If drafting a formal letter on agency stationery is like writing calligraphy, and composing an email is the equivalent of writing with crayon, then instant messaging is like dipping your hands in spaghetti sauce and smearing your message all over the wall.
Here are two secrets most writers wonâ€™t admit. One: we often have questions about grammar, style and even spelling. Two: when weâ€™re not sure how to write something, most writers take the same basic steps. These steps can help you too.
We’re all used to hearing wasteful “filler” words – “um, uh, I mean, you know, like” in casual conversation and even in rehearsed lectures and presentations. So if you can wipe them from your vocabulary, you’ll stand out as a great communicator and an intelligent professional.
Here are a few examples of how, with almost no effort on your part, you can make many situations easier for your colleagues–and earn a reputation as a diligent and thoughtful professional.
In politics, at work, and in our personal lives, we’ve become so bad at stating a genuine apology that you’d think the words “I’m sorry” were harder to say than “She sells seashells by the seashore.”
Want to write a terrible document? Stuff it with phrases like these.
Inspiring your attendees isn’t difficult at all. Here’s how you do it.
People with no ability to see humor in a situation, or craft and deliver a joke, cannot make themselves funny. Now the good news: We can all make ourselves funnier. More good news: It’s not that difficult.
You know to double-check for typos. You know to avoid slang and profanity. That’s the obvious stuff. But there are a couple of other things you need to keep out of your documents – subtler mistakes, but just as dangerous, because they can undermine your credibility and give your readers huge laughs at your expense.
A successful presentation is a tricky task. Here are a few tips to help you make your presentations successful and memorable—and deliver the results you want.