When I first started to work, as a reporter at a daily newspaper, my editor would, grrrrrrrr, edit my precious writing. How dare he! Sometimes I would rush to the washroom, bang my fist or shed a few tears, smoke
Paradigm shift is tired and scary. Worse, it doesn’t make you look as smart as you might think. Paradigm shift actually means a new scientific assumption that replaces the old, according to Thomas Kuhn, in The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. For example,
It’s easy to complain, but difficult to come up with solutions. Which explains why over-used business expressions are regularly splattered with well-deserved scorn, but rarely improved. To take the road less travelled, and more treacherous, I’m writing a series of
Today I’m posting at Toronto IABC about the business writing secrets we need to share with colleagues in different areas of expertise. Please follow and like us:
For the past six months, the wordsmiths at the International Association of Business Communicators have been moaning about corporate buzzwords at our LinkedIn group. Jargon categories We yawn at “think outside the box,” “paradigm shift” and other over-used phrases. We
At a webinar this week, I was shocked to hear that the moderator, and the two co-hosts, all hate to write. Ironically, these smart, articulate men were talking about writing ebooks. As many of you know, I’m writing a new
When I want to impress people, I tell them to google “awesome” and they will find me. Actually, they have to google “alternatives to awesome” or “other ways to say awesome” to find me quickly. Still, it’s close. Almost every
The bain of every corporate writer’s existence is the person who uses his higher perch on the org chart as an excuse to rewrite our work. We don’t mind when he clarifies a misunderstanding or adds missing facts. After all, Mr.
Recently, Globe and Mail columnist and author Russell Smith asked his readers whether they still used two spaces after a period, as taught in 70s typing class, and serial commas, as in apples, peaches, and pears. From the hundreds of
You know that old saying “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” It happens to me all the time, though the teacher often takes the shape of seminars, blogs, books, personal setbacks and crises and other learning opportunities.