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  One of the easiest ways to improve your writing at a stroke is to read it aloud before you hit that “send” button. Here are five reasons for this. Reading aloud forces you to slow down, so you will...
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I was out for an early run this morning (a record-for-me 9.3k, thanks for asking) when I was struck by the colour of the sunrise. Layers of pink, grey and yellow streaked the sky. I took some photos, planning to...
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Last night I was typing up my son’s homework, (I know, I know, but he was using my computer and is painfully slow). After writing millions of words in my career, I’m a very quick typist. I can type without...
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We love running face-to-face training courses, but appreciate that not everyone can make it to one of these. Our website has many visitors from abroad (waves to France, the US and Indonesia in particular) who realistically are not going to...
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“I can never remember how to spell that word!” Do you find yourself thinking – or saying – this frequently? We all have words that we struggle to spell and the  good news is that there ARE ways you can...
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Over the last few months, I’ve noticed a real trend in the type of people contacting me for one-to-one coaching. They are 20-something professionals who are doing extremely well in their careers. They are talented, personable and articulate. However, their...
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Many people who are brilliant at their jobs and experts in their fields struggle with the everyday writing skills they need for work. Now I know that you need to write in short, clear sentences because I trained as a...
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At the end of every Sentence Works course, we have a little section on spelling.  Although most people groan, it’s actually one of the most entertaining parts of the day.  It’s also the time I get the doughnuts out, which...
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I love cats and my husband pretends to, so I thought I’d found the perfect Valentine’s Day card. There was a picture of a lovely cute cat on it, but then came the bit that ruined it. If I was...
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I’m a big believer in short sentences. One of the first exercises we do at my workshops is to take some examples of really long sentences. These come from various sources – a website, a newsletter, an email and a...
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If you’ve ever had to write to a particular word limit, you’ll know it’s easier to write too much than too little. And when that you do go over the word limit, you’ll be faced with an agonising decision about...
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One of the easiest ways to keep your copy fresh and readable is to ensure you don’t keep using the same word repeatedly. That can be easier said than done when you find yourself constantly writing on the same subject....
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