30 May 2017
Passed vs past: a guide for the perplexed
Deciding between ‘passed’ and ‘past’ isn’t always easy. But this will help…
7 June 2016
Leadership essentials: how to manage other people’s writing
By applying a few management techniques to your editing style, you’ll see a vast difference in the quality of your team’s documents.
11 May 2016
How to gain and retain readers
Want to draw in a wider readership with your articles? Here’s how.
8 March 2016
4 ways to overcome writer’s block
Struggling with a document? Need a cure for writer’s block? Try these 4 practical techniques to get the ball rolling.
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…
8 October 2015
Is your writing in the active or passive voice?
Learn the difference between the active and passive voice. Once you know it, always use the active voice in your business writing!
14 August 2015
The magic number for paragraph and sentence length
Paragraph and sentence length have a big impact on the readability of your document. Keep both short and concise and you’ll transform your document!
1 July 2015
How to write attention-grabbing letters
With five easy techniques, you can write letters that grab your readers’ attention and keep them reading!
1 June 2015
3 writing mistakes you don’t know you’re making
Do you love long sentences? Are you a sucker for the passive voice? You could be making some big-time writing mistakes. Here are three to watch out for.
25 March 2015
When to use ‘I’ and ‘we’ in business writing
Is it OK to write ‘we’ in a report? What if ‘we’ refers to more than one group of people? And can you shift between ‘I’ and ‘we’ in an email? This post guides you through.
6 January 2015
Five ways to sharpen your business language in 2015
2015 is the year to become a superb business writer! And it doesn’t take much – just a nudge in the right direction and a little determination. So what are you waiting for?
15 December 2014
Five ways to keep your work emails safe
One short email can destroy a career. So follow these five basic steps to keep your work emails safe and protect your reputation.
18 November 2014
Wriggle words: how to write clearly and not get sued
We all know that clear, concise writing is essential in business. Yet many of us struggle to make our point. Why? Often it’s a fear of commitment.
15 October 2014
Be short, be simple, be human: an introduction to plain writing
We can all struggle to find words that accurately express our thoughts, and this gets in the way of communicating our message. Let me introduce the principle of plain writing: keep it short and simple (KISS). Adopting this principle every time you write will make the process easier and the end product far clearer.
19 September 2014
Writing numbers in business documents
Is it 7 or seven? Three per cent or 3%? We cover the most common rules for writing numbers so your documents are consistent and professional.
6 June 2014
Surviving and thriving at presentations
Weak at the knees at the thought of presenting? A well-prepared presentation will settle your nerves. And we have seven top tips to help you win.
1 April 2014
When should I use formal writing?
This week, we look at when to use ‘formal’ language at work.
21 March 2014
With sincerest gratitude: how to sign off your emails
Life is so much easier when there are rules to follow – for me at least. But email etiquette is in its infancy and no one’s quite sure what to do. If you find email sign-offs a minefield, my handy guide will help you avoid an explosion.
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.
4 March 2014
Whoever vs whomever
This week, we’re tackling the tricky issue of choosing between ‘whoever’ and ‘whomever’.
28 February 2014
Business writing: why you shouldn’t tone it down
When you communicate with a client, customer or colleague, there are two rules of thumb: work out your purpose and choose your tone. Guest blogger Pippa Van Praagh from City & Guilds explains why this matters and how you should go about it.
18 February 2014
Using contractions in business writing
Is it OK to use contractions in business writing, such as ‘don’t’, ‘can’t’, ‘won’t’? Read on to find out.
14 February 2014
Comfort vocab: what’s your trade mark phrase?
Do you repeatedly use the same words in speech or writing? Is it deliberate or subconscious? Today we explore comfort vocab and what it says about our approach to work.
11 February 2014
Uninterested vs disinterested
Is there a difference between uninterested and disinterested? Absolutely! And you don’t want to get them muddled up.
7 February 2014
The importance of clear legal writing
The Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority have supported plain English for years. But why are lawyers still so reluctant to use clear language? In just 400 words we try to persuade our legalistic readers to change their ways.
31 January 2014
Five easy ways to improve writing in your organisation
We list our top five tips for improving writing in your organisation. Do you have any other suggestions? Have you tried something that’s really worked? Share your experiences by posting a comment.
28 January 2014
How to speak on someone’s behalf
The Attica Owl solves your writing dilemmas. This week, one reader wants to know whether to use ‘I’ or ‘me’ in an important speech.