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mistakes

You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your stakeholder or corporate document?

Aooccdrnig to rscheearch at Cmabrigde uinervtisy, it deosn’t mttaer waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteres are in the rghit pclae. While spelling and grammar brainteasers can be fun to work out, there’s no joy in finding mistakes in your stakeholder documents, just after you have published and distributed them – in print or online. Here are a few we’ve discovered in documents from Australia’s leading listed companies:…

You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your stakeholder or corporate document? was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Words not to use

Words to avoid in your B2B writing

Here are some suggestions for words to avoid in in your B2B writing. Personal judgement words. It’s common to see a business describe itself as the’ best’ or as the ‘leading’ in its field. Unless, you have independent evidence to prove your business really is the best, avoid judgement words. For example, it’s just not credible to say: “We are the leading law firm…” It is better to say: “Five of Australia’s top 10 listed businesses choose our legal advice.”…

Words to avoid in your B2B writing was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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blog ideas

How to generate more Ideas for your business blog

That business blog you started recently is no doubt coming on a treat. However, even the most ardent blogger can find it challenging at times to come up with new topics. Check out these great ideas for some inspiration. Has your company just won an award? Why did you enter and how will winning help your customers? What’s a typical problem that your target customer has? Outline your best solution. What other industry blogs do you read regularly? Share your…

How to generate more Ideas for your business blog was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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speak less do more

Why talking less will give you more time

Almost all of us could benefit from having a few extra hours in our working week to get through all the things we need to do.  Working at full capacity, as most of us already are, means this is unlikely to happen.  But what if we could free up time we were already spending in such a way that it didn’t cause other aspects of our business day to suffer? Andy Bounds, renowned communications expert and former UK Sales Trainer…

Why talking less will give you more time was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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write words

How to get those fiddly words right (or should it be ‘write’)

While speed of communication is of paramount importance these days, sacrificing accuracy for speed is a no go, particularly if it leads to your business communication making a poor impression. Here’s the latest in our series of understanding commonly misused words to get off on the right foot. Affect/effect These two words sound so similar it’s easy to getting them confused. “Affect” is a verb and means to influence something. “Effect” is most commonly used as a noun, so it…

How to get those fiddly words right (or should it be ‘write’) was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Compliance

How to give your government tender a fighting chance

Q: What’s the number one reason why, every year, more than 60% of tenders submitted to all levels of Australian government fail to make it through the first round?   A: Non conformance with specific tender requirements.   It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Just do what’s asked of you and your bid will get through. However, when you’re dealing with the government, it’s all about responding in exactly the right manner. Not reasonably close to, not somewhere in the…

How to give your government tender a fighting chance was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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artlivemedia 1st place

Telstra Business Women’s Award: winning tips from a Telstra Business Award winner

The announcement of Artlivemedia as winners of the prestigious 2016 Telstra New Business Award (Victoria) is glowing testament to this dynamic digital agency’s runaway success after a mere 18 months in operation. Founder and CEO Michelle Bourke believes that recognising when you need to bring in the professionals was a major contributing factor in creating a winning award entry. “When you’re writing about your own company, it can be difficult to gain perspective. I had the internal knowledge, but to…

Telstra Business Women’s Award: winning tips from a Telstra Business Award winner was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Trophy in hand

Winning Business Awards

Winning business awards has so many upsides: They raise your personal profile and the profile of your business; clients or customers like it as they are associated with you; it’s great for the morale of your staff; and it attracts new employees and potential investment. It’s great for your corporate CV. If you ask anyone who’s entered an award, even if they didn’t win, they will tell you how much they benefited from the process. Entering awards forces you to…

Winning Business Awards was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Winning government tenders

Prepare for Victory: Winning Government Tenders

There are two areas in which SMEs tend to fall down when it comes to tendering for a government contract. The good news is, they’re readily fixable. Capability statement These are increasingly being asked for as one of the standard requirements for government projects at all levels. This valuable document needs to encapsulate five key areas about your business. Core competencies – Short statements relating your company’s key skills to the specific needs of the government tender. This is not the place to…

Prepare for Victory: Winning Government Tenders was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Comma

Could a comma cost you $10M?

If you think that “never underestimate the importance of a comma” sounds like an exercise in uber-pedantry, then just ask the US dairy company now facing an overtime bill of approximately $10M about their recent experience. And it’s all because of one of those innocuous-looking little black squiggles known as the Oxford comma. Rarely used in the UK or Australia, but widely used in the US, an Oxford comma is used after the penultimate item in a list of three…

Could a comma cost you $10M? was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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