John Carlton's
Pint of Beer Challenge
Lesson #1 - The Bar Conversation

You made it! Welcome to your first lesson of my Pint of Beer Challenge express copywriting course.


Got your beverage ready? (If you're really going to stick to the premise...)


Ready to rock?

This first lesson is one of my favorites.

You're going to lay the foundation upon which you will build the rest of your copy.

It doesn’t matter what you’re writing:  ads, emails, blogs, sales letters, VSLs, social media posts, affiliate copy, webinars, presentations, white papers, phone scripts, whatever.

You’ll continually refer back to what you learn from this lesson today.

Sticking with our theme, it starts with alcohol. (If you’re not a drinker, don’t worry. It works with water and coffee, too. You’ll get where we’re going with this…)

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

Insightful stuff, huh? Now let’s turn it back to you.

Here’s what I want you to do:

1. You've watched the video. (Go YOU!!!)

2. Now, think what your “perfect prospect” (who’s sitting next to you at this bar) would say...

3. And, write that conversation out.

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? (What is she afraid might happen again?)
  • How is the prospect's significant other annoyed with him over this problem? (What does he say to try to “sell” her on this?)
  • What is the prospect vocally frustrated about regarding this problem? (What does she tell others?)
  • On the flip side, what is the prospect hiding from their spouse or too embarrassed to talk about? (What are the real reasons he has this problem that he doesn’t want to talk about?)
  • What specifically about this problem keeps your prospect up at night? (What does she fear is the worst thing that could happen?)

The key here is to get into their innermost thoughts and environment.


The key to getting better at copywriting is to actually write.  Don't just read about how to write or watch videos where someone tells you how to write.


Open up your favorite word processor or grab a piece of paper and a pen.


Go ahead and give it a go. Write out what your prospect is dealing with.

Stan Dahl

Your Pint of Beer Challenge Host


 Important note from your host, Stan Dahl.


When you've finished this exercise, you should find an email with Lesson #2 in your inbox.


Or you can get to Lesson #2 by clicking on this link.


In this mini version of The Simple Writing System, just like the full program, everything happens on your schedule, not ours.


I strongly suggest -- this is based on helping over 1000 people through this program -- you take a few moments to think about... and then really do write each exercise.


Drink as slowly as needed :)


 Just like in the full Simple Writing System Program, these mini-lessons are in a specific order.  They build on each other. Skipping ahead won’t help you in the long run.


Look for an email from me in your inbox.


Stacey MorgensternStacey MorgensternHolisticMBA.com

"John promises a lot in the SWS. You get 200%. I don't even know how to calculate the ROI on this one. I am only half way through the course and one specific tactic I've used this week has generated at least $2,000 in passive revenue - and that was the FIRST time I tried it!"

Adam CloetAdam Cloetbodysystems.ca

"Over 6 figures/year into my pocket."

"For me... Copywriting was my lacking skill...

I never knew how to write effective copy, and John you've done a GREAT job... the SWS blows away any "system" I've seen in a long time. It's pretty much idiot proof.

To top it off, my motivation after this course has never been so high... Since starting it I've sold 2 new franchisees (which adds over 6 figures/year into my pocket. I'm starting to blast off writing follow up sequences....I've also finalized my entire franchise manual for all of my stores, and my web guy is starting to build a new website for my retail stores and will use your copywriting to make it smash the competition as well as build an avenue through the site to franchise even more...

I can't thank you enough... this is a program geared for REAL business minded people... it's the real deal... not some fancy, full of fluff, way of repackaging old basic marketing. Thanks John!"

Terry DeanTerry Dean

Boosted sales by 70%

"Your headline suggestion for one of my web sites boosted sales by 70%! This equals an extra $3,000 every month...from ONE simple change. Thanks."

Markus KurodaJapan

"Studying John Carlton's writing, and adapting it to Japanese culture, has allowed me to dominate an entire Asian market. It's just unbelievable what you can do when you learn what's in John's amazing bag of tricks."

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.

Otto TrommOtto Tromm

3 Times ROI With New Skills

"I just sold my most expensive screen ever. And, it was due to HOW I sold it with copy skills. Why am I so sure: - it was to a new customer - in a country where people are known for their fondness of bargain hunting - I am sure we had the most expensive offer (competitors offer a similar size screen at a third of the price) - it was the first time that such a screen was sold from a web inquiry. Wanna know how expensive the screen was? 25,000 euro (or about 35K in US$) without shipping or installation.

So thanks guys (David and John), I just made my investment in the Simple Writing System back 3 times on this order alone."

Before the SWS, I THOUGHT my copywriting was pretty dang good...

In reality, my copy was lackluster, WAAAY overwritten, and often sloppy.

The SWS quickly changed all of that.

If you're serious about kicking up your copy-chops to the next level... faster than you could imagine was even possible... I think you'd be CRAZY not to jump at the chance to work with John in his Simple Writing System.

Rich SchefrenRich SchefrenStrategicProfits.com


$287,000 The First Week!

"After listening to John for less than an hour, my mind caught fire and everything fell into place. I immediately produced my first sales letter ever... and it brought in $287,000 the first week! You can bet I seek out his advice every time I make a major business decision."

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!"

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"

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