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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.

Why your organisation needs a plain English editor
18 May 2018

Why your organisation needs a plain English editor

Plain English, or as some would call it, the Queen's English, sends a clear message that you are not hiding behind unnecessarily complex language. Yet how often have you picked up a report, or received a letter that’s crammed with complex sentences and buzz words? It may be written in English, but it makes no sense whatsoever. Find out how a plain English editor gets to the point and transforms your written communications.

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.

Getting the job done right: why plain English works
4 May 2018

Getting the job done right: why plain English works

Translating communications into plain English for public consumption has been an accepted practice in the government and private sectors for decades. But what about internal communications? When it comes to getting the job done right, plain language is critical. Yet many of these documents are still written in complex and bureaucratic language leading to errors and reputational damage.

Why can't I 'lower case' the pronoun 'I'?
30 April 2018

Why can't I 'lower case' the pronoun 'I'?

When you're tapping a message into your smartphone or dashing out an email at work it might be tempting to dispense with the shift key when using the personal pronoun I. But in business writing, is this a smart move?

When do I use 'a' or 'an'?
23 April 2018

When do I use 'a' or 'an'?

English grammar can work in mysterious ways, but in the case of 'a' versus 'an' it's actually very logical. Get it right every time with this simple solution.

Me, myself and I
5 April 2018

Me, myself and I

Which is correct? ‘Me and Kaila are on the same team’ or ‘Kaila and I are on the same team'? Read our blog and find out.

Can you compare Malcolm Turnbull to apples?
22 March 2018

Can you compare Malcolm Turnbull to apples?

Did you know there's a difference between 'compare with' and 'compare to'? When comparing people or things, you can add a wealth of meaning depending on whether you write 'to', 'with' or 'and'.

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.