I've never met someone without a story to tell. Isn't it time we told yours?
Imagine you're about to deliver a presentation on something you're passionate about. What's one thing you want everyone in the room to walk away knowing that they didn't know before?
Why, in fact, are you giving the lecture in the first place?
What's the purpose?
What unique value does your perspective add?
Do you understand your audience well enough to target your message to be relevant to them?
People assume anyone can tell a story. Many people can. But in order for the story to be meaningful, for it to be great, you need to be strategic about what you're sharing, why and how you're sharing it, and who you're sharing it with.
That's where I come in.
Sometimes it's hard to see things from a new perspective or ask yourself objective questions about something you've put a lot of time and effort into, whether it's your first novel, a collection of poems, or website content.
I help you see and articulate what you can't. I help you to understand your audience, pinpoint what it is you're truly trying to convey, and how to deliver that message in a way that's going to be relevant and impactful.
Your audience is waiting. Your message is important.
I make sure your voice is strong and clear.
Do You Need Help?
The short answer? Yes.
Being unclear is ineffective.
During university, my thesis supervisor once gently pointed out to me that while I knew what I meant, he needed to know what I meant, too.
I was mortified. I had done my research and I was so excited to share my ideas, but I hadn't communicated them clearly.
As a result, they lost their impact.
I help you emphasize what's important, while stripping away anything that may dilute your message. I give you clarity.
I help you find your voice.
My job is to understand your point of view and clearly articulate its direction so that your message can shine through unencumbered.
I'm passionate about building relationships with my clients, and I focus on taking the time to understand your ideas I can act as interpreter between you and your target audience.
It's my job to extract what you want people to know and make sure that's actually what you're saying.
"Jennifer has done an excellent job on all of the (many) pieces of writing I've sent her, including thesis sections, application letters, proposals, presentations, web content, and creative writing.
Her eye for detail and creative skill allows her not only to edit grammar, structure, and format, but also to comment effectively and helpfully on content, prose, and style. She is assiduous in noting even the smallest errors, but also has an excellent broad-view approach to written work.
She efficiently improves the technical aspects of work sent to her, but goes beyond that, insightfully commenting on tone and cadence, so that the final product is both precise and enjoyable to read. She seems to know exactly what I mean, and the best way to put it. My writing has improved significantly with her input, and I have appreciated her keen eye very much.
In addition to this, she is also a delight to work with - encouraging, kind, supportive, and helpful. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking to improve their written work, whether professional, academic, or creative."
"Jennifer McLean is one of the most brilliant writers I have had the pleasure to teach in my 39 years at the University of Victoria. By way of example, I quote an insightful turn of phrase from one of the research papers she wrote for me, which is strikingly drawn to describe the human condition:
'Petrarch’s lifelong pilgrimage was a heroic attempt to reconcile the realities and wonders of human experience with the profound mystery of the divine, and to find the truth of one through the other. Though he weathered many storms, Petrarch never would have achieved nor appreciated his final peace in port without them.'
With regard to her interpersonal qualities and skills, she is exemplary in every way, kind, respectful, diligent, an excellent communicator both verbally and in written form, and wise beyond her years."
"Working with Jenn has been a pleasure. She is thoughtful and optimistic and will work hard to ensure that the work you need done is well taken care of. In addition, she has an excellent command of the English language and understands the subtle differences in meaning between words.
When she edited my thesis proposal she was able to add value that went well beyond fixing grammatical errors and mistakes. Her recommendations improved the flow and helped to convey my message in a way that was more precise.
I would not hesitate to recommend her for future editing work, and I hope she gets the opportunity to work with and help many others improve their work."
"Meeting Jenn and hiring her as my editor has been such a gift for my business! She’s warm, authentic, professional and I could feel how much she really cared about my book.
She’s also highly skilled: thorough, detail-oriented, and her suggestions for clarity and content adjustments were bang on - I love working with her, and we had a lot of fun!
She’s my top pick for future writing projects and I’m already recommending her to my community and friends. I can’t recommend her enough!"