You’ve finished writing; now the work really begins

A couple of months ago I was taking part in a workshop with that wonderful Newfoundland writer, Donna Morrissey. A novel-writing class with the award-winning author of Sylvanus Now, The Fortunate Brother, and Kit’s Law, was pretty daunting – especially for those of us who’ve spent a lifetime writing a very different type of prose. …

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Just because you know $10 words doesn’t mean you should use them

Keep your language simple if you want to make a quick and strong connection with your readers and listeners. Two Nobel-prize winning authors once got in an argument over words. William Faulkner accused Ernest Hemingway of dumbing-down his writing. Faulkner complained that Hemingway had ‘never been known to use a word that might send the …

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How your Mum or Charlie will improve your writing

writing starts with focus and structure

If you are wondering how you can be more conversational in your writing, here’s a tip. Think of someone you care about, and write to them. If you’ve attended any of our workshops, read our books or seen our video tips, you’ll be familiar with ‘Hi Mom’ When we’re working with a client who is …

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Three reasons to dump the jargon

dump that jargon

We need your help. We’re wondering if there’s a worse piece of jargon and bafflegab than the phrase we came across last week. It’s such a mind-numbingly horrible phrase that we need to creep up on it… very slowly. Let me start by asking what word or phrase you use when talking about kids who …

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Fought a bear? You really must tell the story

tell your story and you bring your presentation to life

In a presentation skills workshop the other day, one participant was introducing herself. Her opening sentence was dramatic. “Have you ever come face to face with a bear?” she asked. “I have,” she continued, and hurried on to tell us her name, her title, and how her job meant she spent a lot of time …

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Be more conversational when you write

Easy way to be more conversational when writing

If you are wondering how you can be more conversational in your writing, here’s a tip. Think of someone you care about, and write to them. If you’ve attended any of our workshops, read our books or downloaded any free resources from our store, you’ll be familiar with ‘Hi Mom’. When we’re working with a …

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Speech-writing tips for dictators on the run

Recently we posted a blog packed with tips for people who have to write speeches for others to deliver. If you found that helpful, you might like this sideways look at the business of speech-writing. Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi (above) is on the run. He’s still broadcasting defiant messages, but they are uncharacteristically bland. That …

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Don’t let typos cost you sales

Maybe you are a good speller – it’s just that sometimes typos creep in. (Typos being those mistakes that are generated by the fingers hitting keys without the intervention of a brain). Now, an online entrepreneur says poor spelling is costing internet businesses millions of dollars. Charles Duncombe says his figures show a single spelling …

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