not desire to take on any large commercial translation projects, I am proficient in translating from German into English, having numerous poems and academic articles either in print or currently under review. I will consider translation projects which are under 50 pages.
Editing: I have edited speeches, academic essays, personal statements, blog posts, web copy, and most recently, a full-length academic book, which will go to press next year. I can edit for proofing as well as for style. I am particularly good at naturalizing English style for translated works, or works authored by non-native speakers.
Design: I have gradually developed a proficiency in Adobe CS5 so that I can offer my clients a one stop shop for print pieces. I am competent in designing small print pieces such as business cards, signage, brochures, flyers, and booklets.
Print: My connections with various print shops often allows me to print pieces at costs which are significantly less than my clients are used to paying–and often at...
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Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project
Director of Communications
2011 - Present
In my capacity as Director of Communications, I write regularly to an audience of over 7,000 monthly readers. I write our monthly email newsletters, write and help design our biannual print...
Tom Mechler for RPT State Chairman
2009 - 2010
For this statewide political campaign, I was responsible for all written communications, including blogs, fundraising letters, email blasts, press releases, tv and radio scripts, and speeches.