Category Archives: Speaking of Words

Writers in their natural habitats

In the series entitled, Where I Write, photographer Kyle Cassidy has captured the natural habitat of over a dozen writers – that is, the environment in which they work. Continue reading

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Sona si Latine loqueris (Honk if you speak Latin)

We still use of lot of Latin phrases in everyday life; sometimes we understand the phrases simply from having heard them used in context. But do we know exactly what we are saying? Continue reading

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Top 10 quotes for writers

Sometimes you sit down to write and nothing comes. Or, everything comes tumbling out in a raggedy mess. When I hit those speed bumps, I like to take a deep breath and get a little inspiration from people who know … Continue reading

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Timeless advice on communicating ideas

Timeless advice on “The Communication of Ideas” from a 1963 book, published as a selection of monthly newsletters of the Royal Bank of Canada. Continue reading

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Simple language makes you sound smarter

Simple language makes you sound smarter, according to research at Princeton University. Continue reading

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Your communications plan should tell you what NOT to do

The power of a communications plan is that it gives an organization focus. In a world where hundreds of fragmented platforms are available to communicators, it’s becoming just as important to decide what to omit from your plan as it is to decide what to include. Continue reading

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7 tips for emails that don’t annoy and actually get things done

Though many excellent articles have been written about e-mail etiquette and effective message writing, I have my own pet peeves and (hopefully) a bit of good advice on the subject. Continue reading

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When words are superfluous: the power of icons

Steven Heller’s short article in the New York Times ( The Design of Symbols) looks at the origins of modern pictorial symbols. This pictorial transmission of information has been done in many different ways over time. Continue reading

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