Letting go of all work responsibilities for a week or two can terrify even seasoned professionals. But vacations should be devoid of work. If we’re going to constantly check our cell for messages, why leave? We can do that at home. If unplugging concerns us, we have to remember that vacations make us better at what we do, because unplugging allows our brains to relax and fill with creative thoughts we didn’t even know were hiding in there. If we keep checking and responding to messages, those creative thoughts remain hidden. The point of a vacation is to open ourselves to refreshing experiences, to enjoy the people and places around us. The analogy to “charging batteries” is a good one. Come back with a full charge. Here are six ways to help make that easier.
Although we might strongly favor one side of an argument, our audience should not be able to discern our bias. Facts have convinced us to hold our beliefs, so we should trust that effectively writing the facts will sway others, too. To help, we have compiled six steps that will limit or hide our bias. When it’s so tempting to blast the obvious ignorance and elitism of the other side, we deliver our most effective work by becoming the objective observer.
National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo, is an annual sprint to write a 50,000-word novel in November. According to NaNoWriMo’s website, over 312,000 people tried to write 50,000 words in November 2016, and more than 34,000 succeeded. Victors claimed two valuable prizes: bragging rights and a great sense of accomplishment: writing 50,000 words in a month is no mean feat. That’s almost 1,700 words a day, or about six pages, every day, for a month. I managed it while I was in an honors program, volunteering, and involved in several extracurricular activities. Here’s how you can, too.
Because we can’t use body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice to help us convey meaning, many of us struggle with written communication. Even without these in-person ways of communicating, we can convey an effective message in writing. Below, we discuss the most important aspects of written communication.
The Internet has transformed how people communicate, creating a need for experienced writers to simplify and clarify technical information. Technical writing jobs will increase by 10 percent in the next decade, so you might consider technical writing as a career. If you do, get certified.
If you conduct research for an established nonprofit or public charity, you already have channels to funding. But if you are an individual seeking sponsorship, you will need help. For international research grants, these resources are a good place to begin:
A quick Internet search will tell you what to put in a letter of recommendation; but it is just as important to know what to leave out. Using certain words, phrases, and information might cause your reader not to admit your student or hire your former employee. These are the most important to avoid:
A Request for Proposal, or RFP, is a document that a business, non-profit, or government agency creates to outline the requirements for a specific project. They use the RFP process to solicit bids from qualified vendors and identify which vendor might be the best-qualified to complete the project.
Writer’s Block? Here are 5 Tips to help!
If you regularly write for work, you need to have strategies that help you cope with writer’s block, because it challenges everyone. Not every tip will work for every writer, but I have compiled a few ways you can overcome writer’s block and still create content you’d proudly show your colleagues.
When the need for online content began to edge out the need for print media content, freelance writers had to adopt a whole new set of rules, like working for free. The trends in 2017 might not be that dramatic, but freelance writers have to keep up with all trends because they affect how freelancers do business. Learning more about them will help you keep ahead of competitors and have your best year yet.