Free business-writing tips on new website

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Writing-skills experts Emphasis launch a series of online resources A new, interactive website launches today, giving users practical advice and expert feedback on their business-writing skills. Launched by leading business-writing trainers Emphasis, the site features a comprehensive set of resources designed to help anyone who has to write emails, reports, tenders, proposals, letters or other […]

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How to write winning proposals

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Rob Ashton explains how developing your writing skills can help you to win sales. Whether you love them or hate them, you can’t deny that reality TV shows such as The X-Factor provide contestants with honest feedback about their performances. After the tone-deaf wannabes are swiftly weeded out, the ones with raw talent are prodded […]

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Ban the bull: terms and conditions

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As we continue our ceaseless quest to seek out and rehabilitate the bulls of business-speak, we come up against an old and imposing foe. Imagine yourself, if you will, a few short days from now. You are sat at your computer; you’ve just completed your Christmas shopping at Tesco.com, and are poised at the virtual […]

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The business of goodwill

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It’s that magical time of year again. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose and – quite possibly – being thrown together with people you have nothing more in common with than blood. And, as anyone who has grin-and-borne-it through a stressful or tedious family gathering can verify, if Christmas […]

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Brackets (and how to use them)

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So, those emoticon smiles: what else can they be used for? Round brackets Imagine the contents of round brackets (or parentheses) as an aside that might be said behind your hand (an actor on a stage might anyway). These punctuation marks come in handy to: include optional information You don’t have much time left to […]

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The offence of bad language

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Finally, a House of Commons report that is a cause for celebration. This is Bad Language: the Use and Abuse of Official Language – the result of an investigation into the many ways in which politicians and civil servants may baffle and intimidate readers with their use of jargon-heavy, euphemism-filled waffle. By making such official […]

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Revisiting that question

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Write Now reader Simon Lewis joins the great ‘that’ debate: Definitely one of my bugbears, that. Take this example: “The teaching medical students receive also leaves them with an incomplete picture.” I started interpreting this as “The medical students who teach…” — and then obviously realised [that] it was supposed to be interpreted “The teaching […]

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Writing for health and safety: reports and procedures

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When you’re lost in a foreign country or an unfamiliar city, there’s a good chance that someone will give you incomplete directions. They’ll unwittingly miss out the part about turning right at the church, or forget that the left turn comes before the roundabout. And even if they do give you full instructions, there’s no […]

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