How do you feel about that?

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The most innocuous-seeming topics have sparked incredibly heated debates. Marmite: love it or loathe it? Toilet roll facing front or facing back? [Front obviously – Ed.] Daddy or chips? Well, we’re about to start another one: whether or not to cut ‘that’ from sentences. Now, don’t panic. This is not some kind of totalitarian coup […]

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Tactical mistake

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We’ve all done it: accidentally substituted a similar-sounding but actually entirely different word for the one we meant to write. And while no-one wants to be the person who does it (it could seriously undermine your credibility), for humour’s sake, we’re probably all secretly glad it happens occasionally. Take one of the features of a […]

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Ban the bull: tenancy agreement

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After the resounding success of our gobbledygook amnesty, we realise there are obviously many concerned citizens out there who share the desire to eliminate overblown double-speak wherever it is found. So the quest continues: to seek out, capture and rehabilitate any specimen of bull loose in the (writing) world. This month, the offending sample is […]

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Better writing for nurse managers

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When most people think of Leonardo da Vinci, they think of him as the artist who painted The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But da Vinci was also an inventor, an architect, a musician and an engineer. To be successful as a nurse manager, you need to adopt da Vinci’s Renaissance approach. Aside from […]

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Recovery-watch update

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As the seasons turn and the nights draw in, we continue to track how often the terms ‘recovery’ and ‘green shoots’ appear in the broadsheets. And we ask: can we look to the newspapers for renewed hope, or mere cold comfort? With only the most intermittent exception, it is the latter. This pessimism has dominated […]

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Be sensitive; get the details right

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It’s always important to check over and authenticate the key details in anything you write before you send it out. But if there’s ever a time when it’s absolutely vital, it’s when addressing sensitive matters. Gordon Brown knows this now better than anyone. At a time of year when everyone is particularly conscious of the […]

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How to write facilities management tenders

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There’s usually one guest at a party with a perennial case of ‘it’s all me, me, me.’ This is the type of male or female who will wedge you in a corner, and wax lyrical about their latest business success, holiday or views on America’s political landscape. It’s difficult to get a word in edgeways […]

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From LO to LOL

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It is 40 years ago, almost to the day, that the internet made its first connection. On 29 October 1969, a computer in the University of California connected with one several hundred miles away in the Stanford Research Institute, just long enough to receive the message ‘LO’. (It was meant to be ‘LOGIN’, but the […]

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Take an email break

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Here’s one to tell your manager about: taking time out at work to dip into your personal email can be good for employees’ morale. Research by email provider GMX has found that 69 per cent of UK workers will spend time working through their own inboxes on company time (or at least that’s how many […]

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