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Some emails can be really difficult to write, especially when they need to address delicate or emotive issues. Learn how to tackle these emails calmly, constructively and efficiently, by following our seven golden rules.
Then, consider this question, from one of our readers: should you start a letter with 'I am writing'? Find out what Emphasis CEO Rob Ashton had to say.
And finally, prepare to dazzle colleagues, friends and family with your festive etymological knowledge. Who invented 'Xmas'? Why is stuffing a farce? And why is Boxing Day called Boxing Day?Read Bulletin
When you've just finished slaving over a report, it can be hard to achieve the distance you need to proofread it effectively. Watch Emphasis CEO Rob Ashton demonstrate five techniques for proofreading any document to perfection.
Then, find out how to make even the most factual report interesting to read, with the help of a clever little fish called the mudskipper.
Finally, learn to identify the five signs that it's time to delete that draft email, step away from the keyboard and reach for the telephone.Read Bulletin
This month, learn three strategies to help you tame unruly and over-long sentences. Then watch Emphasis CEO Rob Ashton transform sentences from the passive voice into the active. And, finally, find out whether you should use a or an before h-words such as hotel, horrific and historical.
â€¢ Sentence tamer: three ways to get your sentences back under control
â€¢ Get active [video]: power up your sentences by using the active voice
â€¢ Handling h-words: do you use a or an before 'horrifically haunted hotel'?
If youâ€™ve ever struggled to get started on a writing task, help is at hand. This month, we suggest eight strategies to help get you underway, when faced with a blank page.
We also explain why a dictionary can be more useful than a thesaurus when seeking the perfect word. Next, we take a look at how to ensure your business communications are inclusive but still elegant.
And, in one of our popular 60-second fixes, we explain when itâ€™s â€˜drinkâ€™, â€˜drankâ€™ and â€˜drunkâ€™.Read Bulletin
This month, we identify five factors that are key to creating the perfect environment for professional writing. Many assume they need silence and isolation to focus, but research suggests a little background noise can actually help productivity.
Next, we share some of our most cherished mnemonics for remembering niggly spelling and grammar rules.
We also look at how to punctuate bulleted lists and, in one of our 60-second fixes, we solve a reader's query about whether he should write about his organisation as a singular or plural.Read Bulletin
This month, have you been tripping up on soundalikes? Click here to take our homonyms quiz and test how well you can distinguish between these commonly confused words.
Next, even your best ideas will be wasted if nobody reads what you've written about them. Follow these simple rules to keep your audience with you right to the end.
Then, is it 1950s or 1950's? Settle the debate with one of our popular 60-second fixes and while you're at it, learn about when you should and shouldn't use a question mark.Read Bulletin
This month, pick up a little neuroscience and find out why word choice is so important to effective writing.
Then, clear up any questions you may have about quotation marks and punctuation. What goes inside the quotation marks and what goes outside?
Find out how a font technicality may prove a get-out-of-jail-free card for thousands of speeding motorists.
And read up on report-writing software â€“ can it really produce clear and effective documents?Read Bulletin