2 tips for voice typing

February 2, 2023 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Tips for punctuating and clarifying your voice typing.
Executive assistants and administrative assistants are relied upon to write important emails, letters, reports, minutes and other business documents on behalf of their employer. Failure to take those extra few minutes to proofread can be detrimental not only to your reputation but also to your boss’ and company’s reputations.
Pandemic-era business communications have underscored the importance of realizing how your message comes across to others in digital channels such as email and video calls.
Where do email messages go wrong, and how can you avoid being on the other end of bad reactions?

Play our brain-burning thesaurus game

September 7, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

If you’re someone who likes words, a thesaurus is a wonderful thing. Here’s a little exercise we’ll call “reverse thesaurus.”

Best practices: Editing and being edited

September 7, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Supporting someone who writes many reports or creates a lot of media content can be challenging. They may be really good writers, but every good writer knows that editing is vital. If this task falls to you, setting both of you up for success can make this process consistent and one of continuous improvement.

10 free writing resources

August 3, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

We’re writing all the time in some form or another, and doing it well earns you trust. Here are some great places to find free writing help online.
The challenge when people get together on a document is to maintain one voice so that the reader isn’t thrown by changes in tense, point of view, phrasing, word choice, structure and so on. Sometimes it’s even difficult to keep on the same point. Group writing is hard, and the more people involved, the more difficult. Here are some guidelines.
These days, companies are getting extra creative with odd combinations of capitalized and lowercase words—and then there’s the separate issue of online presence and website addresses. Susan F. Benjamin cautions us on this major element of business correspondence in the book Quick and Painless Business Writing.

What’s your OOTO look like?

April 6, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

The sculpting of your “Out of Office” email message is part of the ritual of being away. Of course, there’s a craft to it, and some best practices. Remember these pointers.

Terms vs. terms!

February 2, 2022 Categorized in: SpeakingWriting/Editing

Some of the most misused terms in the English language are simply words that are confusingly similar to one another.

The art of procedural writing

February 2, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Whether it’s being tasked with updating the employee manual, or you’re trying to prepare your colleagues to handle your desk during a planned absence, or you’re leaving a list for your pet sitter, at some point most of us have to prepare written instructions. Authors Jane Curry and Diana Young share specific tips.

Add copywriting to your skills list

February 2, 2022 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Here’s a structured guide to the information you should gather and the questions to ask to best equip yourself before giving it a shot.