John Carlton's
Simple Writing System Express Course
Lesson #1 - The Bar Conversation

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Hey, glad to see you here.

Welcome to the first lesson of your Copy Mini-Course.

Let's get started...

Today, we’re going to craft a foundational "copy tool"...

Something that will become the DNA of everything you write:

Ads, emails, blogs, sales letters, VSLs, webinars, white papers, phone scripts… whatever you use to sell your product or service.

Not surprisingly, it starts with alcohol.

And with that, let's hear it for John Carlton...

(Click on the image to watch the short video lesson below, and we'll talk again in a minute).

What'd you think?

Now it's your turn.


1. You've watched the video.


2. Now, imagine what your “perfect prospect” would say at this bar...


3. And, write that conversation out below.


4. Finally, wait for my feedback (I'll reply to as many posts as I can during this free course).


That's it!

Now, if you're a little stuck and drawing a blank, here are some questions to help you through this...

• How did the last guy screw over your prospect?

• How is the prospect's spouse annoyed with them over this problem?

• What is the prospect vocally frustrated about regarding this problem?

• On the flip side, what is the prospect hiding from their spouse... or too embarrassed to talk about?

• What specifically about this problem keeps your prospect up at night?

The key here is to get into their world and headspace.

So go ahead, give it a go and write out what your prospect is dealing with below...


John, Caleb, Colin, & Stan


P.S. - When you're finished with this exercise, head on over to Lesson #2.  In that lesson, you'll learn how to use a never-fail, fill-in-the-blank phrase to seize the attention of your ideal prospect.


P.P.S. - I strongly suggest you watch this video and complete this exercise before moving on.  Just like in the full Simple Writing System Coaching Program, these mini-lessons are in a specific order so they build on each other.


(Click here for Lesson #​2).


Enter your SWS Exercise in the Comments Section below...


Caleb O'Dowd

Pure Gold
"I've written pieces that have pulled in millions of dollars. Yet, when I sit down to write copy, I pull out my swipe file of John Carlton's stuff, and study it like my life depended on it. He is one of the few true experts in advertising. Pure gold."

Pauk RakovichPauk RakovichClicksAndClients.com

"Probably the best marketing investment I've ever made. My Coach and the SWS have forever altered the way I market, both for myself and my clients. I am truly grateful for his guidance. Please do it again!!"

Eric KurowskiEric KurowskiCobra Kai Creative

"The course is great, but coaching is life changing."

I’ve spent $8,000 trying to be a better copywriter. A big chunk of change for me. I could have saved BIG $$$ and time taking this course first.

John’s methodical Simple Writing System process made the "why" behind writing much clearer. It was a brilliant journey into my prospect's head and into my market.

The writing and coaching expertise of my SWS Coach, Colin, is off the charts. (Rob a dang liquor store if you must find the cash, but get coaching!!). He was accessible, smart and funny.

Whenever I thought I had something down, sure as sh!t about what I wrote, he would guide me to make it even better.

I finally feel confident, locked and loaded, and ready to make the jump to writing persuasively for the rest of my life.

Sam ClitheroeSam ClitheroeDirect Response Copywriting

Before The Simple Writing System, I would mentally panic before ANY and EVERY copy project. Why? Because I didn't know HOW to start or what to actually do. It overwhelmed me... because there were a million different things I could do. I wasted TONS of time and mental energy just trying to "figure it out".

I was always nervous talking to clients because, while I had a general idea of what to do, I didn't TRULY know.

When I heard John say the SWS was his PERSONAL approach to writing copy and the ONLY system you'll ever need for the rest of your life, I was 100% sold.

I committed to using the SWS approach... to selectively IGNORE any other blog post, copywriting course, or "guru" and focus SOLELY on what SWS taught – I'm proud to say this was definitely the best decision I made.

After just 3 weeks of SWS, I started approaching EVERY copy project the same exact way... and it completely eliminated that pre-project resistance that kept me procrastinating.

My clients noticed the quality of my copy JUMP to new levels. I even had a call with one of the BIGGEST names I had ever talked to about potentially working together. The confidence the SWS approach gave me on that call allowed me to land the client. He went on to say out of what seemed like +100 writers he's worked with, I was the best.

After just 6 months of starting my freelance career, I'm now traveling parts of the world while serving a small handful of satisfied clients... and I give all the credit to John Carlton and the SWS.

Kevin Hill

$340,000 in 7 Days

"I started working for internet marketer Russell Brunson as a full-time copywriter and had only written a handful of letters up until that point. He asked me to write a sales letter for our 12-Month Internet Millionaire launch -- my first major launch. I was a little nerved up and repeatedly referred to John's course for guidance while writing the letter. Thanks to implementing the quick-start copywriting secrets John revealed in his course, the letter ended up pulling in $340,000 in 7 days.

If you remotely care about becoming a better copywriter and marketer, you need to get your hands on John's materials before your competition does."

Bernadette DoyleBernadette DoyleClientMagnets.com

"THANKS! I got a quick ROI on this and my bullet writing is transformed forever. Very happy student here. Apart from the excellent content, you structured it so I actually worked through and applied the content. It's so easy to let books and programs gather dust - you made this really usable and I've benefited as a result."

Chris HaddadChris Haddad"Mr. Moneyfingers"

"Hi. As I write this I'm richer than I ever thought I'd be, happier than I have any right to be . . . and have somehow become one of those "famous" copywriters who gets talked about on message boards, who's building a information business of my own that should hit 7-figures next year, and who's every letter and sales video gets mercilessly ripped off.

And it’s all John Carlton's fault."

[Disclosure: Chris's business did hit 7-figures. He's been a trusted associate for many years as well as a Simple Writing System instructor.]

Marc Boninthecarbutler.ca

"Before SWS I was hesitant about writing a sales letter because I had no one with marketing knowledge that could give me feedback. Now I have a system. Thanks SWS crew!"

Sean QuinnSean Quinn

"In Northern Ireland, bricks and mortar businesses are beginning to realize they need to evolve. So I'm writing their sales and marketing funnels, from opt-in video scripts, free reports, direct response letters, to posts and emails for nurturing campaigns.

Good copy and sales funnels are a whole new concept to almost all of them, which gives me an endless stream of prospects.

At last it's paying off.

The Simple Writing System Coaching (and persistence) has given me the advantage over other copywriters, but I keep cool, and stay modest.

What I've learned from you means I know how to can help clients in almost any industry.

My thanks to you and John."

Ernie SvensonErnie SvensonSmallFirmBootcamp.com

"To be honest, even though I have massive respect for John Carlton and everything he does, I was hesitant about signing up because I was afraid I'd be somehow disappointed.

But, after having run the gauntlet I can say... The SWS course was everything I secretly hoped it would be: practical, hands-on, inspiring, challenging, enlightening, thoroughly enjoyable, and definitely profitable.

Thank you SO much for offering this exceptional course, and for making it so convenient to learn copywriting from the best in the biz."

Al OelschlaegerEncryptaGifts.com

100% Right With Just A Glance

"It's scary how exactly on target you were with your advice based on reading just a few pages of our sales letter. You were 100% right. We've now made over 1,000 sales, captured wonderful customer feedback (as you advised), and are establishing national distribution."

Michael RichesonMichael RichesonNewberg, OR

"Brought in more than a dozen high-ticket members ($4,000+ each)."

"I read "Kick-Ass Copywriting Secrets" a few months ago. It was so good I bought the Simple Writing System course. A couple weeks ago I had a chance to put it all together for a client of mine. Using what learned, I wrote a Facebook ad, a 3,000-word sales letter, and an email sequence.

The ad finished with a 6 percent CTR, the sales letter had a nearly 30 percent completion rate, and the email sequence (so far) has brought in more than a dozen high-ticket members ($4,000+ each). All from a $150 ad spend.

No way I could've pulled that off without John’s book and course. Thanks for all the valuable info!"

Kevin RogersKevin RogersCopyChief.com

I was a former dead-broke comedian with a few sales letters under my belt when I discovered Carlton's teaching. John's coaching and the SWS are responsible for millions of dollars in revenue to my business. Even more crucial is the CONFIDENCE I gained as a salesman in print. SWS is like injecting persuasion into your brain and feeling it shoot from your fingertips.

Tanner HarpTanner HarpSabre.com

Before I took the Simple Writing System, had a lot of scattered knowledge from reading books from the copywriting legends like Claude Hopkins, David Ogilvy, Eugene Schwartz, but I didn't have a structured system to put it to use. Each fresh ad was a new trip down the rabbit hole.

After learning the Simple Writing System, it gave me a structured way to approach the work. The results were clear in my day job WAY before I started using the sales letter I developed. I became the most in-demand campaign manager in the business, got a significant raise, and the first direct mail campaign I applied the lessons to was heralded as the most successful marketing campaign of the year!

The coaching brought it together for me. They slapped some of my bad habits out of me (habits I swore by until then!) and built my strengths. I wouldn't have seen it without the coaching -- and I couldn't created such effective campaigns without the system John teaches.

Tom WilkersonPhoenix, AZ

Topped Our Best Month Ever... In Just One Week With New Tactics

"In the last 3 months conversions on my website have gone through the roof. Last week we had 17 sales ($300 info product) with less than 300 unique visitors to the site, which is by far the best
month we ever had in just 1 week.
My data base guy is foaming at the mouth to find out why my analytics data is sending such a huge spike in conversions and my bounce rate plummeting to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I implemented changes to my site as I was progressing within the Simple Writing System Training Program and realized after week 3 that I had all my money back. I truly can't wait to see what happens to my bank account and my list at the end of the year!"

Chris McCombsChris McCombsChrisMcCombs.net

Earning a High Six-Figures Annually Online

"Before I discovered John Carlton I had NO IDEA how to write good copy... and I'll admit I was pretty skeptical about investing in his programs because it just didn't seem possible that I would be able to influence people with print like John does.

Well let me tell you that John's teachings have not only helped me increase conversions by over 511%, but John has been one of the backbones to me earning a high six-figures annually online.

Not only do I use John's strategies in my sales copy and videos, but his tactics have also helped me develop a cult-like following on my blog, making my blog the #1 blog AND website in the world in my niche where I'm able to get as many as 8039 visitors to my blog in one day all from free traffic sources... THAT is the power of the influential writing tactics John showed me how to do.

I love waking up and seeing all the money roll in my bank account... even while I'm off doing whatever the hell it is I want to do"

I am a resume writer. I connect with most of my clients through LinkedIn ProFinder.

For years, a typical reply from prospects was something like, "Your proposal is not suitable for me."

Since applying what I learned in The Simple Writing System Coaching Program to my copy, I have received ZERO responses like this.

I now understand exactly how to communicate with my prospects!

I'm (obviously) not closing everyone. Still, I see my conversion rates go up and up as I apply more techniques from the SWS.

Thank you, John & Colin.

Karen AlisonKaren Alisonremedywise.com

Was the SWS a life-changing experience? You better believe it!

Unlike some students in my SWS class, I was not an experienced marketer or sales copywriter. I had written three or four websites, but the two existing ones were not converting and I was at a loss as to how to make them generate income. I wrote good articles, judging by the comments and emails we received, and we had created a useful product, but we weren’t selling.

As I worked through the lessons of the SWS, with John’s probing guidance, all that changed. I learned about the different elements that have to be part of a sales message – long or short – and my writing style began to change. I began to choose words differently and work harder to find compelling language.

More importantly, my thinking changed. I began to think like a marketer who is communicating valuable information to persuade my prospect into buying, instead of an ignoramus blindly hoping to capture a few sales.

John has a saying. "If you have a good product, shame on you if you don’t do everything possible to get it to the people who need it."

That puts a whole different perspective on things, doesn’t it? The SWS makes it clear that it’s your responsibility to reach out to your prospect successfully, and shows you exactly how to do that.

The course is structured in bite-sized steps to lead you through the process of creating an effective sales message, so you have a chance to think through and work with each crucial aspect. At each step, John’s incisive "tough love" feedback showed me where I could improve, when I needed to work harder to really get the lesson, and when I was actually writing well!

I also learned enormously from reading the other students’ posts and the input they received from our coach. The synergy of working in the classroom structure was so powerful, I know it has moved me forward by a quantum leap. My brain is bursting now with new ideas for products and sales messages that I can feature on our sites.

Finally, I understand the process of creating a sales message, so I know what I'm doing instead of fumbling around in the dark, hoping to luck into a good result.

When you are able to rely on tested sales concepts assembled by a pro from his many years of highly-successful copywriting, you have an unfair advantage you won’t find anywhere else. I know... I’ve looked. I've taken courses with some of the most prominent internet marketers and there is nothing with the clarity, simplicity, and focus of the SWS out there. Nothing.

This level of instruction – making the copywriting process 'simple' for the student - can only be achieved by a master writer who has spent years honing his chops to the point where he can teach you exactly how to put your own powerful, dollar-pulling sales message together.

Antony RuffinAntony RuffinMatthews, NC

Write More Effective Copy, In Less Time

"Everything was great. Being able to do it on my own time was a plus. The videos were high quality and the workbook has information that I have used to get good results…The Simple Writing System gave me a blue print where I can focus my efforts on each step of the puzzle. Now I can write more effective copy in less time. It gives me the ability to write my own sales letters without using someone else's work as a template for the whole thing"

Andrew HryniewiczAndrew HryniewiczChelsea, UK - AndrewWayfinder.com

Before SWS I struggled, rambled and "explained" my unique, and (very) hard-to-describe spirit coaching and healing work.

Now... I know what and how to say (and structure) my message to make readers say 'That sounds amazing...'.

I'm finding that the words and pages I need are just flowing out!

Everyone promises "to crack the code". John (and the great SWS teachers) deliver!

Massive thanks.

Andrew RondeauAndrew RondeauWeBuildYourBlog.com

Best Investment I've Ever Made

"Best value course I have ever purchased... overall - great course, great value for money, expert feedback - I liked the structure. I have spent thousands of dollars on "internet related" products and in the past I have been personally mentored by not one but 2 'world famous' Internet Marketers (who charge even more thousands of dollars)...and this SWS course beats everything...it is the BEST EVER investment I made. I tell you what really pisses me off - I have spent thousands of dollars being mentored by so-called 'famous household' Internet Marketers and not one of them has suggested what you have John, not one!"

Ben CummingsBen CummingsPark Place Publishing, NY

"I Stalk Your Ads"

"Dear John: Your strategies have made me hundreds of thousands of dollars. I consider your copywriting to be so influential on my success, that I've literally stalked your ads and sales letters, purchased countless products and services to get on lists... solely so I could collect (and study) the sales letters that you write. This practice has been like a real-world 'Harvard Business School' education for me. And I know dozens of millionaire business people and successful "guru's" that quietly keep an eye on you, follow all that you do, and consider you a major influence on their success."

Daniel AxelrodDaniel AxelrodRealSalesCopy.com

Within 10 days of graduating from the Simple Writing System Coaching Program:

-- I went to a James Malinchak seminar where merely mentioning I completed SWS led to attendees scheduling a sales call to discuss copy services. One person even said "I was so proud of myself for doing the videos on my own and you actually did the coaching program! You must be amazing now." So yes, there is credibility in The Simple Writing System name.

-- A company where I've been working as a part-time copywriter has been so impressed with me taking them through the SWS steps that they've asked me to come on board as Director of Brand Marketing with a robust salary package.

-- The CEO of that company has told the sales directors to consult me on all new sales scripts. Rather than being irritated by the new guy taking over, they LOVE it. The top sales director told me she wants to carry a recorder when I explain sales concepts because there's so much gold. I gave her a line of sales copy today for new sales trainees, and she exclaimed "Oh my God, THAT'S HOT!!" so loud the entire office heard and probably assumed something inappropriate.

And ALL of this is even before applying the concepts to writing copy! Robert's critiques have not only helped my copy but totally revolutionized my understanding of how selling works.

Victor ChengVictor ChengTaipei, Taiwan

When I started the SWS Coaching Program, I was a copywriting rookie.

At first look, the 18-steps program layout did not seem all that "simple."

However, once I got into it, I quickly understood why the program is structured the way it is. It made me focus on "one step at a time."

I trusted the system and followed my coach's guidance. Eight weeks later, I graduated with my new "killer" communication and persuasion skills.

Communication is always going to be the skill we use most often. The SWS program taught me the secrets of effective communication. I'll use that every day in business and life.

Jonathan Mitchell

$29,000 In New Business Since Completing The Course

"The Simple Writing System course was awesome... Overall, it was a great learning experience. We have closed over $29,000 in new business since completing the course. Thanks a lot."

Peter IppolitoPeter IppolitoSan Salvador - CuponClub.net

We have top a "Daily Deal" site in El Salvador and Guatemala that sells big discount coupons for restaurants, hair salons, mechanics, hotels, etc.

Inspired by what Carton teaches about "One-Two Punch Bullets" in the SWS, last week we split-test the bullets we've been using on three of our offers.

The results were wild. All 3 resulted in a statistically significant increase in sales.

Argentinian Sausage Sandwiches: 12% increase over the control

Hotel and Spa Day: 28% increase over the control

Weight Loss Treatment: 85% increase over the control

We didn't change anything else. Just the 4-5 bullets near the top of the page.

Goes to show that copy REALLY matters.

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