The Power of Strong Verbs

Direct, forceful writing is built on strong verbs, and it is not a technique used only by storytellers. Corporate professionals can use the same tool to strengthen everyday business writing.

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Exclamation Points: Use Them Sparingly

People often say they use exclamation points to generate excitement, but the reader isn’t excited, either because the statement does not warrant so strong a punctuation mark or because the exclamation point was already used in so many sentences that it no longer has any effect.

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Why Buzzwords Are Not Persuasive

Buzzwords, those fashionable words that litter business communication, can sink a persuasive appeal. Such words are so vague they interfere with the audience’s understanding of the message, and they do not touch people emotionally.

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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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  • Passive Voice is Not Always Wrong

    Passive Voice is Not Always Wrong

    The passive voice remains an easy target of business writing critics, but sometimes it is preferable to an active sentence. …

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