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Writing Tips for 2011 – Minding Your Ps and Qs…or is it P’s and Q’s?

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No, this isn’t a post about manners.  It is; however, a post about something I enjoy immensely, and I’m not afraid to admit it.  Not only a post, but the beginning of a series!  Yes, as Haley Marketing’s self-appointed resident wordsmith, I’ve decided to dedicate one (1) blog post per month to something I hold near and dear to my heart:

Words (Well, words, grammar, punctuation…the whole lot of them!)

Good ole words.  Can’t live with them.  Can’t live without them.  And yet, every day, we are judged by co-workers, clients, even perfect strangers, by our use of them (not forgetting a close cousin – punctuation).

Now, clearly, I am not overly strict in my use of them; in this blog post alone I’ve committed several word “crimes.”

The point of these posts isn’t to make you a “perfect” writer (Our writing styles are part of what makes us unique!).  I hope to clear up common mistakes and misconceptions that surround certain words (Raise your hand if you ever wondered if you should use “effect” or “affect” …come on, most of us have), and to help make you more confident in your writing.

What’s that you say?  You’re not a writer?

Maybe you’re not a writer by title, but let me ask you a few questions:

  1. How many emails did you send today?
  2. Have you sent out any memos or letters recently?
  3. Do you ever prepare any presentations or business proposals for clients?

Riiiggghhhhhtt, I can see you nodding your head!

Here are some of the types of errors that are common in business communications:

  • Typos
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation
  • Vocabulary
  • Capitalization

Throughout 2011, I’ll address some common mistakes that fall into these categories, and how to avoid them.  And if you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask about any of these topics, let me know by clicking the “Ask Haley” link above, or on our Facebook page – I’ll be sure to cover it in a future post.

Oh, and one more thing…it’s P’s and Q’s 🙂

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