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A Sample of Amateur Writing

Daily Writing Tips

One paragraph like this every hundred pages might not trouble a reader, but this sample is typical of the book. At a recent writers’ conference I heard a successful self-published author say, “Readers are not looking for great writing; they’re looking for a great story.”.

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Sample Voice Mail Templates

Ian's Messy Desk

Communication best voice bracket communication computing customized dozen e-mail email mailbox half internet lefts mail template sample sample voices templates temples tips voice mail voicemailVoice mail is one of the most frustrating aspects of telephone communication; just below navigating automated phone menus. If voice mail is used properly, it can be a highly effective tool. The trick is to ensure your messages clearly communicate all the information need, but no more.

Sample Out of Office Message

Ian's Messy Desk

Sample voice-mail templates – Some voice-mail examples you can tailor for your own use. Some out-of-office messages for your e-mail – Some samples you could use, if your employer has a sense of humour or you are looking to become unemployed. Communication computing day E-mail finally internet lefts look green Mail Message office communication offices out of office message sample Tips Voicemail warmer weatherand some tips for leaving out-of-office messages.

Top Three Writing Errors of 2014

Business Writing

In my work as a business writing teacher, I read samples of writing from managers and employees at all levels around the country and the globe. In 2014 I repeatedly saw three errors. Two of them are punctuation mistakes; one. Frequently Asked Questions Grammar and Usage Punctuation Pointers

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How to keep your business plan fresh

Ian's Messy Desk

If you want lenders or investors to take your business plan seriously, make sure the format is appropriate for your audience and look into different templates and sample business plans. (NC)—If your business plan has been collecting dust since you launched, it’s likely time to refresh.

In Praise of Precise, Simple Words

Business Writing

Lately I have been noticing a lot of unnecessarily complex words in the samples I read for business writing classes. Here is a sampling of 10 words I have seen, along with simpler words that match each writer''s meaning: mitigate. Gems of Language Teaching Business Writing

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Why Surveys Show Wide Differences in Small Business Social Media Use

Small Business Labs

 The answer lies in methodology and sampling techniques.     The Citibank survey was done using a random sample and by phone.  A   A random sample draws their respondents to reflect the overall population being studied.   In   The results from the Citibank survey are also consistent with other random sample surveys on social media usage by small business. 

7 Types of Punctuation Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Specifically her portfolio did not include the required number of samples. An adverbial introduction must be set off from the main clause by a comma: “Specifically, her portfolio did not include the required number of samples.”.

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Coming Down the. Pike or Pipe?

Business Writing

The other day I was reading a writing sample for the class Meeting Notes Made Easy, when I found a sentence like this one: We are waiting to see what comes down the pipe. The sentence implies that you are. Gems of Language Grammar and Usage

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2012 16

5 Things to Never Say in a First Job Interview

On The Job

They know you''re trying to butter them up, but it''s better to focus on making sure they have a copy of your resume or samples of your work. Blogs, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter provide forums to share our thoughts on a daily basis.

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20 questions to ask before you book a venue

Practically Perfect PA

Can we sample the menu prior to the event? It goes without saying that the venue is a crucial part of any event that you organise, there are a lot of factors that need to be considered before you book the venue. Let’s assume that all of the groundwork has been completed.

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Creativity In Your Career Portfolio

Office Dynamics

One assistant took such beautiful pictures that her executive decided to use her photographs as their company holiday cards – she included the samples of her work in the portfolio. We have set up a Career Portfolio Photo Album in our photo gallery with pictures of administrative professionals showcasing their portfolio as well as pictures of examples of what these administrative professionals are putting in their own portfolios.

3 Of The Best European Football Grounds

Dumb Little Man

With the European football season well and truly in full swing, travel experts Expedia have created a guide to almost every football ground in Europe, helping fans heading overseas to sample the sights and sounds of continental football.

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"Got Questions?": How to Invite Inquiries Concisely

Business Writing

Sample situation: Sometimes the close of an email, letter, Courteous Writing Email Etiquette I have been fighting the conciseness battle alongside people in my business writing courses. They want to know how to make their writing clear, concise, and friendly--all at the same time.

How to Crowd-design your Way to Entrepreneurial Success

Small Business CEO

In fact, after using an online design marketplace for the first time, you’ll soon realize that the traditional method of requesting samples (which can easily be copy/pasted – ie.,

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Grammar-Checking Software Is Soft on Grammar Errors

Daily Writing Tips

Here are my brief reports about the software I sampled. Worse, there were several real grammatical and syntactical errors in the site’s introductory text (which I used as a test sample for this and the other sites); the grammar-checking tool found none of them.

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Uber Didn't Create the Gig Economy; The Gig Economy Created Uber

Small Business Labs

Financial Diaries project, Jonathan Morduch and I found that, on average, households in our sample experienced more than 5 months a year in which their income was 25 percent more or 25 percent less than the average.

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Invest in Interpersonal Skills Development is Important but Few Plan to Invest in Them

Office Dynamics

It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 2,100 CFOs from a stratified random sample of companies in more than 20 of the largest U.S. Survey: Few CFOs Plan to Invest in Interpersonal Skills Development for Their Teams. MENLO PARK, Calif.,

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The Home-Office Deduction: IRS Offers New, Simplified Option

The Solopreneur Life

I ’ve never taken the home-office deduction, because it’s so difficult to calculate. I might have to reconsider. The Internal Revenue Service has announced a simplified, alternative method for determing the amount of expenses you can deduct for a qualified business use of a home.

To Assure You About "Assure"

Business Writing

In the past week I have read writing samples from two high-level managers in two different industries, both with the same mistake. They both used the word assure incorrectly. So even though I have covered ensure-assure-insure before, it must be. Grammar and Usage

Survey Says Moms Want to Work Part-Time

Small Business Labs

One important point is the survey is not based on a statistical sample of U.S. Interesting results from a survey from the media company Hulafrog show that most Moms want to work part-time.  The survey results are summarized in the infographic below.

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2013 18

Five Terms Related to Submitting a Manuscript

Daily Writing Tips

When the editor asks to see a manuscript or sample pages, the writer includes a cover letter with the submission: a brief letter to accompany the manuscript or sample.

Survey: 51% of Solopreneurs Made Less Than $20,000 in 2010

The Solopreneur Life

Or is the sample size too small for it to mean anything? B elow are the results from two questions in The Soloprenur Life 2010 End-of-Year Survey. The first question is “How old is your business?&#

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Note Takers, Don't Work So Hard!

Business Writing

When I reviewed their sample meeting notes, I found huge amounts. The other day I taught the online class Meeting Notes Made Easy. No wonder most of the people had enrolled in the class: They were working way too hard. How to Write _ Writing Tips

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Premiere or Premier?

Business Writing

Today I was reviewing writing samples for a business writing seminar when I read the phrase "one of the country's premiere spa resorts." Premiere? I liked the sound and sense of the word to describe a spa resort, but I. Gems of Language

2011 9

3 Types of Headings

Daily Writing Tips

A topic heading consists of a single word or a short (or not-so-short) phrase that serves as a label identifying the topic of the content that follows: Sample topic headings include “Widgets,” “Benefits of Widgets,” and “How to Use Widgets to Make Your Job Easier.”

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Lights off as Avery launches green office week 2014

Practically Perfect PA

Employees can visit the Green Office Week 2014 website and register to receive free daily downloadable content reflecting each daily theme and sign-up to receive a sample pack containing a range of recycled and FSC accredited products to try out at work.

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Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire

Practically Perfect PA

As well as staying the night at Gleneagles we sampled the food and wine. We sampled three of the cheaper wines as recommended by our wonderfully theatrical sommelier and all were great.

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Cameron House, Loch Lomond

Practically Perfect PA

After some time (as much as we could manage) in the Spa experience and a coffee in the Claret Jug restaurant it was back to Cameron House to sample their simply stunning Boathouse restaurant. Venues and hotels often fail when they try to be all things to all people.

The Productivityist Podcast: The Inner Game of Productivity with Alan Brown


Alan’s low-bandwidth but high-impact sampling of brain hacks that will help you maximize your productivity (25:31). My guest this week is Alan Brown – a productivity coach, best-selling author of the book Zen and the Art of Productivity , and the host of Crusher TV. Alan helps people get more things done in less time and with less stress through smart productivity and brain hacks.

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Study: Gig Economy Growing Fast, Creating Mostly Part-Time Jobs

Small Business Labs

JP Morgan Chase Research Institute's study Paychecks, Paydays, and the Online Platform Economy  uses a random sample of 1 million bank accounts to analyze workers participation in the on-demand economy.

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4 Good Reasons For Marketing With Facebook

Dumb Little Man

Interact with your clients on the comments section or respond to private inquiries through Messenger, and let them sample the warm and accommodating service that your business offers. Have you ever thought of marketing with Facebook ?

Simple Tool for Organizing All of Your Travel Information

Productive & Organized

  Over the years, I have sampled a number of different systems.    Smead sent me a couple of samples of their Travel Organizer a few weeks ago and I have been using them so I could give you the scoop. 

OPEN NOW! 7th Annual Done4You Giveaway

Office Organization Success

Here’s just a SAMPLING of the AMAZING products and services being given away (50+ gifts!): It’s that time again… it’s the most anticipated event of the year. For the 7th year in a row, the Done4You Giveaway of the Century is here with DONE-FOR-YOU business services and products — all FREE. No hype. No gimmick. All legitimate. All at no cost to you. And it’s open NOW! Click here to get your gifts now!

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Beginning A Business Letter with First Person Singular

Daily Writing Tips

A University of Washington letter-writing guide offers five sample application letters. A reader wonders about beginning a letter with the first person pronoun: I was taught never to begin a letter (business or personal) with the word “I.”

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2015 30

Communication Productivity Tip: Don't Make People Search for You.

Productive & Organized

  This is the back of my card as a sample of what I mean: Creating Your Online Business Card An online business card is one site that lists all of your connection points online.  The QR Code is the black and white funky looking square in the lower right of the sample picture below.)

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Main Verbs and Simple Sentences

Daily Writing Tips

In the sample sentence, dropping introduces a participial phrase: dropping them back in the boxes. In our sample sentence, Harry is the subject; bent down and picked up is a compound verb that says something about Harry. Many grammatical concepts that U.S.

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Is My Cat Going To Drive Me Crazy?

Dumb Little Man

The newer study by Solmi’s group used a much larger sample size (nearly 5,000 individuals) than previous studies, and accounted for several confounding variables that could have been misconstrued as a link between cat ownership and neurological disorders. Studies have previously suggested a link between cat ownership and the development of neurological diseases such as schizophrenia.

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When “So” Becomes Annoying

Daily Writing Tips

Interview subject : So, I study samples of creek water to track pollution. The tiny English word so has numerous uses. Merriam-Webster gives it separate entries as adverb, conjunction, adjective, and pronoun.

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How to Hustle Your Way To Freelance Success

Men With Pens

No problem: Spend time preparing sample works for your portfolio and show them off through social media. Don’t have good samples? Every freelancer I’ve ever met started at the bottom of the barrel. I did. So did James. I’m willing to bet you started at the bottom too.

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