Clarity is always the preeminent concern when writing, and the most important factors that determine a clear sentence are word choice, sentence structure, and punctuation. People often associate clarity with sentence length, but a 55-word sentence can be immediately...
People frequently are unsure whether to put a comma before “and,” but how about using a comma before such words as because, when, where, and who? Essential clause – Words that are an integral part of the main thought of a sentence form an essential clause, and...
Purists who rail about the decline of grammar skills often point to the use of they when people refer to singular pronouns or nouns (anyone, manager, etc.) but a little history might surprise you. There is a longstanding precedent for using they to refer to singular...
When you edit, resist the temptation to make corrections as soon as you spot flaws. Instead, edit in three steps because each time you read it, you should focus on something different. This process does not apply to a two-sentence email about grabbing a beer after...
You don’t produce terrific writing the first time you sit down to write, but many people try to, and they waste valuable time in the process. People sit for hours sometimes in front of a blank screen, trying to give birth to flawless prose. You cannot write the...
You occasionally still see two spaces after a period, because people tend to do what they were taught in school. But it actually has been obsolete for more than 100 years. People began using two spaces in the late 1800s because the printing press (1450) and even the...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
Participating in your course was one of my best experiences in the past few years. It was such a pleasure to be in a room full of people whose goal was to strengthen their writing, and you did a fantastic job of leading the class.
Ken gave one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. He teaches staff how to write properly, clearly and concisely, from e-mails to major planning documents.
Debby ArnoldManagerVisa International
I am pleased to announce we will be modifying our press release format. The new format is in line with the recommendations of Ken O’Quinn, who has conducted the writing workshops for worldwide PR. While they may seem subtle, the changes are powerful when it comes to conveying a strong, clear message.
Kristin HollinsVice President of CommunicationsOracle
I learned more about writing in your six-hour session than I learned in four years at Northwestern. Your seminar has given me a renewed interest in good writing and confidence I can improve.
Liz KoreyCushman Amberg Public Relations
After working with Ken, I became a confident, creative writer and went on to have an award-winning consulting business. I would not be having this success were it not for the skills I learned from Ken.
Angelique RewersBon Mot Communications
That was a great presentation. We’re getting rave reviews. It was new information, thoughtfully presented and highly interactive. We loved it! Let’s discuss having you come back.
Laura HamburgPresidentStamford IABC chapter
Ken O’Quinn is the best writing coach I have ever worked with.