New to Remote Work? How to Best Communicate with Your Team

by Samantha Taylor on Mon, Mar 23, 2020

Remote work is rising in popularity, but it has suddenly become the global default due to COVID-19. Many workers in the United States and around the world are finding themselves working remotely for the first time. Working from home has many benefits (including stopping a pandemic!), with 77% of remote workers stating that they’re more productive. Distributed teams come with a different set of working conditions and one very big, very important challenge: communication.

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Topics: Business Writing Resources

Affect vs. Effect [What is the Difference?]

by Mary Cullen on Sat, Mar 14, 2020

If you’ve confused affect and effect before, you’re not alone. This word pair is one of the most common errors in business writing. Through this article, you will understand when which word is appropriate, learn a simple trick to remember the difference, and be able to navigate their proper use and exceptions.

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Topics: Business Grammar, Business Proofreading

7 Subject Lines for Thank You Notes (After Interviews or Meetings)

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Writing a compelling subject line for a thank you email after an interview is an opportunity for you to shine, if it’s well written. It is is your opportunity to frame the unique value you bring to the company where you want to work.

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Topics: Business Email Writing

How to Write a Performance Appraisal or Review

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Jan 22, 2020

January is often the month that performance metrics are determined for the year. There are two sides to writing a performance evaluation:

  1. Presenting your information for evaluation - the work of the employee
  2. Evaluating performance - the work of the manager
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Topics: Business Writing Resources

Should You Put A Question in the Subject Line of an Email?

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Thu, Jan 16, 2020

We recently received this comment from a course participant:

“I have noticed a new trend of people using only the subject line to communicate a question and maybe I am old school, but I am not a fan.”

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Topics: Business Grammar, Business Email Writing

Ellipses: How to Use and Format Them and Common Errors to Avoid

by Katie Almeida Spencer on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

An ellipsis (ellipses is the plural) is the … you see all over social media. It has its place for sure, but it’s also wildly overused and, quite frankly, abused.

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Topics: Business Grammar

10 Most Searched For Words in the Thesaurus

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Oct 14, 2019

Here is a list of the top searched words in a thesaurus in the United States. Each item has the average number of searches a month and a few of the top synonyms for each.

Aim for precision in your business writing. A more specific version of an overused word often clarifies meaning and tone.

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Topics: Business Writing Style

12 Best Business Writing Books [Updated 2019]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Aug 13, 2019

Because every business person needs to write well at work, there are hundreds of books specifically about business writing. I have a bookshelf and Kindle full of them because I read everything I can on this subject.

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Topics: Business Writing Resources

9 Tools to Help You Create a Proposal [Free & Paid]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jul 2, 2019

Looking for help with your next proposal?

Preparing a proposal is an important but often daunting task. From preparation, to design, to review, there are many stages to achieve a winning bid.

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10 Best Proposal Examples [With Critical Critiques]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jun 4, 2019

Earning more business starts most often with an effective proposal. Preparing a winning proposal means writing for the client and providing a clear, valuable solution to their problem.

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Topics: Business Proposals