No Problem . . . and Other Negative Expressions to Avoid

"It is so easy to fall into the habit of using negative expressions, or to say what you aren’t going to do. The problem is people would rather hear positives, and even remember them better. Using positive expressions helps you to be seen as a team player, a problem-solver, a go-to person. So let’s try turning these expressions into something more positive," says Gail Zack Anderson (photo, left).

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Writing for the 21st-Century Reader

"Short, concise messages should no longer be limited to your social media platforms. In an interview with Natasha Nicholson, Jeff Herrington [photo, left] — editor, writer and consultant for Jeff Herrington Communications — tells us that it’s time business communication adapted to the reading habits of 21st-century readers," writes Caroline Cornell.

"From shorter attention spans to vertical mobile devices, Herrington shares why current changes in reading consumption habits can be viewed as revolutionary. Is your writing reaching today’s reader, or is it stuck in the past?"

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Be Nice and Make Less Work for Your Reader

The other day at my health club I asked an employee what time the bank parking lot was available for club members’ use. I knew I could use the bank lot when the bank closed, but I wasn’t sure what…

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20 Words That You’re Probably Using Incorrectly

While definitions have been known to shift based on the way a word is commonly used, some popular uses are just plain wrong.

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18 Disruptive Technology Trends for 2018

"Over the coming year, what will be the most important developments in disruptive technology?"

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Amount ≠ Quantity: A Cautionary Tale

The other day my fitness coach went online to pay a $250 deposit on her daughter’s high school trip. She found the website and the correct trip, clicked the link to pay $250, and then faced a cell marked Amount….

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How to Make Your Writing Flow

Do people tell you that your writing is choppy or difficult to follow? Do they say it doesn’t flow? Or maybe you’ve noticed that your team’s writing doesn’t flow. Good flow in writing is method, not magic. When writing doesn’t…

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27 Fascinating Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Differently Across the U.S.

A survey of more than 30,000 people, turned into a series of maps, showcase the linguistic quirks that make American English such a fascinating dialect.

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What Does “Redoubtable” Mean?

The other day I was reading a movie review, and a character in the film was described twice as redoubtable. Before you read on, answer this question: What does redoubtable mean? Need some help? So did I. I had no…

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Know What Goes in a Report

Imagine this scenario: You got approval and budget to attend a four-day work-related conference. You’re back now, and your boss says, in passing, “I’d like a report on the conference. Can you get it to me by tomorrow at 2?…

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