In an era of compressed writing, semicolons can be helpful by saving you a word and making writing more crisp. The semicolon is a misunderstood punctuation mark. Some people have a strange notion that a semicolon is for academic writing or that it is used by...
Because the exclamation point is so overused, readers often don’t feel the excitement. Like most people, you have received email that says such things as, “We’re looking forward to it!!!!” but you’re not sharing quite the same level of...
Dashes and hyphens look to be similar punctuation marks, but they play different roles. Know the difference. A dash sets off information that needs emphasis; a hyphen joins words that are used together to form an adjective. The dash The dash is a detour on the...
Avoid the widespread writing and editing tendency to capitalize common nouns. Not everything is special, although many corporate writers and corporate communications professionals like to think so. Writers routinely uppercase names of committees, projects,...
Grammar purists bristle when they hear the plural they used to refer to one person, but the usage is likely to stick, because it’s a convenient answer to a vexing writing problem. When you don’t know if someone is male or female, you need to find a...
Think of the em dash as the traditional dash and the en dash as the hyphen. With our numerous punctuation marks, you would think that one dash is enough, but we have two little marks that are referred to as dashes, and if you are in the publishing business, there are...
People often confuse dashes and hyphens. Dashes are used for three reasons, most commonly to mark off information that you …
Praise from Clients
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
You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
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
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
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.
Liz KoreyCushman Amberg Public Relations
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.
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.
Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
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
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