Category: Tips

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

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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

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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

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Are you lying or laying?

Lay, Lie, Lying, Lain, Laid, Lied?  What is happening? Lay and Lie and their past tense forms confuse most people. Think of these word forms in two ways to simplify it: Lay has an object. Lie does not. What does that mean, you may ask? Here’s a simple example: Present tense – Lay: “Please take

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Free Knitted Hats and Blankets for Cancer Patients

Many people wear knitted hats to keep their heads warm. That’s not news. But if you have lost your hair due to cancer and chemotherapy, it’s a big deal. Knitting for Cancer, a non-profit organization in Cleveland, Ohio, provides soft warm hats and lap blankets for those who’ve lost their hair. While in chemotherapy, patients

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Lies: Do we all tell them?

“A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself as a liar.” Mark Twain Sometimes we tell little white lies to avoid hurting someone’s feelings; sometimes we lie when we said we have done something (then get it done to be true.) The latter is not a good idea or practice. But the

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Will the Truth Set You Free?

I noticed several good quotes in a silly movie yesterday while confined to the couch. Here is one that spoke to me: “The truth will set you free, but first it will make you miserable.”  James A. Garfield What struck me was how simple but true this is (or can be). This past year, I

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Three Tips for Writing Clearly

Great Simple Tips for Clarify in Your Writing “Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Hemingway  You may have read my previous posts for cleaning up your writing so it reads smoothly for your readers. Every detail you can implement to help

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Do you speak jargon?

Use Jargony Words? To make your point, use familiar words. [not ‘this idea won’t scale’ – others, especially non-business people,  may not understand.] Consult a thesaurus if necessary. If the average person can’t understand it, the writing needs improvement. Read about the three categories that need capital letters on: www.FreshEyesReading.com/blog.

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What Do I Need to Capitalize (titles)

Titles   Capitalize titles that precede a name, but do not capitalize titles that follow a name:   Mayor Stacy White; Stacy White, the mayor Queen Elizabeth; Elizabeth, the queen of England You will see this often with corporate titles. Our tendency is to capitalize all titles:   Accounting Manager Martha Grant; Martha Grant, manager

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