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What Does it Mean to “Learn AP Style”?

A manager will sometimes say she wants her team to “learn AP style,” but it’s not exactly clear what she means. It could mean that people need to write more clearly and economically, or it could mean they need to have a stronger grasp of the AP Stylebook.

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Persuasive Writing: Beware of Powerless Language

Speaking directly and efficiently not only makes you seem more credible; it also affects people’s attitudes toward your ideas. In numerous experiments, social psychologists found that audiences gave poor evaluations to people who hedged, hesitated, and used disclaimers, because they sounded uncertain and lacked credibility.

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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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