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How long does it take to write 1,000 words?
23 October 2018

How long does it take to write 1,000 words?

Do you consistently miss deadlines for reports and other written communications at work? There could be several reasons for this. You may have been given an unrealistic deadline or perhaps other more urgent jobs demanded your attention. Although there is not much you can do about these real-life scenarios, accurately estimating how much time you need, and then pacing yourself, will help you get to the finish line on time.

How to invigorate a stodgy report
27 September 2018

How to invigorate a stodgy report

Are your reports clear, concise and contemporary? Or does your writing tend to get bogged down in too many words? There are many ways to make your report easier and faster to read. This simple technique will make your writing more action-oriented and more concise. Find out how.

Four tips for writing brilliant bulleted lists
16 July 2018

Four tips for writing brilliant bulleted lists

Often called ‘dot points’, bulleted lists can be used effectively in business writing to break up large slabs of text or to make information stand out. A well-structured list will make your report, email or other communication easier to read. But there are a few traps that could derail your list and your reader. Once aware of these traps, you can quickly get your list back on track.

Three quick ways to make your writing more concise
2 July 2018

Three quick ways to make your writing more concise

Your first draft of any written communication is likely to be wordier than it needs to be. This is normal. Even professional writers go back and refine their work to make it more concise. Small revisions can make a big impact, so at least one revision is always worth it. If you're under pressure, read on to find out three quick and effective editing tricks.

Australia's written communication crisis: 5 warning signs
19 June 2018

Australia's written communication crisis: 5 warning signs

If Australia is to prosper in the global knowledge economy, the ability to write clearly and concisely is essential. Yet many staff struggle to write clear, concise and grammatically correct communications. Is your team's writing up to standard? Be alert to these critical warning signs.

Avoid these three common annual reporting mistakes
1 June 2018

Avoid these three common annual reporting mistakes

Although an important and necessary task, coordinating and writing the annual report often has to be squeezed between other more pressing tasks. This can result in a stressful scramble to meet tight deadlines and a less-than-perfect report. By avoiding these common annual report writing pitfalls, and contracting an ace editorial team, you'll save time and get a better result.

Three quick tricks to make your writing more professional
27 May 2018

Three quick tricks to make your writing more professional

When I review a piece of writing – whether it be a website, internal report or promotional flyer – I can tell straight away whether it has been written or edited by a professional. The clues not only come from the way the words are put together and whether the grammar is correct, but from three little tell-tale signs.

Apostrophes: do we really need them?
11 May 2018

Apostrophes: do we really need them?

It’s hard to believe that such a tiny mark on the page could wreak havoc, but incorrect placement of the apostrophe can create misunderstanding and annoyance. Misuse of the apostrophe can also make your work look less professional. Find out how to get it right. 

That’s no girl: that’s my boss
8 May 2018

That’s no girl: that’s my boss

The words we use to describe ourselves and others tell us a lot about our attitudes and beliefs. Words are powerful. They have the capacity to build or destroy. They can be used in a way to inspire, sell, persuade. They can also become loaded with both negative and positive connotations.

How a writing mentor can help you get that promotion
14 March 2018

How a writing mentor can help you get that promotion

You may be excellent management material, but if your writing is not professional enough, you may just miss out on that coveted promotion. A writing mentor could be just what you need to get you over the line.