Writing to understand

I agree with Japanese novelist Haruki Marukami who says, I have to write things down to feel I fully comprehend them. Writing things down forces me to clarify what I think. It forces me to learn as I fill in the missing links between different parts of what I’m saying. This learning process is one […]

2019 reading recommendations

My 2019 reading, with recommendations

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MISTAKE MONDAY for November 25: Can YOU spot what’s wrong?

Can you spot what’s wrong in the image below? Please post your answer as a comment. This mistake made me laugh when I caught it. I post these challenges to raise awareness of the importance of proofreading.

Can chronology improve your email?

Bryan Garner’s HBR Guide to Better Business Writing has a great chapter on “Use chronology when giving a factual account.” You and your readers benefit whenever you organize your emails using easy-to-follow logic. Chronology is one of the easiest organizational schemes for writers and readers. Garner suggests “creating a chronology of relevant events before you […]

Knowledgeable Writers are Better

Avoid embarrassment by hiring knowledgeable writers

The other day, a prospect asked me for an example of a time that my financial knowledge saved someone from making an embarrassing mistake. I couldn’t think of anything then. However, something soon happened that reminded me of the benefit of working with a writer knowledgeable about your field. Embarrassing misunderstanding Something didn’t seem right […]