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Our Approach

Words are our most valuable tool. Honing and refining what we communicate on paper, the computer screen, or in front of an audience shapes the way customers and stakeholders view our business. With a variety of coaching focal points, we help our clients find their voice.

Our Focus

Our programs are designed for individuals or small companies who desire success as entrepreneurs and business leaders.  We align personal and professional goals in order to increase confidence, clarity, and perspective.  By defining and focusing on their unique path, our clients discover balance, enthusiasm, and peace of mind.

Our service offerings include both team-based coaching and 1:1 private sessions to match your focus and skills.

Our Programs

The Wordsmith for Entrepreneurs: 

Don't let the fear of written communication hinder your dynamic message. Revel Coach created The Wordsmith to help visionaries soar to success. 

The Wordsmith C-Suite Editing: 

Sending a letter to a client? Soliciting for the annual fundraising event? Develop a personal editing process to avoid embarrassing mistakes before you hit send.

The Wordsmith Podium Appearances: 

Don't read your speech, deliver it! There's a difference between written language and the spoken word. Learn to connect with your audience at live functions by creating speeches that help you feel confident on a stage of any size.

Private Coaching

It's your journey.  

We customize your experience based on your specific needs.

Whether you need to define a  plan, brainstorm options, or prepare a keynote, we can find a solution. 

No minimum hours required. Sessions include face-to-face coaching through video conference and various digital touchpoints throughout the engagement. 

Group Coaching

We curate an experience based on a small group of people who share similar values & roles.  Our clients continue to define their unique path while they work with others on the same journey.  Join an existing program or create one for your company.​

Join via application only.  

 

Testimonials

Alison Nissen’s insights as a beta reader and editor have been invaluable to me. I’ve grown personally and as a writer because of her influence. As a facilitator and writing group leader her analytical ability allows her to focus on specific, helpful feedback.

 –Barbara Meyers, Author White Roses in Winter

Alison, there are no words that adequately describe the deep gratitude I have for you. Thanks to you the words made it from my heart and mind to paper and will help others in difficult situations find hope.

-Scott Headley, Author Resolve, Courage, Hope 

To Alison Nissen who assisted in editing, offered comments, and most important, provided guidance in bringing my personal chapter to life I say: muchas gracias.

-Jose Manuel Garcia, Author Voices from Mariel

Alison and I worked together on my book.  She helped me every step of the way with the overall editing and writing of the book. If it wasn’t for her my book would still be sitting on my shelf in my office.

-Jason Brown, Author Motivational Moments

Alison is a writer’s best friend. Her suggestions, tweaks and edits are transformative. She has a gift for making the writing stronger and richer while preserving the voice of the writer. Instead of feeling frustrated and lonely in the writing process, I feel supported and encouraged. Alison is a an amazing editor and coach.

-Julie Hasson, Founder Chalk & Chances

I have worked with Alison Nissen on several projects and am continually impressed by her numerous and widespread skills around the field of writing. From personal essays to ghostwriting projects, Alison's experience and technical knowledge provides a natural voice for both herself and her clients. Working with Alison Nissen provides a fruitful experience for writers in any field. 

-Chris O'Byrne, Author The Beautiful Addiction: Learning to Fly Fish Near Your Home

Select published and edited works by Alison Nissen

Read Tales from the Laundry Room @ alisonnissen.com

Listen to The Florida Writer Podcast with host Alison Nissen

Interview with the And I Thought Ladies (jump past the first minute where I'm simply staring at the screen!)

Our Inspiration

In 1980, my ninth-grade English teacher believed I couldn’t write. I would be destined to have an endless string of jobs ringing cash registers and popping out babies.  Well, to be frank, she didn’t say that exactly.  She did recommend remedial high school classes. Which I took and aced—as in A+.

What my teacher didn’t know was that I would later receive both a BA and MA in English Literature and go on to teach college writing.

In ninth grade, I couldn’t spell worth a darn.  My English teacher based her assessment on spelling exams, which I consistently failed.  No matter that I submitted a toothpick replica of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or that I devoured the few classics we read in class that year, I couldn’t spell.

In college, I still couldn’t spell.  In fact, I wrote a paper that had nine misspellings of the same word.  Minus 45 points.  Ouch.

Then along came spell check—the miraculous invention that puts little red squiggly lines under words it doesn’t recognize.  I still had to look up the words, but at least I could figure out which ones were spelled incorrectly.

It became a game: guess the correct spelling before I found it in the dictionary.  I won more times than not.  I became a spell check champion!

In 1997, I received a dyslexia diagnosis.  That explained many things:  why I always turned left instead of right, why I constantly misdialed phone numbers, and why I couldn’t spell.

My personal struggle is like many millions of others who share in learning differences.  Today I fashion myself a writer, not because of or in spite of my ninth-grade teacher.  Rather, I write because I enjoy it.  Writing allows me to express myself and keep in touch with family and friends.

 

I have been fortunate to have my work honored with awards and medals, published in magazines, and placed on bookshelves. And now, I want others to know that they, too, can write with award-winning style. I believe no one should be afraid of words. And, okay, maybe it also has a little to do with the fact that a long time ago someone suggested I should have an endless string of jobs as a cashier.

Alison Nissen is a writer who does daily battle with dog hair and laundry. She is the co-founder of Revel Coach, an inspirational platform, the president of the Florida Writers Association, and the author of the 2016 RPLA Unpublished Memoir of the Year Resolve, Courage, Hope. Follow her Tales from the Laundry Room @ alisonnissen.com. 

 

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