Welcome! I’m Nancy Zugschwert, a.k.a Nancy Z.
My purpose is 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.
I specialize in helping people find the words and ideas they need to move forward, whether starting a business, writing that book, or trying to get un-stuck when you're not sure what the next best move is.
What you say and how you say it matters, and sometimes you need help finding the best words and ideas. Through Ideas by the Hour (TM) I help you discover your best ideas and take action.
Whether it’s through the written or spoken word, I’ll help you see the unlimited possibilities for advancing your message and ideas. The world needs you!
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 or idea 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're proud grandparents of the sweetest boy on Earth (totally unbiased opinion!).