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Hello!


My name is Neil Chudgar.

I help people communicate. 

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Hello!


My name is Neil Chudgar.

I help people communicate. 

“Neil is an exceptional talent. He is off the charts in his ability to listen and connect broader concepts and communication opportunities. He has as strategic sense and has helped us to modernize how we think about today’s problems.”James D. Schowalter, President, Minnesota Council of Health Plans


SOME THINGS ARE HARD TO TALK ABOUT.

Some of the most important ideas are also the hardest to talk about. Important ideas are often

  • technically complicated,

  • politically controversial, or

  • emotionally difficult.

My work helps people communicate about those difficult ideas clearly, honestly, and with compassion.

Health care and health policy are particular areas of professional focus, and I enjoy working with technical people and organizations at times of change. My work has been helpful to clients in all kinds of fields, from journalism and software to manufacturing and digital commerce.

My clients trust me to help them figure out what to say about their ideas and — just as important — why their ideas matter.


I don’t know anyone as talented at listening to another person’s vision, finding just the right language to convey complex ideas in a straightforward way, and using compelling design to advance and strengthen arguments.” Chris Wells, Associate Director of the Jan Serie Center for Scholarship and Teaching, Macalester College

Learn more:

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Content


Content


“After decades working with editors at newspapers, magazines and publishing houses, I have never run across a clearer, crisper editor than Neil Chudgar, nor have I encountered one whose analytic wit (and humor) addressing complex issues was so sharp.” Frank Browning, journalist and author


No matter what kind of business you’re in, it starts with content — the words and images and ideas that pique the right curiosities, start the right conversations, and urge people to meaningful action. Too often, though, what’s passing for meaning is really nothing more than advertising (at best) or (at worst) deceit.

Content that truthfully conveys meaning is communication. Clients from nonprofits to government agencies, from singer-songwriters to multinational manufacturers, have used my help when communication matters most. 

High-level content strategy, “thought leadership,” corporate communications, speechwriting, editing, ad copy — I help my clients create content that communicates.

Lately I’ve helped helped with content in places like these:

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Strategy


Strategy


Neil worked with our staff team … to help us define and communicate the ‘soul’ of our company, including clarifying our values and reason for being. He worked hard to listen and understand before offering recommendations. He was committed to excellence throughout the process, plus it was great fun to work with him. He is a genius in crafting messaging that is so accurate, it is scary (in a good way).” — Dara Rudick, CEO, Management HQ


Before you figure out what to say, you have to understand why your ideas matter to other people. Communications strategy is the discipline of taking responsibility for how you appear from other  perspectives. Strategy is really just a special kind of focused compassion.

When we work on strategy together, we start with a searching and thorough inquiry into who you are and what you do. You’ll end up with a clearer understanding of who you are and why your ideas matter in the wider world — and a useful kit of conceptual tools you’ll use to think and communicate with.

Here are some of the organizations I’ve helped with strategy:

 
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Specialties


Specialties


“I’m a tech tinkerer and like to make things. One app got some traction. You’d think this would be a good thing (and it was) but I was also paralyzed with fear. I didn’t know why it was successful … . Neil came in and helped distill the value of my app into something I could clearly communicate to others. I was incredibly impressed with the quality of his thinking, insights, professionalism, and desire for excellence. I 100% recommend him.” — Sean Berrysoftware developer


☤ Health Care

We’re in the midst of a sweeping change in American health care. Everything is up for debate: how we get the care we need, how we pay for it, and even what it means to be well. 

My work helps health-care organizations start new conversations about human wellbeing.

I help clients in health care answer questions like these: 

  • How can health insurers join to serve the common good at a time of intense competition?
  • How can a leading health technology company raise expectations for clinical documentation? 
  • How can a industry trade organization raise awareness about the human significance of health policy?

✇ Technology

It takes rare gifts to bring new technologies into the world — intense focus, unexpected insight, deep expertise. Those same talents can make it hard for innovators to communicate in ways others humans understand. 

I help innovators understand and convey the human value of their ideas.

I help clients in technology answer questions like these: 

𝌡 CHANGE

The only thing harder than managing change is talking about change — especially when people are scared, angry or just confused about what’s next. 

When organizations are changing, I can help them stay true to what matters.

I help clients in the midst of change answer questions like these: 

  • How can a complex global manufacturing organization overcome years of internal distrust to work as a team?
  • How can lobbyists transform their relationship with policymakers to focus on shared values?
  • How can a visionary consulting firm reinvent its message to connect with like-minded clients?