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Are you using the right words?

I have to admit I do make judgements about people who spell badly or don't use the right words;  it always makes your writing look slapdash and that implies any work you may do for me will be slapdash too. I hate when people use the wrong word like 'disinterested' when they mean 'uninterested' or they use 'less' when they mean 'fewer'.  I hate management jargon and overly used invented words su...
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Do you put off writing reports?

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I was reminded this evening while working with my CIPD HR Practice students how many people find report writing arduous and scary. The trouble is very few of us are formally taught the skills of writing reports or indeed, assignments. We are however expected to 'know' how to communicate effectively in writing in a business style. For those people who learned English in the seventies and eightie...
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When missing punctuation catches you out!

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I have had an interesting  couple of weeks running,  two workshops one on business Writing and one covering Report Writing. this was to intelligent and articulate students with first degrees.  However it soon became clear how little grammar and punctuation was taught when they were in school. Or how little sunk in. It was surprising how many of my participants admit to still struggling with pun...
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