Monthly Archives: May 2015

How to Track Change Management Tasks Using Excel

How do you track Change Management tasks? Here’s how I do it using Excel. If you look at a large project as many small tasks chained together, it’s easier to start. Learn more about these excel Change Management templates here We often get stuck with large projects because we can’t find the right place to […]

[Video] Why ‘About Us’ is the 2nd most important page on your site

Let’s do an experiment. Pretend you’ve never visited your own site. Remember, you know nothing about you. Nothing. Look at your About Us page? Be honest, whats the one thing that’s wrong with it? Why Your About Page is the Second Most Important Page on Your Blog? Your About Page should NOT be: An afterthought, […]

Report Writing: How to write the Conclusions section

The conclusion section to this strategy report, eGovernment Strategies, The Case of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), from Dr. Ali M. Al-Khouri, United Arab Emirates, provides an excellent template on how to summarize the main points in a strategy document. This conclusion section is divided into five paragraphs: Problem statement: need to develop new capabilities […]

Bertrand Russell’s Guaranteed Cure for Writer’s Block

If you’ve ever been stuck with writer’s block, read on. I don’t know about you but when I started writing as a teenager, I often found I could get so far, often twenty or thirty pages into my novels, but then I’d lose direction, flap about, lose momentum, and finally stop. The annoying part was […]

Q: How Much Can I Charge for Writing a White Paper?

White paper writing: how much can I charge? There are three ways to get paid to write white papers. Daily Rate Agree on a fixed daily rate and the number of days to write the document. If you’re new to the industry and trying to build your portfolio, this is the simplest way to go. […]

How Google’s ‘Micro Moments’ will affect your business

Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president of ads, predicts that ‘micro moments’ will change advertising, in particular advertising on mobile devices. Usually I ignore marketing predictions. But this time I agree. Download Now – Buy Here! [Learn more about these Business Plan templates here] On the Think with Google newsletter, Mr. Ramaswamy gives an example: […]

Where in a Business Plan should the Executive Summary go?

Summary: The Executive Summary is the first section of a business document. It typically appears after the Table of Contents and before the Introduction. Some requirements – typically RFPs – stipulate that the Executive Summary is delivered separately. One of the questions for new business writers is whether to put the executive summary before or […]

How to Write a Preface for Technical Documents

Summary: Create a preface for technical documents to describe the scope, contents, and materials referenced in the main document. Does a document need a preface? Not always. Short documents are fine without one. However, longer documents, especially those that have changed over releases will benefit from a preface. From one angle, the purpose of the preface is to set […]

[Tutorial] How to Create an Outline for a Business Document

You wouldn’t go to Paris without a map, would you? Ok, you might find the Eiffel Tower but could you find your way to Notre Dame? A map would help right? It’s the same in writing. Why do we need an outline? An outline is a map of your document. It help you, as a […]

Why Writing Mobile Content is Twice as Difficult as Web Content

Have you noticed the way you read (and work) on your phone is different than on your PC? Size, font, layout are all culprits, but there’s more. Research from the Nielsen Norman Group highlights that short mobile sessions means writers must create mobile friendly content in anticipation of user interruptions, slow download speeds, and user […]

10 Writing Guidelines for SaaS Applications

SaaS and web-based applications are becoming more popular as they replace desktop or network installations. How you document them is mostly the same as documenting traditional but there are some difference. Let’s take a look. Registration – explain how to set up the account, register an account, common setup issues, and troubleshooting, for example, if […]

Project Manager’s Dilemma: Soft Deadlines v Hard Deadlines?

In the fairy tale, The Boy who cried Wolf, the villagers stopped believing the child. There was no wolf, they thought which was true until one day… The same thing occurs when you – or someone above you – creates an artificial deadline. I’m looking at a report that says we have a hard deadline […]

Q: Are you in an abusive relationship with your job?

Summary: Long-term job security is increasingly becoming a thing of the past. Automation, outsourcing, and robotics affect the future of 9-5 employees. This Klariti tutorial will explain how to protect your long-term options by becoming less reliant on tradition lines of business and looking at alternatives ways to generate income. The Myth of Long-Term Employment […]