Blog

How do you know your writing is up to scratch?
17 November 2017

How do you know your writing is up to scratch?

Many workplace communications, from emails to reports, never get read. One reason for this could be information overload or lack of time on the part of the reader. Another reason is that poorly written communications are simply too much hard work to read.

 

Is your writing old school?
10 November 2017

Is your writing old school?

In our fast-paced world where time is squeezed into tiny grabs, it’s essential that what we write is understood on first reading.

How to dramatically reduce the time you spend writing reports
1 November 2017

How to dramatically reduce the time you spend writing reports

There’s nothing like the pressure of a deadline at work to galvanise you into action. If you were one of those uni students who stayed up all night ...

The day my boss seriously maimed my report
3 October 2017

The day my boss seriously maimed my report

I still remember feeling devastated back in university when my lecturer returned my first Writing 101 assignment with the comment ‘Not bad for a first draft’. My masterpiece that I’d slaved over...
Informative headings: how to get better results from business reports
4 September 2017

Informative headings: how to get better results from business reports

There are a few very quick and simple things you can do to make your written communications more readable. One is to break up the text with headings.Newspapers understand the power of headings. A star...
Perfecting the executive summary
22 August 2017

Perfecting the executive summary

Often the most challenging part of a report to write, the executive summary is possibly the most important. The executive summary provides a quick overview or synopsis of your report and may be the on...
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 all. 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...