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James Hurford

James Hurford

Corporate Trainer | Author, 'How to write well' and 'How to speak well'
Location:Cape Town, South Africa

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James Hurford | Corporate Trainer | Author, 'How to write well' and 'How to speak well' | If you want training 'How to write well' or 'How to speak well' in your business, just get in touch, and I'll send you the training modules FREE. Call: 0742 545 811 Email: Website: www.passion.za.com
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[Marketing & Media] For every major document, let time elapse between your first and second drafts โ€“ at least over night. Then come at it with a questioning eye and a ruthless attitude.
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[Marketing & Media] Mark Twain said that writers should strike out every third word on principle. "You have no idea what vigour it adds to your style.โ€
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[Marketing & Media] Never be content with your first draft. Rewrite, with an eye toward simplifying and clarifying. Rearrange. Revise. Above all, cut.
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[Marketing & Media] @ Nthabiseng Mhlambi. Yes, telegrams do still exist.
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[Marketing & Media] Short sentences and short paragraphs โ€“ are easier to read than long ones. Send telegrams, not essays.
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Nthabiseng Mhlambi
Nthabiseng Mhlambi
Hi, I was aking a friend of mine if telegrams still existed but he didnt know, do they still exist, just curious. Posted 2 years ago
James Hurford
20 tips to being a better speaker

No matter who you are or what you do, speaking well is one of the most important skills you can develop. Personal relationships, social interactions and work situations all require you to communicate to other people...

By James Hurford 25 Sep 2014 14:15

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While you're speaking, what's your body saying?

Like it or not people judge you by the way you look. Your facial expressions, the clothes you wear, how well groomed you are and your body language...

By James Hurford 8 Sep 2014 06:07

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Why you need credibility to be successful

Your ideas are accepted as believable only to the degree that you are credible. If you have credibility, people will place their trust in you...

By James Hurford 26 Aug 2014 06:07

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Four secrets of the world's greatest speakers

John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Ronald Reagan... they all learnt that if you want to inspire and motivate people your spirit has to enter...

By James Hurford 7 Aug 2014 07:03

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How to avoid the public speaking willies

We've all seen it happen - the stumbling over words, the awful hesitations and lost lines...

By James Hurford 7 Jul 2014 07:32

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What makes a leader great... great communication

To become a great leader, you must become a great communicator. You cannot become a great leader, if you cannot speak well.

By James Hurford 24 Jun 2014 15:40

Let's simplify jargon and gobbledygook
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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'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

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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

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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
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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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