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Sentence Starters

Words to start sentences

Business writing can be hard enough but finding ways to make it ‘flow’ can make it seem even harder. How can you make your writing seem more like a conversation and less like a lecture? One easy way is to master the use of ‘sentence starters’ or ‘transition’ words and phrases. Here are some to get you into the swing of it all. (Just make sure to put a comma after the transition word and the subject of the sentence…

Words to start sentences was last modified on June 2nd, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Friday Funny

Correct spelling is essential, mix up the letters of one word and the whole meaning is altered. For help with copywriting, proofreading or editing any of your business documents, contact Proof Communications on 02 8036 5532 or 0411 123 216 or head to the contact page. Friday Funny was last modified on May 29th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team

Friday Funny was last modified on May 29th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Clear business writing: getting the upper hand on upper case

Writers who feel compelled to use Capital Letters for no Apparent Reason make Everything seem Important or Formal, creating confusion for readers. Avoid incensing your audience by following these simple rules. Proper Nouns Proper nouns, which could refer to a place, person, event, or thing, are always capitalised in English. To name but a few, proper nouns include people’s names, names of businesses or organisations, place names, nationalities, cities and rivers, and months of the year. Interestingly, the four seasons…

Clear business writing: getting the upper hand on upper case was last modified on May 26th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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No dog balls – why using a professional business writer is better for your business

When you come across a park sign that says, ‘No dog balls, bicycles, skateboards allowed in the park’ you get a pretty clear picture of why punctuation is so important. Not only does it mean less embarrassment for our four-legged friends, punctuation gives rhythm and reason to your writing so that readers can relax and get into the whole point of whatever it is you’re writing about. But clear punctuation is only one part of the equation when it comes…

No dog balls – why using a professional business writer is better for your business was last modified on May 22nd, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Top tips for a polished tender

There are so many questions to consider when creating a winning tender bid. Have we defined our unique selling proposition? Have we answered all the criteria? Is our pricing competitive? Why is this all so difficult? In the midst of all that angst, it can be easy to forget that even small things can make a big difference to the overall look and quality of your submission. Formatting Yep, formatting. It’s amazing the number of ‘final’ versions we review whose…

Top tips for a polished tender was last modified on May 19th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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This week’s Friday Funny

Correct spelling is essential, one letter out of place can change the meaning of any writing dramatically. For help with copywriting, proofreading or editing any of your business documents, contact Proof Communications on 02 8036 5532 or 0411 123 216 or head to the contact page.   This week’s Friday Funny was last modified on May 18th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team

This week’s Friday Funny was last modified on May 18th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Anagrams

Never was a truer word spoken

One of the greatest wordsmiths in living memory, T.S. Eliot once said, ‘My name is only an anagram of toilets’. Typical self-effacing humour from such a brilliant writer, and testament to the power of anagrams to amuse, confuse and be just downright clever – as the following list so wonderfully demonstrates. For help with copywriting, proofreading or editing any of your business documents, contact Proof Communications on 02 8036 5532 or 0411 123 216 or head to the contact page.   Never was…

Never was a truer word spoken was last modified on May 13th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Comma chameleon – How commas can change the shape of a sentence

Did you know that Australian author Peter Carey won the 2001 Booker Prize for True History of the Kelly Gang – a work that contained not a single comma? Amazing, huh? Of course, one might wonder why he bothered, but still. And, whilst you may not be writing anything within coo-ee of such a magnum opus yourself, it’s still a good idea to know how useful those little black squiggles can be in getting your business messages across more clearly.…

Comma chameleon – How commas can change the shape of a sentence was last modified on May 7th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Why winning an award is a win-win situation

Despite mountains of evidence, some business owners still remain unconvinced of the benefits of winning a business award. So, listen up: here’s what will happen. You immediately look way better than your competitors You won, they didn’t. End of. Customer trust increases Winning a business award increases customer confidence in your brand. Brace yourself for recognition Lots of it. You’ll be perceived as an expert within your peer group and an industry leader. Others will seek your opinion. Your staff…

Why winning an award is a win-win situation was last modified on May 5th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Why it’s important to be selective when deciding to tender

OK, so you’ve cottoned onto the fact that there is money to be made by winning tenders. Your business is going pretty well; you’re ready to take things to the next level. Here are some aspects of getting onto the tender merry-go-round that you need to consider before you get started writing tenders. You cannot ‘dip your toe in’ Commit to tackling the request for tender fully or don’t do it at all. Taking a half-hearted approach will come through…

Why it’s important to be selective when deciding to tender was last modified on May 1st, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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