Writing

Defining new words

June 1, 2014
The latest technology and social media sites bring about their own lingo. Check out related words and their definitions officially added to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary in 2014.

Write professional emails and texts

June 1, 2014
In the day of autocorrect mishaps and the overuse of Reply All, it’s important to consider your electronic messages and their recipients carefully.

4 tips for technical writing

June 1, 2014
The goal of technical writing is to clearly and concisely explain a point or offer direction. Here are four tips for better technical writing.

Create effective cue cards

June 1, 2014
Having well-organized cue cards gives you added security when you take the stage. However, if you keep your eyes glued to your cue cards, you may neglect to inject gestures and facial expressions into your presentation.

Boost performance with journaling

May 1, 2014
Journaling has surprising benefits for professionals. Whether you use pen and paper or an online platform, journaling can help you tune in to yourself and your habits—and chart a path for improvement.

Organize your thoughts

April 1, 2014
Never miss out on a good idea because you couldn’t capture your “eureka” moment.

Send handwritten thank-you cards

April 1, 2014
In this age of digital communication, sending handwritten thank-you notes is a unique way to show your contacts, customers or employees that you care.

Improve staff survey response rates

April 1, 2014
Even the most proactive organizations struggle with getting employees to complete and return surveys. Use these three tips from SurveyMonkey to improve employee survey response rates:

Encourage email clarity

March 1, 2014
Encourage clear and effective email communication by regularly coaching employees on their writing styles. Provide them with good examples of both internal and external email communication, and provide specific feedback on common problem areas.

Write 500 words per day

March 1, 2014
Best-selling author and historian Shelby Foote produced his authoritative three-volume, 2,500-page history of the Civil War using a simple but powerful strategy: To avoid being overwhelmed by the scope of the project, he committed to writing only 500 words per day.