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nDash Writer Profile for Patti Podnar


Creating business magic by aligning your goals with your customers' pain points

About Me

I'm an experienced content writer, strategist, and consultant. I've been writing longer than I care to think about. (Let's just say that my first "real" writing job involved a computer with green letters on a black screen.)  My work has appeared in numerous publications (not many bylines, unfortunately, since all work was for clients), including:

I also served as content strategist on "The Power of Digital Policy," a book by Kristina Podnar (we're friends and colleagues, but not relatives).

The Power of Digital Policy

Today, I'm thrilled to combine that first love with my other passion: business. My priority is to make sure that the content I write accomplishes your goals. If you're not sure what you want your content to accomplish, I help with that, too. That's why, before I start an assignment for you, I may ask what you want people to do, think, or feel after reading it.

Because the fundamentals of business and marketing (creating interest and awareness, solving pain points, creating new customers through education, etc.) hold true for almost all businesses, I'm comfortable writing for many different industries. Recently, I've been focusing on an issue that every business will eventually have to address: compliance: security, privacy, accessibility, etc. The importance of these topics will only increase as artificial intelligence and the metaverse become more intertwined in our business and personal lives.

Wondering if you need an industry expert rather than a writing/business expert?

It depends on your audience. If you're writing for people who do, finance, or regulate what you do, you may prefer an industry expert (with the exception of regulating online content -- that's one of my specialities, and I have access to leading experts in the field). If you're writing for people who will (hopefully!) buy what you do, you need an expert in business and marketing. That's also what I do.  

Not sure what you need?

Even better! There are plenty of great writers who can write what you tell them to write. I can, too -- but my real strength is on the content strategy side. I can write your blog posts, but I can also help you figure out who your audiences are (and how to avoid the curse of knowledge!), what they need to know, and how to write for their level of knowledge about your product or service. I can also help you stay out of trouble by pointing out compliance issues.

So if you don't know where to start, start with me! (And don't be scared off by the fact that I haven't worked on nDash much lately. I had to take a break due to some vision issues that have now been resolved, and I'm ready to build relationships with new clients!)

Industries I Write About




Science & Medicine


Health & Wellness

My Writing Samples

How Freelancers Can Help Your Agency Scale Up While Staying Agile

nDash blog


How an Oil Change Can Keep Your Car's Pistons Running Smoothly

Mr. Clean Carwash blog


Help Me Save My Space: Building Atriums

Kirei blog


Remodeling with the Future in Mind: Aging in Place

Rollex blog


What QA Managers Wish Agents Knew about Monitoring

Scorebuddy blog


Detailing: a Car Wash on Hyperdrive

Mr. Clean Carwash blog


Designing for Disaster Protection and Storm Proofing

Tips for homeowners


Supporting Government Green Initiatives with ICF Construction

Environmental benefits of ICF blocks


Designing Homes for Aging in Place

What architects and designers can do to help the aging population continue to live in their homes


Addressing Parental Concerns When Marketing Technology to Children

Parents and child development experts worry about the effect technology is having on children's brains. What can tech marketers do to address those concern?


Your Roadmap to an Easier, Faster Steel Siding Installation

Tips for installing steel siding


Personalization vs. Privacy: How to Make the Case for Consent

New privacy regulations require that marketers obtain consent from their audience before sending marketing messages. How do you make the case for consent?


How to Have Difficult Conversations with Call Center Agents

Tips for coaching employees on improving their performance


Overcoming Egress Challenges in Your Building Design

Guidance on how architects and designers can design buildings to shorten evacuation time


Smoke and Fire Safety Solutions for Elevators

How architects and designers can maximize elevator safety while minimizing the loss of space


Designing for Longevity: Strategies for Commercial Buildings

How architects and designers can develop commercial buildings that can serve a variety of future occupants with different needs


Budgeting for Acoustics in Your Next Design Project

The importance of acoustics in employee satisfaction and performance


Helping Clients Budget: Looking at LIfe-Cycle Cost

Encouraging "efficiency by design" by helping clients understand life-cycle costs


Flexible Design: Ensuring More Successful Office Spaces

How to design work spaces that can flex with the employers' needs


They Said to Do What? Things You Think Are True

Taking a second look at accepted best practices


What You Need to Know about User-Generated Content

User-Generated Content (UGC) is extremely effective, but it also comes with some pretty big risks


Content Marketing: Should Solopreneurs Guest Post?

Guest posting is an accepted best practice for building your brand. But is it worth it for solopreneurs?


How to Rock a Facebook Contest or Giveaway

Advice for running a successful contest or giveaway on Facebook, as well as a few precautions.


Comparison of the most popular roof support bases

Roof support bases are critical for stability, but the material they're made with can make a big difference. This post covers the pros and cons of the various materials available and how to choose the one that's best for you.


12 construction software features your business needs

Construction companies may be a bit behind in the digital revolution, but they're catching up fast. Here are 8 features you should look for when choosing a construction software solution.


How to get started with construction management software

Construction companies are increasingly moving from analog to digital management solutions. This post offers tips for construction companies beginning the transition to digital.


The importance of store execution in rolling out new technology

More and more retailers are bringing digital to the sales floor. Whether you're equipping store employees with proprietary devices or asking them to use their own, all the planning in the world won't matter if store employees don't execute properly.


Store execution and its impact on category management

This post describes the complexity of category management and how all the plans can fail at the store level if employees don't execute.


12 questions to consider before buying a communication and task management solution

This post offers guidance on choosing a digital communication and task management platform. While it focuses on retail, the lessons could apply to any number of industries.


Innovative education for new generations: equity and relevance

Innovative, experiential approaches to education reduce inequities and produce work-ready students.


New education techniques are creating work-ready students

Problem-based learning can produce a new generation that is work-ready and able to solve the issues of our world.


Hiring engineers during COVID-19: Take it remote, and make it equitable

Technology allows organizations to continue hiring during social distancing. And front-end testing helps increase the diversity of applicants. That's important because it's been shown that the makeup of development teams can create (or prevent) bias in machine learning.


Signs your construction management software isn't working for you

How to tell if your business has outgrown your current construction management software (and what you need instead)


How the humble pallet made today's global economy possible

The history of how palletization revolutionized shipping


7 benefits of custom construction management software

How custom software can help your construction company cut costs and improve profits


Construction management software for builders and contractors

Describes how construction management software can help builders and contractors with things like scheduling, automation, etc.


Ikea invests in impact bonds designed to help Syrian refugees develop job skills

At the 2019 World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, IKEA's philanthropic wing committed $7.7 million toward the development of an impact bond to provide vocational skills training for Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan.


How unique is your trucking delivery process?

How to defuse the objection that a transportation company is too unique to use a Transportation Management Systems by talking about the power of integrations.


How to Answer the The Top 10 Journalist Interview Questions

Targeted to entry-level job-seekers, this post covers some common interview questions and provides guidance on how to answer them.


Top 10 Fastest-Growing Pharmaceutical Jobs

Targeting entry-level job seekers, this post describes 10 promising niches in the pharmaceutical job market.


Stay Calm and Step Away from that Facebook Quiz

This post describes how scammers can use the information you provide in these quizzes to guess your password or answers to your security questions.


You may have Sjogren's Syndrome if...

A list of random, weird things (like hearing your eyeballs click when you blink!) that, taken together, could mean you have Sjogren's Syndrome.




Content strategy and development across a wide range of verticals

Company: Podnar Consulting, LLC

I worked there from 10/2013 until now

Languages I Write In

Content I Write


Creative, fast, and professional

Patti has been a great addition to the nDash community. She's an extremely versatile writer, with experience in a broad range of industries, and is able to quickly break down complex topics into clear, compelling prose. I'm very thankful for her contributions, and would highly recommend her to any brand seeking a professional writer and storyteller.

Michael Brown, nDash.co