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What is the Best Quarter Abbreviation Format? (Q1, First Quarter, IVQ, 1st qtr)

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Feb 13, 2019

As we kick off the first quarter of 2019, many of us are planning work and strategies across the year. Business typically breaks years down by quarters as we plan that work. A client from one of our courses recently asked a good question:

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Topics: Business Writing Style

3 Important Skills You'll Acquire with Proposal Writing Training

by Tom DuPuis on Wed, Jan 9, 2019

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

Since vs. Because [Are They Interchangeable?]

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Nov 12, 2018

According to the APA Style Blog, "since" and "because" have specific meanings and should not be interchanged:

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How Many Spaces Should Be After a Period? (One vs. Two)

by Mary Cullen on Fri, Oct 12, 2018

Image from Cult of Pedagogy

Here is a client question received today, which I often hear in business writing courses:

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

Instructional Solutions Celebrates 20 Years [Here is What We Learned]

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Sep 26, 2018

I’d like to share with you why I founded Instructional Solutions 20 years ago this month and offer three tips about writing, business, and life.

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87 Advanced Business Writing Tips [That Actually Work]

by Mary Cullen on Wed, Sep 19, 2018


I'm excited to share these top 87 business writing tips with you.

They were honed while I studied English Literature and Rhetoric, taught writing at the university level, and worked with thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies to help people write better at work. Many of these tips come directly from our award winning online business writing courses

My hope is these tips help you enjoy writing, better communicate at work, get ahead in your career, and grow your business!

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Topics: Business Writing Skills

How to Write a Business Email (Updated for 2018)

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Jul 23, 2018

Business emails are a pillar of modern communication. On any given day, the average office worker receives over 80 emails.

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17 Proofreading Techniques for Business Communication

by Mary Cullen on Mon, Jun 18, 2018

Proofreading Techniques

Finally. Your document is just about complete. It’s been written, reviewed, compiled, and re-reviewed. With the final edits in place, it’s now ready to be proofread.

Proofreading can seem like a simple task in business communication. However, the attention to detail and intense focus it requires means that proofreading is as challenging as it is important.

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Topics: Proofreading

127 Top Business Jargon Examples [And How to Fix Them]

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

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Topics: improve business writing, Business Writing Etiquette, Effective Business Writing, Business Writing Style, Etiquette

Instructional Solutions Launches Free Writing Tool to Eliminate Jargon

by Mary Cullen on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Writing a story? View the entire press kit here.

Instructional Solutions, a business writing instruction leader, has launched the Jargon Grader to eliminate one of business writing’s biggest problems: jargon.

The free, web-based tool allows business writers to paste in their own text for assessment. The Jargon Grader highlights how many times jargon appears in that text and identifies the words needing clarification.

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