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Searching for typos

The typos that got away.

Mention to just about anyone that you’re a proofreader and they’ll be on the edge of their sleep with excitement. That’s because many people regard an ability to ‘pick up missing commas and stuff’ as coma-inducingly dull or certifiable proof of OCD. And whilst it’s true that proofreading, like any occupation, can certainly have its less than thrilling moments, it also provides endless opportunities to spot pure comic gold. Missing letters, incorrect spelling, poor syntax, lack of punctuation and an…

The typos that got away. was last modified on August 6th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Your response to a Request for Tender

What does the Tenderer really want? How to ask questions during the Tender process. Once you’ve read all the Request for Tender (RFT) documents supplied by the client, the chances are that you will have many questions! First, clients want the best possible responses to their RFTs. Sometimes they are open to potential tenderers making enquiries as this helps them to correct any omissions and / or errors in their RFTs, clarify the conditions of tendering or refine the scope of…

Your response to a Request for Tender was last modified on July 30th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Top tips for Winning Business Awards

There are so many benefits of winning an award, including: 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…

Top tips for Winning Business Awards was last modified on July 28th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Feedback

Great quick tip for your website content

In Reality Marketing Revolution by Mike Lieberman and Eric Keiles, there’s a great idea for checking whether your website’s key messages are hitting the right spot. Very simply, take screen shots of your website pages, starting with the home page, or open up the Word version of the website content (the content you finalised before you uploaded it to the website) and: Draw a blue circle around every word “you or your”. Draw a red square around every word “we…

Great quick tip for your website content was last modified on July 23rd, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Quick tips to brighten up your writing

Are you inadvertently boring your readers to death? If your steadily declining readership indicates an unacceptably high body count then you might want to think about zhooshing things up a bit by swapping words and phrases that aren’t doing your writing any favours. Such as… At the end of the day Almost as bad as proclaiming ‘it is what it is’, this phrase can be readily changed for: In conclusion Ultimately Finally Eventually In terms of You can replace this…

Quick tips to brighten up your writing was last modified on July 21st, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Some sentence starters to end your week

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. Some sentence starters to end your week was last modified on July 17th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team

Some sentence starters to end your week was last modified on July 17th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Beware! Typos can lead you astray. (Or why all roads don’t lead to Rome.)

There’s no doubt that seemingly small typos can have a big effect. This month, for example, brought disturbing news of a Philippines journalist sent to gaol after correction of a typo in an article originally published in 2012 saw her convicted of cyberlibel. But typos don’t always have to appear in print to be damaging. There’s plenty of other ways they can cause havoc, too. Take the relatively recent case of Luigi Rimonti, a spry 81-year-old Italian who for many…

Beware! Typos can lead you astray. (Or why all roads don’t lead to Rome.) was last modified on July 16th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Clear Desk

Top 10 tips for writing Tenders and Proposals

If we’re honest, tender writing or proposal writing is something most businesses would prefer to avoid. Writing a tender or a proposal takes a lot of time and effort. That’s why getting help is worthwhile. We’ve written hundreds of tenders and proposals for businesses pitching to public and private companies and government organisations. Despite the hopes of many businesses, especially professional services firms, tendering hasn’t yet gone out of fashion. If you’re challenged by a tender or proposal, here are our Top 10 pointers…

Top 10 tips for writing Tenders and Proposals was last modified on July 14th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Presentation

Preparing for Presentations

Everyone dreads public speaking. It doesn’t come naturally to most of us – it’s a skill we have to learn. Like many things in life, practice makes perfect and the more we do it, the more assured we become. Overcoming fear Public speaking generates fear – usually that we will: • Fail to educate, persuade or motivate, depending on our goal. • Look and/or sound stupid or boring. • Forget what we want to say or a point we want…

Preparing for Presentations was last modified on July 9th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Keep it simple

Filler Instinct

Written business content needs to be free of filler words. Filler words (and phrases, for that matter) are those that you can safely jettison to make your key points sharper and your message easier to digest. But what’s so bad about a filler word? Hear ‘filler word’ and think ‘empty calories’ – they have the same effect. Like something that tastes good for about a nanosecond but which is ultimately unsatisfying (and does nothing for your hips). Filler words use…

Filler Instinct was last modified on July 7th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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