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Great Books that Teach and Inspire Writers

Great Books that Teach and Inspire Writers

You don't become a better writer by wishing and hoping; you need to read good writing and study what good writers do. The books below are a great way to start. Being a student of writing means reading books about the craft of writing and taking notes; reading good...

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Be Cautious about Adopting New Words

Be Cautious about Adopting New Words

New words that pop up in our language might sound catchy, but they also can create a bad impression.   Dozens, if not hundreds, of new words are accepted into English every year, because it's a living language; it's evolving. But in the interests of good clear...

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Simplify Writing by Limiting Acronyms

Simplify Writing by Limiting Acronyms

Avoid abbreviations when writing an opening paragraph if the reader has no context. Focus instead on what the product does. Employees everywhere complain about the pervasive use of abbreviations. They can be a useful shorthand that saves you from writing out names of...

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Being Persuasive: It’s about the “we”

Being Persuasive: It’s about the “we”

An important way to be more persuasive is to develop a sense of connectedness with your audience. Creating a connection with the other person (or people) based on what you have in common creates a powerful sense of “we,” says Robert Cialdini, the Arizona State...

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Crafting Leads that Grab Readers

Crafting Leads that Grab Readers

When you have only seconds to get a reader's attention, an effective lead in a news article or feature story is essential. The reader makes a crucial decision quickly: keep reading or click to something else. So crafting an opening paragraph that keeps the reader on...

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Punctuation Puzzler: When to Use a Dash

Punctuation Puzzler: When to Use a Dash

Dashes are not a one-size-fits-all answer each time you need to pause. People frequently use dashes interchangeably with the comma: Anytime they want to pause, they just toss in dashes without realizing that the nature of the information dictates whether a dash is...

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By Ken O’Quinn

Focus on Them Focus on Them

As a contributing author in this book on leadership, Ken offers insights and tips for managing difficult conversations, providing effective feedback, and being authentic. Order here.


Perfect Phrases for Business Letters (McGraw-Hill) Perfect Phrases for Business Letters

Provides the right words and phrases for any situation - quickly. The book was reprinted in Japanese because of high-volume sales there.


TD at Work — Business Writing for Managers

The Association for Talent Development invited Ken to write this 22-page booklet for the TD at Work series.

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