Ditch the dinglish from your international content

Scrabble letters

I was asked by an international client to review a website and remove all Dinglish. I thought I had misheard at first, so I investigated what Dinglish could mean. Well, the Oxford English Dictionary had no record of it. I searched online and was equally Continue reading Ditch the dinglish from your international content

How to create the perfect ending

The End

I had just watched a performance of Romeo and Juliet at my local theatre. Romeo had just killed himself and Juliet had followed suit. And there they both lay in a heap on the stage. One problem. It was an Continue reading How to create the perfect ending

Study of 1 million pieces of content turns rules of writing on its head

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Is it possible that the commonly accepted rules of good writing are in fact completely wrong? Authors of a new report have revealed that certain poor writing habits, such as failing to keep copy short, compact and simple, actually improve Continue reading Study of 1 million pieces of content turns rules of writing on its head

How to use style when writing speeches for executives

Speaker with microphones

Executives generally don’t have the time to write their own speeches and if you are a communications professional then at some point you may be asked to write one. It’s not just about sparing your executive the effort however. As Continue reading How to use style when writing speeches for executives

Why losing your copy after your PC crashes is no bad thing

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Your jaw drops, eyes widen and you stare at the blank computer screen in disbelief. You bury your face in your hands. The PC has crashed and the article you just spent all day writing has gone. It’s disappeared for good. And Continue reading Why losing your copy after your PC crashes is no bad thing

Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

Personal revelation

There’s always a danger during the festive period of drinking too much and being just a bit over-familiar with workmates or managers. Alcohol is like a truth serum which can lead to us sharing personal insights with colleagues which we wouldn’t normally think Continue reading Eight tips for using ‘personal-revelation’ in your communications

How a positive outlook helps you create quality blog content

Positive outlook

Developing blog content is not always about process – it’s also about having a positive outlook. I read a blog post recently about how bloggers can prevent their ‘content well from running dry’. The tips were not bad but I Continue reading How a positive outlook helps you create quality blog content

Use visual cues to improve user experience

F-shaped heat maps

Starting your stories with a strong introduction is a key principle drummed into newspaper reporters, with sub-editors also learning the power of headlines, images and page layout. But this isn’t just for print journalists – these same principles are now Continue reading Use visual cues to improve user experience

Writing inspiration from Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear

Inspiration for communication can be found in the strangest of places. I almost bumped into a full-size statue of Paddington Bear in central London last week which had been placed in the middle of the street near the Houses of Continue reading Writing inspiration from Paddington Bear

Creative communication on the high street

Bags

During the pre-Christmas retail frenzy companies think of new and innovative ways of reaching potential customers. And retailers have a wide range of communication tactics to deploy to convince shoppers that their products are the ones you must buy. While Continue reading Creative communication on the high street