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On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

I spent this past weekend with women I've been friends with for 40 years. It was long overdue and delightful, and I laughed until my stomach hurt. But my eyes also hurt because while driving through the countryside to get to the beachfront rental, I'd repeatedly see people's last names on signs in front of… Continue reading On Long Country Drives, Rustic Wooden Signs, and Annoying Apostrophe Errors

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Business Writing Skills

5 Characteristics of Good Business Writing

When we talk about good business writing skills, we are not talking about academic writing or formal stuffy writing or writing that uses lots of adjectives or that sounds self-important. That’s because the writing we do at work has a very specific purpose, and that purpose is not to make ourselves sound more intelligent or… Continue reading 5 Characteristics of Good Business Writing

Business Writing Skills

So WHY Does Our Writing Suck? 3 Reasons Why Our Business Writing Skills Ain’t What They Oughta Be

If I’m going to build a business on the idea that business writing skills have deteriorated and people need to be better, faster writers at work, then it behooves me to take a step backward and address the source of the problem. So let’s a take a look at three reasons why our writing skills… Continue reading So WHY Does Our Writing Suck? 3 Reasons Why Our Business Writing Skills Ain’t What They Oughta Be

Proofreading, Writing Skills

This Saw Blade Can Do It All! (or: Proofreading Matters When Safety Counts)

I saw this sign while at a local hardware store waiting for some lumber to be cut. It would be one thing if this sign were scrawled on a piece of cardboard using a felt-tip marker. Then I could excuse the errors as being the result of some harried employee hurriedly writing these safety instructions.… Continue reading This Saw Blade Can Do It All! (or: Proofreading Matters When Safety Counts)

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Business Writing Skills

Your 2018 Goal? Better Writing Skills for Business. Here’s Why…

I love the beginning of a new year. I love the chance to reflect on the past one and feel inspired for the one ahead. Strangely, however, this year is different as I seem to have matured enough to realize that so much of life is a work in progress. Rather than having a whole… Continue reading Your 2018 Goal? Better Writing Skills for Business. Here’s Why…