Want more engaging webinars?

Want more engaging webinars?

Webinars seem to be everywhere. I receive webinar invitations every day and I’m sure that you do, too. Here’s why training webinars are popular: Cost-effective Adaptable to most people’s schedules Easily recordable Faster than live classes or events Of course, if something is popular, there will be books written about it, right? You betcha! At… Continue Reading

4 books about grant writing

I’m teaching a course in Grant Writing in March 2017 and thought that I would like to brush up on recent books about this discipline. I encourage you to do what I did: Check out books on grant writing from the library and decide which one (or ones) to buy for detailed study. Which would… Continue Reading

Engage your webinar audience with compelling interaction

Engage your webinar audience

We have all sat through webinars that were basically an excuse for the presenter to push information at us with no opportunity or enticement for us to engage. We all recognize these events as a multitasking opportunity for us. I don’t know if these presenters actually choose not to interact with their audience or just… Continue Reading

Just say no to feedback, then say yes or maybe

Feedback: Just say no!

I really struggle when I receive feedback on my writing. I can work through the prewriting and drafting steps fairly well (my five-step writing process follows in the next paragraph). Fortunately, I’m usually productive in those two first steps. But I seem to hit a dysfunctional wall when I get to the third step. Here… Continue Reading

Plain writing is good writing

Plain writing is good writing

Clear writing is good, right? I certainly believe that to be true (after 25 years of teaching technical writing in corporations and organizations). I know that most people seek to write clearly and most readers appreciate reading clear technical and business writing. That’s why I teach the 5Cs of good writing—that writing must meet these… Continue Reading

Just revise

Just revise

“I’m a rewriter. That’s the part I like best…once I have a pile of paper to work with, it’s like having the pieces of a puzzle. I just have to put the pieces together to make a picture.” Judy Blume, American author, 1938- Judy Blume spoke the obvious: A writer has to write a draft… Continue Reading

Getting feedback: Number your lines

Getting feedback: Number your lines

In my last blog post, I discussed some emotional difficulties of accepting feedback on your writing. This post will share a practical suggestion to help you improve the review process, whether you are the reviewer or the author. For our discussion, let’s assume that you are seeking feedback on a Microsoft® Word document and want… Continue Reading

Accepting feedback? Take what you like; leave the rest

Accepting feedback? Take what you like; leave the rest

  When I teach about feedback in my technical writing webinars, I often quote these words of Frank Norris*: “I hate to write, but I like to have written.”* I would slightly reframe this comment: “I hate to receive feedback about my writing, but I like to have received that feedback.” Why would I want… Continue Reading