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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

How to make your CV stand out – You’re a rockstar. Can they see it?

By |2019-01-03T19:18:19+12:00August 28th, 2017|Rock YourSELF!|

Well, that's not how you want to stand out! Let's talk about your CV.  Résumé. Whatever you call it. It’s the thing you rely on to show a prospective employer that you’re shit hot. It needs to yell, I’M THE ONE FOR YOU!! It’s often your first chance to make an impression. What intrigues [...]

Writing for outcomes part 3 – tools for document structure

By |2019-01-17T08:30:52+12:00April 23rd, 2017|Rockstar Communication|

OK, so you’ve taken care of your up-front framing, and you’ve started to drill down to the clarity you need to write an amazing, fit-for-purpose document that’s gonna help you take over the universe. But now you’ve got to the real guts of it:  what do you actually write??? (Press play for dramatic [...]