Wordcraftiness

Our personal views on language, learning and developing.

Mixed feelings about mentoring

Posted by: Debbie Griffiths on
Mixed feelings about mentoring

I seem to be wearing so many hats at the moment – business writer, coach, mentor, blogger, student - it’s hard to know who’s writing this down. My instinct is to be the professional blogger,...

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Why we’ve launched Ideal Wordcraft

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Why we’ve launched Ideal Wordcraft

Like proud parents, Mark and I are very excited about introducing you to the latest addition to the Ideal Word Limited family… Ideal Wordcraft is our new baby – our craft consultancy specialising...

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We’d have loved Ideal Wordcraft

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We’d have loved Ideal Wordcraft

When I set out writing for business in my early 30s, there were no in-house training programmes on how to become a better communicator. We hadn’t heard of coaching or mentoring. There was no Continuing...

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Learning to love our own language

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What, exactly, are we asking our communications colleagues to do when we present them with Tone of Voice Guidelines? Here’s a point of view that suggests writing ‘on brand’ requires a...

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Volunteer mentoring benefits all round

Posted by: Debbie Griffiths on
Volunteer mentoring benefits all round

I can’t believe it’s been three years since we first applied for Aston University’s Professional Mentoring Scheme. How time flies when you’re having fun. And how different each...

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The team that's stopped dreaming

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The team that's stopped dreaming

You run a communications team of ten. Suffering through sharp KPIs, shifting alignments and shafted budgets, your colleagues are just doing their jobs, drifting off brand and into mediocrity. Your team...

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The passion of spoken English

Posted by: Mark Griffiths on

In the workplace, we ask communicators to grasp and apply the concepts of written Business English. Given the ease with which people indulge in new ways of speaking, why should they find it so difficult...

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Your second language

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Your second language

The language of the workplace is different from the one we were taught at school. It can be a shock to learn that Business English calls for a different approach.Yet people in communications teams are...

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Words we use at work

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Words we use at work

So, what is this thing called Business English? What do companies do about it? And why does this lead to people in communications roles struggling to use the very tools in which they’re supposed...

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Owning our own language

Posted by: Mark Griffiths on
Owning our own language

The language of the workplace is different from the one we were taught at school. It can be a shock to learn that Business English calls for a different approach.Yet people in communications teams are...

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A one-person production line

Posted by: Mark Griffiths on
A one-person production line

You're female. 32 years of age. In a communications role, pretty much by yourself, with very little support or training. But lots of expectation around quality of output. In need of professional development,...

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