Quotes are often followed by an executive’s lengthy title, sometimes more than one, but that level of specificity just slows the reader. Attribution is important, but there is no need to be excessive. The bank news release quote ended with … said Pam...
The word “that” is often unnecessary, but not always. Be sure you don’t cause readers to stumble. “Get rid of ‘that’; you don’t need it” is common advice, but as is often true with nuggets of wisdom about writing, it...
When managers want their people to “learn AP style,” do they want people to thoroughly understand the AP Stylebook, or do they want people to write clearly and economically? Both are important to good writing. Readers everywhere appreciate the AP style of...
Having a conversational tone is important, as long as it doesn’t hinder efficiency. The reader needs to know quickly why you are writing. Too often, messages are chatty at the beginning, either because people want to convey a friendly tone or because they...
Verbs invigorate sentences and make writing lively and emphatic, but those action words often suffocate inside mushy nouns. We deprive ourselves of the chance to energize a sentence when we say They provided recommendations for improvements to our customer...
Positioning information can be an important factor when you are trying to persuade
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
What a teacher you are. In your brief session, you taught me four valuable things.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
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
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
Ken O’Quinn is the best writing coach I have ever worked with.
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
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 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
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.