Hey there, I’m Nick Warren.
For 20 years, I ran a digital agency with clients around the world. We did almost everything, but there was one thing that created more value than anything else – telling better stories. In 2018, I sold the business to refocus on my first love, copywriting and storytelling.
Now I help smart, successful people tell their story through strategic copywriting and ghostwriting. In a nutshell, people who tell better stories build trust, attention, differentiation, connection, reputation and influence.
“Nick has probably influenced my career and professional outlook more than anyone else. Treat people as you would want to be treated, be open, be honest and have integrity. Nick doesn’t just do business this way, he lives by these values.”
“… When Nick turned this into words, it was mind-blowing, his writing is stunning. Nick’s amazing talent at this is something I want to encourage and evangelise.”
“Nick is simply brilliant, he has a superb ability to take the most complex information and turn it into a story that can run and run and run.
Can’t rate Nick highly enough.”
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The Origin Story
In 1997, I had a temper tantrum, quit my job at IBM, and founded a web agency.
I knew nothing about business, but by 2015 – without really knowing how – we’d won clients around the world.
But that’s not the story I’m telling.
Because despite that success, I was still lying awake at night, staring at the ceiling.
My work had begun to feel false and formulaic, but that wasn’t all. My dad had been ill. My daughter had been ill. Then my life insurance broker dropped dead at her desk, aged 50.
I was 46 and could feel life narrowing before me.
It felt like time was running out to do something brave.
It was a scary, selfish thing to think. I had a family. My team had families. If I screwed it up, the fallout would be brutal.
In the end – I promoted one of the team to take my place – and took a big leap.
I knew what I wanted to do, but it wasn’t just a long shot … it was a moonshot.
I wanted to write a thriller.
I’d been a copywriter for over 20 years, but it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done – weeks and months of pain and doubt.
I almost quit daily.
But, in 2016, I published and got 100s of 5–star reviews.
And that wasn’t all.
The more I studied the art and science of storytelling, the clearer something became.
This was how I’d built my agency.
We’d never placed an ad or made a cold call … we’d just told a tonne of stories.
Not just through words, through actions.
And our clients had told stories about those stories!
At that moment, I had this thought that changed me.
People who tell better stories get better lives.
Tell your story, build your brand.
Why are so few founders using this? How can I help people get this?
I sold my agency and started Stories Mean Business.
Life no longer feels narrow.
It’s more like the story’s just starting …
Some other bits about me
In 1992, I sailed a 30′ yacht across the Atlantic, retracing the (500 year-old) route of Columbus from Spain to Madiera, the Canary Islands and across. I was shipwrecked in the Caribbean, which is another story…
As a kid, I played D&D, read Sci-fi and fantasy, watched terrible TV, obsessed over movies, and went on adventures. I proudly bring the pop-culture geek with me into my business, content and copywriting.
In 2019, I was able to buy and renovate the tiny cottage next door … to use as my studio. The renovation was a strategic project of the best kind – focused on creating long-term value.
In 1990, as a work-experience student (in the Seychelles), my boss asked me to direct a TV advert for the national airline, Air Seychelles! I was 20 at the time, and terrified!
In 1997, I had a strop at IBM, quit my job, and accidentally founded a web agency. Over the next 20 years, I grew (and eventually sold) a story-driven business with clients around the world.