Get the order right when you write

Putting one word in the wrong place in a sentence can dramatically alter its meaning. This sentence appeared in the warning and safety instructions for a domestic oven. The appliance can only be used by people with reduced physical, sensory or mental capabilities, or lack of experience and knowledge, if they are supervised whilst using Read More

First impressions? Deep communication.

Life IS communications. Especially now, when instant democratic broadcast media is available to anyone with a “device”. Reading this interesting piece in this week’s Marketing Week underlines one effect of this. Snap judgements, made in a microsecond, and crucially, beyond our individual or rational control (that’s another story…) can brutally harm your intended message and Read More

French’s gets its it’s and its muddled

Packaging and labelling are all part of corporate communications. Small grammatical mistakes degrade them.  French’s Yellow Mustard may be yummy but its grammar is poor. The label says “An American family favourite since it’s introduction…” Oh dear.  “It’s” means “it is”; “its” means  “belonging to it”.  Even my spell checker puts a query under “it’s” Read More

Expert help with your writing, when you really need it

We all know what it’s like being trained. Especially if it’s a good course, with an inspiring tutor. You eagerly soak up the top tips and new ideas, and resolve to apply new lessons back at your desk. Then time passes, and while you are making every effort to control bad habits, and learn new, Read More