Reading an e-newsletter a minute ago, I came across an error I see often. Can you find it in the sentence below?The New Hampshire-based organization surveyed 117 senior executives and mangers around the globe for the survey, whose results were distributed April 26.Yes. It's those mangers again. And we...
People have recently shared some cautionary tales about using Bccs in email. But first, a definition: Bcc stands for "blind courtesy copy." It used to stand for "blind carbon copy." Although carbon paper is rarely used these days to make copies of letters and memos, the second c in Bcc...
In a Writing Tune-Up seminar yesterday, a participant named Carl shared some good advice on creating PowerPoint presentations. We were talking about the wisdom of communicating recommendations and conclusions near the beginning of email--not the end--so that people read them. That is when Carl pointed out that the same...
Everyone I know is getting hit hard by spam. If you are a small business person without an IT department to help you deflect spam, here is a tip that may help you--if you use Microsoft Outlook. If you use Outlook and you are unsure whether an email is spam,...
Julie, a marketing and communications manager from Atlanta, Georgia, asked me about the formatting I used for commands, menus, and other items in my post Make Microsoft Find Passives. Many of us use technical terms in our writing--especially procedure writing--and I'm glad to provide tips. Tip 1: If you write...
Does your Microsoft Office grammar and spelling checker ever flag passive verbs in your writing? If not, do not assume your writing is free of passive verbs. Instead, assume that you do not have your grammar and spelling checker set to flag them. To test your setup, type the sentence...
A couple of weeks ago I noticed that email I was expecting was not arriving. I was waiting to receive email replies from a couple of specific clients, but, oddly, they did not appear. To add to the mystery, my husband Michael, who works at the next desk, was...
I just received an excellent tip on how to avoid accidentally sending an email reply in Outlook. The tip is thanks to Darek, who attended Better Business Writing last week. Here is the tip: When you are writing an email reply, type some gibberish (nonsensical information) in the CC...
Yesterday I discovered another mistake I had made, and I decided to turn it into a piece of advice for you. Isn't that what life is all about--turning our mistakes into something positive? Here is the situation: Last week I completed a proposal for a potential new client for classes...
My company is Syntax Trianing--I mean Syntax Training. I teach business wirting--that is, business writing. The errors I have just made--Trianing and wirting-- are ones I often make as I type. To avoid making errors, I use the Autocorrect tool in Microsoft Office. Whenever I type Trianing or wirting,...