Hesitations (u-m-m-m), hedges, and other cautious expressions reflect a weak language style that can diminish credibility. For decades, social psychologists have found that a communicator’s language affects how the person is perceived by listeners, and...
Good writing is built on substantive details that come from asking the right questions. With a deadline looming, writers often panic upon discovering that they are missing important information. Perhaps they forgot particular details during their research, or maybe...
Regardless of how good your writing skills are (or how good you think they are), you don’t know it all. Stay sharp and keep learning. Strong writers draw attention in business, because most people understand that writing is difficult. Some things that we learn...
Time-worn phrases give your writing a boring tone that lacks originality. Corporate writing is laced with such expressions as win-win, team effort, paradigm shift, and game changer. As a reader, you wonder, is the writer really that dull? Cliches are...
If you want to connect with readers, pay attention to five things they want in an email. Business professionals waste an enormous amount of time dealing with the same information two or three times because messages are poorly written the first time. The reader, unable...
Dashes and hyphens look to be similar punctuation marks, but they play different roles. Knowing the difference can add clarity to your meaning. A dash sets off information that needs emphasis; a hyphen joins words that are used together to form an adjective. The dash...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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I learned more helpful tips than in any other writing course in the past 40 years. As an engineer, knowing the “why” is important.
David EiermanMotorola Solutions
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
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
The feedback from the 40+ communicators who participated in the workshops was overwhelmingly positive. He is passionate about good writing, and it is contagious when he presents. We’re already planning to have him back.
Ken’s writing workshops received the highest evaluations of any training we’ve done in my five years here.
Kristi WilkinsSenior Director of Marketing CommunicationsPacific Gas & Electric
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Laura HamburgPresidentStamford IABC chapter
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Susan LintonsmithVice President of CommunicationsRed Robin Gourmet Burgers
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.
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Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
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