How To Correct People Without Being Pompous

correcting-peopleThere is a time and place to summon the grammar police. If you’re always correcting people on their misuses and misspellings, then you become that guy. And no one likes him.

But there are times when people need to be corrected, both for their own self-improvement and for the sake of the written word. Oftentimes, however, we’re in a delicate situation where calling someone out does more harm than good — a boss, teacher or other superior, for example.

So, how do you pay your dues to the grammar police while remaining diplomatic towards the incorrect? Here are a few tips on how to kindly and elegantly correct people: (more…)

Don’t Let A Typo Ruin Your Reputation

typoAlthough they come off as tiny, insignificant, miniscule mistakes, typos are far from that.

It can happen to the best of us. As we’re typing away at lightning speed, we forget to add the apostrophe in it’s or include the e in breathe, and autocorrect doesn’t call us out because those words aren’t wrong. And then, there they are — typos. Until autocorrect figures out how to apply grammar to context, you’re going to have to be more careful. (more…)

Tips To Stay Focused While Editing

editing-focusStaying focused on a single task without getting distracted can be challenging—especially when you don’t have someone standing over your shoulder. Left to our own devices, this can prove to be quite challenging. And, there’s a distinct difference between the amount of focus necessary for writing and that for editing. While writing is known to flow better with music playing in the background or done outdoors, editing is a whole other ball game.

Editing requires your full, unsullied attention. People have put a substantial responsibility on your shoulders to catch all the mistakes they may have overlooked. After going through you, the final piece needs to be perfect. A mistake made affects your clients’ reputation as well as your own — no pressure! So, to ensure you put your best efforts forward while editing, we’ve come up with a few tips to help you stay focused. (more…)