Friday freebie

Check out The Toolkit for Making Written Material Clear and Effective, a health literacy resource from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). As you can see in the list of topics below, this 11-part toolkit provides everything you need to make written material in any discipline easier for people to read, understand, and… Continue Reading

Free punctuation and grammar lessons

I’m excited about some interesting new projects that I’m working on. I’m especially excited about creating grammar content for a new online grammar class I’m developing. I plan to share some of this content with you, one lesson at a time, with a quiz question to test your learning. Sign up for this free training… Continue Reading

A great tightening exercise from our government?

If you’ve attended one of my training classes, you know that I teach the concept of  “tightening” as a way to cut out all the excess words in our writing. Concise is good. That’s why I was so interested in reading in The Economist (January 1, 2011, p.29) that the Republican Contract from America called… Continue Reading

The British competitor to Edward Tufte?

My friend Rosie Senjem sent me a link to a TED video by David McCandless on The Beauty of Data Visualization. His PowerPoint show is amazing, and completely discounts Edward Tufte’s arguments against PP. Tufte argues for creative visualization of data, but trashes PP as a medium. McCandless proves him wrong, I think. Continue Reading

Slow notion

Warning: This message is going to be counter-intuitive and completely opposite of the usual corporate/organization message you get every day. Today, I suggest two things to you: That you read v e r y  s l o w l y and that you write v e r y  s l o w l y. I… Continue Reading