Simple and direct is the reliable go-to sentence structure of English, but if you edit closely and notice that certain words in a sentence create important emphasis, rearrange the order to position those words at the end. Positioning words for emphasis, so that you...
Conjunctions, such as and, but, or, and so, can make a difference in the meaning of your sentence. Be sure to choose the right one. Conjunctions are connecting words that express a relationship between two elements (words, clauses, or phrases). You tend to pay little...
Where to use commas and semicolons can be challenging in many sentences, but how to punctuate around because and however can cause considerable head scratching. A comma before “because” Punctuation marks are not little black marks that we randomly sprinkle...
The tone of email continues to have destructive consequences in the workplace. Exercising restraint and using good judgment can bring long-term benefits. Conveying disappointing or unpleasant news will always be necessary, and although such information often...
Hesitations (u-m-m-m), hedges, and other cautious expressions reflect a weak language style that can diminish credibility. For decades, social psychologists have found that a communicator’s language affects how the person is perceived by listeners, and...
Jobs become boring when the daily routine is repetitive, and so does writing when you read short, choppy sentences with …
Praise from Clients
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.
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
You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
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
Thanks for a great session. You are a sincerely great writing teacher.
Allyson StinchfieldAtomic PR
Ken O’Quinn is the best writing coach I have ever worked with.
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