Active not passive

Active not passive

In 1918, William Strunk Jr., a professor of English at Cornell University, published the first edition of his influential grammar guide The Elements of Style. (In 1959 writer and former Strunk student E.B. White expanded the book, which has been known ever since as...
Writing effective speeches in business and government

Writing effective speeches in business and government

Effective speechwriting is difficult to master. You overturn the box and pick through the polystyrene, only to find there’s no instruction manual. In mid-2011, I was asked to write speeches while working for the Opposition Leader of New South Wales, Australia’s most...
Three helpful ways to use a semicolon

Three helpful ways to use a semicolon

The semicolon is undoubtedly the dark horse of the punctuation family. Some people fear and avoid it, some use it incorrectly and others only know it as one half of a winky emoticon. Live in fear no more! It’s time to embrace the semicolon – and we’re here to show you...
Seven reasons why you need a good corporate style guide

Seven reasons why you need a good corporate style guide

Establishing a thorough and easily navigable style guide will help your organisation present itself professionally and cohesively, and get your message across clearly. While a good dictionary is obviously an important tool, developing any kind of corporate...
Tips for speedier writing

Tips for speedier writing

These days everything seems to be about speed. Learn fast, publish fast, fail fast! Well, here’s the lowdown on faster ways to punctuate and format in Microsoft Word. From keyboard shortcuts to macros, learn how to get your work done quick smart. Keyboard shortcuts to...
Shhh, I’m proofreading!

Shhh, I’m proofreading!

The salt and pepper grinders in our office kitchen are marked with red pen. Or rather, there are typos on their labels, which I’ve marked with red pen. Not that I set aside time to read the labels of our corporate condiments. While waiting for the kettle to boil,...

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