Continuing Education

As a believer in life-long learning, I was pleased to recently receive my Professional Writing Certificate Specializing in Marketing and Public Relations from University of Calgary. I completed the certificate over several years whilst working and running my writing business. The study really helped me develop my professional writing skills and specialist knowledge.

A range of courses were covered in the study program—from Copyediting and Proofreading to Strategic Writing for Public Relations and Marketing. Although all the courses were useful, I found Copywriting – Words that Sell and Writing Effective Online Content particularly useful and inspiring.  

Just one of the many big learning takeaways: Any business stands to reap the rewards if they develop and implement an effective content marketing strategy to build their audience. Few businesses do this well. Small businesses stand to win big (for a small outlay) when they engage an audience with useful content and become sought after for their trusted expertise. This all takes time, of course.

Enough of the learning takeaways! If you’re interested in developing your writing skills for your workplace or as a freelance writer, I highly recommend the Professional Writing Certificate. Here’s a link to University of Calgary.

And if you don’t have the time or resources to study right now, you might like to get yourself a copy of these outstanding books (my top 3 from the program):

1. Everybody Writes, Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content by Ann Handley

2. The Copywriter’s Handbook by Robert W. Bly

3. Public Relations, The Essentials of Style and Format by Thomas H. Bivins

2020 – The Year of Achieving Your Vision

Here’s to 2020! Chances are you’re reading this long after the last champagne cork was popped at the dawn of a new decade.  Like many of us on New Year’s Eve, you might have gazed up at the fireworks or the stars and wondered what the new decade has in store for you. Perhaps you’ve decided not to leave it all up to fate and have made a new year’s resolution (or two) to make 2020 all the richer for you.

Although none of us can see the future, we can aim to see the present clearly and act with corresponding clarity toward achieving our vision, paving our path of business prosperity.  Such is the guiding theme for the Ginkgo Copywriting blog posts for 2020—The Year of Achieving Your Vision.

The blog posts will focus on showing how you can achieve your business vision through various communication forms, including:

  • Newsletters—keeping people connected, informed and inspired
  • Letter writing—the lost art of
  • Blog posts / blog posting strategies
  • Social media posting
  • Website content
  • Meeting up—the importance of coming together and the power of collaboration
  • Creative writing—sunshine for the imagination

Blog Post Frequency

Ginkgo Copywriting will post the 4th Monday of every month. Please feel free to subscribe to the blog posts to keep up to date. And you are most welcome to comment.

Next Blog Post: Newsletters

The next blog post (Monday 27th January 2020) will be focused on how to write an effective newsletter to keep the people important to your business connected, informed and inspired.  Until then, wishing you a prosperous start to the new decade!

Welcome to Ginkgo Copywriting

Hello, and thank you for reading the very first Ginkgo Copywriting blog post by Paul Malone.  I hope you enjoy reading the post and return for more. New posts will go up the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month as of January 2020. Before I explain why you might like to subscribe to these posts, here’s a little about me:

About Paul Malone

An Australian living in Austria

As you might have read on the Ginkgo Copywriting website, I am a published Australian author and professional writer living in Austria for over a decade now. How is it that an Australian winds up in Austria for so long? Well, it wasn’t entirely planned. A year or two turned into three, then five, then twelve. Two kids later and the growing Malone family is still here. Fortunately, Austria is a nice place to live—Vienna is at our doorstep, the mountains to our west, all that sort of thing.

A commitment to life-long learning

Way back in the nineties, while working in a family business, I studied and eventually graduated from Monash University in Melbourne with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Honours). I have since worked in various engineering consultancies in Australia and Europe, on all sorts of interesting construction projects. All the while though, I have kept writing—fiction, freelance articles, business, and copywriting material. Being a believer in life-long learning, I have taken numerous bespoke writing courses along the way, including those leading to a Certificate in Professional Writing Specialising in Marketing and Public Relations from the University of Calgary (completion early 2020).

At some point not so long ago, I decided to make a career change—from engineer to professional writer. So, I founded Ginkgo Copywriting. As you can see, you’ve caught me right at the start of things! I hope you may accompany on the journey that follows.

Business Registration

Below you can see me standing alongside Dr. Isabelle Samstag-Kobler from the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO) on the day I registered for my copywriting trade licence (Gewerbeschein: Werbetexter). Not only was Dr. Samstag-Kobler very helpful, guiding me through the registration process, she also looked so impressive in her traditional Austrian attire that I thought this was a photo opportunity not to be missed!

Paul Malone and Dr. Isabelle Samstag-Kobler from the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO)

About the Ginkgo Copywriting Blog

Now you know a little about me, here’s the aim of the Ginkgo Copywriting Blog: Through short yet informative posts, Ginkgo Copywriting will help readers find simple and practical solutions to their business communications problems—everything from how to attract more customers using social media, to how to write a winning business proposal. Naturally this is a lot of territory to cover—not just sales copywriting but also informative content geared towards business operations. Although each post will focus on one problem (and solution) at a time, they will be united by a bi-monthly theme.

Regularity

Aside from this opening post, Ginkgo Copywriting will post the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, starting in January 2020.