The trendy words and phrases that we know as “corporate speak” tarnish any communication, but using them in a persuasive appeal can be particularly risky. For a persuasive message to influence an audience, people need to see or hear concrete language,...
An opinion piece is a great opportunity to express an opinion or advocate for a cause, but you need to be able to structure an argument. Nearly everyone on the planet writes email, and many people write articles, stories, and news releases as a full-time or part-time...
An important way to be more persuasive is to develop a sense of connectedness with your audience. Creating a connection with the other person (or people) based on what you have in common creates a powerful sense of “we,” says Robert Cialdini, the Arizona State...
Persuasion requires that you first get people to read or listen carefully to your proposal. Just because you write someone a persuasive message doesn’t mean they will read it carefully. Several variables affect the amount of thinking people do when they read a...
To be persuasive, you need to be viewed as credible, and one way people judge credibility is by whether they like you. Credibility is an audience’s evaluation of how believable you are, and the most common ways people gauge credibility are expertise and...
When people are making a decision while listening to expert advice, they might stop analyzing and simply accept the advice. People often seek expert advice when they are unsure what to do or what to buy, particularly when there is risk involved, such as when...
The passive voice remains an easy target of business writing critics, but sometimes it is preferable to an active sentence. …
Praise from Clients
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
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.
You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
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
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
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.
Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.