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Three ways to keep your reader interested
6 March 2018

Three ways to keep your reader interested

We spend a lot of time reading each day at work: emails, procedures, reports and updates. In an environment overloaded by the written word, our challenge is to keep our readers interested in our messa...
Do we really need apostrophes?
14 February 2018

Do we really need apostrophes?

Although the apostrophe may seem like an insignificant little mark on the page, misuse of the apostrophe can lead to confusion and misunderstanding. Find out why.

What type of writing skills training is best for your organisation?
6 February 2018

What type of writing skills training is best for your organisation?

Although online training offers enormous flexibility, we recommend small-group face-to-face training workshops supplemented by individual mentoring or coaching. Find out why.

Track changes: friend or foe?
19 January 2018

Track changes: friend or foe?

The modern-day version of the red pen, Microsoft Word’s Track Changes function makes it possible to mark up all your changes so that they are visible to your reader. Although at times frustrating, Track Changes is a wonderful tool if two or more people need to review or make changes on the same document.

Writing at work: risky business
12 December 2017

Writing at work: risky business

The ability to write clearly and concisely at work is essential for efficiency. Yet many team members struggle to write easy-to-read and grammatically correct communications, from emails to reports to...
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.

 

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 during the past week lay bleeding in my hands, riddled with red.

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 only part of your report that gets read. So it’s important to get it right.  

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 willy-nilly in the hope of at least getting some of it right.