Op-ed Writing: Make Your Position Clear

An op-ed piece is a great opportunity to gain exposure for a CEO and raise awareness of an issue, but opinion writing is challenging. Commentaries and editorials are not like ordinary news writing or feature writing. Op-ed writing requires a well-crafted argument that...

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Punctuation at the End of Quotations

When it appears that two punctuation marks are necessary at the end of a quote, many writers scratch their heads. Consider this example: Can you imagine how people felt when she yelled, "I refuse to listen to this!" Many people are inclined to put a question mark...

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Writing Lively Quotes

Communications people routinely create quotes for news releases, but that doesn't mean the quotes need to be dull. Quotes are intended to deepen a reader's understanding of an article, a release, or a story by providing facts, insight, a perspective, or emotion. They...

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Being an Effective Editor: Collaborate with the Writer

Being an effective editor means that you encourage a writer by working collaboratively. One way to do that is to let the writer have a voice. It is a familiar scene: A writer walks into the manager's office to discuss a draft that the manager has edited, and the boss...

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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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