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When repeating a particular word is a good thing
5 March 2021

When repeating a particular word is a good thing

English is a highly versatile language that has a rich and extensive vocabulary from which to choose. Using a variety of words with a similar meaning can certainly make your writing more interesting and avoid boredom from reading the same word over and over. But choosing a particular term, and using that word throughout the communication, is sometimes necessary to create clarity.

Writing for a global audience: 4 common phrases to avoid
26 February 2021

Writing for a global audience: 4 common phrases to avoid

With almost 400 million people speaking English as their first language, and a billion more knowing it as a secondary language, English has emerged in the past few decades as the international language with many businesses mandating English as their common corporate language. Although buzz phrases are best avoided in all business communications, they can be particularly problematic when writing for a global audience.

What do pomegranates and Jimmy Grant have in common?
19 February 2021

What do pomegranates and Jimmy Grant have in common?

Many of our distinctively Australian words have come from regular English words that have been repurposed in a new context. Other words were borrowed from Aboriginal languages, such as the Darug word boomerang. There were also some creative twists to words, such as a gun referring to a fast shearer. But what does this have to do with pomegranates?

The deadline dilemma: how to save time writing reports
15 February 2021

The deadline dilemma: how to save time writing reports

When deadlines are tight, or you don’t know where to start, it’s tempting to put off writing, dash off a first draft at the last minute and submit it in its rough state. Although you might have met your deadline, will your report get the results you need?

Three time-saving Word editing features you can’t live without
5 February 2021

Three time-saving Word editing features you can’t live without

A common goal of many team members is to be able to produce a polished and professional report in a single draft. Unfortunately, there is no writing equivalent of the ‘one take wonder’. The good news is, Microsoft Word does offer several wonderful inbuilt tools that many team members overlook or are not aware of. Find out our top 3 recommendations.

Words to strike from your vocabulary in 2021
29 January 2021

Words to strike from your vocabulary in 2021

A basic principle of writing is to grab your reader’s attention and then keep it. When we overuse a word it can become annoying to the reader and distract them from the important message. But just because a word has become fashionable, it doesn’t mean you should use it at every opportunity. Find out 3 overused words from 2020 to strike from your vocabulary in 2021.

Reputations at work: what kind of writer are you?
22 January 2021

Reputations at work: what kind of writer are you?

If one of your goals for 2021 is to improve your writing skills, the first step is to think about your writing style. Do your reports tend to be an avalanche of random ideas? Do you flood your readers with too much information, or pad out your communications with unnecessary or outdated words and phrases?

Pavlova: how a friendly rivalry unites us
4 December 2020

Pavlova: how a friendly rivalry unites us

If you’re spending Christmas Day in the sweltering heat of an Australian summer, you could well be melting your taste buds with a deliciously sweet pavlova for dessert. Until recently, I had always looked on this fluffy meringue shell topped with cream and fruit, as the quintessential Australian dessert. Find out the real origins of the mighty pav.

Three of the most annoying phrases in business writing
30 November 2020

Three of the most annoying phrases in business writing

As we manage and adapt to the organisational challenges we have faced in 2020, it's often the little annoyances that make us boil over. Certain words and phrases begin to grate on us and distract us from the actual message. Here are 3 loathsome phrases frequently used in business writing to avoid at all costs.

 

Capital letters: avoid these 3 common errors
13 November 2020

Capital letters: avoid these 3 common errors

Misuse of capital letters may not only be grammatically incorrect but could make your meaning unclear. Too many initial capitals can also be distracting for the reader and make your writing appear amateurish. Using initial capital letters correctly will increase readability and enhance your personal and professional credibility.