Better writing. Better business.
Elizabeth Danziger received her degree in Philosophy and Asian Studies from Pomona College in 1977. Immediately after college, she began work on her first book, The Hand Book, which was published by Ten Speed Press in 1980. A sequel soon followed, and Elizabeth was busy writing magazine articles for magazines such as Readers Digest, Family Circle, Glamour, Self, and Cosmopolitan. She also edited a vast range of documents, from one-page thank-you notes to 1,000-page books.
She began work on the self-help book that became Winning by Letting Go. The book was published in 1985 by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. During this time, Elizabeth became restless with the world of self-help; she longed to work where people were making the world happen. For her, that meant going into the business world.
She did extensive research on language training, live training, and the English language, and created a course that remains the backbone of the Worktalk programs today. She launched Worktalk in 1987 and has built the business steadily since then. She subsequently wrote articles for Personnel Journal, Training & Development, and Journal of Accountancy.
Realizing that she needed further education about business, Elizabeth earned a Certificate of Executive Education from UCLA’s Anderson School of Business in 1997. She continues to attend professional development programs and is active in the Anderson alumni network, as well as in Professionals in Human Resources Association (PIHRA), Association for Talent Development (ATD), and ProVisors.
She continued to write Writamins monthly writing tips every month from the mid-1990s. At the urging of a client, she decided to synthesize her training program and the Writamins into a new book on business writing. That project became Get to the Point!, which was published by Crown/Random House in 2001. This easy-to-read guide to business writing found a home in many organizations. In 2011, Elizabeth published the second edition of Get to the Point!.
Elizabeth’s personal life grew with the business. She and her husband raised four children, all of whom, she is proud to say, are good writers.
In 2016, Elizabeth brought her daughter, Emma Fialkoff, into the business as an associate trainer and curriculum designer. Emma has brought invaluable energy and talent to Worktalk.