How to Overcome Business Writer’s Block

Business Writer’s Block is what? Well, it tends to happen when you’re in a hurry, flustered, or tried. ‘If you don’t understand it, you can’t write it.’ This isn’t totally true. You can write something — it mightn’t be great — by distracting the reader, playing with clever words, and showing off. But others see […]

Do you pass the 1 minute freelance writer test?

Think you’re good enough to be a freelance writer? Here’s a quick test (and a framework to stand out from the herd). Google your blog. Click on the first article it shows. That’s what most people will click on. Close your eyes a little bit, like you’re squinting, and scan the article. Now, ask yourself: […]

How to Create an Index for Business or Technical Documents

Is an index old fashioned? With everything on the web, do you even need an index? The first thing. Not everything’s on the web. The second: What’s not on the web often needs an index to direct the reader to relevant content. The third: A good index makes good content even better. It won’t save poor […]

How to Layout Data in a Table [Guidelines and Examples]

If you use tables in your business or technical documents, the following guidelines will help you structure and format data in your tables correctly. Use tables to help readers understand large amounts of data which otherwise may take several paragraphs to describe. How to Format a Table The APS Style Manual recommends that “Tabular material […]

How to Write an Abstract for Business and Technical Documents

In this tutorial, we describe how to write an abstract, for example, for reports, proposals, case studies, and other types of documentation. An abstract… it sounds so simple… Ok, explain ‘gravity’ in one sentence? Hard, isn’t it? Remember the frustration you’ve felt when someone asked you to explain a difficult concept? It’s easy to talk […]

Peter Bregman’s 4 Persuasive Writing Techniques

Of all the writers on Harvard Business Review, Peter Bregman is the most persuasive. He’s the only writer on HBR that I make time and stop for; others I scan. 4 Persuasive Writing Techniques He also has an interesting writing framework. Let’s take a look and see if you can apply some of his methods […]

New Download – Business Case Template

Looking for an easy-to-use template on how to write a business case? Our business analyst team uses the following template when helping clients with their projects. If you’re new to business analysis or have been asked to scope out the viability of a business, then the following template might be for you. What does the […]

10-Point Checklist For Headline Writing

Looking for headline writing tips that will capture attention immediately and force readers to stop in their tracks? Who doesn’t? What exactly are headlines? What purpose do they serve? Headlines are the ‘ad’ for what’s about to follow. Its purpose is to tease the reader into clicking or reading more. If your headline fails, no one […]

Business Rules vs. Business Requirements

Summary: Understand the difference between business requirements and business rules before you start defining the business process. This Klariti tutorial will explain how to write business requirements and how, and where, to include business rules in your process and workflow designs. Business Rules vs. Business Requirements One area where many graduates and business analysts get […]

9 Ways to Write Better Abstracts

I had planned to call this article ‘The Nine-Step Strategy for Writing Summaries That Intrigue Readers’ but had a second look. It’s a bit long. And as this article is about writing headlines, summaries and abstracts, well… Let’s stick to the plan.

“An abstract highlights the key points you want your reader to remember after they’ve read your document.“

What’s the worst piece of writing advice you’ve ever got?

Mine was to write every day. I blame Hemingway. At first glance, writing every day makes sense. You get more words in, hit your targets faster, and move on to the next task. It feels productive. You’re getting somewhere. Somewhere… But is it any good? Scientific American reports that, ‘Research on naps, meditation, nature walks […]

The Ultimate Editing Checklist for Proofreading Important Business Documents

Summary: One typo can ruin your credibility. Ensure that every business and technical document you write is fact checked, proofed for errors, and reviewed for clarity, accuracy, and comprehension. This Klariti tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to review your documents. It identifies what you need to do before you start the actual proofing, strategies to […]

How to Manage Large Technical Writing Projects in 5 Steps

Summary: Plan your writing before you start. This ensures your material is focused, less likely to revision, and aligns with your content strategy. This Klariti tutorial provides a step-by-step guide to write, edit, and publish large documentation deliverables, such as RFP responses, business plans, or technical documentation. [Learn more about this Software Development Template Pack. […]

How To Write Public Service Announcements (For Non-native English Speakers)

When’s the last time you used the word ‘alight’? If you use the bus or train in Dublin, Ireland, you might hear or see: ‘Take care when alighting the bus.’ Yes. today’s culprit is the word alighting. Alighting means dismount. What they should say is something like, ‘Be careful when getting off.’ or even Mind […]

1 Minute Writing Tip: Active v Passive Voice

Know when to use the active and passive voice in your business or technical documents? Maybe? Let’s look at voice for a minute. What does it mean to write in the active voice? Is the passive voice as *bad* as people say it is? Obviously not. The voice tells us whether the subject of the […]