How to proofread – quickly and efficiently

By |2019-06-24T13:00:02+12:00June 25th, 2019|This week's #MicDrop|

Read out loud. I’m not talking editing here. Your re-writing stage has to be finished. Proofreading is the final step. It’s the polishing – the cleaning up any rough edges.     Reading out loud Reading out loud is the thing no one wants to do. It’s slower than reading in [...]

How to reduce stress – do you own it?

By |2019-06-25T08:19:03+12:00June 19th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

I once had a friend staying with me, and she was worried about a small decision my daughter made. She later told me how stressful the visit was, because of that one thing. Let me explain a bit more (while still respecting the privacy of both my friend and my daughter). [...]

Getting clarity – how do I write more clearly?

By |2019-06-19T12:48:23+12:00June 12th, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Writing, Rockstar Communication|

In all my trainings, with hundreds of professionals each year, this is the thing people ask for above all else:  How do I write more clearly? The answer is so simple it’s almost embarrassing:  Write the way you speak. Yes, really. Write the way you speak.  In every document.   I [...]

How do I live my best life?

By |2019-06-12T09:31:20+12:00June 6th, 2019|Rock the Good Shit!, Rock YourSELF!|

OK, I hate that title. But it’s all about SEO – did you know if you title your blogs with questions people type into google, your content is more likely to be found? True story. And this post IS about living your best life. I just hate those words because I [...]

What can you roll with?

By |2019-05-22T12:49:43+12:00May 15th, 2019|Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

What are you putting energy into resisting? What might happen if you just roll with it? I’m what you might call ‘highly strung’ (uggh).  Me earlier in life was a basket-case. Control-freak, stressed out, ready to blow up over stupid shit on a regular basis.     I really struggled to [...]

Dear document reviewers

By |2019-05-15T07:14:08+12:00May 8th, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

Dear document reviewers, It’s not about you. It’s about whether the document is fit for purpose (and fit for its readers).     In my estimation, about 70% of all feedback from reviewers of documents in the workplace is not based on correctness or making a document fit for purpose. It’s [...]

How to write a report

By |2019-05-07T12:50:54+12:00May 2nd, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Brand, Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

#SorryNotSorry but there’s no such thing as how to write a report. A  REPORT. Like there is one kind of report and there’s one right way to write one. Meeehhh! Wrong. But thanks for playing.   There are endless kinds of reports status reports research reports analysis reports financial reports (hundreds [...]

What place does empathy have in business writing?

By |2019-05-02T08:52:34+12:00April 24th, 2019|Rock Plain Language, Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

What place does empathy have in business writing? All the places. All. Of. Them. If your writing isn’t empathetic to your readers’ needs, you’ve failed. End of story.     Who are you writing for? YOU?   All those bad, waffly, long-winded, not-fit-for purpose documents you see at work? Those are the [...]

How to write a cover letter

By |2019-06-20T02:03:24+12:00April 2nd, 2019|Rock Your Writing, Rock YourSELF!, Rockstar Communication|

This is a question people ask me often, so here’s my advice. Especially since a couple of weeks ago I told you how to quit *insert cheesy grin here*.   Is it needed? Before you start stressing over the cover letter, you need to find out if one is actually needed. If [...]

How to write a resignation letter

By |2019-03-27T09:26:14+12:00March 19th, 2019|Rock Your Writing, Rockstar Communication|

So you want to quit your job It’s time to move on. You’ve got a better offer. Or you’re ready to tell your boss, F*ck you and the horse you rode in on. Whatever the reason, there’s usually a legal obligation to give written notification and a period of notice. (Check your [...]

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