Welcome! I’m Nancy Zugschwert, a.k.a Nancy Z.
I use words to elevate, inspire, and connect people and ideas so that they can get the results they want, be better understood, have more effective relationships, and live better lives.
Words can do all that? I think they can. What you say and how you say it matters, and sometimes you need help putting the best words together. Whether it’s through the written or spoken word, I’ll help you see the unlimited possibilities for getting the message right and giving the right message at the right time to the right people.
According to legend, I was an early walker and a late talker as a child, but my parents like to clarify, “Once she started talking, she never stopped.” Fortunately, I learned to love words and along the way figured out how to put those words together effectively. What I love best is taking a difficult message and making it positive. If I can make someone laugh—even better!
I’ve been communicating most of my life and for 30+ of my…um…total years…have used my skills in training & development, marketing & communications, public speaking, and writing for both for-profit and non-profit organizations and many volunteer gigs.
I’ve worked as a corporate trainer (Carlson Travel Group), director of communications (North Central University), marketing & communications specialist (University of Northwestern – St. Paul), and a few other places on the journey.
If you’re here trying to figure out how I can serve you or your business, I hope you’ll set up a call or shoot me an email to at least explore “what exactly is it that I do.” It’s different for each person I work with, and until we talk, we won’t know if we should work together. I know this: if you have a communication challenge, I can probably help.
I live in suburban Minneapolis, Minnesota, with Prince Charming—I call him Jimmy Z. He’s been my husband and best friend since 1985. We also live with our youngest son of four boys (now men!), and dog, Gigi. The sons who don’t live at home are all married, and we also proud grandparents.