My professional background:
Jean Wilson Murray, MBA, PhD
Summary of Experience
I am a professional writer with over 35 years of experience in teaching, writing, and blogging on business and communication topics.
Areas of Writing Experience
I have written in many areas of business, centering on topics relating to small business management, small business startup, entrepreneurship, and business communications.
I have experience with academic writing, including my PhD dissertation.
My writing experience includes 8 years of experience as a blogger with several online companies and with my own blogs. I have been writing for About.com (U.S. Business Law & Taxes) since 2008.
Fiction Writing Training
Since beginning my fiction writing work, I have been working on my fiction writing skills:
Midwest Writer’s Workshop, Muncie, Indiana, July 2013
Writer’s Digest Online Course: 12 Weeks to a First Draft (June-August 2013)
Writers in Paradise Conference, Fiction Writers Workshop, January 2014.
Books on writing: See reviews of writing books on my website.
Other Skills and background
Polished, experienced public speaker. I have been speaking publicly since the 1980s, at conferences, workshops, commencement addresses. I know how to give a PowerPoint presentation and I am comfortable talking with both small and large groups. I have been involved with Toastmasters as a participant and as an advisor for student groups. I have won a “Competent Communicator” designation.
Expertise in grammar and sentence skills. For four years, I taught classes in grammar and usage for court stenographers. (Try making that one interesting!) I know an adverb from a participle and how to use each correctly in a sentence.
Deadline driven, punctual, and conscientious. I follow directions and deliver what is required when it is due.
Proficient in Word, Excel, QuickBooks, PowerPoint, WordPress, Adobe Acrobat. I have been around computers since the mid-1980s and I know my way around computer applications and the Internet.
I have been a professional writer and educator for over 30 years. My background includes personnel and employee benefits management positions, educational administration, and a faculty member positions in colleges and professional schools. I have owned several successful businesses, including a computer consulting and word process business in the 1980s and a professional consulting, self-publishing, and writing business (Emence Enterprises LLC), from 2003 to present.
MBA in small business management from Cleveland State University, 1974
PhD in Management from Walden University, 2000.