Reducing the anxiety around grammar

Reconnecting with five or six grammar guidelines would improve a lot of writing. When people think of grammar they often cringe, usually because they have horrifying recollections of English class or because they can’t recall many of the guidelines. But...

Put real information in the subject line

E-mail messages and formal memos often are ignored because writers are sloppy with subject lines. Make them specific. Readers are eager to hit the delete button. They are looking for a reason not to read your message, and by not providing specific information in the...

Want to Influence? Can the Slides

An article in the Burlington (Vermont) Free Press this week discusses the increasing disdain for PowerPoint, and it’s worth noting. (See  http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/200910050415/NEWS02/91004005) The article refers to a British...