What will you bring to show-and-tell?

Remember show-and-tell—when you brought a favourite toy to class, showed it off and told everyone why they should like it, too? It was always exciting, and a great way to find out which of your classmates shared similar interests. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something like show-and-tell for grown-ups?

There is: your blog. It’s the perfect platform to show the world what you’ve done and tell us what you can do for us.

 

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Do you need a writing coach?

Probably not.

I mean, let’s be totally honest: most people don’t need a writing coach any more than they need a running coach, cycling coach or swimming coach. (The last time I checked Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, coaching wasn’t explicitly listed, and it certainly didn’t exist in the lower levels, though it might be a good way of achieving the mastery listed in level four.) But that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit from a few sessions with a writing coach, whoever you are and whatever your experience level.More…

Are you speaking to the right people?

You’ve written a great article that’s going to change your field. The usual suspects—a colleague, your best friend, the guy down the street, your grandmother—all read your draft. They loved it, but they still gave you a little constructive feedback. You’ve ignored most of that feedback, making only a few trivial changes. But you’ve dotted all the i’s, crossed all the t’s and added a few superfluous punctuation marks. Your article is now ready for the big wide world, and you’re ready to take that final leap…if you can just figure out one thing first.

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What the hell was that? Job ads and jargon

Have you ever read a job advertisement and thought, what the hell was that?

That was a page of jargon, drafted by a hiring manager or HR team, then buzzed up by a recruitment consultant to sound more like ‘what job hunters expect’. (No wonder it was incomprehensible!) I’ll bet the company was an innovative industry leader offering work-life balance within a positive culture. And I’ll bet you had no idea what the role entailed or whether you were qualified for it.More…

Why is Google Docs the best tool for writing and editing?

Writing can be done with no more than a pen, some paper, and a single idea. Yet the market is saturated with writing tools guaranteed to make you a better writer—if you’re willing to pay. (Personally, I’d rather save my money for working with a professional through the editing phase.)

Unlike other editors, I won’t make you submit your manuscript in Microsoft Word format, because Word costs money. Plenty of free software out there can do exactly the same job and my favourite is Google Docs.More…