Instructional Solutions Launches Free Writing Tool to Eliminate Jargon

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Instructional Solutions, a business writing instruction leader, has launched the Jargon Grader to eliminate one of business writing’s biggest problems: jargon.

The free, web-based tool allows business writers to paste in their own text for assessment. The Jargon Grader highlights how many times jargon appears in that text and identifies the words needing clarification.

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Do Graduates, Brides, and Grooms Write Thank-Yous?

It’s the season of graduations and weddings, wonderful opportunities to celebrate graduates’ accomplishments and individuals’ commitments to one another. If you are a recent or soon-to-be bride, groom, or graduate, congratulations! Life is just beginning for you in many ways….

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How You Speak to Coworkers Should Be Different from How You Speak to Friends

"Though business communication may not always be perfectly executed, the "What happened?" method from psychologist Murry Nossel's "Powered By Storytelling" ensures clear and effective business communication."

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Best Toilet Instructions in Costa Rica

I was traveling with my family for six weeks in Guatemala and Costa Rica. In Guatemala, it’s clear that one should not put anything in toilets except what they were made for. But in the more heavily visited Costa Rica,…

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How to Format a Business Proposal (With Examples)

 

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Free Download: A Guide to Building Conversational Presentations

"As presentation design expert Russell Anderson-Williams points out, 'In this busy world of countless communication channels, having the opportunity to interact with people in person should be something we relish, not squander. We should welcome and seek to build in the opportunity for them to interact with us constantly. We should allow them to guide the flow of our presentation based on what their interests are. And we should not be afraid to have ‘conversations’ rather than traditional presentations.'"

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Stop Ending Your Speeches With ‘Any Questions’ and End with This Instead

"If you're planning to wrap up your presentation with a half-hearted call for "any questions?" followed by a "thank you" and a quick exit, then you haven't planned your whole presentation," writes Deborah Grayson Riegel (photo, left) at Inc.com.

"In fact, you're missing out on a critical opportunity to reinforce your key message, offer a final appeal to gate keepers or decision makers, and make yourself and your pitch memorable."

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How to Write the Perfect Headline for Your LinkedIn Profile

According to William Aruda (photo, left), "I spend a lot of time helping people improve their LinkedIn profile and align it with their real-world brand. And I’m often asked for examples of profiles that do the best job of showcasing their creator. Although there are very few profiles where every element is exemplary, I’ve seen many examples of profiles that are truly  transparent, real, compelling and differentiated."

"When someone is checking you out online, the four most important aspects of your LinkedIn profile are: . . ."

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Capitalization Rules for Professional Business Writing

Social media, job titles, and different software or email requirements have all added to a growing confusion regarding capitalization rules. Let’s go through some of the major rules for capitalization.

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English Grammar 101: All You Need to Know

"Understanding the basic grammar rules is essential for communicating efficiently, but most of us have forgotten those concepts years ago," writes Daniel Scocco (photo, left) in a piece at DailyWritingTips.com.

"In order to solve this problem we decided to put together all the basic rules on a single page, so that you can use it as a refresher, or print it out for future reference. Enjoy!"

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