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Is writing difficult? Do you want to write better and more efficiently? I can help. This site will help you build skills and develop effective strategies for business, academic and personal writing. The tutorials below give practical instructions, easy examples and useful tips to help you become a more efficient and successful writer. Writing can be painless, I promise!
How to Write Well
Public speaking is a universal skill, but many people hate it. Do you want to feel more comfortable speaking up at work, school and social settings? Do you need help preparing for that big presentation, or talking to your neighbor? I can help. I’m a master teacher and expert speaker. I love words and know how to use them.
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Handled skillfully, negative feedback can generate positive outcomes. If you need to give negative feedback, try to make it useful, actionable and helpful.
Before you start, take a minute.
Review the situation, evaluate your response and decide what you want.
1. Focus on facts—the kind you can observe and read more…
It’s easy to offend people—look at social media. Even if you’re not a puppy-kicking troll, chances are good that you will offend someone at least once in your life.
Perhaps you purposely or accidentally did something wrong, or maybe it’s just a case of different values. In either situation you might read more…
Effective tables, lists and boxes make documents easier to read and use. You don’t have to be a visual designer—just think about what makes your words and ideas easier to understand.
1. Write and edit your content. Add headings and other text treatments (bold, italics, etc) to guide your reader. Then review read more…
Infographics are an excellent response to limited reading times and shortened attention spans. Done well, they communicate even complex ideas efficiently. Using less time and space than type, informational graphics save your reader time and energy. But beware; done wrong, they can frustrate, confuse and read more…
No one reads anymore. We scan—glance at a website or document, and decide in about 5 seconds if it merits more attention.
You can help your reader quickly understand if your content is useful to them. Physical clues such as formatting, colors and layout tell readers if your content is what they want read more…
Good headings describe the contents of your presentation or document; they can also entice your audience. I recently read a post entitled “Human Trafficking and Taco Bell Sauce” solely because of the discordant title.
An intrigued audience is already engaging with your content—voluntarily. Your read more…
I retweeted @MariaSpinola’s link to an excellent article (Does Your Website Pass The 5 Second Test?). In my opinion all documents could—and should—be put to the 5 second test. I wanted to add a tip to my retweet; that formatting and good headings help any document pass that test. I worried later, though, that the word “any” could be read read more…
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