Donn King is creating confidence for Raconteurs in print and out loud!
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You can find lots of information on the web, in books, in online courses, etc., about how to write or how to speak.

I'm interested in more than just sharing information with you. I want to give it impact and "real life," because I want to help you do that with your message. You are more than just a scribbler or a talker: you are a Raconteur, making a difference to the people who read or hear your words. 



When you communicate effectively, getting the words "right" matters, of course. Meeting expectations in terms of grammar, punctuation, rules, etc.—all that matters. But when you get right down to it, effective communication isn't so much about getting the words right as it is about giving the words impact.

I work with individuals and groups to help them craft compelling messages about whatever they care most about. I'm all about communication effectiveness. I do this through Medium posts, blogs, magazine articles, books, and desktop videos. I speak, teach, train, and create online courses. (You can see something of my approach by taking a look at my blog and Medium.)

It's not just about a job skill. It's about life!

I am coming to Patreon as part of a plan to do more to help people write more effectively and speak more effectively. I hope you will join me in that.

If the material I produce seems useful, you can help get that material to a wider audience by supporting my work here on Patreon. As thanks, you will get access to information and to me that goes deeper than what's available on the open web.

I remember subscribing to magazines like Analog Science Fiction, Writer's Digest, Reason, Esquire, and many others, looking forward to each issue and taking satisfaction in knowing I was supporting writers, editors, and photographers in bringing their insights to me and to the world. I was part of a community!

Many of those magazines remain, of course, but more and more people go straight to writers and other artists without the middleman of the publisher. Patreon and similar sites offer a great service for both writers and readers. You can support the folks who interest you with a relatively small contribution each month and be in much closer community than your magazine subscriptions brought you.

And that's why I'm here on Patreon.

Would you be my Patron? In so doing, you would help me, and, perhaps most importantly, you would help the people (including yourself) who could directly benefit from having greater impact communicating their own ideas to the world.

Studies by Stanford Research Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation among Fortune 500 CEOs suggest that around 75% of long-term job success comes from "soft skills," according to a textbook by Ashok K. Sinha and Nisha Singh.

Help me help you and others! Join the community of Raconteurs. I would love to partner with you. Just pick out the reward tier you prefer over on the right, and I look forward to meeting you!
Tiers
Behind The Scenes
$2 or more per month
Welcome! Truly! With this base level of support, you get immediate access to my patron-only activity feed, where we'll talk about the process I use for creating written material and presentations. Patrons get updates on upcoming work before anyone else knows what's in the pipeline, and through patron-only polls and discussion, you will shape my upcoming work. Plus, copies of my posts that otherwise are only visible to Medium paying members.

 
Includes

  • Patron-only polls
  • Access to my Medium members content
Looking over my shoulder
$5 or more per month
Do you want to see how the sausage is made? Patrons at this level will have access to my early drafts on longer works. I already have a few books on Amazon, and with time to write I will produce more. I aim to produce a book a year--no guarantees, but that's the goal. Your input can shape what's coming up. Plus all previous rewards, of course.

Includes
  • In-progress copies of chapters and other snippets
Monthly Q&A
$10 or more per month
Have a question about writing or speaking? If you support at this level, you can submit questions through a form linked through a post only visible to Patrons at this level and up. I will answer in a video only available to Patrons at this level and up. Plus, all the previous awards too!


Includes

  • Monthly Q&A
  • PDF copy of next book
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month
As a Patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible. Your name will be listed in the Patrons Credits on my next book, and as long as you stick with me, your name will appear in a Patron's Widget on the King's Corner web site. You will get a personal, old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note. (With my handwriting, you'll have to take my word for it that it is a thank you note.) Stick with me for a year, and I'll make a custom voicemail greeting message for you. Plus, you know, all previous rewards.

Includes
  • Hand-written thank you note
  • Long-term: custom voice mail greeting
  • Patron's credit list in book
  • PDF copies of all books (doesn't mean much now, but it will)
Includes Discord rewards
50 for 50
$50 or more per month
I will be creating online courses to further your education in effective communication. Patrons who support at this level for at least six months will get a 50% discount off these courses. Once a course goes live and you are "in," you are "in" forever! Also, let's get on Skype or Zoom or Google Hangouts for a 30-minute one-on-one to talk about whatever you would like to talk about. Plus all previous awards.

Includes
  • After six months: 50% off online courses
  • Monthly live video chat
  • Hard copy of next book that comes out in print form
  • Number of Patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Personalized Poem
$100 or more per month
I'll write a poem, just for you. I can't guarantee it will be good, but we will talk about what you would like it to be about, and I'll do my best. Guaranteed: no one else in the world will have one like it, and it will be printed on nice paper and framed. If I have published any dead-trees-based books since you become a Patron at this level, I will send you one. Plus all previous rewards.

Includes
  • Personalized poem
  • Hard copies of all books available in print form (doesn't mean much now, but it will)
  • Number of patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Let's eat!
$250 or more per month
You must really like me! So let's get together for lunch! That is, if you're within a day's drive of Knoxville, TN. If you're further away than that, we'll have virtual lunch--you on your side of the screen, me on my side, and we'll eat "together" and chat for an hour. Plus all the previous rewards. In addition, I will conduct a virtual workshop for a group of your choice.

 
Includes

  • If within day's drive of Knoxville: lunch!
  • Virtual lunch, exclusive online visit
  • Number of patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Road trip!
$500 or more per month
Support me at this level for six months, and I will come conduct a day-long workshop for a group of your choice for just travel expenses. This would be a win for both of us! There would have to be limitations on this: it needs to be close enough to me that I would only need to be away from home a maximum of two nights because I can't take a chance on being further away from The Princess (my disabled daughter) than that. And it would have to fit into my schedule. But, hey, we can work it out! In any case, I'll send you signed copies of all the print books I might have written. Plus all the previous rewards.


Includes

  • Signed copies of all print books
  • I will put a picture of you up in my office and thank God for you every day!
  • Six months: live workshop of your choice
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
0 of 15 patrons
This level will be enough to start to make a difference to us, and we will celebrate with a virtual party on the activity feed, including sharing photos of us toasting each other.
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You can find lots of information on the web, in books, in online courses, etc., about how to write or how to speak.

I'm interested in more than just sharing information with you. I want to give it impact and "real life," because I want to help you do that with your message. You are more than just a scribbler or a talker: you are a Raconteur, making a difference to the people who read or hear your words. 



When you communicate effectively, getting the words "right" matters, of course. Meeting expectations in terms of grammar, punctuation, rules, etc.—all that matters. But when you get right down to it, effective communication isn't so much about getting the words right as it is about giving the words impact.

I work with individuals and groups to help them craft compelling messages about whatever they care most about. I'm all about communication effectiveness. I do this through Medium posts, blogs, magazine articles, books, and desktop videos. I speak, teach, train, and create online courses. (You can see something of my approach by taking a look at my blog and Medium.)

It's not just about a job skill. It's about life!

I am coming to Patreon as part of a plan to do more to help people write more effectively and speak more effectively. I hope you will join me in that.

If the material I produce seems useful, you can help get that material to a wider audience by supporting my work here on Patreon. As thanks, you will get access to information and to me that goes deeper than what's available on the open web.

I remember subscribing to magazines like Analog Science Fiction, Writer's Digest, Reason, Esquire, and many others, looking forward to each issue and taking satisfaction in knowing I was supporting writers, editors, and photographers in bringing their insights to me and to the world. I was part of a community!

Many of those magazines remain, of course, but more and more people go straight to writers and other artists without the middleman of the publisher. Patreon and similar sites offer a great service for both writers and readers. You can support the folks who interest you with a relatively small contribution each month and be in much closer community than your magazine subscriptions brought you.

And that's why I'm here on Patreon.

Would you be my Patron? In so doing, you would help me, and, perhaps most importantly, you would help the people (including yourself) who could directly benefit from having greater impact communicating their own ideas to the world.

Studies by Stanford Research Institute and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation among Fortune 500 CEOs suggest that around 75% of long-term job success comes from "soft skills," according to a textbook by Ashok K. Sinha and Nisha Singh.

Help me help you and others! Join the community of Raconteurs. I would love to partner with you. Just pick out the reward tier you prefer over on the right, and I look forward to meeting you!

Recent posts by Donn King

Tiers
Behind The Scenes
$2 or more per month
Welcome! Truly! With this base level of support, you get immediate access to my patron-only activity feed, where we'll talk about the process I use for creating written material and presentations. Patrons get updates on upcoming work before anyone else knows what's in the pipeline, and through patron-only polls and discussion, you will shape my upcoming work. Plus, copies of my posts that otherwise are only visible to Medium paying members.

 
Includes

  • Patron-only polls
  • Access to my Medium members content
Looking over my shoulder
$5 or more per month
Do you want to see how the sausage is made? Patrons at this level will have access to my early drafts on longer works. I already have a few books on Amazon, and with time to write I will produce more. I aim to produce a book a year--no guarantees, but that's the goal. Your input can shape what's coming up. Plus all previous rewards, of course.

Includes
  • In-progress copies of chapters and other snippets
Monthly Q&A
$10 or more per month
Have a question about writing or speaking? If you support at this level, you can submit questions through a form linked through a post only visible to Patrons at this level and up. I will answer in a video only available to Patrons at this level and up. Plus, all the previous awards too!


Includes

  • Monthly Q&A
  • PDF copy of next book
Name In The Credits
$20 or more per month
As a Patron, you'll be recognized for making my work possible. Your name will be listed in the Patrons Credits on my next book, and as long as you stick with me, your name will appear in a Patron's Widget on the King's Corner web site. You will get a personal, old-fashioned, hand-written thank you note. (With my handwriting, you'll have to take my word for it that it is a thank you note.) Stick with me for a year, and I'll make a custom voicemail greeting message for you. Plus, you know, all previous rewards.

Includes
  • Hand-written thank you note
  • Long-term: custom voice mail greeting
  • Patron's credit list in book
  • PDF copies of all books (doesn't mean much now, but it will)
Includes Discord rewards
50 for 50
$50 or more per month
I will be creating online courses to further your education in effective communication. Patrons who support at this level for at least six months will get a 50% discount off these courses. Once a course goes live and you are "in," you are "in" forever! Also, let's get on Skype or Zoom or Google Hangouts for a 30-minute one-on-one to talk about whatever you would like to talk about. Plus all previous awards.

Includes
  • After six months: 50% off online courses
  • Monthly live video chat
  • Hard copy of next book that comes out in print form
  • Number of Patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Personalized Poem
$100 or more per month
I'll write a poem, just for you. I can't guarantee it will be good, but we will talk about what you would like it to be about, and I'll do my best. Guaranteed: no one else in the world will have one like it, and it will be printed on nice paper and framed. If I have published any dead-trees-based books since you become a Patron at this level, I will send you one. Plus all previous rewards.

Includes
  • Personalized poem
  • Hard copies of all books available in print form (doesn't mean much now, but it will)
  • Number of patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Let's eat!
$250 or more per month
You must really like me! So let's get together for lunch! That is, if you're within a day's drive of Knoxville, TN. If you're further away than that, we'll have virtual lunch--you on your side of the screen, me on my side, and we'll eat "together" and chat for an hour. Plus all the previous rewards. In addition, I will conduct a virtual workshop for a group of your choice.

 
Includes

  • If within day's drive of Knoxville: lunch!
  • Virtual lunch, exclusive online visit
  • Number of patrons at this level is limited!
Includes Discord rewards
Road trip!
$500 or more per month
Support me at this level for six months, and I will come conduct a day-long workshop for a group of your choice for just travel expenses. This would be a win for both of us! There would have to be limitations on this: it needs to be close enough to me that I would only need to be away from home a maximum of two nights because I can't take a chance on being further away from The Princess (my disabled daughter) than that. And it would have to fit into my schedule. But, hey, we can work it out! In any case, I'll send you signed copies of all the print books I might have written. Plus all the previous rewards.


Includes

  • Signed copies of all print books
  • I will put a picture of you up in my office and thank God for you every day!
  • Six months: live workshop of your choice
Includes Discord rewards