Annual reports

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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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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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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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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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The one thing we do that shocks clients

When a client asks us proofread their annual report, financial statements, PDS, RAP or similar, we’re often told: ‘you won’t find much as we’ve read through the document in-house a few times’. The reality is we make an average of 10 mark-ups a page. In a 100-page document, that’s around 1,000 mark ups. Client are shocked or at least, very surprised. The trouble is, it’s so easy to miss what later seems obvious. In 2011, the Australian Defence Forces came…

The one thing we do that shocks clients was last modified on April 3rd, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your stakeholder or corporate document?

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 stakeholder documents, just after you have published and distributed them – in print or online. Here are a few we’ve discovered in documents from Australia’s leading listed companies:…

You know the feeling when you notice a mitsake in your stakeholder or corporate document? was last modified on June 25th, 2017 by Proof Communications Author
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Annual Reports: How to avoid mistakes

As an annual report proofreader, I see similar mistakes over and over. Yet, typos are rare. In a 150 page document, with about 50 very dense, copy-heavy pages, I usually find only a handful of spelling mistakes. What’s more common is inconsistency in how phrases, titles and financial terms are presented. This is usually due to different writers’ input into the report. Non-financial sections are mostly written by the corporate communications team, and financial statements by the accounting team. As…

Annual Reports: How to avoid mistakes was last modified on September 6th, 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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