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Writing & Speaking at Work delivers practical insight and instruction to help readers become effective communicators no matter where their careers may take them.

What is Good Writing?; Developing a Good Style; Using Examples and Comparisons; Making Your Page Look Inviting; Making Your Main Point Easy to Find; Preparing Executive Summaries; Illustrating Your Ideas; Getting Beyond Periods and Commas; Learning Commonsense Rules; Making the Most of E-mail; Writing for the Web; Preparing a Resume and Cover Letter; Documenting Your Sources; What Is Business Speaking?; Using Good Techniques of Delivery; Developing a Clear Structure; Designing Visual Aids; Giving a Presentation Using a Computer; Rehearsing, Setting Up the Room, and Overcoming Nervousness; Preparing an Annotated Presentation

For anyone interested in polishing their professional writing and speaking skills.

Writing & Speaking at Work

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Intheir Classroom Instruction That Works research, McREL and Robert Marzano identified nine strategies that can be applied in any learning environment and result in significantly increased student learning. When implemented consistently and correctly, these research-based strategies can provide average percentile point gains as high as 45% on student achievement tests. Although most educators are familiar with the Classroom Instruction That Works research, teachers still need help transferring the theory into practice.

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The first Kanji Dekiru lesson, covering a basic history of Japanese characters and the Japanese writing system. Remember to check out for updates, news and other useful links.

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Many people would love to be able to learn an addition language.  There are many benefits to learning a second, third or even fourth language.  It is common knowledge that prospects that are capable of speaking more than one language make more money than those only capable of speaking one language. It is also important to be able to speak the basics of a language whenever you travel to another country for a business or personal trip. English, French, Spanish and Chinese are often the most sought after languages that people wish to learn. If you wish to learn Chinese then you will need to be able to decipher each Chinese character.


In order to be able to learn to read Chinese writing you will need to be able to understand Chinese characters. There are many different methods that can be used to learn Chinese characters. It is possible to learn how to read Chinese writing one your own using videos, books, and flashcards. You can also enroll in a university or school that offers Chinese classes. You can also enroll in an online school and learn to read Chinese writing over the internet. There are plenty of online schools that offer Chinese courses.


There are many advantages to learn how to read Chinese writing and Chinese character over the internet as opposed to enrolling in a school or university. MANDO MANDARIN is an online school that provides students with live lessons with certified private Chinese tutors residing in China. These lessons will teach you how to write Chinese character in your own home, office, or school. Enrolling in an online school means that you will not have to commute back and forth. This means that you’ll save a lot of gas money as well as reduce the amount of wear and tear you put on your vehicle.


MANDO MANDARIN uses a unique method that incorporates unique teaching materials and distinguished textbooks to ensure that you learn to read Chinese writing with the least effort in the shortest amount of time possible. The online school uses a fun yet effective method to make sure that you will learn Chinese character within a short period of time. The good thing about the method used by the MANDO MANDARIN is that it doesn’t require the student to do any self studying or any homework whatever so ever.


People who wish to learn to read Chinese writing will be happy to learn that the school offers a unique system to teach you how to do it. The school will teach you how to read the one hundred and eight most commonly used Chinese radicals. You will also learn each radical’s name, origin, and meaning. By learning each of the one hundred and eight radicals you will be able to recognize each Chinese character much easier. You will also learn how to write these Chinese characters. In just about four hours of schooling you will be able to learn the eight basic character strokes and structures.


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There are some simple rules to remember when writing form a character’s viewpoint, yet many forget them. Here’s a rundown of some to remember . . .

No matter what language you speak, regional accents and dialect always give away your origin – unless of course you have had voice coaching. In the UK accent differences can be very subtle – for example, I can tell if someone is from my home town or a town just ten miles away. You can probably do this too.

When ‘building’ a character for your story, their ‘voice’ is very important – and not just accent or local patois. Listen to your friends. Let’s say for the sake of convenience you all grew up in the same part of town. You therefore all have the same accent and probably use much the same slang words and idiom. So what sets you apart?

It’s the way you talk. Some people talk rapidly, some are slow and thoughtful. Some have little speech mannerisms that mark them out. All these things add up to them being an individual, a real, live, talking person. Using your character’s ‘voice’ is therefore a powerful tool that helps your reader to identify with that character and so makes them much more real.

Let’s take an example. Three people are sat watching TV – grandmother, mother and daughter. They’re watching a movie. Suppose it’s ‘Pulp Fiction’. Now how do you think they would speak if asked to describe that movie? Maybe the grandmother would be scandalised by the sex and violence. Maybe the mother would be uncomfortable about her daughter seeing it. Perhaps the daughter just loves it.

So they all have different attitudes to the movie – but how do you think they would summarise it? Let’s see how this sounds.

Grandmother: I thought it a good movie but really, is all that bad language and shooting necessary?
Mother: Yes it was a good film but I thought it was rather violent and I was concerned about my daughter seeing it.
Daughter: I really enjoyed the movie – it was very thrilling and full of action.

Garbage, isn’t it? It all sounds the same – as if one person was saying all three lines. Maybe this is better:

Grandmother: I thought it a good movie but really, is all that bad language and shooting necessary?
Mother: I kind of liked it but, you know, I was a bit worried about my daughter being exposed to all that bloodshed and goings-on.
Daughter: A really cool movie – it was just so laid-back yet full of go at the same time, you know?

Now I’m not pretending that they would really speak like that – it’s just an illustration of ‘voice’. In this instance I kept the way the grandmother might speak as that was they style I used for all three in the first run-through. Have a bit of fun – rewrite it as if the daughter was the ‘voice’ for all three – it comes out just as bad as my first attempt did!

This extends into all your writing. In a previous article I mentioned our all-action hero, Jake Bullet, as he enters a bar where a gunman is waiting for him. Here in a few lines is the same scene from Jake’s viewpoint and that of his adversary.

As he turned and saw the guy heave a pistol our from beneath his coat, Jake exploded into action, leaping the length of the bar and crashing a fist into the gunman’s chin. Stood over the guy Jake turned to Henry. ‘That’s one thing he won’t try again. If he gets up I’m gonna bust his face.’

Pulling the pistol from under his jacket, Sam thought what a posing daisy this famous slick cop looked in his fancy suit. He was going to be easy. Then he froze as his mark jumped toward him. He just had time to think what a bum story his boss had given him about this creep cop before he saw stars and hit the floor. Bummer.

Again, it’s not a finished piece! It just gives an idea of how using a slightly different ‘delivery’ can help to identify the character. A point to note also is that the character’s ‘voice’ goes beyond dialogue. Sam’s way of thinking and some of his character comes out in the way he is described as seeing the scene. This is another aspect of viewpoint writing and ‘voice’ – describing the action as would the character – not you. Keep to this as your scene unfolds – remember, it’s your character who is doing the seeing and talking!

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Dripping with simplicity, let your authentic self flow out through your fingertips.

The first idea that must be taken on board when deciding to have anything to do with expressing yourself on the Internet, be it on a website, blog, forum, chat room, e-book, podcast, or video blog, is to share your true self with the world. Nothing touches other people more than a genuine voice. We are intelligent animals (much of the time!), and there’s an innate wisdom in us all, which knows when someone is expressing him or herself from a place of truth. The Internet is a medium that is giving every single person on our planet who has access to a connection the chance to do what only writers, philosophers and scientists could do in the past: Share what you know, and how you alone see and feel about the things that are important to you.

The key to getting in touch with your authentic self in terms of writing is to focus on not trying to impress, or to fit into a structure that you’ve been told is the ‘only way’ of doing things. Of course there are certain niche areas of interest where specific jargon language might be deemed necessary to get the message across to other specialised ‘connoisseurs’, and making connections with these people may be your main goal. However, the best way to express yourself if you really want to touch as many others as possible is to speak along the ideology of K.I.S.S, or ‘Keep it simple, stupid.’

Ernest Hemingway is renowned for being one of the greatest writers and thus communicators in the history of writing. What separates him from the thousands of others who’ve both preceded and come after him? Hemingway strongly believed that if you could say something in less words, do it. In the end, it was his economy of words that produced such powerful visions in reader’s minds. But did he use complex vocabulary? No. There are more than 100,000 words in the current English dictionary, but the master kept things simple. Sometimes there are twenty synonyms that can be used for a simple idea, and many of us try and dress up our arguments or stories by using verbose, less common language in order to prove to someone (Who?) that we know what we’re talking about, or that we’re educated. Maybe we just want to show off?

When all is said and done our complex language often alienates a very large portion of humanity. If you have something really important or useful to say, wouldn’t you like just about everyone around to have a chance at understanding what you’ve said? Some may think that simplistic language can be bland, simple or boring. Why then do Hemingway’s lines sing with unique power and passion? He writes from the core of his authentic self in a way that connects with others. Have you ever read ‘The Old Man and the Sea’? If you haven’t, go and buy a second-hand paperback or borrow a copy from your local library. Even several years after reading it, if you don’t feel the rope burns in your shoulders and the agony in your strained fingers whenever you hear the novel’s title, then I’d have to say that you’re a rare breed. Good writing lasts forever.

A friend of mine is really into reading books by the Integral Philosophical theorist Ken Wilber. I’ve watched Wilber on YouTube and even read a book or too, and it’s not hard to see that this is someone who has a lot of great knowledge which could help humanity as a whole. However, for an ‘Average Joe’ like myself, reading his books was like treading through a pond of molasses. Intellectuals, academics, and complex readers love his writing, and I’ve heard many people gush in awe and respect, testifying how much the man’s ideas have changed their lives for the better. What I have to wonder is, if this wisdom is so important and powerful and so necessary for these people, wouldn’t it be great if the whole of our species could get a version of the information that they could read and comprehend? There’s no doubt the man is a genius, and that he writes from his authentic self; he wouldn’t affect so many people otherwise. How much of a genius would he become if he could transmit these ideas to the masses instead of via convoluted, esoteric, and academic language, which may leave some of us thinking, ‘Geez, maybe this guy feels he has to prove his knowledge to the upper echelons of intelligentsia . . . He couldn’t have low self-esteem, could he? Does he have a need to show off?’

Whether you’re writing a blog or creating a website for your business or personal interest, the way you express yourself, and the way you write are incredibly important. Look, I know that some fields are complex and that in these niche areas one might feel they have to write in a complex manner. If you get a popular site in a niche market, the Internet is now so huge (and growing!) that success is pretty much guaranteed anyway, however you measure it. But we have to ask ourselves if we feel what we’re expressing is worth being heard by the masses, and if so, learn to speak to them.

The only way to truly connect and relate with others around the world is by letting them know about your unique, individual perspective of the world. There are many ways to achieve this genuine voice, but as with your everyday familiar surroundings, think about the people you like to talk to. Why do these individuals stand out from the crowd of people you run into everyday? Why do some people entice you to come back and read or talk more in the future? These souls are caring people who aren’t afraid to tell us what they think and feel they’ve learnt from their own personal experiences. What are you waiting for? Speak up!

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