Category: Business Writing

Gender-Fair Language

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Gender Fair Language

Sexism, Discrimination, & Bias – OH MY! Gender Fair or Nonsexist language is the standard today. It means selecting words that are gender neutral or gender inclusive. Avoid using “he” to stand for “he or she.” Nonsexist language includes the following: He/she, S/he, his/her, her/his, him/her, her/him A person or people Police officer (instead of Policeman, … Read On >


Organization In Writing

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organized in writing

Organize Your Writing Organization in writing means putting the information in an order that the audience will best understand. There are three basic ways to organize: Category – putting similar things together in groups. Range – chronological or alphabetic order (highest to lowest, top to bottom, first to last). Location – spatial placement in proximity to each other. Sentence … Read On >


Jargon and Clichés in Writing

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jargon and cliches

When jargon and clichés are used to the point of being meaningless, they end up doing nothing more than wasting our time. You don’t want to get stuck “behind the 8 ball.”   “At the end of the day,” words/expressions like “synergy,” “leverage,” and “deep dive” get so much overuse that they become worthless, and end … Read On >


Pet Peeves

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pet peeves

Does it bother you when people butcher the English Language, or make mistakes that could be avoided? For example: Do you find it irksome that the United States calls their end-of-season Major League baseball game The World Series, when only two countries are involved? Or is it annoying when people call Independence Day the Fourth … Read On >


Commonly Confused Words

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Commonly Confused Words

Commonly Confused Words There are some words that are simply confusing. For instance, when a word has more than one spelling and/or multiple meanings, it may cause you to make a mistake. With many of these potentially-confusing words, spell-check will not help. Knowing how to spell and use these words correctly (or having the information … Read On >


Résumé Writing

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Resume Writing

Résumé Preparation Know what the purpose of your resume and cover letter is – to get an interview! To prepare, complete a Résumé writing data sheet – list work and other activities List your three best work skills or traits (to be used in the Summary and Cover Letter). Write with impact! Use correct grammar … Read On >


what if i use poor grammer will they hire me

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Poor Grammer Mistakes

Breathe deeply. Relax. “Poor Grammer”?  This week’s headline was intentional. That’s a relief, right? We were sent an article that appeared in the Harvard Business Review. It was shared by an Improving Communications friend (and recipient of Defender of the Language award), Michael Rudegeair. Kyle Wiens, author of “I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s … Read On >


What Every Sentence Has: Subject and Verb

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subject and verb

agreement One of the basic aspects of sentence structure is ensuring proper agreement between the subject and verb. A singular subject uses a singular verb; a plural subject uses a plural verb. Singular:       Loretta works here. [Loretta (the subject) and works (the verb) are singular.] Plural:          The siblings … Read On >


Pluralizing Last Names

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Do you know the correct methods for Pluralizing Last Names?   Making the plural form of a proper name  can be challenge without this information. Use it to be spot-on, and be able to handle someone else’s name with the greatest of respect (by getting its plural form correct!). Last letter(s) of last name What … Read On >