Business

Begin Again

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Well.

It’s September.

How did that happen?

I don’t know what happened to my summer. It blew by in a whirlwind of errands, appointments, campouts, projects, events, and kid ferrying endeavors. What quiet moments I did have were spent largely on volunteer work. (more…)

Seven Words to Ban from Your Business Copy

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Despite the trend toward more casual business copy, I’ve noticed that certain words still crop up on websites, in letters, and on blogs with a fair amount of frequency. These are words I dub “Businessese”–words that sound formal and business-like but don’t add any real strength to the copy itself. They’re words that may have been meaningful at one point, but due to overuse, they’ve lost any real punch. They may be words that came with the author from some other setting, such as the military or law enforcement. Or they may be words that are stuck in our heads from middle school composition classes when our teachers encouraged us to write “formal” business letters.

The problem with most of these words is that they put up a wall between the business and the audience. (more…)

Copy Flab: Four Words to Cut from Your Copy

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I’ve been tinkering with business copy off and on for over 25 years, and there are certain weaknesses that crop up over and over again. In this series of posts, I’ll be looking at some of the most common flaws that weaken business copy. Today’s weakness: Copy Flab.

Copy Flab is my term for the unnecessary words and phrases that clutter our writing. (more…)

Generic Branding

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Via Fast Company’s Co.Create arm comes this article about generic branding, along with the best generic brand video ever.

I love the article and the video. Both provoke a lot of questions and thoughts: (more…)

On Adventure

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“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.

— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

I have been fortunate in my lifetime to have many adventures.

Not all of my adventures are extraordinary. Some, in fact, have been quite small.

The first time I knitted a sock was an adventure. (more…)