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Testimonials

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier 

You’ll know that LinkedIn has a section for testimonials in each profile and plenty of websites have pages with case studies and positive feedback. Apart from a customer’s personal experience, the most valued opinion comes from someone they trust. It’s for this reason that word of mouth referrals are so valuable.   The next best thing is a testimonial. It’s a third-party endorsement, most likely from someone you don’t know which makes it credible. It’s like testimonials that appear on book…

Why trustworthy testimonials make marketing easier  was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Write

Everyone can write, right?

Most can write, but most can’t write well! Writing is hard: it’s not only thinking up the ideas, but articulating them, linking them together and crafting them into a neat package. It takes practice – and sometimes many attempts to get right. Here are some of the traps that novice writers often fall into: Choosing difficult words: Overly formal language is usually a turn off for readers. If there is a simpler everyday alternative that you can use, then do…

Everyone can write, right? was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Boring

Take the boring out of business writing

There’s nothing more dull than stiff, formal language, long, complicated sentences, and copy that’s thick with words that add no value. While those who adopt this heavy-duty style think it makes their writing weighty, it has the opposite effect: convoluted language tries to sound impressive but delivers little; it’s almost always vague, light on substance, heavy in obfuscation! It certainly doesn’t impress the reader who is left bewailing “What does this even mean?” And if you’re not writing for the…

Take the boring out of business writing was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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editing

Sometimes you need to murder your darlings

You’ve worked hard to articulate a point, to fine-tune a turn of phrase and now, of course, you’re emotionally attached to it. It’s painful to delete it, but what if it doesn’t serve your writing? What if it distracts from your key points? This is a challenge that all writers face, and one that was first expressed over a hundred years ago by Arthur Quiller-Couch. In his book ‘On the Art of Writing’, first published in 1916, he wrote: “Whenever…

Sometimes you need to murder your darlings was last modified on July 1st, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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$50 note typo

When saving on a proofreader is a false economy

Now that the brouhaha over the RBA’s apparent inability to pick up a typo in an entire batch of newly-minted pineapples – the fruity vernacular for a $50 note – has died down, it’s timely to ask, “Just how could this have happened?” With remarkable ease, apparently. All it takes is an absence of the proofreading process. For the benefit of anyone who’s been holidaying on Mars, the recent currency fiasco which left Australia’s central bank distinctly red-faced occurred when…

When saving on a proofreader is a false economy was last modified on June 27th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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What does a proofreader actually do?

If you’re writing a document that will be read by your board, your management team, investors, other stakeholders, clients or prospective clients, you’ll naturally want the content to be the best it can be. That’s where an experienced proofreader comes in. If there’s a risk that there are typos or other errors in the document, professional proofreading is vital. A proofreader doesn’t suggest major edits or rewrites. A proofreader is there to very carefully read through the content to identify…

What does a proofreader actually do? was last modified on June 13th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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writing style

What’s your writing style?

What’s your writing style? Do you plan it out or make it up as you go along? Some business writers just start writing; they don’t know where they’re going, but trust that they’ll find their way as they write. Sometimes it leads to more creative writing as the mind is free to wander and discover new possibilities. Other times, the writing completely loses its way and becomes unfocused and repetitive. Certainly, most people find magic happens when in the creative…

What’s your writing style? was last modified on June 12th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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How to avoid mistakes in your important business documents

It would be a crying shame if a document you’ve spent countless hours working on is riddled with errors when it’s released online or in print. Consider the recent $50 note fiasco. It’s usually only later, after the document has been read by a few people, that the mistakes become obvious. You probably ask colleagues to proofread your important documents. When we’re asked to proofread annual and business reports, financial statements, PDSs, RAPs, tenders or proposals, clients often tell us:…

How to avoid mistakes in your important business documents was last modified on June 5th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Proofread

Sorry, use this version instead

The oft-used email subject line ‘Sorry, use this version instead’ can have a myriad of stories behind it, but most often it’s to email an updated version of a document that was emailed only a short time ago. The reason? Usually, because many people are involved in contributing to the document’s content, which results in a myriad of changes. Even with version control, it’s extremely easy for a document’s quality to diminish during the writing and editing process. Annual reports,…

Sorry, use this version instead was last modified on May 29th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Annual report mistake

You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your important document – after it’s been released?

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 important stakeholder documents after they’ve been released – in print or online. And it’s so easy to miss what later seems obvious. Just consider the recent $50 note…

You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your important document – after it’s been released? was last modified on May 23rd, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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