Opening most messages with a summary of the key points provides a valuable framework for the reader. When you open a proposal, whether it’s three pages or 30, the first thing you see is an executive summary, which orients the reader to what the proposal...
One of the biggest reasons people do not read email messages is because writers are careless about subject lines and, as a result, fail to pull the reader in. The subject line is the first place you are communicating with a reader, the first time you are saying to the...
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...
If you want to connect with readers, pay attention to five things they want in an email. Business professionals waste an enormous amount of time dealing with the same information two or three times because messages are poorly written the first time. The reader, unable...
By Ken O’Quinn
Focus on Them
As a contributing author in this book on leadership, Ken offers insights and tips for managing difficult conversations, providing effective feedback, and being authentic. Order here.
Perfect Phrases for Business Letters (McGraw-Hill)
Provides the right words and phrases for any situation - quickly. The book was reprinted in Japanese because of high-volume sales there.
TD at Work — Business Writing for Managers
The Association for Talent Development invited Ken to write this 22-page booklet for the TD at Work series.
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.
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
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.
Chet Burgerone of the pioneers of PR in America
You are such an interesting, knowledgeable, and entertaining speaker. Feedback was uniformly enthusiastic.
Beth CookPresidentRichmond chapter of the National Investor Relations Institute
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
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 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
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
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