How Richard Transformed an Email from Boring to Brilliant

family in the kitchen

Here’s a content transformation story starring my client Richard Terry.


Richard runs Accolade Kitchen and Bath in my hometown, St. Louis, MO, USA. 


Richard’s promise: Help clients take their outdated kitchens, bathrooms, and closets and transform them into Gourmet Playgrounds, Spa-Like Retreats, and Personal Sanctuaries.


Promise kept for Melissa and me. Richard transformed our kitchen last year. 


Now, Richard is my client, working on transforming his weekly emails from the same old “blah, blah, blah” to tasty, entertaining, treats that readers hunger to read. 

Last month, he drafted an email with a recipe for strawberry shortcake. 


The draft began…

“Spring is right around the corner and what better way to spend family time together than to enjoy a mouth watering desert like strawberry shortcake” 


And then the recipe followed.


In one of our group coaching calls for my Content Transformation Academy, I told Richard his email intro was OK. 


On the Same-Old-Boring-Stuff scale, it earned one “blah!” 


Not as bad as three “blahs.” But, still, room for improvement. 


So I asked: “Where’d you get the recipe?” 


“It’s my mother’s recipe,” Richard replied. 


“Aha…the seeds of a story.” I said.


Richard’s first email was OK because it hinted at a story: “…what better to spend family time together than to enjoy…” 


Vague hints of the family gathering around the kitchen table enjoying a yummy plate of strawberry shortcake. 


You won’t hire Richard because you crave new cabinets and appliances.

You’ll hire Richard because you crave the experiences the new kitchen will create…

Friends “oohing and ahhing” when you serve up some gourmet concoction at a party. 


Neighbors envying you and saying, “you have the best kitchen on the block.” 


Family sharing another great meal together – laughing, smiling, building memories. 


Lean into that “family time” thing, I told Richard. 


And he did. 


The next draft started like this: 


“As a young boy, strawberry shortcake was one of my favorite summer deserts. We’d sit around the kitchen table watching mom make it for us. The best part was after she made the fresh homemade whipped cream we got to lick the beaters!”


That last part about licking the beaters…


…that made you smile, didn’t it!?

I bet you have a similar memory. 


I bet you can relate. 

You can picture it, right!? 


Kids sitting around the table. Anticipation. Mom whipping up a family favorite. Licking the beaters.

These are the things you remember decades later. 


Richard’s story is three sentences. Tiny, yet powerful.


Bye-bye “blah.” Hello “brilliant.”

In this version, Richard is a character in the story. 

Compare that to the first version. No Richard. No personality. No personal connection. 

Richard’s story is about his boyhood. It invites readers in. It enables them to know him a little. It paints a picture. It makes us smile. 

That’s story power.  


Speaking of the Content Transformation Academy, we’re expanding enrollment so we have some open seats. 

If you want to transform your content from boring to brilliant, shoot me an email with “CTA” in the body. I’ll circle back with more info re: the Academy.

Whenever you’re ready…here are a few ways we can help you become a storytelling stand-out so you’ll land more clients:

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2) Attend our free training: “How to Harness the Magnetic Power of Storytelling…” Discover how to transform marketing from a confusing, resource-draining hassle into something that’s simple, fun AND productive. Details and registration here.

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Tom Ruwitch

Tom Ruwitch is the founder and CEO of Story Power Marketing. For more than 30 years, he has helped businesses grow by delivering powerful stories using a variety of different media.