How to Write a Holiday Thank You

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” – Anon Saying thank you is not limited by time or space. A kind gesture may be large, small, or even behind the scenes. At this time of year be diligent with saying thank you to family, friends, and coworkers. Handwrite the thank you note. Don’t just text! […]

Early Tips to Better Writing – Part 2

The holiday season is upon us. This may be the hardest time of year to find time to write. But try anyway. Take time for yourself and the creative muse. Clear away distractions. Turn off the television, turn off email, and turn off the cell phone.  You might choose to play mellow music. Do not […]

Early Tips to Better Writing

Whether you have professional or creative goals for your writing, there are tips to create a smooth process. Read great writers. You’ve probably heard this many times throughout this blog, but it is important.  If you don’t read strong writing, you won’t know how to do it.  Everyone starts by reading the masters.  Read as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who Is Indigo Stone?

Bring order to chaos. Harness the mind. Lead with precision. Indigo Stone specializes in technical writing, creative writing, blogging, and podcasting. We are located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  Phone:  540.308.5867  Email: president@indigostone.online Enjoy good deals online and collect items for your holiday gift lists. Surprise the reader in your life with “Blood Magic, A Vampire Hunter Novel.” […]

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