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Tender writing

When should you hire a Tender writer?

As anyone who as ever written a tender will tell you, it ain’t for the commitment-phobic. Putting together a logical, focused submission designed to give your business the best possible chance of winning that all-important contract is going to take a big chunk of your time and a significant amount of effort. For SMEs in particular, finding the resources to bring it all together can be mighty challenging. Fortunately, there’s an answer: invest in the services of a professional tender…

When should you hire a Tender writer? was last modified on August 16th, 2016 by Proof Communications Author
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How to write a Tender

How to Write a Tender

When you think about it, writing a tender is potentially the most important thing you can do for your commercial undertaking. Win that contract, and the resulting new business could change your whole working landscape. But before you rush off to put pen to paper, understand that it’s not just about what you’re going to say in your response – it’s also very much about how you’re going to say it. Check the tender requirements Most tenders have a word…

How to Write a Tender was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Copy Editing Business Documents

Hot tips for copy editing your business documents

Copy editing your business documents is an essential part of the copywriting process. Copy editing is done after you finish your draft and if you think it’s not necessary, remember even the world’s bestselling authors have editors; they know how important it is to get their copy just right. Editing is different from proofreading, which is when you check your spelling, grammar and capitalisation, for example. Editing can be a more complex job than proofreading, but will improve your document…

Hot tips for copy editing your business documents was last modified on August 7th, 2016 by Proof Communications Author
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The Comma Sutra: How to use a comma

There’s nothing like a comma to tie you up in grammatical knots.  Sure, this cute, curvy symbol looks innocent enough, but behind its oh-so-deceptively simple style, this little baby has the power to take your sentence and give it a WHOLE new meaning.  If you don’t think commas are important, try forgetting one when you tell someone “I’m sorry, I love you.” Here are just a few of the ways in which commas come in really useful when you’re writing. Commas separate elements in a series  “Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, and Croatia…

The Comma Sutra: How to use a comma was last modified on July 30th, 2016 by Proof Communications Author
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Annual Report Mistakes

7 ways to avoid annual report writing mistakes

Around the start of a new financial year, the team at Proof Communications is asked to proofread annual reports and it’s always interesting to see how few typos we find. In a typical 150-page annual report, we usually find only a handful of spelling mistakes, even in the 50 pages or so of very dense, copy-heavy financial statements. What’s more usual is inconsistency in how phrases, titles or financial terms are presented. This is down to different writers’ input into…

7 ways to avoid annual report writing mistakes was last modified on July 19th, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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Win tender from big corporate

How an SME can win business from a big corporate (Part 2)

In Part 1, I discussed how large corporates do partner with small to medium business entities and how to start the process as an SME to win their business. But I left you at a critical point… What if you’re invited to tender? Private and listed companies generally issue requests for tender, pitch or proposal to a select few, so scoring an invitation to do so is your first challenge. Usually, those invited may have approached the company before; some…

How an SME can win business from a big corporate (Part 2) was last modified on July 7th, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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Win business from big corporates

How an SME can win business from a big corporate (Part 1)

To have a big four bank or any of the top 10 Australian listed companies as your customer would be considered a big feather in the cap of many a business, large or small. While procurement teams are busy balancing their internal clients’ needs against their employers’ budgets, it might seem like a mammoth task to win business from large and listed companies and government organisations. It might seem especially so for SMEs who often believe that such organisations will…

How an SME can win business from a big corporate (Part 1) was last modified on June 22nd, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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Best tip for business writing

Best ever tip for great business writing

Over the years I’ve been copywriting tenders and proposals and B2B content marketing, I’ve been conscious that when I’m editing I often move the last sentence in a paragraph up to become the first in that paragraph. It always seemed to me that copy made more sense if it were restructured in this way. Yet, in all this time, I never considered why I do this. But when I read an article on LinkedIn a few years back, it explained…

Best ever tip for great business writing was last modified on June 22nd, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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Avoid jargon in writing

Why you should avoid jargon in business writing

Do you ever get frustrated with jargon filled writing? Here’s what Barry Humphries had to say about jargon in The Spectator back in 2012. “Soap is now a cleansing bar, and if you ring your bank and can stand to listen to the endless menus, you might get put onto a customer service specialist. A nurse is a wellness technician, and an in-flight service director used to be a hostie…Teams are everywhere, as is ‘passion’. Car companies manufacture automobiles ‘with…

Why you should avoid jargon in business writing was last modified on May 11th, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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How to illustrate your business writing

How to illustrate your business writing

What good is a children’s storybook without pictures? In a previous article, we talked about how story telling can help your business writing. Now we look at how you can illustrate, or bring colour, to your communications. What would Winnie the Pooh be without the pictures by EH Shepherd? Or Alice in Wonderland without Tenniel’s drawings? These classic children’s book illustrators visually interpreted those stories in a way that has made an indelible mark on how they have been read…

How to illustrate your business writing was last modified on May 4th, 2016 by Proof Communications Editor
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