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Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

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We have had a few calls recently from clients looking for help with business writing projects, so we thought we would repost this timeless blog to help others improve their business writing as well!  *****   Good business writing is clear and succinct. There are no unwanted words. The meaning is delivered with precision. The right tone, correct usage, and elimination of jargon strengthen the message. Rene Cappon, former...

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100 Invoices: How I Grew My Position at TEC

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Recently at TEC, I celebrated something of a milestone – my 100th invoice to the company! Maybe it doesn’t seem like that much of a big deal, only 100 invoices, but I invoice every two weeks, so (with vacations and other things) that’s over 200 weeks spent here at TEC. In fact, my four-year anniversary with TEC is coming up in a month.   A Little History I started at TEC...

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10 Amazing Things about TEC Turning 10!

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In September, The Editing Company began its 10th year of business. We have been celebrating our anniversary by offering 10% discounts, 10 complementary 1-hour consults, and 10 chances to win TEC swag through our Twitter raffles. Our team also had an extra-long lunch (on the Company) at a local restaurant.   Year 10 will continue until next September, and we will continue to offer excellent services, building on...

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How to Improve Informal Writing in Business Emails

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    Chances are, you have had a lot of experience or contact with business writing: compiling expense or business reports, writing up contracts, and crafting proposals. Whether you work for yourself or for a small or large business, many aspects of your job will involve writing. When most people think about "business writing," they probably think of the type of writing I listed above -- more formal, structured types...

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Editing Business Writing for Precision and Clarity

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Good business writing is clear and succinct. There are no unwanted words. The meaning is delivered with precision. The right tone, correct usage, and elimination of jargon strengthen the message.  Rene Cappon, former managing editor of the Associated Press, provides three main rules for business and news writing:   Don’t waste words and space Don’t use abstract, vague words ...

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Journaling Isn’t Just for Tween Girls & Writers Anymore

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Part of my job here at TEC is keeping up with some of the company’s social media outlets—namely, Pinterest and senior editor Beth’s business Twitter account. This means that a big chunk of my Wednesday each week is spent scouring the Internet for new stories, entrepreneurial tips and tricks, and out-of-the-box business stories to share with others.   I read a lot of business articles and online information that offer...

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4 Important Tips in the Self-Publishing Process

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With the advent of self-publishing, authors are seeking out good advice from editors who can help them navigate the process. There is so much to know when setting out to self-publish your own work.   Here at TEC, we have edited the works of several self-published authors. Each one has brought a different set of questions and concerns to our attention. Based on these discussions, I would like...

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3 Professionals Every Entrepreneur Needs in Their Corner

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When I launched my small business over five years ago, I took a course at the Toronto Business Development Centre. One of the first things I learned was this: be sure you have three good people in your corner — a good bookkeeper, a good accountant, and a good lawyer.   I have been fortunate to have met and worked with each of these professionals over the past five years....

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The Ten-Day MBA Challenge: Day One

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Day One, July 14, 2013   I have signed on as a student of Steven Silbiger’s Ten-Day MBA program.  Silbiger is a senior director of marketing at Plymouth Direct and the author of The Ten-Day MBA, now in its fourth edition (Harper Business, 2012). The book was suggested as summer reading by Tibor Shanto, a columnist with Report on Small Business (@GlobeSmallBiz) and principal of Renbor Sales Solutions Inc. (@TiborShanto)....

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The Business of Editing: II

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One of The Editing Company’s missions is being fulfilled: We are building relationships with new businesses and associations.     Over the past few months, our editors have been hired to proofread and edit corporate newsletters and brochures, website copy, and professional training materials.  Plus we’ve even done a bit of photo research for historic images.   Among our newest clients are Canadian First Financial Centres, the Purchasing Management Association of Canada, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses, and The Royal Ontario Museum...

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Webinars: Technology and the Business of Learning

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Like so many of us, I watched the most remarkable rescue of the Chilean miners over the past few days. I am awed and inspired by this engineering feat and by the community – both locally and internationally – that came together to execute the plan. In addition to the engineering, there was the technology that brought the action to our computer and television screens. I would...

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