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Punctuation: a critically endangered species
24 July 2017

Punctuation: a critically endangered species

Punctuation is one of the most misunderstood aspects of written English. Out of fear of getting it wrong, some people employ avoidance tactics and barely use punctuation at ali. Others use punctuation...
Get with the word power
14 June 2017

Get with the word power

Dictionaries are a treasure trove of interesting discoveries, as I found out when I was about eight. I loved doing my English homework, especially looking up words in the dictionary – flipping throu...
Word rage: how acronyms alienate your reader
17 May 2017

Word rage: how acronyms alienate your reader

‘The EOI must address a range of issues relating to AAE, including MAC, and the role of HITH.’* Makes perfect sense? As well as having severely reduced readability, this overuse of acronyms makes...
Writing on the run: 3 time-saving tips
1 May 2017

Writing on the run: 3 time-saving tips

Clear and concise writing free from grammatical and typographical errors does not happen instantly. Yet, the reality in many workplaces is that team members need to write reports and other communicati...
Are your images sending the right corporate message?
24 March 2017

Are your images sending the right corporate message?

Images are powerful communicators, the body language of written communication. An image or infographic can add clarity to the words. Images also set the tone of the publication and tell the reader a g...
Is poor writing damaging your organisation?
13 March 2017

Is poor writing damaging your organisation?

Often hidden, the effects of poor written communication can be devastating. Poorly written emails, unclear procedures and long-winded reports can cost your organisation money through lost productivity...
Would you trust this company's app?
2 March 2017

Would you trust this company's app?

Business communications full of grammatical and typographical errors can lead to frustration and reputational damage.

Rocky relationship or perfect ‘marriage’?
15 February 2017

Rocky relationship or perfect ‘marriage’?

With words and images inextricably linked in our information-driven workplaces, it’s essential that the person responsible for producing the words (the wordsmith) and the graphic designer work as a...
When words are not enough
7 February 2017

When words are not enough

Easy reproduction of images online and versatile printing options have resulted in workplace publications becoming increasingly visually oriented. With dozens of fonts and colours at our fingertips, a...
Lifting their performance: helping your team write well
31 October 2016

Lifting their performance: helping your team write well

Learning to write well is like preparing for a marathon. A few hours of training will provide a good foundation, but to complete or win the race will take sustained effort. Many team members will make significant improvements after an initial writing skills training or coaching session. Following training there is much managers and supervisors can do to help team members continue to develop their writing skills.