Posts filed under: Training & Coaching

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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One topic we often discuss at Sentence Works courses is how to get people to open your emails. There is a lot of debate about subject lines, but one thing that’s often overlooked is the “from” line. You might think...
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I’ve been doing lots of work on spelling with my 11 year old son ahead of the dreaded SATS. It’s actually been really interesting as I’ve tried to come up with strategies to help him remember how to spell tricky...
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Delegates on the workshop I’m co-running in Bristol today (media skills and press release writing, in case you were wondering) might notice there’s a real spring in my step. After my birthday, Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and any day Watford...
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Every introductory paragraph is different, but all great intros have some things in common. A good introduction (intro) will grab your attention, keep you reading and offer you the promise that you’re about to discover something you didn’t know before....
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I’ve been asked so many questions about commas that I have a little section about the curly little blighters at each workshop. One thing we look at is the comma splice. Now I didn’t know that this grammatical faux pas...
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Earlier this month, Judy was asked to deliver an email session as part of a training day for The Sentence Works. The two of us spent an enjoyable few hours scouring our inboxes  (and deleted folders) for emails that were...
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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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I ran a new course on Thursday for a PR company. The one-day workshop  was a blend of media training and writing skills. We looked at examples of bad press releases, discussed how to pitch to journalists and debated whether...
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