Category Archives: Content & Business Writing

Block Style in Microsoft Word

In business writing, block style is the preferred format for all documents including letters, memos, reports, articles, and more. Unfortunately, though, the default settings in Microsoft Word for “normal” are NOT correct for block style. Many folks don’t realize this and fail to make the necessary adjustments. While some readers may not even notice the […]
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Get Rid of “That”

  We all know what the word “that” means, right? It identifies a specific person or thing. It’s an essential word in the English language, but it’s also a word that gets grossly overused. In my college writing class, we were given 30 minutes to write on a defined topic. At the end of the […]
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Why Proofreading Matters

As an avid writer and self-proclaimed grammar nerd, I’m admittedly critical of others’ writing. Even the smallest errors jump out at me and interrupt my reading, if only for a second. Writing is hard, and English (especially American English) is confusing at best. Add to that the reduction in reading as kids, and our writing […]
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4 Tips to a Better Resume

So you’re applying for jobs, and you pull out the resume you threw together a few years ago. You take a few minutes to add your current job and update your address, and you send it off. It looks good, right? Look again. Components of a strong resume have changed significantly in the last several […]
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6 Tips to Enhance Your LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn is the social network to be on for business purposes. Looking for a job? LinkedIn. Looking to network with professionals in your industry and area? LinkedIn. Looking to hire? LinkedIn. You get the picture. Just like your resume, though, it’s easy for your LinkedIn profile to start to look like everyone else’s. If you want […]
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Basic Sentence Structure

The English language is confusing – to say the least. Sentence structure is tough, and many people struggle to write a complete sentence. In English, we have four main types of sentences: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. The Simple Sentence The simple sentence is just that! It’s a single independent clause (labeled I), which means […]
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Five Tips for Effective, Efficient Writing

In high school, I (like many people) took a creative writing class. The goal was simple – write as much as possible. Don’t worry about proofreading or proper punctuation. Use AS MUCH detail and flowery description as you can. Then I got into business and learned everything about that is WRONG for business writing. The […]
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