Writing

Choose the correct word

August 26, 2020
Impact vs. affect, farther vs. further, emigrate vs. immigrate, and sympathy vs. empathy.

Pull the veil off acronyms and jargon

August 26, 2020
Over time, organizations gradually develop their own special terminology, abbreviations, acronyms, and jargon. But for new employees and people from outside the organization—like customers—this language can be bewildering. Here’s how to make it more accessible to the uninitiated.

Vary your speed when proofreading

July 22, 2020
You can catch more typos, ungrammatical sentences, and so on in your writing by varying the speed at which you read the text. Try reading both faster and slower than your normal reading speed. Here are two techniques.

Words, Words, Words: August ’20

July 22, 2020
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.

Words, Words, Words: July ’20

June 24, 2020
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April 22, 2020
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Power up your responses

April 8, 2020
Some words—no matter how trivial they seem—can make you look less sure, professional and capable. Make these small tweaks in your language to appear more confident and competent.

Words, Words, Words: April ’20

April 8, 2020
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Words, Words, Words: March ’20

February 26, 2020
Write it right, say it right, spell it right.

Recover from a text mistake

January 22, 2020
When you text, you basically create a written document that lasts forever. The wrong text sent to a co-worker, employee or your boss can be embarrassing—or even career-damaging. If you send the wrong text to the wrong person, follow this advice.