Kathie York, CSQE Chief Wordsmith and Gaffe Eradicator! Welcome back to Quick Wins for those pesky 'word puzzlers' in our lives. This month's offering is one of my biggies: [QW2] Never (!) refer to people as 'that' If you've ever asked me to edit for you, you are probably aware I'm a 'That' Nazi. This is what some of my clients call me! When you have … [Read more...] about [QW2] Never (!) refer to people as ‘that’
One great thing about asking your subscribers for blog post topics? They come up with countless ideas. Thanks to Margie G., an executive assistant for a racing team, we'll consider useful meeting reminders. The question that started it all As you might imagine, Margie works in a fast-paced world (no pun intended) that can become … … [Read more...] about A fresh look @ meeting reminders
Hey! What's all this 'QW' stuff in the headline?! Let me tell you the story. I recently looked back through some notes from editing projects, where I discovered a pattern of easy-to-fix 'word puzzlers gone wild.' ;-) The puzzlers not only cost my clients more $$ for me to fix, these folks were probably voicing the faux pas with clients or potential … [Read more...] about [QW1] Companies and groups are not people!
You’ve labored long-and-hard on that flier. Or maybe your website landing page text. You’re no writer, but you can at least take a stab at it, right? You show it to a friend, and he shreds your excitement balloon with . "You can't write like you talk. It isn't professional." Really? Two writing experts are my guests today, and they will help set your … [Read more...] about “Is it OK to write like I talk?”
A few years ago, I watched a video about Walmart's company strategies. No matter what you think of it, Walmart is thriving. (I don't shop there. I didn't appreciate the bait-and-switch from 'Made in America' goods.) As supervisors (or parents!), we can learn from this retail giant in this business area: Remarkable communication Clear communication is the … [Read more...] about Project communication = everything
Hey, everyone! A bit of a change-up, this month, as I give you a peek into my world of writing. OH! No, no, no! Don't click away! I promise: you're going to have fun. Here we go …. Try this when you get bored: 1. Corral a few writers in a room. 2. Ask, "Do you use the Oxford comma?" 3. Stand back and watch the fireworks. When it comes to the series of … [Read more...] about A fun look at the Oxford comma squabble!