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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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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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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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How to avoid this simple mistake in your content writing

Copywriting experts may instruct us to ‘write as you speak’, but there are times when it’s better not to. You’ll often hear people say phrases such as: My own house… Let’s connect them together… It’s a true fact… It possibly might… 2am in the morning… We first conceived of the idea… There are 5 different cafes near here … We received a free gift… Exciting new innovation… If you were to write these phrases, a good editor or a good…

How to avoid this simple mistake in your content writing was last modified on May 10th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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What the f, f, f, f – why we can’t see what we’re reading

Give yourself five seconds to read the following line: Fifty florins for a flagon of fluff How many Fs did you count? Six? Seven? There are nine. It’s so easy to miss the obvious when you’re reading a document you’ve written or been involved in writing because your brain knows what’s coming next, so it jumps ahead. We all excel at jumping to conclusions and by drawing on our language experience, we make assumptions about which word is coming next.…

What the f, f, f, f – why we can’t see what we’re reading was last modified on May 3rd, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Are you guilty of this simple mistake in your content writing?

Copywriting experts may instruct us to ‘write as you speak’, but there are times when it’s better not to. You’ll often hear people say phrases such as: My own house… Let’s connect them together… It’s a true fact… It possibly might… 2am in the morning… We first conceived of the idea… There are 5 different cafes near here … We received a free gift… Exciting new innovation… If you were to write these phrases, a good editor or a good…

Are you guilty of this simple mistake in your content writing? was last modified on April 16th, 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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How to write compelling business copy for your website 

A website sporting well-written business copy will immediately lift your brand above the competition. Your ‘voice’ will be heard because readers respond positively to unambiguous writing that has a compelling message. Here are six ways to ensure it comes across loud and clear. Decide upon your main message What exactly is it that you’re offering? Really think about that. What’s the most important thing you want your website visitors to know? Whether the main benefit of your product or service…

How to write compelling business copy for your website  was last modified on June 5th, 2019 by Proof Communications Author
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Winning business awards – improve your chances with a great submission  

If you’re considering entering a business award, take note of these important tips to radically improve your chances of winning. Play by the rules Truly, there’s no point entering if you believe that instructions such as, ‘In no more than 500 words…’ or ‘Show evidence using sales growth figures’ don’t apply to you. They do. And if you don’t comply, your award submission will end up in what’s euphemistically referred to as the ‘circular file’. Award entry rules are there…

Winning business awards – improve your chances with a great submission   was last modified on November 7th, 2018 by Proof Communications Author
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