Report Writing – 3 tips for effective reports

I do a lot of training in report writing.  Here are 3 of my top ideas for writing better reports, tenders, proposals, etc. – so that you engage to the reader, have more impact, and achieve whatever are your objectives.     1.)  May the FORCE be with you… What your text looks like on the page is important. You want your report to be visually attractive for the reader to pick up, pore over and take note.  And nothing beats a...

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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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Good Writing Tips – from The Guardian

GREAT writing tips below, from an article ‘Take the First Step’ by the novelist and professor of creative writing, Colum McCann (The Guardian, 13 May 2017) – relevant for writing non-fiction as well as fiction.   Your first line ‘It should plunge your reader into something urgent, interesting, informative.  It should move your story, your poem, your play, forward. It should whisper in your readers’ ear that...

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Additions to my book – Business Writing Tips

I had some useful comments on my book yesterday.  An old work colleague reminded me of three additional things that I could (and should) have included in my book … although, as it happens, they paralleled feedback I had given to some delegates on a training course that I had run earlier in the week.  Read on. Make your document LOOK attractive Yes, the rest of my book is about words – what you say and how you put them together – but it is...

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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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