Powerful Writing — Cornerstone for a Life Journey!
Powerful writing tips the balance between success and failure. That realization launched Carla D. Bass, Colonel, USAF (Ret), on a life-long journey to help others … help themselves!
From powerful writing to banish bureaucratic blather to crafting powerful resumes, input for personnel reviews, and essays for college applications … she covers it all … to rave reviews.
“The trick,” she explains, “is to make every word and each second of the reader’s time play to your advantage.” Her battle cries: “Powerful writing changes lives” and “Powerful writing is the lifeblood of effective organizations.”
“Precise, powerful writing was paramount from the very beginning when, as a lieutenant, I wrote and presented daily briefings to the Director, NSA.”
For 30 years, she worked with general officers, ambassadors, and congressional delegations, writing letters for executive-level signature, talking points, hundreds of personnel appraisals, and nominations for competitive awards. Since 2008, she’s worked for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, composing products sent to Congress and the White House.
While on active duty, Carla developed her writing methodologies, composed a handbook, and for 15 years taught thousands of Air Force personnel how to write powerfully.
- Most fascinating assignment: Defense and Air Attaché to Bulgaria. Represented the U.S. to Bulgarian military counterparts. First woman assigned to this position.
- Most fun assignment: Commander, 694th Intelligence Group at NSA, essentially an Air Force base commander on an Army post. By the numbers — administratively responsible for 2,800 personnel in 7 squadrons. Operationally responsible for 6 dormitories; 1 dining facility; 1 gym; a fleet of vehicles; and personnel, legal, and finance offices.
- Most fulfilling assignment: Commander, 324th Intelligence Squadron … Turned the most losing unit in the state into the one to beat. How? Taught them to write. Realized then that “Powerful writing changes lives!” and promotes that to this day.
- Fixation complex? Probably. Decided in 7th grade to pursue a career in Air Force intelligence … never wavered!
Carla has taught at corporate educational programs, the National Intelligence University, graduate-level classes at George Washington University and Bradley University and… supporting the community … at public libraries.
For more info, see www.carladbass.com
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