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James Hurford

Plain-language writer | Corporate Trainer | Author of 'How to write well'
Location:Cape Town, South Africa

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James Hurford | Plain-language writer | Corporate Trainer | Author of 'How to write well' | James specialises in writing in plain language. With over 25 years of experience, he brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to every organisation he works with. Call: 0742 545 811 Email: Website: www.passion.za.com
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Let's simplify jargon and gobbledygook

It's everywhere - in business, in government in organisations... Jargon (along with its equally unwelcome cousin, gobbledygook).

By James Hurford 25 Mar 2014 11:38

Paragraphs - the building blocks of writing

Paragraphs remain one of the most important parts of writing. They serve as containers for ideas and help break up large chunks of text...

By James Hurford 13 Mar 2014 05:40

The comma - tough to master and easy to mess up

We're dropping commas more than ever because much of our daily writing now consists of quick text messages and hastily typed emails.

By James Hurford 17 Feb 2014 07:21

How to write well

In business we spend much of our time reading or writing. But no matter how experienced we are, few of us can write even half a page without agonising over how best to put our points across.

By James Hurford 17 Dec 2013 05:36

How to write effectively

In business we spend much of our time reading or writing. But no matter how experienced we are, few of us can write even half a page without agonising over how best to put our points across.

By James Hurford 21 Nov 2013 08:42

Elmore Leonard's ten rules of good writing

He was one of the most popular and prolific writers of our time. He started out writing westerns, then turned his talents to crime fiction.

By James Hurford 23 Aug 2013 06:43

'Don't tell me words don't matter' - Barack Obama

In response Hillary Clinton's claim some time ago that his well-versed speeches essentially didn't mean anything. Barack Obama - the 44th and current President of the United States - made his case for words...

By James Hurford 27 Jun 2013 07:20

The power of words

It's no coincidence that people who write well do well. Writing well is one of the best ways to advance your career, no matter what it might be.

By James Hurford 11 Jun 2013 10:33

Write for the eye as well as the mind

Writing well is important, but so is making it look easy to read. Huge chunks of unbroken text just looks too scary, too long and too much like hard work. So...

By James Hurford 10 Apr 2013 06:16

Plain language - legal requirement in SA

Since The Consumer Protection Act (CPA) came into full effect in April 2011, it's now against the law to use difficult-to-understand language in financial and legal documents.

By James Hurford 18 Mar 2013 08:25

Warren Buffett's guide to writing in plain English

One of the world's most famous and successful investors - Warren Buffett, prefers to write in plain English. He wrote the preface in the Plain English Handbook, published by the US Securities and Exchange Commission - which gives some useful advice...

By James Hurford 1 Feb 2013 05:42

20 tips for better business writing

If you can't write well - if you can't get your point across in a clear, concise and organised way - you have no choice but to spray and pray. Write with bad grammar, bad spelling and bad punctuation and no one is going to take you seriously.

By James Hurford 17 Jan 2013 06:11

How to conquer fear of writing

Fear of writing gets planted in schoolchildren at an early age. We're led to believe that writing is a special language owned by the English teacher, available only to the few who have 'a gift for words'. But writing isn't a skill that some are born with and others aren't.

By James Hurford 25 Nov 2012 08:03

The secret of good writing

Most people think good writing flows easily and effortlessly on first draft. Nothing could be further from the truth. Harry Shaw said: "There is no such thing as good writing. There is only good rewriting."

By James Hurford 14 Nov 2012 06:45

Ernest Hemingway's top 4 tips for writing well

Hemingway was one of the great American writers of the 20th century. He published seven novels, six short story collections, and two non-fiction works - and he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1954.

By James Hurford 8 Oct 2012 08:34

20 tips for writing well

Most people write badly because they can't think clearly. It follows that if you can think clearly, you have a chance of writing well. These tips will help you put on paper exactly what you have in mind.

By James Hurford 14 Aug 2012 10:51

Master the email and you'll master writing

Emails reflect you as well as your company. Write a sloppy email and you come across as a sloppy thinker.

By James Hurford 25 Jun 2012 13:30

Three steps to writing well

Often when people write, they're afraid to make mistakes and so they edit themselves word by word, inhibiting the natural flow of ideas and sentences. However, professional writers know that writing is a process consisting of numerous drafts, rewrites, deletions and revisions.

By James Hurford 24 May 2012 09:50