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The ‘write’ words

Do you have to write business documents for your organisation? Even the world’s best-selling writers struggle from time to time and rely on revision (and editors) to improve their drafts. They know that it takes time to write a good document, and that they don’t have to be word perfect first time round. Help! I’ve got writer’s block Facing a blank sheet of paper (or screen) is very intimidating. It’s not unusual for experienced writers to suffer from writer’s block,…

The ‘write’ words was last modified on June 25th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Tender Loving Care

Should you respond? Tender or proposal opportunities arise in many ways. But before you rush off and start writing your tender, there are a few things to think about. Read the Request For Tender (RFT) TWICE. Read the RFT straight through from beginning to end. Then read it again, highlighting the key points, especially: • Closing date and time • How the tender is to be submitted: online upload, USB, email, by mail? • Format of the document: using template…

Tender Loving Care was last modified on June 23rd, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Proofreading Stakeholder Documents

You may be surprised to learn that in long, complex business documents, such as annual reports, financial statements, bids and proposals, PDSs and reports, typos are actually rare. In a typical 150 page annual report, for example, we usually find only a handful of spelling mistakes, even in the 70 pages or so of very dense, copy-heavy financial statements. What’s more common, however, is inconsistency in how phrases, titles and financial terms are presented. This is usually due to different…

Proofreading Stakeholder Documents was last modified on June 18th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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What to do with a comma

Those little black squiggles cause endless confusion. To prevent your brain from frying, here’s some help on how to use commas to get your business messages across more clearly. 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. What to do with a comma was last modified on June 16th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team

What to do with a comma was last modified on June 16th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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21 copywriting tips anyone can use

1. Write in a voice you feel comfortable with; don’t create a persona that’s not you. 2. Words such as “hope” and “try” sound wishywashy. Use words like “will” and “can” instead to create a stronger, more confident message. 3. Always, always, always ask someone else to proofread what you’re about to publish for the whole world to see. 4. If words don’t come easily to you, invest in someone to write for you. 5. Tell the customer what they…

21 copywriting tips anyone can use was last modified on June 11th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Business Documents

38 surefire ways to write better business documents

1. Whatever you write online represents your brand, so make sure your company’s social media pages look and sound as professional as your website. 2. Use humour sparingly and wisely. 3. Using contractions such as “you’ll”, “it’s” and “we’ll” reduces formality and puts your copy on a much more personal level. 4. A great headline zeroes in on one big idea; usually your most important benefit. 5. Watch out for overly long sentences. Break them up to make copy more…

38 surefire ways to write better business documents was last modified on June 9th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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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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