20 September 2016
How to turn data into actionable insight
Insight expert Anya Marco sheds light on survey design and how to generate valuable insight.
17 February 2016
Email tone: 7 steps to success
An inappropriate tone can give the wrong impression to your reader. Here are 7 tips to nail the tone of your emails.
20 January 2016
George Orwell’s 6 rules on writing well
Love him or hate him, George Orwell knew how to write. What was his secret? Six simple rules for writing well. And here they are…
24 September 2015
The 6 principles of persuasive writing
Whatever your job, you need to persuade people to do things. So what’s the trick? We reveal six famous principles of persuasive writing.
19 August 2015
Apostrophes and words ending in ‘s’
Is it James’s or James’? Barclays’s or Barclays’? And is the United States singular or plural? This blog pulls together advice from the best writing authorities to give you a handy guide on apostrophes and words ending in ‘s’.
4 August 2015
What’s the difference between a hyphen and a dash?
A hyphen (-) is mainly used to create new words and phrases. A dash (–) can be used to denote number ranges, show a joining of two parties or replace other punctuation. If this is news to you, read on.
13 July 2015
Anticipate and expect
Did you know that ‘anticipate’ and ‘expect’ have different meanings? If this is news to you then it’s time to swot up!
18 June 2015
QUIZ: The ultimate grammar and punctuation quiz (for people who are up for a real challenge)
You might have taken grammar and punctuation quizzes before, and maybe you did quite well. Maybe you think you’re a grammar guru. But you’ve never done a quiz like this before. This is the quiz to end all quizzes. And it’s only 10 questions. Will you rise to the challenge? Or will you be defeated?
15 April 2015
What is a malapropism?
‘For all intensive purposes, we should of conducted the do diligence before making the acquisition.’ What is a malapropism and how do you avoid it?
20 March 2015
Do you know which Americanisms you always use? Use this guide to stop you from mixing up British and American English.
10 March 2015
Confusing words: the ultimate A-Z reference guide
There are some words that always trip you up. Maybe they sound like others or have a similar spelling. Or maybe the meaning just doesn’t stick in your head. If only all the answers were in one place. Now they are. This is the ultimate guide to confusing words, and it’s here to help.
20 January 2015
Opening sentences: how to start an email
Do you struggle to start emails and spend ages on your opening sentence? Save yourself time by following this guide.
16 May 2014
The F-word: will swearing at work get you fired?
Lots of people swear at work without a problem. Others swear at work and lose their jobs. So should you ever use the F-word in the office? And if you’re prone to swearing, how can you stay safe?
9 May 2014
A rough guide to dealing with Brits in the workplace
‘We aren’t as miserable as we seem’, says entrepreneur and guest blogger James Osbaldeston, as he tries to persuade international colleagues to go easy on the British at work.
22 April 2014
Dangling participles and modifiers: what are they and how can you avoid them?
Dangling participles and modifiers are a sign of bad writing and can turn your great sentences into a joke. But do you know what they are and how to avoid them? If you’re not sure, read on…
15 April 2014
Punctuating bullet lists
There are various ways to structure bullet lists, and many organisations have their own house style. This is our guide to getting it right.
7 March 2014
Six top tips for proofreading perfection
Let’s face it, we all make mistakes in our documents. Some are more forgivable than others, but they all undermine the hard work we put in. What’s the best way to avoid them? You can vow never to write again, but that’s a little impractical. Instead, follow my simple six-step guide to proofreading.