Writing/Editing

LinkedIn is a fantastic resource to improve yourself, advance your career and connect with others. Akin to a classroom full of transformative, empowering possibilities, there’s something for everyone who puts in the effort to upgrade their life, set attainable goals and strive for excellence.
You see it everywhere. It makes its way past myriad checkpoints. It sneaks past editorial teams. You note it on menus, signs, billboards  …  and let’s not even mention the staggering number of appearances it makes online, from interoffice emails to company websites.

Active voice vs. passive voice

April 25, 2019 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Passive voice is believed by many to have no place in the professional and academic worlds, yet many people struggle to differentiate active and passive voice. Mignon Fogarty explains the differences and offers ways to easily point out passive voice.

9 bad email phrases

April 4, 2019 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

It’s easy to fall back on weak standby words in business correspondence, such as these.

5 tips for proposing a change

February 7, 2019 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to add punch to a written proposal—whether it’s about doing some teleworking, changing a meeting time or attending a conference.

Simple ways to remove wordiness

January 23, 2019 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Follow these steps to remove word clutter from your messages.

Formatting in Google Docs

January 7, 2019 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Because Google Docs is a somewhat lighter application than Microsoft Word, many assume that document elements aren’t available. But they are!
You can do this with the ImportRange function.
The internet predictably lost its mind recently when it was revealed that lecturers at Leeds Trinity University had been cautioned not to overuse capital letters when issuing assignments.

3 must-dos before you hit ‘Send’

November 29, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Email is built for speed. Just make sure that in your haste, you don’t sacrifice clarity. Follow these three steps.
Cut the repetition … Keep them from tossing your card … Practicing small talk … Is the 5-second rule for real?

Write a ‘sick day’ email

October 24, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

If you need to take a sick day, and your boss permits you doing so via email, follow these steps to ensure you cover all the bases.

Make your writing more assertive

October 4, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Sometimes we lose sight of the fact that assertiveness is not limited to situations where we communicate face-to-face. Come across with greater confidence by doing these 6 things.