Practical training workshops open to the public!

  • September 2015
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For the first time we are opening our training sessions to the public! Our first two cabs off the rank are about helping people feel more confident in their day to day lives and are both being held on the 29th of September 2015. Spontaneous Spring Session Number 1 Clare Idriss, a self professed recovering

What is ISO9001 and why would I want it?

  • March 2015
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Perhaps your organisation has previously tried to apply for a government contract only to find it was missing a key component – ISO9001 accreditation. Or maybe you’ve just heard of ‘accreditation’ in the context of business management and are not sure what that might mean. ‘Accreditation’ could refer to a few different things, but when

The Unruly

  • September 2014
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There he stands. His company has submitted a tender for a large construction project. You have just a few questions and then you can decide to which company you will award the contract. You conduct the meeting. He has intelligent things to say and clearly has much experience with similar projects. He answers your questions

The art of writing part 2

  • July 2014
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Intent versus content Intent: that which is intended; aim; purpose; design. Content: substance; purport; information contained with the communication. Why are they separately important and intrinsically connected? Do you have to lead with your intent on every text project? Perhaps not, but I think it’s important to consider. Intent is like the mission statement of

Templates

  • June 2014
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For some, template means those options you may be given when opening a Microsoft Office program, which are often not quite what you need, or appear too rigid to be useful. For others, it’s a search term for when one has forgotten where to put the date and contact information for the addressee and addressor

Y me spelchekk

  • May 2014
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Y me spelchekk? 3am AEDT, Sydney, Australia: Steve Ford (not his real name), 53, sits at his desk completing a business proposal. Concurrently, somewhere in London, sits Rupert Birtwhistle (not his real name), 72, a British banker.  It’s 4pm UTC. He awaits a proposal he has specifically requested from the company in which the Australian

Star-cross’d Websites

  • April 2014
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Two websites, both alike in dignity, In fair interweb, where we lay our scene. Providing service, the two websites be, Needing customers to request be’ng seen. One, from late night publish, break to morning view, The regret and sadness of no edit, Only spellcheck before upload be due. Cust’mers suspect scam with grammar foetid, And

The art of writing Part 1

  • February 2014
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How do technical writing and creative writing differ? For me, technical writing involves the use of all my training and experience as an engineer and more. I have to understand the work, ensure that the sense, meaning and language meet the needs of the intended audience and then, sometimes, a document needs to be dissected

Getting Checked Part 2

  • February 2014
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Getting Checked Part 1 Need to be checked? Believe you don’t need to have someone proofread your work? Some people contend that correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation are not important. Two arguments often heard are: “Language evolves; as long as the reader understands what I mean, spelling and commas don’t matter,” and “People care less

Getting Checked Part 1

  • December 2013
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Getting Checked Part 1 Need to be checked? Have you ever looked back on a piece of work and found simple errors? Are you of the generation of Australians for whom school wasn’t the source of all grammatical knowledge? Is English not your first language and you sometimes find you’ve missed a delicate nuance? Do