Whether you are announcing news via the traditional press release or using only social media channels, be sure to write for your readers. Understand your audience’s mind might be the oldest principle of communication, and yet, it also might be the one people...
Be sure your information is correct in any communication you write, whether it is an email, an article, a report, a news release, a policy statement, etc. Your credibility suffers when you send inaccurate information. Incorrect information diminishes the integrity of...
You gnash your teeth as you sit on deadline and realize you don’t have the information you need for your writing task. It might be because you didn’t get the most out of your interviews. When you do research to gather information for a story, a news...
In some cases, simplifying writing is particularly important, and no one should fear that they are “dumbing it down.” Readers rarely spend much time on a given page, unless they have a particular reason to dig deeply or unless they know they are on the one...
Usually we say, “Out with the old, in with the new,” around January, but that also describes what is happening to the news release. For decades, communications people have relied on the traditional news release to generate coverage of an announcement. Now,...
There are many more people playing baseball in France these days than were 15 years ago, but how good do you think French baseball is? That occurred to me when I saw the headline on a short New York Times piece, “We are all writers now.” Well, maybe not....
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.
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.
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.
Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
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
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
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
My team had some great feedback on the time they spent with you. They really learned a lot and you received rave reviews.
Susan LintonsmithVice President of CommunicationsRed Robin Gourmet Burgers
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 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.