John Carlton's
Pint of Beer Challenge
Lesson #2 - What Do You Say?

You made it! Since you’re here for Lesson #2, I’m gonna assume you finished Lesson #1, right?

(If not, march yourself back there and finish Lesson #1 right now. These lessons build on each other. And you’re not doing yourself any favors by leapfrogging around.)

You’re in for a treat with Lesson #2 because it’s all about each one of our favorite subjects – OURSELVES.

That’s right. The first lesson was about your prospects. This one is about you.

We’re going to craft the second part of your foundational copy today: Your Elevator Pitch. (I used to hate these…until I mastered this lesson.)

You’ve probably been told you need to explain your business in 30-60 seconds.

But how can you do it in a memorable way that gets your prospect wanting more?

John Carlton is about to teach you the "one-sentence formula" that’s responsible for untold profits.

Easy peasy, right?

Just like the last lesson... now, it’s your turn.

1. You've watched the video.

2. Now, fill in the blanks for this simple formula.


Remember, the one-sentence-formula is...

A. We help [group of people]

B. Do/Get [benefit]

C. [better, cheaper, faster or easier]

D. Even if [worst case scenario]

I’m going to assume you’re good with A (group of people) and B (what problem your business solves)...

But you might get a little hung up on C (how you’re different).

This is why it's important to (really) take the time to write these exercises. Challenge yourself.  It's the best way to improve your copy.

Stan Dahl
Your Pint of Beer Challenge Host

P.S.  If you haven’t done the exercise from Lesson 1 yet... you really ought to.

Just like John Carlton's full Simple Writing System, this mini-course is designed with an internal logic where you go from step 1 to step 2 and so forth.

Skipping steps can really hurt you in your copy training.

I'm serious. Do 'em in order. Go back to Lesson 1 now, and do the exercise.

P.P.S.  When you're finished with this exercise, check your inbox.  An email that will take you to Lesson #3 is waiting for you.

In that lesson, you'll learn three tactics (some call them tricks) to get your prospect to take out his credit card.

#3 is the lesson that gets you paid.  That's the difference between a "business" and a "hobby."  You don't want to miss Lesson #3.

Click here to get to the 3rd Lesson.

Matt Marshallfreelance copywriter

Carlton Got Me FIRED

"I had a cush job at one of the world's largest ad agencies. Then I found John's materials, and discovered the how to SELL, not just win awards. The agency hated my new style and gave me the boot. Which was a good thing -- my first year on my own, I'm on pace to earn FOUR TIMES my yearly salary at the agency. Thanks, John."

Andreea GradAndreea GradPortland, Oregon

30% more business in the last few months!

"What I learned in the Simple Writing System will help me build multiple streams of profits for years to come. I now feel I can truly make more money, create products that sell and attract more clients for my growing business. In fact, I can write my own ads which have brought in 30% more business locally in the last few months. I am so grateful for it. Thank you from my heart."

Lorrie MorganLorrie MorganRedHotCopy.com

"When my copywriting business was operating in the red, I bit the bullet and invested in John's stuff. Know what? I started making money. Lots of it. The subtle tweaks and step-by-step system I learned from John shot conversion rates through the roof. And I confidently raised my fees by 60% because of everything I learned from him... and my fees continue to rise."

[Disclosure: Lorrie has turned into such a successful copywriter and consultant that she's become a frequent Simple Writing System's Coach.]

David DeutschDavid DeutschWorld-class freelancer with controls for Boardroom, Phillips Publishing and other major league mailers... and a frequent Simple Writing System Instructor

Million Dollar Confession

Early in my career, I had the good fortune to discover John Carlton -- and he deserves much of the credit for my success as a freelancer. I hereby confess that many of the ideas behind the million-dollar controls I've written can be directly traced to what I learned or stole from John."

Jorge Garcia

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"I've been in the freelancing game for 7 years now and always had trouble putting things together. I've got it all: ADHD OCD BP ETC, so perfectionism and a short attention span blasted my workflow to pieces with my previous clients. SWS forces me to sit down, focus on making the cogs, and helps me put together a selling machine.

In ONE DAY I tweaked my Upwork.com profile and I started getting inundated with work requests. It was like no other copywriter had a page quite as sharp as mine. My request inbox was so loaded up I had to turn down several jobs a week. Upwork gave me top-rated status the following week based on how much work and 5-star ratings I was getting. I had to start sending people to my website to get in line for a chance to work with me.

Now I'm charging three times my previous hourly rate and clients are paying my per-project fee. I can't thank you enough for this system. As a fiction writer turned copywriter, it is the one writing tutorial that's actually worked for someone with my thinking patterns.

You should change the acronym from SWS to ROI. I'm making three times as much on freelance projects as I used to and now I HAVE TO TURN DOWN JOBS ON A WEEKLY BASIS. My new copy is bursting at the seams with an irresistible voice and pinpoint salesmanship and people are seeking ME out to work with them (and paying me much more than the other guys). No other book or course comes close. This is the end-all, be-all for copywriting courses.

Thanks a ton for everything."

Dr. Ken NewhouseDr. Ken NewhouseDentalTown.com


30% more business!

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Ken GlickmanKen GlickmanFormer Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Boardroom, Inc.

"Great copywriters are proven because consumers vote with their money. That's why guys like John Carlton are so expensive, and so valuable. This is seriously important information for your business. There are only a handful of writers in John's league. I read his book as soon as I got my hands on it."

April MorelockIndiana

"Two months ago I had little hope of making it in this business. Now, after taking John's specific advice, I'm quitting my day job and doing this full time."

Chris MilkieMilwaukee, WI

In the middle of the SWS I reinvented an ad for a weight loss biz and the phones went from lukewarm to SIZZLIN’.

Thank you John!!

Caleb O’DowdCaleb O’DowdFlorida

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."


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