Category Archives: Writing Skills

3 Habits that Detract from Your Credibility and How to Avoid Them

Most communication skills are not about “right” and “wrong.” The overall impression you make on others is a combination of many factors, and the frequency of certain behaviors. Here are three language habits that undermine your authority. Qualifying Language Sometimes, … Continue reading

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How to Write Like Warren Buffett…Or Not

Warren Buffett’s 2016 Shareholder Letter came out last week. It’s the year’s most awaited business publication and is probably read by more people than the average SEC pronouncement. It’s easy to read and enjoyable. In addition to providing an update … Continue reading

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‘Small Mishap’ Or ‘Huge Problem’ – Emails That Don’t Hit The Panic Button

Like many college juniors, my daughter, Magdalen, decided to travel abroad for a semester. Rather than go somewhere in Europe, where I would have gone, she traded the comfort of Boston College for a four-month stint in Uganda. My wife … Continue reading

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Communicate Clearly and Confidently as a New Hire

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. As a new hire, you will meet numerous individuals. You’ll be judged quickly during those interactions and something as simple as the way you dress can alter someone’s perspective of … Continue reading

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The Power of Imagery in Communications

Best-selling author, Stephen King once said “imagery does not occur on the writer’s page; it occurs in the reader’s mind. “To describe everything is to supply a photograph in words; to indicate the points which seem the most vivid and … Continue reading

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Make Your Emails Count: Follow these 5 Steps Before You Hit Send

You may have heard about the Associated Press photo editor who inadvertently inserted part of her cover letter applying for a position as Buzzfeed’s photo essay editor into an image caption for a photo that she then emailed to AP’s … Continue reading

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Write Effective E-Mails

Sending an effective email can mean the difference between a prompt solution to a problem, or an agonizing wait for a response. When writing an email, focus on the reader and deliver your message clearly and concisely. Consider how your … Continue reading

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Read it Write

Good readers make good writers and August is a prime reading month. As you head off to the beach chair, lakeside dock or the backyard hammock, grab a newspaper, magazine, book or e-reader and settle in. Here are three lessons … Continue reading

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