Magic is exactly what Melissa creates
Melissa once asked me what she should name her system and I jokingly said “Melissa’s Magic System.”
But as soon as those words left my lips, I realized they’re no joke, because magic is exactly what Melissa creates.
She has one of the most unique blends of right-brained creativity, left-brained organization and heart-centered soulfulness that I’ve ever seen.
Melissa has elevated my project (book publishing, course creation, and affiliate partnerships) incalculably, and I have no doubt she’ll do the same for yours.
From the beginning, working with Melissa felt easy. She handled everything that we needed her to without involving us needlessly in the details.
Before working with Melissa Drake, our online presence centered around our website with little search engine optimization and a social media presence that was sporadic and stand-alone. Now we have a cohesive approach to both online advertising and to building our presence on Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, Trip Advisor and more. As a result, we are sharing more effectively as a destination location and we are driving more connections and business though our web presence.
From the beginning, working with Melissa felt easy. She handled everything that we needed her to without involving us needlessly in the details. She is insightful, generous and deeply concerned with making sure our company receives the support we truly need. It was very important to us to have a manageable approach to online marketing, and Melissa certainly delivered. She listened very carefully to what we needed and wanted and was able to create a social media presence that reflects us perfectly. She took all aspects of our business into account and developed to develop a solid online strategy. Melissa Drake delivered a multi faceted and logical Internet and social media strategy, in a timely manner, that will help Ohana Steakhouse build top-of-mind awareness and grow business. We have been nothing but pleased with the results.
I would highly recommend Melissa to any business looking to take full advantage of the possibilities advertising with social media can generate. She has helped us stand out and I’m positive she can help other businesses like ours succeed.
Our Sponsorship program is filled with happy clients who are getting the results they need, due in large part to Melissa’s leadership.
Melissa has done a phenomenal job as Partnership Director for The Good Men Project. She has worked tirelessly to understand our business model at a very deep level and take actions that get tangible, measurable results. She appreciates stretch goals, and takes feedback effortlessly. She has relationships with clients that have deepened and developed over time. Most importantly—she wants our clients to succeed and works closely with both them and me to make that happen. Our Sponsorship program is filled with happy clients who are getting the results they need, due in large part to Melissa’s leadership.
Melissa is the kind of professional who brings her whole being to the table.
When I think of Melissa the first words that come to mind are authentic passion. Melissa is the kind of professional who brings her whole being to the table. Her partnership goes so much deeper than the status quo of transactional services, rather, Melissa brings legitimate heart to the client experience. She not only delivers incredibly high-quality services but transforms those that she works with by breathing life into their projects and instilling confidence that they can go further. The combination of quality and confidence is priceless and truly exponential in terms of value. I trust Melissa to steward all of the coaches that work on my platform and guide them as budding journalists, influencers, and tastemakers. I am consistently delighted to witness transformation after transformation and to not only watch the quality of offerings produced on our platform exceed expectations but see these young coaches go on to be published in larger subsidiaries! In addition to editing and coaching, Melissa has created fantastic educational content for our organization that will serve as the bedrock of our automated course offerings. We love her and are so grateful to have collided with such a pro!
Melissa has helped with everything from client acquisition to product development, and has been instrumental in our ability to achieve results for our collaborative projects.
At Bancs Wellness, our focus is on the development and integration of small business and creatives in the digital space. To accomplish this we have to connect deeply with our clients, enabling us to capture the essence of the product or individual and translate that in an online world. With our unique approach, there have been few collaborators that could operate at this level, and at the top of this list is Melissa Drake. With her unique style and ability to rapidly connect with and understand the vision of her clients, Melissa has helped with everything from client acquisition to product development, and has been instrumental in our ability to achieve results for our collaborative projects. Melissa’s passion and energy is matched only by her smile and authenticity and we are proud to call her a friend.
We met Melissa at our women’s empowerment events, we knew she had valuable skills and things to teach others so we asked her to be a part of a large retreat
We met Melissa at our women’s empowerment events, we knew she had valuable skills and things to teach others so we asked her to be a part of a large retreat. She gave us excellent feedback on how to make our event successful. 1. Melissa will tell you the truth, not what you want to hear which is invaluable to your growth.
2. Melissa knows business and marketing, her extensive career and background shows in her work and ability to take something to the next level.
3. Melissa’s direction on how to edit our social media and how to improve the look/feel/content on our sales page helped the event come together in a professional thoughtful way.
Melissa will tell you what you need to hear. She will help you become the best version of you. She’s articulate and strong in her convictions.
Melissa’s article brought me numerous students and clients who may never have found me without her willingness to share her authentic experiences.
I’m so grateful to Melissa for her ability to offer such a warm, yet eyebrow-raising view of my services. It has brought me numerous students and clients who may never have found me without her willingness to share her authentic experiences of working with me, in her own heartfelt words. I continue to benefit greatly from this.
I never imagined getting such an amazing response until it happened and continues even 2+ years later! I still get a few serious inquiries each week that mention her article as the motivator.
The momentum has actually picked up. I think well-written articles in popular online publications go viral as they are shared and commented on. Then the outreach grows organically, like magic!
Promoting myself has never been an easy thing for me to do. Melissa did the hard part by the honest way she described her experiences. I think people might believe her, more than me when it comes to describing my services. I’m too close to it to be able to speak of it without bias.
I often send people a link to her article so they can read it from her. In fact, I just posted a link to her article in an ad today and remembered to thank her with this review.
I wrote, “Conscious Tantric touch can help replace those negative imprints with dignity and ecstasy! Here’s a link to an article that was written by a client who explains it well:”
Melissa’s approach is strategic, inclusive, and comprehensive.
I have been a business associate of Melissa for over 15 years. During this time Melissa and I have worked on numerous research and strategy projects. She has always proven herself to be a consummate professional with excellent planning and implementation skills. She is an adept project manager who consistently brings projects to successful completion. Her well developed communication skills are key to ensuring all are informed of project status and resource management. Melissa’s approach is strategic, inclusive, and comprehensive. I would welcome future opportunities to work with Melissa and strongly recommend her for new opportunities.
Melissa is an expert in forming brand partnerships and coordinating sponsored content for our publication.
I have had the privilege to work Melissa for at least 2 years at The Good Men Project. Melissa is an expert in forming brand partnerships and coordinating sponsored content for our publication. She has an creative mind and works tirelessly with the executive team to assist in the growth and sustainability of our publication.
She has diverse experience & proven track record in marketing
Melissa has the perfect mix of skill sets I was looking for when it came time to move my business goals further. First- she has diverse experience & proven track record in marketing. Second, as a Life Coach, she brings an intuitive, richer, and more organic approach to problem-solving & goal setting that appreciate. Rounding this all off is she walks the walks both personally as well as professionally. Individually, each skill stands on its own and quite effective for what I was looking for but having all 3 and knowing how to utilize them effectively—that’s what makes her so powerfully gifted!!
I only have great things to say about Melissa and all the work we have done together.
The two of us were introduced, randomly, through multiple SEO projects about a year ago. Nowadays, we speak and collaborate quite often with clients belonging to both of us in SEO, Content Marketing, Web Development, etc. Anytime I have needed help, advice, or an introduction Melissa is the quickest to lend a helping hand. I am proud to know and work with her, which I plan to do for many more years to come!
It will take your writing to a whole new level!
It took me 3 years to write my novel. As a visual person, it was difficult for me to visualize what the final product would look like. As a writer I dreamed of beautiful book covers and fonts outside and inside of the cover.
It wasn’t until I met Melissa Drake and she recommended a format to organize my writing. This format was a game changer! I could finally see the page by page, chapter by chapter and it looked like a real book. The directions of merging my writing with her format were very easy to follow and this was the turning point for me in the writing process. In addition, Melissa was there for me if I had any questions or concerns.
I published my novel last year and I know without a doubt this format that Melissa created was the catalyst that brought my book to this next level.
(My Story) feels much deeper to me now.
Thank you, thank you, thank you so much! This was such a helpful look into what the editing process feels/looks like. I understand it a lot better now. I took most of your edits and added about 400 words with your insights. It feels much deeper to me now. I can DEFINITELY see how beneficial having an editor is! It really just cleans up but also deepens the quality of the work, doesn’t really change anything, which I like but definitely encourages more oomph. Thanks again so much for this and all your encouragement.
An open-minded editor
Melissa helped me with a book on psychic development. She understood the concepts and my vision. She did not laugh at me, but advocated for me to express my truths to help others learn to do what I do.
She did not take away from my own unique voice, but allowed me to be more clear and express myself more eloquently.
She pushed me to do my best and we revised until it was perfect.
Currently, my book, (2 years later) is sitting at number 4 in the angels category of Amazon. It is also in the top 100 of two other spiritual categories as well.
She helped me make this a success. I couldn’t have done it without her.
I would recommend her services to anyone. She is dedicated, communicative, and eager to help people put their work out there with their best foot forward. She makes words shine!
Thank you so much Melissa.
She helps connect others in a way she is truly gifted at.
Additional value and little details that made all the difference in the world
Melissa was incredible. She definitely went above and beyond, provided additional value and little details that made all the difference in the world. I am extremely grateful to have worked with her in this very important milestone in my life and career.
More confident writer
Since our friendship began, Melissa encouraged me to write. She provided honest feedback when I needed it. I’m a more confident writer because of her. My writing is not limited to just my book. No, it has spread to my emails and text messages and I feel like my voice is being heard when I write. Melissa helped me discover my writing voice, and I love that.
She’s thorough and will take care of your stuff
Melissa is all heart. She gives and gives and gives to others, she promotes the work, effort, and energy of others, and she does it with a loving, giving heart and soul. She is the one you want on your team because she’ll make it happen. She’s the one you want to have on retainer because she’s thorough and will take care of your stuff. She has been through it all and come out more beautiful, kind, caring, and understanding because of it. She’s edited my writing and given very helpful, fundamental and constructive feedback. In short, she’s the shit.
Her edits are spot on, her commentary is solid, and she’s lovingly encouraging
Melissa has edited several pieces of mine now and I can say, beyond a doubt, working with her is pure awesome! Her edits are spot on, her commentary is solid, and she’s lovingly encouraging without ever being fluffy or false.
Because of her, I am about to get my first piece published in Elephant Journal. She saw the diamond in the rough (in me and the piece) and pushed me to write with the depth she knew I could.
Her strong intuitive sense for both recognizing potential and offering not only a hand but a heart has been a blessing
Melissa has both a keen eye and sharp mind with her gift of red pen treatment. Her strong intuitive sense for both recognizing potential and offering not only a hand but a heart has been a blessing in my life. Melissa is a supportive, patient and loving soul that has helped me with my self-confidence and writing abilities. She is genuine and helpful in all that she offers.
The way that she took it and helped me shift wording, make words pop and define what I was doing was incredible
I came to Melissa for help in writing a sales page for an upcoming workshop. I gave her my first draft and the way that she took it and helped me shift wording, make words pop and define what I was doing was incredible. She helped me in a way that accentuated my true voice while making my offering more legible to the reader. I will definitely work with her again!
One of the articles she edited was recently published in a large publication!
I had an overwhelmingly positive experience working with Melissa! She helped guide me every step of the way. She also helped me embrace and believe in myself just the way I am. I needed that kind of support in order to grow and to write! One of the articles she edited was recently published in a large publication! I’m looking forward to continuing to work with her.
Working with Melissa has been a blessing.
I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa Drake via a private Facebook group geared toward encourage writing among women. I had immediately felt connected to a story she had written on her son and the struggles moms have in guiding our sons on their journey into men. When she asked me to contribute content to The Good Men Project I was elated! I was also scared out of my mind too, since I had never had anything published on-line before.
I have to say that working with Melissa has been a blessing. She is honest, to the point and I love her style of edits. I love her red pen! My grammar isn’t always the best and often as a busy working mom juggling many priorities I feel that she reads between the lines and helps me mold my articles to be more impactful to the audience I am trying to reach. I never feel judged and she is always full of support and words of encouragement. As a new blogger, I appreciate this encouragement immensely!
I recently had a chance to meet Melissa in person and it was like we had known each other for years. She is a good listener, deep thinker and has a very giving nature. She is always willing to share all parts of herself, this make her an incredible editor because she leads by example, sharing her most vulnerable thoughts in her articles. I respect and admire her ability to stay true to herself. She inspires me constantly!
Her feedback has helped me be clearer in my writing while maintaining my own voice.
Melissa is amazing. She is the best at helping on become a better writer in their own way. I have had the pleasure and honor of working with Melissa twice already and beyond correcting my typos, her feedback has helped me be clearer in my writing while maintaining my own voice. I am very grateful for Melissa’s support and positive energy. Every business owner should look to work with Melissa!
I’ve had the privilege to be a recipient of the famous “Red Pen Treatment.” Melissa is spot on with her editing and added commentary.
I’ve had the privilege to be a recipient of the famous “Red Pen Treatment.” Melissa is spot on with her editing and added commentary. I’ve had her edit a few pieces of my work and each time, I learn something new. Melissa’s notes are easy to read and her responses and feedback are positive and educational. By the way, when did the grammar police decide to change from two spaces to one after a period? Don’t they know how hard it is for us 40 somethings to change
Melissa has proven herself to be an insightful editor with a nuanced understanding of pacing, phrasing and structure.
I recently worked with Melissa to have an article edited before publication. When I received the edit, my initial reaction was resistance to her recommended changes.
However, when I took a closer look at the changes on a case by case basis, I found myself agreeing with every edit she recommended.
Melissa has proven herself to be an insightful editor with a nuanced understanding of pacing, phrasing and structure.
I’m happy to have worked with her and would recommend her editing services to anyone looking for help with their material pre-publication.
Thank you Melissa!!
After decades of living in fear and silence, Melissa encouraged me to embrace my truth and tell my story.
After decades of living in fear and silence, Melissa encouraged me to embrace my truth and tell my story. By showing up exactly as she is, Melissa inspires me to accept myself as I am and speak my truth from a place of courage, authenticity, and integrity. She approaches editing with precision and HEART. She is truly invested in my success, both professionally and personally, and I’m a better person because of her example. Thank you, Melissa, for doing your work! ~ R. Jade McAuliffe
She sparked a creative fire in me I didn’t even know I had
I’ve never been much of a writer, but I met Melissa Drake about a year ago and she sparked a creative fire in me I didn’t even know I had. She helped me with the process of writing, editing and collaborating on personal letters as well and helped me get published and promote my business at the same time. The writing process was unbelievably therapeutic for me and helped me express feelings I never knew I could share. I highly recommend working with her!
Powerful, special and unique, and important
This chick is awesome…What’s she’s bringing to the personal development, coaching business, marketing realm is really, really powerful, special and unique, and important. As soon as I heard Melissa speak, I thought this is an incredible woman to stand in front of my community at my annual retreat and to bring valuable content, encouragement, inspiration, and just vibrancy to these women that come together to work on their leadership development.
She helped our leaders collaborate
Text from a thank you card after Melissa led a workshop on “The Magic of Collaboration” at Toastmaster’s District Leader’s Meeting.
Wow! Loved the audience participation. It was so great to hear people’s thoughts/words…really gives us insight into how people view these terms. Unity came up a lot—I hope people remember that word especially.
I really believe that you helped inspire our incoming leaders to collaborate. It’s so important for the success of our clubs!
Thank you for your energy and the emphasis on dancing. What a fun exercise to get us all loosened up.
You are amazing!! Thank you! Much love.
Melissa really knows how to CONNECT with her audience
Melissa really knows how to CONNECT with her audience – I also was privileged to have one-on-one interaction with her, and observed her in one-on-one interactions with other attendees. THIS is where Melissa particularly shines – her ability to connect, to express empathy and encourage empowerment – she has a rare ability to seamlessly and quickly propel people beyond their current situations and beliefs.
Your talk was so relatable and not just like we were being lectured.
Your talk was so relatable and not just like we were being lectured. I felt inspired to integrate the lessons learned right away – like it didn’t feel out of my reach or that I needed to heal this or that before getting to that way of living, it’s a way of healing throughout the process, and that felt nice and comforting. I love how you present with bullet points and give yourself space to speak from the heart, I admire that a lot.
Melissa is more then a coach she is a friend!!!
It didn’t take long for me to become very close with Melissa. We met at a women’s empowerment retreat and quickly started working together. She has always been down to earth and personable , she understands my struggle with balancing business and motherhood and through the process of working together we became friends. She has helped me in so many different areas from editing my website to teaching me how to manage my time and build my confidence. Her help has been vital to my success and I am grateful to have her as a guide and friend.
While it entailed some work, it was a delightful experience that left me feeling lighter, more confident, and in control of my own destiny.
Melissa coached me through NLP processes over the course of a few weeks. She was prepared, professional, and adept at NLP coaching. She created a safe space to complete this work with her positive attitude, compassion, and openness. While it entailed some work, it was a delightful experience that left me feeling lighter, more confident, and in control of my own destiny. I recommend this work to anyone who wants some new tools in their tool box to improve things in their lives.
The first process Like to Dislike, my goal was to break a habit of drinking Diet Pepsi every day. Since completing this process, I have not had any Diet Pepsi, even though it is in my refrigerator because other members of my family drink it. It has been at least three months. I don’t even think about it anymore.
Other processes that I found to be helpful were belief change and removing negative emotion. With belief change, I transformed from thinking “I’m not good enough” to “I am f’ing awesome”. When I begin to think thoughts related to “I’m not good enough”, I can quickly recall “I am f’ing awesome” to replace those thoughts. We also working to remove negative emotions such as anger, sadness, fear, and hurt. Those emotions have been greatly diminished for me. Journaling about each of those processes and being able to recall the lessons in the few instances that I have triggered has been tremendously helpful. I find that I don’t get as charged by these emotions when they happen.
The parts integration process was the most challenging process for me. The parts I was integrating were the part of me feels safe and the part of me does not. It wasn’t until after I completed the parts integration and journaled on it that I fully realized these two parts were really working together to steer me towards overall alignment.
During the course of our work together, I began remembering my dreams again. Melissa shared a dream interpretation workbook with me that is really valuable in helping to get the messages from dreams. I also felt lighter and was able to moderate my reactions to situations to take a pause and think about why I was reacting the way I was. In the instances where I forgot to do that, I could reflect on my journal entries from our work together to help to understand why I reacted in a certain way and what I might do differently in the future. It has brought much awareness to my reactions and behaviors.
Before our last session (which I didn’t realize was our last session), I began to feel “done” with the processes. The order in which they are completed felt like a natural progression. I am excited to see how the Strategic Visioning process turns out, which was the last process we worked through. Given the success I’ve had with the other processes, I am confident that I will achieve the goals I have set for myself. I spend a few minutes each morning reflecting on those goals and working with an oracle card deck to ask what I can do each day to achieve my vision. Melissa also shared a visioning meditation that I am beginning to incorporate in my morning routine. Also, she shared a song “Fly” by Nicki Minaj that was playing in the background when we did this process. It is so aligned with my strategic vision and is now a regular song on my playlist.
I can already feel the power she is helping to uncover in me
Melissa is the shiznit! She uncovers your fears, weakness and strength. I’m on my second lesson with her and can already feel the power she is helping to uncover in me. Eric Worre! I’ll be interviewing YOU by the time she is done with me!
She embodies the word: life coach
I knew if anyone could help coach me on my current path, Melissa was the one to do it. I reached out and we set up a coaching call.
She listened to me and then gave constructive advice that has been priceless to me! I appreciate people who are gentle, but also help push you to your goal. Melissa is that person. She embodies the word: life coach. I cannot say enough great things about my experience with her, and it will NOT be my last.
Melissa is absolutely amazing!
Melissa is absolutely amazing What a wonderful soul with an amazing gift to help clients understand themselves better.
I highly recommend Melissa’s services for all those seeking guidance and ready for moving forward past trauma and grief.
Melissa is a true example of one who lives by her heart. Her compassion, care, and empathy for others shines through during her catalyst sessions, and there wasn’t a moment where I didn’t feel seen or heard. I felt supported and guided throughout every interaction. I admire how Melissa isn’t afraid to “tell you like it is” either. She may not always tell you “what you want to hear”, but she surely tells you what you NEED to hear now to expedite your healing, growth, and catalyst for change! I highly recommend Melissa’s services for all those seeking guidance and ready for moving forward past trauma and grief.
She will help you find your sparkle again.
Amazingly open and so inspiring too!! She will help you find your sparkle again.
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