I recently spoke to Nicole Meliora on her ‘With A Story’ podcast

Nicole: All right. So, welcome to the With A Story podcast. I’m really happy today to have with me — Adele Barlow.

So, Adele is the Head of Content and Communications at Makers Academy, based in London, as well as a writer. She’s published for a number of publications and has published a number of books, as well as a number of other things, which — I’ll let you get into.

And she’s passionate about storytelling, startups and elevating women. So, really a perfect fit for — basically everything I’m interested in. So, thanks, Adele.

Adele: My pleasure.

Listen to the full podcast on Spotify here

Nicole


Looking at some of the early clients of Copy & Co, I can see that the new trailblazers don’t officially call themselves pioneers, which is what makes them even cooler

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Whenever I hear the phrase ‘change the world’, part of my heart rolls its eyes. After spending my early twenties saturated in this kind of chat, I eventually learned that when people speak solely in vague platitudes, it often comes from a place of vanity and/or moral superiority.

Yet when I hear people talking about a specific issue of the world, it’s a completely different story. When someone is detailed and evidence-based in their approach to fixing a unique challenge, it’s inspiring. It’s the reason why I got into startups in the first place.

Six weeks ago, I launched Copy…


I came back home for Christmas, stayed a bit longer because of the pandemic, and launched Copy & Co while I was here

I love Hong Kong (where I grew up) and took this pic after work one night

“It sounds like a photocopier company,” Dad said over dim sum one Sunday a couple of weeks back. Thanks, Dad. My parents have never really ‘gotten it’ when it comes to what I do for work (“she works in I.T.”, they tell their friends, which, as my boyfriend points out, makes it sound like I stroll in with a briefcase to fix the email servers).

Anyway, Copy & Co isn’t a photocopier company but a copywriting service for founders and startups. And I’m excited that the first month has gone so well! …


Today I’m launching Copy & Co, a new service for busy founders and teams who need help with their copywriting

Check out the brand new website created by Maxwell Creative

After over a decade working with fast-growing startups where time is short, and the to-do list is long, I’ve learned how to help first-time founders and busy brands articulate what it is they’re really trying to say thoughtfully and quickly.

I’ve worked with all kinds of startups — the crowdfunded, the VC-backed, the lone operators, the startup-within-a-corporate. One thing they’ve all had in common: they’ve needed content that cuts through the noise.

These days, 75% of people don’t trust ads. 74% identify word of mouth as a key influencer in their purchasing decisions. It’s never been more important to share…


Two weeks flew by quicker than I expected — later tonight, I get to reunite with the world outside this hotel room

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Sweet freedom is hours away! And I’ve enjoyed quarantine way more than I expected. Over the last week, I’ve become an honorary resident of Stars Hollow, because I have been watching Gilmore Girls, Gilmore Girls… and more Gilmore Girls.

I only recently started watching the show for the first time, decades after everyone else. Yet the benefits of being this late to the party: there is not only a revival already on Netflix but also lots of opinion pieces already in existence, on how Rory became The Worst (‘a monster’) and why Jess mattered.

Anyway, the show has been a…


One week down and one week to go in the magic land of endless food deliveries

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“It sounds like your idea of heaven,” my boyfriend joked. “You get Thai food delivered to your door whenever you want, no cooking or cleaning up and the trash gets taken out for you every night.” (I am slightly obsessive about trash duty in our London apartment ever since we had a mice issue.)

“Yeah, it’s not so bad,” I’ve been saying. Because it isn’t. In fact, this whole live-in-a-hotel-for-awhile has inspired me. Maybe this is how to carve space for creative inspiration? I have a friend who checks into a hotel whenever she needs hyper-focus for a creative project…


Silence, food deliveries, and a mid-morning movie

39 hours. Door to door, from my London flat to this Hong Kong hotel room. I’m here. I made it. A hometown that has felt borderline fictional in my head for much of this year — it’s real, it exists, it’s here, and so am I. Barely. When I first landed I felt like a photocopy of myself, I was so tired.

While the HK airport process was rigorous (to say the least), the benefit is that you enter the city feeling a level of security that I haven’t felt all year in the UK. Here, the safety systems seem…


These men are feminists and comfortable enough in themselves to not only witness but to encourage women into power

Here in London, we’ve just gone back into Lockdown 2, which feels like the extended, unrequested sequel of a bad movie that’s already gone on for far too long. I know it’s important to stay positive, but sometimes it’s hard to remember why. (I loved this description of lockdown life.)

And then something happens that makes 2020 suddenly feel like a year of hope and change.

“Dream with ambition. Lead with conviction. And see yourselves in a way others have not, simply because they have not seen it before,” Kamala Harris said as she addressed the crowd.

Over the last…


I recently watched the first episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Kendall and Kylie didn’t even wear makeup, Scott looked 14, smartphones weren’t a thing. It felt like an ancient record of people who have now morphed into completely different beings.

Then I watched the most recent episode. Kim turned 40. And that made me like time was passing by way quicker than I’d expected.

It’s easy to feel in your mid-thirties that life is past the opening act, especially when Bieber was discovered at 13; Zuck was 19 when he started Facebook; Kim was 27 when KUTWK first…


We’re all figuring out how to function in a slightly cuckoo world

Exhibit A

Scrolling through the photos on my phone, I noticed a real flower trend: magnolias down the road, daisies in the park, tulips. Where there used to be hikes, group dinners, a birthday, there are petals and leaves.

That doesn’t seem crazy. In fact, it seems healthy to acknowledge the blossoming beauty of spring. But what if flowers are my new friends? Since they’re the only ones I see every day now.

Insert psycho emoji. But aren’t we all going a bit off the wall? If you’re not feeling even a teensy bit of edginess or anxiety or melancholy… good…

Adele Barlow

Writing stories for modern women (www.adelebarlowbooks.com) and helping companies through Copy & Co (www.copyand.co)

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