Encapsulating key points of a message in the opening paragraph helps not only with clarity but also with persuasiveness. When important highlights are stated clearly and succinctly at the start of a message, it can increase your chance of persuading the reader...
Public relations and communications professionals routinely create quotes for news releases, but that doesn’t mean the quotes need to be dull. Quotes are meant to deepen a reader’s understanding of an article, a release, or a story by providing facts, insight, a...
People sometimes ramble on aimlessly about this or that, leaving the audience wondering, where is she going with this? Keynote speakers, executives, trainers, and PR pros are encouraged to tell stories to engage the audience, but many seem unclear about what makes a...
Don’t underestimate the power of the clear, direct sentence, but creating rhythm, variety, and emphasis are other ways to make your writing compelling. Here is a segment from a USA Today story looking back on pay phones in America: For a century, the pay phone...
A person usually has good intentions when he or she suggests the right way or wrong way to do something in writing, but if you ask the person why that is the accepted way, you often hear, it just sounds better or that’s the way I was taught, or the more candid I...
If you want to hold an audience’s attention, paragraph unity and length are important to readability. Many writers write until the text appears to be getting long, then put in a period and hit enter. But a paragraph is not a randomly created chunk of black...
If you want to persuade your superior to promote you over someone else, you could emphasize what you have accomplished, …
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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.
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
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Susan LintonsmithVice President of CommunicationsRed Robin Gourmet Burgers
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Kristi WilkinsSenior Director of Marketing CommunicationsPacific Gas & Electric
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.
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