Lessons from LINGUISTICS

I did a couple of courses on writing recently, which may sound rather strange and unnecessary for me, as a writer – but they were from a linguistics perspective (given by Dr Michael Kranert). Here are a few things I found interesting: Men and women … they use language differently Men are from Mars; Women are from Venus.  Maybe, or maybe not … but the book points out they use language differently: Clearly, language and communities...

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Punctuation explained – Simply

The paragraphs below explain each of the main types of punctuation.  But the punctuation is missing.  By doing this exercise you will therefore learn not only where and what type of punctuation to use, but also get practice in using it.  My suggested answers are given at the foot of the blog. Commas are used in lists of things to clarify meaning after introductory words and phrases like however (at the start or mid-sentence) when providing...

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Tips for writing emails … Avoid P-E-S-T (and other advice)

Tips for writing emails … Avoid P-E-S-T (and other advice)

Emails are great… but because of where and how we use them, it is easy to make mistakes.  Read on for may advice. Don’t let emails be a P-E-S-T P ressure of workplaces makes us over hasty when sending emails – or not check and work, and therefore make mistakes. E motions are hard to convey in text, and can easily be misread by readers who don’t know us etc.  So, don’t email when annoyed, nor late at night/end of...

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Writing for the Web – course feedback

Here is some feedback on a one-day Web Writing course that I delivered this month for the University of Gloucestershire: “Interesting and thought provoking- I will never look at websites in the same way again.”   “Really helpful, interesting and enjoyable training day. I have learned new things and refreshed my knowledge/understanding of others.”   “Useful theory mixed with practical tips and short group...

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Say ‘No’ to Goobledygook

At the end of 2016 I was invited by the European Commission to kick-off their annual Clear Writing Week in Brussels.  This was in recognition of my book on Business Writing Tips, which they bought, found useful and stock copies of in their library. The title of my talk was Say ‘No’ to Gobbledygook – Writing Traps, Tips and Techniques. Here we are before the event started: 100+ people attended my 90-minute long talk, and I gave...

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Business Writing – Training course feedback

Another year and another training course. 2017 started well. Here is the feedback on my presentation skills after doing a half-day’s training in Report Writing for a business: Good facilitator of session and involving everyone Very clear Very engaging speaker and good listener Robert is a witty presenter, displaying a genuine passion for his subject Really useful Really useful; enjoyed all the day’s sessions All very relevant – good...

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