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Business Writing Tip Of The Week: Walk Away

On April 17th, 2014, posted in: Business Writing Tip of The Week by 0 Comment

Many business writers embark upon their writing projects with one goal in mind: get it done. And while efficiency and productivity are certainly laudable goals in the workplace, being overly driven to ‘just finish’ is often a recipe for sloppy, unpolished work. If you want to make your business writing as smooth, tight, and effective..

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If The Pros Can Blunder, Can You?

On March 19th, 2014, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Never has a truer phrase been crafted than when Sylvia Stead — The Globe And Mail’s public editor — began a recent column with “The English language is touch to master…”. I’m not given to religious zealotry, but AMEN, sister! The point of Sylvia’s column is that even professional writers occasionally trip up when it comes to..

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What Funny Business Is Going On With Your Business Writing?

On April 12th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

In the latest episode of Humour At Work TV, Canadian Hall Of Fame speaker and all-around nice guy Mike Kerr and I chat about how finding the humour in business writing can be a fun, entertaining, and informative experience. Unless the writing is yours, that is. Click here to watch the episode and learn about..

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Guest Appearance On Humour At Work TV

On March 21st, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Thanks to Canadian Speaking Hall Of Famer Mike Kerr for having me as a guest for five episodes of Humour At Work TV. In this episode, we talk about the pitfalls of using dreaded buzzwords in the workplace, a sure-fire way to undermine your professional credibility and muddy your message… two things you never want to..

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Rocky Mountain Outlook Article

On March 12th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Thanks to Rob Alexander for the great story in the March 7th issue of the Rocky Mountain Outlook. Looking for five straight in 2013!  

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Thank You Calgary Herald!

On February 22nd, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

Big thanks going out to Eric Volmers and the Calgary Herald for their Feb. 15th story about me. The article doesn’t discuss my business writing workshops, , but gives some nice insights into some of the other things I do to make a living. You can find the article by clicking here.    

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Are You Watching Your Infinitive Phrases?

On February 19th, 2013, posted in: Business Writing Tip of The Week by 0 Comment

One of the quickest and easiest ways to improve your business writing is by making it as lean and mean as possible. In other words, cut the fat! Extra words only slow down your reader and add little else to your message. With that in mind, this week we take a look at infinitive phrases,..

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Now THAT’S Serious!

On February 19th, 2013, posted in: News by 0 Comment

It’s not very often that blood is shed over question of style and usage. But as The Onion reported back in January — “4 Copy Editors Killed In Ongoing AP Style, Chicago Manual Gang Violence” — things seem to have gotten out of hand in New York. There, an ongoing feud between members of rival style..

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Diagnosis Comma: Terminal

On January 31st, 2013, posted in: Punctuation by 0 Comment

In a recent business writing workshop I hosted, the group became engaged in a lively discussion about the use of commas, and the maddening lack of hard and fast rules regarding their usage. Of these, none is quite as debate-inspiring as what we call the terminal comma in a series. Take, for example, the following..

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Public Workshop Coming: January 30 in Canmore, AB!

On January 15th, 2013, posted in: News, Workshops & Keynote Talks by 0 Comment

Textman Writing Workshops will be kicking off 2013 in style for the businesspeople of Canmore, AB. Business Writing Made Easy — the cornerstone workshops of the Textman family — will be held January 30 at the Grande Rockies Resort on Bow Valley Trail. Check out the “Public Workshops” link under the “Workshops & Keynote Talks” tab..

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