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Tom DuPuis

Tom specializes in technical writing and is particularly interested in analytical and financial writing, as well as synthesizing strong executive summaries. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration and English from Reed College, and a M.A. in Communications from the University of Colorado. He has successfully supported our clients from Boeing, FedEx, and the US Army.

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Author's Posts

Business Writing Training Guidelines for Writing Performance Appraisals

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Oct 25, 2016

Performance appraisals play an important role in motivating your employees and in encouraging them to work to the best of their abilities. Appraisals provide an opportunity to shine for many, and an opportunity to reflect for others. Business writing training guidelines assist the difficult task for both business owners and managers to evaluate employee performance against quantifiable Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Business writing training guidelines will also help individuals better document their achievements during their annual performance review.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills, Business Writing Training

How to Better Mentor Employees In Business Writing

by Tom DuPuis on Thu, May 5, 2016

If your team's business writing ability is weak, it will impact potential revenue and decrease production.  Poor written communication may steer a prospect in another direction.  It also means your team will require more time than necessary to complete writing tasks.  

Poor business writing reflects poorly on an organization.  Strong business writing abilities influence others on the team positively; conversely, the opposite is also true.  

Improving business writing skills will save money and time. If your team's writing is weak, you must correct this.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Improve Business Writing Skills with the Right Measurements

by Tom DuPuis on Tue, Dec 8, 2015

Of the many challenges a business faces when it comes to improving the business writing skills of its employees, the biggest challenge is selecting a yardstick for comparison. Since writing is a subjective skill, deciding the appropriate standard to differentiate “good” business writing from “bad” business writing is difficult.

Similarly, “good business writing” appears to be a fuzzy concept that is difficult to measure. How then, can one define and measure good business writing skills? What should be measured and what tools can help?


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Topics: Business Writing Training

How Non-Native Business Writing Courses Help Global Employees Succeed

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Oct 23, 2015

Many companies have invested in a global workforce, drawing new strength and innovation from diverse international employees. However, for those who do not speak English as a first language, it can be difficult to meet the strict writing requirements of the modern English workplace. Non-native business writing courses -- tailored specifically for global professionals -- can help companies get the polished writing they need and help employees gain the confidence and skills to meet their individual business goals.

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

What Does  Mise en Place Mean In A Business Writing Course

by Tom DuPuis on Thu, Apr 23, 2015

“Mise-en-place is the religion of all good line cooks… As a cook, your station, and its condition, its state of readiness, is an extension of your nervous system… The universe is in order when your station is set.”

-              Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen Confidential

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Joseph Pulitzer, the Elements of Good Writing and the Advantages of a Business Writing Course

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Jan 16, 2015

There are many different kinds of business writing, from reports and business letters and emails to proposals and even comments on social media. You could write a slogan for a business or come up with a simple business card. There are many types of writing that are important in business. 

If you want to make a good impression on customers, business partners and anyone else who comes into contact with your company, you need to be good at business writing. There is no way around it - you must be able to communicate the knowledge in your head into written business documents. If you can't do this with skill and ease, your career will suffer. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, a manager, or an administrative assistant, a business writing course is going to be invaluable to you. It can help you move up the ranks of a company or attract more sales, depending on your business objective. Here are just a few of the aspects about good business writing you can expect to learn:

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Topics: Business Writing Training

Reader Response? How a Business Writing Course Can Improve B2B Emails

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Nov 14, 2014

No Worries: Yours is Just One of 100 Billion

That message you sent to a new prospect was one of 100 billion business emails that make up daily email traffic.

Stop. Read the first sentence again. Note two key words: “business” and “daily.” The 100 billion statistic includes only business-related emails; Nancy asking Gran for her meatloaf recipe isn’t included. And that’s 100 billion per day – not per month, quarter or year.

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Topics: Business Email Writing, Business Writing Training

3 Important Skills You'll Aquire with Proposal Writing Training

by Tom DuPuis on Fri, Nov 7, 2014

Writing a proposal is one of the most important processes in business, and knowing the key elements of a great proposal versus a good or average proposal can make a world of difference to your career and to your business revenue. Here are some key elements for a successful proposal that you will discuss and practice throughout your proposal writing training:

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Topics: Business Proposals