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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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English grammar

How to proofread tricky words

They say English is the world’s most difficult language to learn. And proofreading certainly has its challenges. The English language may be blessed with many words, but quite a few set out to trip us up. Here are some of the most common words that even the best English writers confuse and which are important to look out for when proofreading. Unique Many businesses like to think of themselves as the most unique in their industry. But ‘unique’ means truly…

How to proofread tricky words was last modified on July 2nd, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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Dictionary

10 common English language mistakes

(Plus one you may think is an error, but isn’t). One of the wonderful features of the English language is its flexibility. We have a staggering range of words to choose from, whatever we are trying to say. And the ease with which we adopt new words and spread these around the world is a true example of globalisation. But writing in the English language is fraught with opportunities for error and confusion. Avoiding mistakes is not just a pastime…

10 common English language mistakes was last modified on June 30th, 2020 by Proof Communications Team
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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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stakeholders

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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copywriting

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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