Tag: writing strategies

Shrink, Shorten and Simplify

June 19th, 2012   •   1 comment   

Courtesy of Putting People First

Shrink that proposal. Shorten that memo. Simplify that presentation.

Do it in four pages (or less). Better yet if you can tell me what decision you need in 30 seconds flat. Starting from now…
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Penning Papers that Persuade

May 24th, 2011   •   no comments   

Courtesy of CGU Writing Centre

Writing papers is not second nature for most of us. It isn’t easy to slave over the words, facts and figures that form an integral part of white collar work, while putting forth a cogent and convincing argument.

Fortunately, there is an art and a science to writing policies, strategic plans, strategies, and other documents geared towards rallying support, budgets and stakeholder buy-in. Here are some tips that I have learnt from my years of experience in wielding the pen as the sword.
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How To Write Like a King

July 29th, 2009   •   1 comment   

One of my lifelong dreams is to write and publish a book. As a purveyor of the written word, I relish opportunities to create a polished piece of prose that can influence others or contribute to the body of knowledge in the world.

This penchant for penmanship led me to read Stephen King’s excellent non-fiction title On Writing. Partially autobiography and partially self-help book for aspiring authors, the book provided lots of useful insights into how King pursued his craft, as well as tips on how one can become an accomplished writer. While the volume is admittedly more useful for writers of fiction than nonfiction, it still provided revelation on the tricks needed to engage and excite using the written word.
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