Expository writing might sound like a lofty term for some kind of literature, but it’s what we do every day in business: inform, clarify, simplify. In high school, I thought the word prose was an academic term, but it actually applies to any sentence you write....
You want to persuade your team members to provide ideas or feedback, so you write an email to one person, with everyone else’s name in the “cc” box. You get no response and wonder why your persuasive appeal failed. The problem is that when multiple...
Avoid sitting in in front of the screen in anguish, reading and rereading the draft and hoping that it will rewrite itself. As you immerse yourself in the revising phase of the writing process, shaving words, repositioning information, and making other alterations,...
Good writing is created in steps, and the most important one often is neglected because hurried writers want to make the first draft the final draft. The writing process involves organizing ideas, drafting, revising, and editing, and it is in the revising phase that...
A sentence can be unclear for numerous reasons. Here are four common mistakes: Word choice – This could mean using technical language or trendy buzzwords, but many times writers use everyday words and still provide a blurry picture: a virtual knowledge transfer...
When you say pronounce some terms, they sound as if they are one word, and some are but others are not. Some are two words and some are two words with a hyphen, Why the variation? It is how words naturally evolve. The English language allows for what is called free...
Historically, humans have developed the brain capacity for "deep reading," that is, processing information, relating it to our existing knowledge, …
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Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
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