Writing/Editing

Twitter is one of the largest, most heavily trafficked social media networks, but don’t let that scare you away from getting active on it.
Can you switch between first (I or we) and third person (he, she or they) in the same paragraph? Writing coach Lynn Gaertner-Johnston says you can, as long as you allow clarity to be your guide.

Avoid these 4 words in emails

January 1, 2015 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

The following words can make you come across as insincere or dishonest. Remove them from your outbound messages pronto:

Is it ‘lay’ or ‘lie’?

December 25, 2014 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

The difference between “lay” and “lie” doesn’t come from who’s doing the action (people or dogs)—it comes from the action itself, writes The Morn­­ing Call commentator Bill White.
Do you type two spaces after a period? If so, your résumé may be destined for the wastebasket. According to career counselor Marc Miller, adding that extra space is a résumé mistake that brands an applicant as “too old.”

A high-tech tool for editing yourself

December 11, 2014 Categorized in: Writing/Editing

If you’re struggling to proofread your writing well, consider using text-to-speech to pinpoint errors, recommends Lifehacker’s Dave Greenbaum.
Just because you’re networking on­­line doesn’t mean it’s OK to throw basic etiquette out the window. Learn to write LinkedIn messages that people will want to read with these tips.
Many people can be hesitant at the prospect of blindly emailing a CEO or other powerful person, says management writer and entrepreneur Peter Sims. But CEOs often love to hear from their employees or customers. Sims offers these tips for sending an unsolicited message.
If your employer entrusts you with one of its social media accounts, you want to be sure not to make a major mistake. Amanda Clark has some advice to help you avoid faux pas.
Many misused words and phrases have be­­come so common they’re now in­­cluded in some dictionaries, but they once had correct usages. Here’s a list of phrases you might be saying wrong.
If you’re in the habit of forwarding messages along to friends, colleagues or everyone in your address book, you’ll want to take these important etiquette tips.
The Convo app makes revising documents much easier by loading documents into a full-time chat room where group members can scroll sections.
Jargon works its way into business writing all the time. It’s important to know when it’s appropriate to use jargon and when it’s better to re-write for clarity. Right Source Mar­­ket­­ing’s Emily Gaines Buchler offers four tips on using jargon correctly.