Do you remember that D+ essay in high school?
The one with sentence fragments and misspellings?
And some wrong words used in place of the right ones?
Mom wasn’t pleased, was she?
Let me help you avoid this scenario and save money on proofing.
’Cause in the real world, the critics can be worse than Mr. Eley in sophomore English.
And each error can damage a professional reputation.
1st: Know it’s important
Maybe you still have problems with accuracy and clarity in documents.
I often hear:
“You know, Kathie, no one really cares if my work isn’t perfect.
They probably won’t even notice.”
My answer is always the same:
“The people you want to do business with … will care.”
2nd: If you help your proofer, you save $$
When I edit or proof for you, it’s my job to make your project better.
If I find too many problems with your work, I give you a choice:
“Do you want me to fix these? Or do you want to try again?”
The more you improve items before they reach me, the more $$ you’ll save.
How am I gonna fix this?!”
You may not.
But you are surrounded with a gold mine of free help.
3rd: “… a little help from your friends”
I can provide you a cheat sheet for having other people lend their ‘fresh pair of eyes’ to your second try.
They’ll usually help at no cost to you.
Here’s a brief overview from my free Process Flow cheat sheet:
• Send your work to someone who hasn’t seen the project.
• Have them suggest – or perform – edits.
• Incorporate changes as necessary (here and after each edit step).
• Repeat these tasks with a second person (giving them the updated file).
If you follow these steps:
• Confusing text may disappear from your work.
• Money stays in your pocket.
• You learn things you can apply later.
• Your editor or proofer finishes more quickly.
• Everything can go more smoothly in the future.
What’s not to like?
Your Takeaway: The way we represent ourselves with our words is important. People notice, especially when it all goes horribly wrong.
Note: Please contact me [ Kathie@KathieYork.com ] for a free copy of the one-page instructions I mentioned in the final section of this post.
In your subject line, write Process Flow cheat sheet, and I’ll send it by return email.
I can also suggest ideas for selecting the right friends or coworkers to help you perfect your work.
Join the Conversation: Have you been dinged at school or work because you had errors in a file or application? How did you fix the problem? If you’re an instructor or supervisor, let us know what you look for when critiquing students’ or employees’ work. Let’s learn from each other!