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I'm a career entrepreneur having started and run several businesses, including my own consulting practices. I specialize in teaching communication skills, including reading, writing, vocabulary and speaking. I also teach marketing, bookkeeping and accounting processes, MS Word, Excel and navigating the Mac world.
I believe in life-long learning. I love to teach and interact with all ages, hopefully imparting not just skills, but knowledge, wisdom and life lessons. I subscribe to the Zig Ziglar maxim that "You can get anything in life you want if you will help enough other people get what they want".
The past seven years I've been a freelance communications consultant helping businesses with copywriting, speaking skills and marketing strategy. My college training includes an Associate Degree in Accounting and a BA in Business Management.
In addition to writing and speaking, my entrepreneurial experiences include computer software, training, business brokering, insurance and franchise operation. I also taught Systems Analysis at a technical college and personal development skills in high school workshops.
My business writing involves sales and marketing collateral, training manuals and workshop materials for enterprise software and personal development. I wrote a chapter titled "Five Success Factors for Entrepreneurs" in a "how-to" marketing book published by the Colorado Business Marketing Association.
I stand behind my teaching 100%. A student must be satisfied with a lesson or there is no charge. I make sure they know where I'm taking them and that I believe they will succeed. I do my best to create a 2-way trust factor and always instill the philosophy that a positive attitude and hard work is the best recipe for success.
As an entrepreneur, I've done my own accounting for almost every business. I've designed and written accounting software. As GM for a couple of businesses, I ran QuickBooks, created cash flow statements, posted transactions and created financial statements. I also received an AA degree in accounting prior to completing my BA in Business Management.
I built a software company from start-up to 3 offices and 45 employees, and was President of the company for 10 years. I've owned and run multiple businesses, including a franchise, training company and consulting business. I have a BA degree in business management. I wrote a chapter about success factors for entrepreneurs that was included in a marketing book published by the Colorado Business Marketing Association.
I'm a freelance business writer. As such, grammar is not just a skill set, but an integral part of what I do for a living.
I frequently edit content written by others for emails, on websites, blogs and other communications. First and foremost, I make sure the content is grammatically correct.
I've used a MacBook for all my computer needs, business and personal the past 5 years.
I also own an iPad and am using Mac Mail, iWorks, iTunes, iPhoto, iCal as well as Microsoft Office for Mac. I run both Firefox and Safari browsers on my MacBook; plus Quicken Essentials.
I connect to the Internet and 2 printers wirelessly in my office and am currently upgrading to Maverick OS to sync the MacBook and iPad.
I have been a freelance marketing and communications consultant, writing sales and marketing copy (websites, brochures, blogs, emails) for businesses the past 7 1/2 years. I belong to the Colorado Business Marketing Association (BMA-4 years) and have written copy for their program promotions.
Prior to BMA, I belonged to the Direct Marketing Association and was Program Chair for one year.
I teach email marketing in workshops and publish my own e-newsletter.
I use MS Word and MAC Pages daily. I've created tables, flyers, resumes and, of course, hundreds of communication documents. I am comfortable with most all Word functions and can help any beginner to intermediate user.
I have edited dozens of business writings, including published books. In the course of my work as a freelance writer, I have to proof and edit both my own work as well as client newsletters, blogs, website content and other written material.
I publish my own monthly e-newsletter and write articles, blogs and Linked In business posts. Proofreading for me involves more than checking punctuation and grammar. It also entails finding and correcting passive and run-on sentences.
A natural part of my proofreading often includes editing context and style. That is, making sure the intended meaning of any written material meets its objectives.
Whatever your proofreading need is, I can help.
I'm an Advanced Toastmaster, Gold level and completed Dale Carnegie classes. I ran a presentation skills training company (Speechmasters), teaching executives and professionals speaking skills.
I've facilitated numerous workshops and given keynote speeches. I've written papers on presentation skills and an 8-step process for creating a powerful presentation.
Being a freelance copywriter and communication skills consultant (for almost 8 years), I do a considerable amount of reading. Developing skills in grammar, vocabulary and spelling are important in becoming a good reader. Likewise, becoming a good reader will help develop those skills. It's all part of being as good a communicator as you can be. Since these skills are critical to my business, I can help others become better at all of these, and, in turn, a better reader.
Spelling is something I've always been good at. Being a writer (that's my vocation the past 7 1/2 years), everything I do must include correct spelling. I often edit work, my own as well as that of others, and that includes finding misspelled words. Of course, Word and other software already do some spell checking. However, these tools miss words that are spelled correctly but not used correctly. Words like 'there' and 'their'; to, too and two. I find these spelling mistakes.
As an entrepreneur, freelance business writer, Advanced Toastmaster and marketing consultant, vocabulary has always been an integral part of my work.
Finding and using the right adjective or verb must consider the context and tone you want to convey. You can use online dictionary and thesaurus tools to find synonyms (or antonyms), but you also need to understand when to use certain words. For example, technical material may need to be written for non-technical readers. That may involve using simpler vocabulary.
I can help anyone who needs to find the right words for a written piece or just improve their vocabulary for career or personal growth.
Writing is what I do for a living. I've been a freelance writer the past 7 1/2 years.
Good writing skills involve understanding the audience, finding the right style and tone and, of course, good grammar, spelling and vocabulary. I bring all of these components into the writing process.
As these skills are critical to my business. I continually study and use online tools to check grammar, vocabulary and proper sentence structure in all my writing.
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