Moving email conversations forward

Propel email conversations forward

Email matters. As communication channels proliferate, email endures. As a result, the better you manage your email conversations, the more smoothly your work and personal lives are likely to proceed. Reading John Kim’s “Sadly, 20 email tips,” I was struck by his suggestion that email writers should “move the conversation forward.” When I’ve written about […]

Mistake Monday

MISTAKE MONDAY for April 26: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? I’m surprised that this item came from a highly respected national newspaper. (Thanks, John Lowell, for sending this one to me!) Please post your answer as a comment.   I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

working with a sensitivity reader

Working with a sensitivity reader

Have you ever considered working with a sensitivity reader on your writing for your business? Do you even know what a sensitivity reader is? In my article on “How to edit articles about Black people,” I mentioned that writers who are concerned about diversity and inclusion can hire a reader with specialized skills or background […]

Writing tip: Kill the ST words!

Looking for an easy tweak to simplify your firm’s writing? If your audience is American, stop using three prepositions: “amidst,” “amongst,” and “whilst.”

Long sentences can make you more concise

Long sentences can make you more concise

“You have too many short sentences. Write some long sentences.” That advice from my writing teacher stunned me. I’d been working so hard to cut flab from my writing. However, I respected my teacher, and quickly realized that she was right. As she explained, my short sentences created a monotonous rhythm. Long sentences may repeat […]