Find the Errors

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Three Quick Error Quests for YouHow good are you at finding errors? The three short error quests below will test your proofreading skills and your knowledge of grammar, punctuation, and structure. Each quest contains just one error—no more, no less. Can you find it? You may be surprised at the solutions. Good luck!      Error Quest 1: … Read moreFind the Errors

Managers – Do you need help writing to employees?

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Many managers find writing memos an excruciating process. E.g. Writing a memo to ALL employees. Especially if the manager is not an effective writer. Say the memo needs the following: a message, a pleasant tone, and a directive. The most efficient and effective way to communicate is clear and concise writing. People are busy and … Read moreManagers – Do you need help writing to employees?

12 Writing Tips to Get the Job

Great tips from a retired Writing Blogger at Businesswritingblog.com 12 Tips on Writing to Get the Job Cover letters, resumes, proposals, online job applications—these are some of the most significant pieces you will write. They must engage readers and communicate persuasively, especially for competitive positions. Even if you are modest and shy, these pieces must … Read more12 Writing Tips to Get the Job

Have you answered the elements of a story?

You often hear about the interrogatives of a story: who, what, why, where, when and how. Having key elements draws a person in. They answer and pose questions, and keep the reader moving through the story. Equally important is the order in which they appear. A press release and other types of writing have a … Read moreHave you answered the elements of a story?

Two ways to eliminate unclear writing [It, There]

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Good writers often write about clarity. Many times, we read a sentence and we recognize that something is off, but we can’t quite place what. Or after reading a sentence, you felt the subject wasn’t clear. A way to avoid that is limiting your use of “it” and “there.” These types of words are referred … Read moreTwo ways to eliminate unclear writing [It, There]

Things to do while working at home

A small cheering section for those of us working from home. It’s challenging, so these guys salute you. Please share. It’s possible (probable) you have papers and Post Its all over with your logins and passwords for the myriad websites you use. Use a super-secure site like Dashlane – a highly encrypted site  (around $50) … Read moreThings to do while working at home

Are You Writing with Clarity?

Tips to write with clarity 1) Know your message. If you don’t know it, how can others understand it? Think about what you want to say before you start writing. Subject: What? Your point: How? Outline: Make a small outline of points. 2) Know your audience. The better you know your target, the easier it … Read moreAre You Writing with Clarity?

Commas do make a difference in flow

Some people use a comma for every pause they imagine is necessary — commas used simply to take a breath. I’ve heard, “I think we need a comma here, don’t you?” A comma may be needed. But unnecessary commas create a visual disturbance for the reader. Commas should provide a smooth flow of words for … Read moreCommas do make a difference in flow

How Do You Serve Your Customers/Clients?

I was handed a customer importance sheet recently by Chris Walters, CThru Windows. (thank you.) It contained several great reminders of why our customers/clients are so important. You can apply this to patients, tenants, members – whatever your business. “A customer is not dependent on us, we are dependent on him.” Think about that for … Read moreHow Do You Serve Your Customers/Clients?