Do you know these parts of speech? You could be on Jeopardy

A bit of trivia fun for the language geeks today courtesy of Jeopardy (the Dec. 7, 2017 episode). What parts of speech are highlighted in the following answers? $200 I once started a huge bar fight in Pacoima and broke a guy’s ulna: Pacoima $400 She got an honorary degree in anthropology at Stanford: an … More Do you know these parts of speech? You could be on Jeopardy

There’s still time

December has arrived. How are you doing on everything you wanted to accomplish this year? Year-end is crunch time. Squeezing in those last minute projects and wrapping up work, often while enjoying a bit of festive cheer. Amongst all of the busy-ness, it’s important to take time to reflect and celebrate what you’ve accomplished this … More There’s still time

Five conclusion techniques to tie your writing together

The conclusion of a piece of writing determines what will stay with your reader. It should be both logical and memorable. For businesses, the conclusion is your final chance to communicate your “call to action”–what it is you want the reader to do. This is no place to throw in a new point or bring … More Five conclusion techniques to tie your writing together

Four introductory techniques to capture readers’ attention

The introduction to any piece of writing is crucial to its success. Your readers have lots of information competing for their attention. They’re also most likely looking at your message on a phone, where they can see just a small snippet of what you’re trying to communicate. A good introduction secures the reader’s attention. It … More Four introductory techniques to capture readers’ attention

Simple prioritization exercise to start your week right

Yesterday I sat down to start my week, and I was excited. I had a fairly open calendar–lots of time to move projects forward, follow up with clients, send out new pitches. The possibilities were endless. However, along with excitement, there was a slight feeling of panic. When the possibilities are endless, where do I … More Simple prioritization exercise to start your week right

Hallowe’en story ideas to promote your business

We are one week away from Hallowe’en. Occasions like Hallowe’en can be helpful when it comes to building awareness of your company. Reporters and bloggers are all looking for stories. They have websites, social media feeds, papers, magazines and hours of TV to fill. Especially when it comes to holidays, reporters welcome quirky, timely topics. … More Hallowe’en story ideas to promote your business

What type are you?

I’ve lost count of how many personality assessments I’ve gone through over my working life. They seem to be a fixture of professional development. No matter how many times I do them, though, I always find them an interesting exercise in self-reflection and a helpful tool to understand how to better work with others. The … More What type are you?