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Seven Ways to Improve Your Interview Results

August 24, 2011


Interviews may be the most nerve-racking type of presentation that business people of all ranks and sectors must endure. Unlike appearing before a large group, if the going gets tough during an interview, we can’t turn to another section of the audience to find a friendlier face.  The close eye contact between questioner and interview […]

How to Cut to the Heart in Your Writing

August 19, 2011


This season’s buzz phrase should be “buzz saw.”  Everyone is cutting back.  Congress is slashing budgets, residents trying to sell their homes are performing price-ectomies, and cities are trying to reduce their size to reflect falling population levels.  To remain in tune with the times, it seems appropriate that we should work on ways to […]

A Guide to Stop Repeatedly Being Redundant Over and Over Again

August 16, 2011


Why is it that the perfect word is never enough for us?  We seem always to want more. I’m constantly encountering constructions like, “Additionally, we also deliver to your home” (if it’s in addition, it’s also—no need to restate that) or “We innovate new products that no one has ever conceived before” (stating the redundancies […]

The Six Elements of Your Writing Style

August 3, 2011


At one time or another, all of us have experienced the instantaneous recognition of a distinctive writing style.  We open a memo—purported to be from our boss—but, two sentences in, we know it was ghost-written by Paul in the communications department, simply from its style.  We hear a song for the first time on a music […]