Writing/Editing

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.

These words are real troublemakers

October 4, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

This list includes some of the most commonly misspelled words in the English language. Why not clip out this page and post it by your computer, where you can refer to it?

Never retype again!

August 2, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

If your version of Adobe Reader gives you iffy results when you scan the document and extract the text, try this free, easy-to-use document converter.
Texting does not need the same attention to punctuation as your other writing does. But much of your punctuation (or absence of it) carries an unspoken subtle message.

6 steps to a strong video script

June 27, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

Whether you are developing content for training, marketing, sales or customer engagement, find ways to integrate video. Then follow these steps to write a compelling video script.
In the 21st century, we have so many ways to communicate. The only way to develop a sure confidence you’re using the right method is to study the mediums of communication, the purpose and the relationships.

Stop using !!!! so much

May 23, 2018 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

You might not think a simple punctuation mark matters. However, if you overuse exclamation points, you can undermine your professionalism—and even make you look a little unhinged. Here are some basic rules to follow.

Just a victim of hypercorrection

April 25, 2018 Categorized in: SpeakingWriting/Editing

Yes, we know the rules, but somehow apply them incorrectly in the attempt to get it right. Huh? That’s called hypercorrection.
Formal titles normally convey a rank or title given to someone based on his or her achievements in academia or his or her authority. When people have formal titles that precede their names, they are always capitalized.
When you’re going to be out of the office, it’s important to set up a good auto-reply to go out from your work email. Wired writer Christina Bonnington has some tips.