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Read to improve your writing

A guaranteed way to improve your own writing is to read other people’s.  It sounds simple, but it’s true. If you read good quality material every day, you naturally pick up grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation without thinking about it. It happens by osmosis. (OK, not very plain English, but in this case it’s the best word for the job.)

Reading and writing are inextricably linked – always have been, always will be. Research has shown that the […]

Writing emails at work

This might seem like a really obvious topic, but sometimes it’s good to look at obvious topics from a different angle.

We all email at work. It’s pretty much the main way we communicate. But just because the language you use in an email isn’t as formal as the language you use in a formal business letter doesn’t mean that you can throw out the rule book and write in a sloppy and unprofessional way. Your main aim is still […]

The importance of revising and editing

OK – so this is my day for the soapbox. No matter what you are writing – whether it’s an email, a report or a set of minutes for your local golf club – it’s essential to revise and edit it. It’s tempting just to bash something out and click on send or print, but think first before you do that. You’ll pretty much always find a mistake (sometimes an excrutiatingly – oops, sorry – excruciatingly embarrassing one) and […]