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The '4 Cs of business writing'? Hogwash.Article

Local training companies selling business writing workshops all seem to have borrowed their sales pitch from the same place - 1995...

Tiffany Markman 13 Aug 2019

The Suit: The first time I cried in advertising
The Suit: The first time I cried in advertisingArticle

I was just a 24-year-old account executive (a title which my mother thought was very important), going about my business writing a very important contact report...

Jason Harrison, Issued by M&C Saatchi Abel 18 Apr 2019

Saipa Professional Evaluation results
Saipa Professional Evaluation resultsArticle

The South African Institute of Professional Accountants released the results of its latest Professional Evaluation recently...

2 Jan 2019

English: The language of oppression or opportunity?
English: The language of oppression or opportunity?Article

Having to communicate professionally in English sometimes strikes fear into the hearts of many South Africans irrespective of their gender, age or business field...

Issued by Wits Language School 26 Nov 2018

IndigoCube appoints Scarlet Letter for PR and content creation
IndigoCube appoints Scarlet Letter for PR and content creationArticle

IndigoCube has appointed Scarlet Letter to meet its marketing requirement for media and digital content...

Issued by Scarlet Letter 6 Aug 2018

French university acquires licence for Simplified plain language course
French university acquires licence for Simplified plain language courseArticle

SA training and consultancy firm, Simplified has licensed its plain language business writing course to France's University of Strasbourg for use in its online master's programme in Technical Communication and Localisation (TCLoc)...

3 May 2018

Complementing qualifications leads to candidate differentiation
Complementing qualifications leads to candidate differentiationArticle

For graduates and current students, the need to differentiate themselves from their peers in the job market is leading to them extending their studies into alternate qualifications to their main field...

6 Jun 2017

BusinessLIVE launches digital subscription packages
BusinessLIVE launches digital subscription packagesArticle

Today, BusinessLIVE launches its digital subscription packages, BL Premium and BL Premium Plus, providing access to its premium online content. Readers can now access premium, exclusive news and content from Business Day, Financial Mail, Sunday Times Business Times, and Rand Daily Mail, and international news from the Wall Street Journal and FT.com, as well as Morningstar data.

15 Feb 2017

A degree simply isn't enough anymore
A degree simply isn't enough anymoreArticle

In today's job market you can't rely on an old qualification to keep giving your career momentum...

Issued by Oxbridge Academy 19 May 2016

The often overlooked impact of e-learning
The often overlooked impact of e-learningArticle

Though it would be over-optimistic to say that online learning alone can solve our social and economic problems, the increased growth of e-learning is having a widespread impact on South African society...

Issued by Oxbridge Academy 25 Feb 2016

10 simple ways to improve your business writing style
10 simple ways to improve your business writing styleArticle

We define a writer's style through his or her word choice and syntax. In business writing, we should choose words and sentence structures that convey our messages in the most effective way...

Amanda Patterson 25 Jan 2016

But how did the email make you feel?
But how did the email make you feel?Article

I have been thinking about why some emails are successful and others are not. There are emails that make you want to continue doing business with the sender and there are those that make you want to complain...

Amanda Patterson 2 Nov 2015

'You had me at hello' - Five ways to capture your business audience's attention
'You had me at hello' - Five ways to capture your business audience's attentionArticle

First sentences must seduce. The opening line of your copy is like a corporate pick-up line - it must draw your audience in and it must draw them in immediately...

Anthony Ehlers 8 Oct 2015

Business writing skills needed more now than ever
Business writing skills needed more now than everArticle

According to the McKinsey Global Institute's research, the average employee spends two and a half hours per day dealing with emails, which is equivalent to 81 working days every year or a quarter of the average working life...

31 Jul 2015

Short courses in the South African labour market
Short courses in the South African labour marketArticle

Oxbridge Academy has been developing its short course programme throughout the past year to include a wide range of subjects and fields of study, partly in response to particular issues prevalent in the SA labour market...

Issued by Oxbridge Academy 19 May 2015

Douglas Kruger
[Death to PowerPoint!] Part 2: Ten presentation structures to replace those slidesArticle

In my previous article, we used scientific methodology to establish that PowerPoint now outnumbers Homo sapiens, has become sentient and self-perpetuating. Happily, there are alternatives...

Douglas Kruger 11 Mar 2015

Tiffany Markman
"In other words..." - Writing to clients without pissing them offArticle

With business writing, you can't really say what you mean - unless you want a world of drama. Here are some ways to engage with clients and customers without offending them, using 'safe' versions of the rude phrases that tempt you...

Tiffany Markman 6 Mar 2015

Let's simplify jargon and gobbledygook
Let's simplify jargon and gobbledygookArticle

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

James Hurford 25 Mar 2014

ICHAF corporate training empowers students
ICHAF corporate training empowers studentsArticle

South Africa's youths face increasing challenges when it comes to employment opportunities. According to the World Economic Forum Global Risk Report 2014, South Africa has the third-highest unemployment rate for people between the ages of 15 and 24, with an estimated 50% being without work.

11 Feb 2014

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How to write effectivelyArticle

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.

James Hurford 21 Nov 2013

Three steps to better business writing - ethos, logos, pathos
Three steps to better business writing - ethos, logos, pathosArticle

Persuasive writing uses words to convince the reader to listen or to act. Great business writers use persuasive writing in proposals, articles, newsletters, memos, emails, requests for meetings, speeches, and reports.

13 Nov 2013

Donna Rachelson launches second bookArticle

Following the success of her first book, 'Branding & Marketing You', Donna Rachelson has launched her second book 'Branding & Marketing You through Teams'.

29 Sep 2013

Raising awareness of plain language
Raising awareness of plain languageArticle

The Consumer Protection Act makes it law for South African businesses to provide information to their customers in plain and understandable language.

26 Feb 2013

James Hurford
20 tips for better business writingArticle

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.

James Hurford 17 Jan 2013

PA Series: Business writing, communication and negotiation skillsArticle

PA Series: Business writing, communication and negotiation skills will be taking place from 14 to 15 February 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Organised by marcus evans, the course trainer is Suezette Smit, founder and managing director of Performance Development Interactive, South Africa.

Issued by Marcus Evans 7 Dec 2012

James Hurford
How to conquer fear of writingArticle

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.

James Hurford 25 Nov 2012

CNBC launches operations in Rwanda
CNBC launches operations in RwandaArticle

International business news channel, CNBC Africa, opened a bureau in Kigali that will air daily updates of the stock market trading and investment news in the country, as it plans to spread its presence in Africa.

20 Nov 2012

Get more than a degree! Experience is key!
Get more than a degree! Experience is key!Article

Every job advert you will see on Bizcommunity and other places you job hunt requires at least some experience: two to three years usually. If you are a junior professional with a degree and limited or no experience, how do you get your foot in the door?

Issued by Development Communication Solutions 13 Sep 2011

Tiffany Markman
'Yours truly': options for closing emails (part II)Article

Ciao. Yours truly. Regards. Yours sincerely. Thanks. TGIF. However you choose to close your business emails, there's a message there. And that message is the last impression with which your reader is left. So you may as well get it right.

Tiffany Markman 3 Aug 2011

Tiffany Markman
"Dear Beloved": options for email greetings (part I)Article

Dear Sir/Madam. Hi there. Greetings. Howdy. Howzit. Dear Beloved. However you choose to kick off your business emails, there's a message there. And that message is the very first impression your reader gets. So you may as well get it right.

Tiffany Markman 4 Jul 2011

Six things 2010 may have taught you about writing
Six things 2010 may have taught you about writingArticle

I learned a couple of things this year that I didn't know that I knew. For starters, there were things I thought to be true about writing and my readers that aren't any more. It's possible that the recession changed things - or that we're evolving as consumers of content thanks to social media and other good stuff. So it's also possible that, as a marketer or communicator, you've picked up a couple of the same things in your business writing environment...

Tiffany Markman 29 Nov 2010

Seven ways to inject tact into your writing
Seven ways to inject tact into your writingArticle

You've been there before. Something's gone wrong or you've messed up or you've had to give a client, contact or colleague 'bad' news of some kind. A "no". A "no-can-do". Even a justified mapola [lambasting]. How do you phrase it? How do you say what needs to be said, get your message across and still cover your back - or the bit that is slightly lower down but no less important to your reputation?

Tiffany Markman 28 Jun 2010

Writing skills get business goingArticle

The need for good writing skills in South Africa is evidenced every day in poor emails, poor press releases, poor web copy and poor business communication. Offering solutions to this shortage are upcoming courses from experts in their field. For those who aspire to write for film, TV or the stage, or produce and direct productions, workshops are being conducted in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

15 Feb 2010

Ten hidden gems for improving your business writing in 2010
Ten hidden gems for improving your business writing in 2010Article

Fusilli pasta. Under-appreciated. Under-estimated. Often, under-cooked. But if one lesson has emerged from my 2009/2010 festive feasting, it's that there are hidden gems lurking in unexpected places. Below is a list of 10 little-known or frequently overlooked resources, tools or tips which - if used properly - will dramatically enhance your business writing in 2010.

Tiffany Markman 25 Jan 2010

APMP forum on bid managementArticle

The South African chapter of the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) will hold a forum on bid management entitled, Guerrillas in the Midst - and other bid management war stories at Harrowdene Office Park, Woodmead, Sandton at 5.30pm on 17 February 2010.

15 Jan 2010

How to apologise sincerely in your business writing
How to apologise sincerely in your business writingArticle

You can't please everyone. At some point on your professional path, you'll do something silly: offend a client, annoy a customer, give shoddy service or even be in the wrong place at the wrong time. And you'll have to apologise. This article is about the different types of written apology and how to craft them perfectly first time around.

Tiffany Markman 5 Oct 2009

Writing for business? Try English.
Writing for business? Try English.Article

How to use simple words and clean phrases in your business writing, so you don't sound like you're trying to mimic a pompous colonialist with top hat, tails and a large marble in each cheek…

Tiffany Markman 10 Mar 2009

[2009 trends] Talking to your target market in 2009
[2009 trends] Talking to your target market in 2009Article

To paraphrase the Chinese curse, 2008 was 'an interesting year' for business in general and for marketers in particular. We ran the gauntlet of swearwords, from Eskom to sub-prime; from inflation through Zuma to cholera. And then we started using the rudest word of all - the 'R' word - due to impact enormously on how smart businesses talk to their target markets in 2009.

Tiffany Markman 22 Jan 2009

The mini-skirt guide to short, tight business writing
The mini-skirt guide to short, tight business writingArticle

In every business writing workshop I run, the delegates cackle like crazy when I use my ‘mini-skirt analogy': make sure your writing is like a mini-skirt - short enough to warrant a glance and tight enough to have an impact. A cheeky picture, yes, but it works. Here's how to mini-skirt your business writing.

Tiffany Markman 27 Nov 2008

So you think you want to be an account manager?Article

Organised? Love working in a team? Bit anal with your organisation? Johan Reyneke, MD: Switch Through-the-Line, says that a career as an account manager might just be for you…

15 Jan 2008

Top press offices for 2007
Top press offices for 2007Article

A press office on Bizcommunity.com is one of the best ways to showcase your brand activity, case studies and corporate news. And there're no surprises in our most read press office stories for 2007: money, sex and sport sells, even in business-to-business writing and reporting!

Issued by Bizcommunity.com 14 Dec 2007

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