Blood Magic – Pilot Podcast

Selina Anderson is a small-town teacher with a big-time problem with vampires who are out to kill her before she can make them her next meal.  She is looking forward to a quiet lazy summer in Culpeper, Virginia, where everybody knows everybody.  At least this is her plan until three strangers enter her life in […]

Steps to Speech Writing – Part 2

Welcome to the second installment sharing steps to speech writing. Whether you are presenting at the office, at school, or for a civic organization – there are key points to remember. Repeat Yourself People have short attention spans. Condense your message into a few key points and repeat them throughout your presentation. Always look for […]

The First 5 Steps to Speech Writing

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou In speech writing, you have two main objectives:  Making a good impression and leaving your audience with one or two call-to-actions. The rest is just entertainment. Make an […]

General Overview: How to Plan Your Writing

To conquer oneself is a greater victory than to conquer thousands in a battle. – Dali Lama We all have those moments of inspiration that need to be released. We grab the laptop or a mobile device and start to write…. then we stop. How am I going to do this? Will it be good […]

Strategies to Write for a Lay Audience

Take a pause—the world today has a short attention span. The average person will invest two minutes or less listening to a sound bite. The lay person will read about 140 written characters before deciding to stay or bounce.  Explaining technical material is a challenge. How can it be done? Be Concise If the writer […]

Always Consider the Audience in Business Writing

Regardless of the industry, consider the audience in all business writing. What is the purpose of the writing piece? What questions are to be answered? For example, when writing as an expert, information must be in a clear step-by-step order with potential precautions clearly presented. At times, expert writing benefits from visuals and diagrams.  It […]

Important Tips for Grant Writing

The business of securing a federal, state, or private grant is very competitive. The organization must craft a well written, concise proposal. Leave no room for questions or doubts for the reader.  The first thing to do before writing a grant proposal is to read the announcement multiple times. Make sure all requirements are understood. […]

How to Craft an Employee Evaluation Form – Part 3

Welcome to the third and final bonus tip on designing employee evaluation forms. All evaluation forms should be signed by the supervisor and employee with loose contractual language. In some organizations, the human resource lead or a top executive also sign the form. It is important to have checks and balances. No one should be […]

How to Craft an Employee Evaluation – Part 2

What kind of feedback do you give your employees? “You always this, you that….” or “So and so says you do this….” or “I hate it when you do that….” or even worse, you say nothing and blindside an employee at evaluation time. These are common missteps to employee evaluations. Written employee evaluations should be […]

How to Craft an Employee Evaluation Form – Part 1

As a business leader or employer, it is critical to give employees constructive written feedback. The feedback should support professional growth and productivity within the organization. Everyone doesn’t know how to give meaningful feedback. Everyone doesn’t know how to accept meaningful feedback. The key is to have an evaluation system that is transparent, fair, and […]

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