To whom it may concern

March 27, 2012 Categorized in: SpeakingWriting/Editing

When to use “who” and “whom,” which confuses many people:
Is it “100” or “one hundred”? Know how to express a number in your business writing with these rules from Daily Writing Tips:
Give your résumé a 21st century update by making it search-optimized for Google … Memorize this rule when typing: one space after a period at the end of a sentence … Use this email best practice …
Whether you’re writing for a company blog, newsletter or e-newsletter, your goal is to keep readers coming back for more. Here’s a short list of common mistakes people make when creating content:

Business writing made simple

January 27, 2012 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Strengthen your sentences by us­­ing fewer words and getting rid of awk­ward or passive construction. Prac­­tice by rewriting these wordy sam­­­­ple sentences, in­­spired by the Pur­­due Online Writing Lab (OWL):

Conversation stoppers

January 19, 2012 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

While these phrases aren’t grammatically incorrect, they tend to be used in all the wrong places: “With all due respect, …” “Does that make sense?” … “I hear what you’re saying, but …”

Inter vs. intra

December 14, 2011 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

An admin reader recently wrote, “My goodness, will you please do a piece that tells people the difference between ‘intra’ and ‘inter’? While you’re at it, ‘effect’ vs. ‘affect’ wouldn’t hurt, either.”

Grammar school rules

November 25, 2011 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

Which unforgettable writing lesson did you learn in school? Are there any you still use today? See if any of these ring a bell:

1-Minute Strategies: Nov. 11

November 1, 2011 Categorized in: Time ManagementWriting/Editing

Make your email more readable by crafting enticing subject lines …  Why wait for an annual review to get feedback? Ask for one-minute feedback at every opportunity … Knock out more of your critical to-dos by whittling down your to-do list each day … Go ahead: Ask for a $100,000 salary …
Correct any punctuation errors in the following sentences. Caution: Some sentences may ­already be correct, so don’t be fooled.

Writing email that gets read

October 20, 2011 Categorized in: OutlookWriting/Editing

Boost the odds that people will read your emails. Five guidelines: 1.  Limit your message to five sentences. 2.  Figure out your main point. 3.  Edit. 4.  Ask one thing at a time, or maybe two. 5.  Include a link to information available online.

Use one word? Or two?

September 27, 2011 Categorized in: Grammar Repair ShopWriting/Editing

Is it one word or two? Take this quiz to test your knowledge of common spelling snafus:
Think beyond Evite with these three digital greeting-card sites: Paperless Post, Pingg and Punchbowl.