October 28, 2015

 

 

English is now only second to Mandarin as the most spoken language on the planet. When international business meetings occur, English usually is the default language for presentations and written materials. As non-native English speakers interact in an increasingly international and connected business world, they must grapple with the nuances of...

April 14, 2015

I never mince words when it comes to my opinion on checking your own writing, along with all business writing that represents you and your company. You or a trusted manager should review everything that leaves your building, whether it departs in an envelope, on a billboard, on video or virtually through electronic communication.

 

The reason you sho...

April 8, 2015

 Illustrate Your Ideas

 

 

It’s always been important to illustrate your ideas in writing to make points clear. Can you picture a children’s book with no illustrations? And who hasn’t attended a business meeting or seminar where the uninspired (or inexperienced) presenter posted slides that he or she then read verbatim?

 

To illustrate your ideas in bus...

March 25, 2015

It’s not alright…ah…all right…to make these mistakes: 

  1. Ahold:  Either it’s two words (I’ll get a hold of him later) or it’s simply hold (Get hold of yourself!)

  2. Alot:  It’s two words. (A lot of people forget that.)

  3. Alright:  All right is always two words.

  4. Being that:  Since or because is what you want...

March 10, 2015

 

In a recent post, I talked about how easy it is to misunderstand the tone and intent of email without the verbal and body language cues we pick up when talking in person. As a result, it’s easy to feel defensive and respond hastily to business emails. Sometimes, there is just too much at stake, so I suggest you simmer before sending, and further t...

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