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How to Write About Yourself for Bios and Profiles

Posted by Breanna Lambert   Feb 16, 2017 7:30:00 AM

If most people’s No. 1 fear is speaking in public, and dying is their second biggest fear, then their third biggest fear must be writing about themselves. Or maybe it just feels that way when the assignment of writing a bio comes up.

These days, it’s common to be asked for a blurb about your personal history for websites, apps, conference materials, etc. Ultimately, the point of a bio is to sell yourself in a more personal way than a résumé could, or should, accomplish. The following will help you craft the right message in your unique voice, to get readers to say, “I want to meet this person!”

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Topics: writing tips, writing, writing bios

Fun Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills in 2017

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Jan 4, 2017 7:30:00 AM

 

If one of your New Year's resolutions is to improve your writing skills, you won't need to roll out of bed by 5 a.m. to go to your local gym. You can keep this resolution anywhere.

Like any resolution that's worth keeping, improving your writing skills will take some effort. The good news is that it doesn't need to be cumbersome. Learning how to write well takes practice. Learning how to have fun while writing takes practice and a bit of creativity.

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Topics: writing tips, writing, effective writing

Five Ways Technology Can Hurt Your Writing and What to Do About It

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Dec 14, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

As integral as technology is to the writing process, it's important to be aware of its common pitfalls and limitations, regardless of what you're writing. Review the list below for five ways technology can hurt your writing, and solutions for how to avoid these pitfalls.

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Topics: writing tips, writing style

Implement the Art of Storytelling in Your Business Communications

Posted by Conni Eversull   Nov 16, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

Most of us think that a story is fictional, something that doesn’t belong within the same realm as business deals and communications. We have multiple emails to send, meetings to attend, events to host, and reports to analyze. There isn’t time for fairytales!

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, business communications

How to Persuade Your Audience without Being Corny, Pushy, or Inauthentic

Posted by Phil Jamieson   Nov 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

 Whether you asked your boss for more resources in an email or tried to convince your significant other via text message that sushi is the best choice for dinner, at some point, you have written something intended to persuade another party to do something.

After you hit the “send” button, you discovered what we all inevitably discover: persuading someone to do something through writing is a difficult art to master. However, by practicing helpful tips like the three below, it doesn’t have to be.

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Topics: writing tips, persuade, cliches

Get Help for Your Writing

Posted by Kimberly Largent   Nov 3, 2016 7:30:00 AM

 

Ditch These 2 Words from Your Copy

We have the opportunity to edit a variety of documents at ProofreadNOW.com, from technical to medical to legal to financial to marketing and then some.

Two words that consistently show up in the documents we edit are forms of the words “get” and “help.” So, let me get you some help for writing your material!

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Topics: writing tips, words to avoid

5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Thank-You

Posted by Terri Porter   Dec 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

 

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, writing thank you notes, thank you notes

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 3)

Posted by Terri Porter   Mar 4, 2015 6:30:00 AM

In Parts 1 and 2 of this series, we talked about ways you can improve the content of your writing. This final installment offers guidance on fine-tuning what you’ve written.  

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, 10 helpful tips

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 2)

Posted by Terri Porter   Feb 25, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In last week’s post, we discussed the first three tips relating to how to make the content of your business writing better:

1. Know the purpose of the piece and make it clear up front.
2. Write in plain English.
3. Use active voice.

Below we provide the remaining three tips related to improving content, and in Part 3 we’ll tell you how to fine-tune what you’ve written.

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, legal writing, public relations writing, medical writing, marketing writing, 10 helpful tips

10 Tips for Better Business Writing (Part 1)

Posted by Terri Porter   Feb 18, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Excellent advice abounds for how to be a better writer in specific fields: public relations/marketing, law, medicine, technology, etc. Despite the nuances specific to those disciplines, certain rules for good business writing apply across the board. Our tips aren’t all-inclusive, but if you follow these guidelines, you’ll improve your business writing exponentially.

We discuss the first six tips, relating to content, today and in Part 2 next week. The third week in Part 3 we'll talk about how to fine-tune what you’ve written.

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Topics: business writing, writing tips, legal writing, writing for your audience, public relations writing, medical writing, marketing writing

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