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How to Write a Syllabus Students May Actually Read: Six Quick Tips

How to Write a Syllabus Students May Actually Read: Six Quick Tips

On the World's List of Most Boring Documents Ever, the course syllabus may very well rank number one. It's at least up there in the same company as a lawyer's legal dictionary and the engineering specifications of a toaster.I've been creating college syllabi for eleven years now and you know what?[...]
Millions of Americans Think HTML is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (and other proof we don't know that much about technology)

Millions of Americans Think HTML is a Sexually Transmitted Disease (and other proof we don't know that much about technology)

A coupons website, Vouchercloud.net, recently surveyed  nearly 2,400 adults across this great county to learn how much Americans know about technology. The L.A. Times reported the humorous and rather baffling findings about how little we Americans actually know about the stuff we use every day. Among their findings? That 1[...]
A Photographer's Guide to Image Copyright

A Photographer's Guide to Image Copyright

I was recently introduced to the infographic below--created and published by WhoIsHostingThis.com--which covers some great things to think about when taking, printing, and selling photographs.There's a lot to consider when using others images. Consider reviewing the articles/infographics we have published on The Visual Communication Guy as well: Can I Use that Picture?[...]
How to Organize a Paper: Ten Ways to Write the Perfect Document

How to Organize a Paper: Ten Ways to Write the Perfect Document

Are you writing to give your employees bad news? Or are you writing to pitch a new idea? Or are you writing an essay with a persuasive argument? No matter your purpose, the way you organize your paper is critical to the way in which it will be received. To[...]
How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic)

How to Use Apostrophes (Infographic)

As I passed a billboard this week, telling me the "do's and dont's" of something or other--I can't even recall what the billboard was about because I was so distracted by the error--I was reminded how frequently we see apostrophe errors in all kinds of professional settings. (By the way,[...]
Design Trends in 2015: Keep Yourself Current!

Design Trends in 2015: Keep Yourself Current!

I found this infographic (published by Coastal Creative) insightful and wanted to share it with you. Design trends are constantly changing and it's important to be aware of what is considered contemporary and what is considered cliche.What do you think? Are you and your company's designs keeping with the trends?[...]
How to Create an Awesome About Me Page

How to Create an Awesome About Me Page

Article by Andrew Wise wisestartupblog.comWith the knowledge that 6.7MM people post blogs on blogging websites, it can be difficult for a new blogger to stand out. One sure way to do this, however, is to have a unique and updated About Me page.Potential readers want to know they can trust the[...]
What Does Your Font Choice Say about You (and your document)?

What Does Your Font Choice Say about You (and your document)?

Font choice matters. Beyond just transforming the entire feel of a document, the font you choose actually says a lot about you, too. Do you always stick with the defaults (like Calibri and Times New Roman)? Are you in love with a cliche or hated font, like Comic Sans or Papyrus?[...]
You Can Use a Picture If: Guidelines for Image Copyrights

You Can Use a Picture If: Guidelines for Image Copyrights

A couple years ago, I published a flowchart on image copyright best practices that followed the question, "Can I Use that Picture?" While that chart has been widely distributed and used in schools, libraries, and businesses across the country, I have since wondered if it might be clearer to simplify the[...]
Make Your Boring Documents Look Professional in 5 Easy Steps

Make Your Boring Documents Look Professional in 5 Easy Steps

When you're given the task to write a report or an essay, do you just stick to the defaults? (You know, like sticking with Calibri, 11-pt. font?) If you're like most regular folks (meaning, you don't have a background in design), the chances are you do.Of course, you do some formatting, right? You[...]
Why Spelling Is Hard: The Chaos Poem Says It All

Why Spelling Is Hard: The Chaos Poem Says It All

Read these five words out loud: "rough," "cough," "bough," "dough," and "through." Now ask yourself, does the pronunciation of those words and their spelling make any logical sense whatsoever? Has it ever occurred to you that we, English speakers, are the only ones in the world that actually have spelling bees? Why[...]
Does Your Favorite Color Define Your Personality?

Does Your Favorite Color Define Your Personality?

College Match Up recently published an infographic that shows the relationship between color preferences and personality. While the validity of the infographic is certainly up for debate, the fact that colors express certain characteristics is a well-known fact. Are what colors you're drawn to indicators of your personality? Is it true[...]
How Many Punctuation Marks Can You Accurately Place in Row?

How Many Punctuation Marks Can You Accurately Place in Row?

In a recent course I was teaching, and in what turned into a somewhat off-topic, lighthearted discussion on punctuation (these are the kinds of conversations that may occur in a college business writing course), some students marveled aloud that you could place three punctuation marks in a row--like when you[...]
Christmas Card Announcement: Apostrophes DO NOT Go with Last Names

Christmas Card Announcement: Apostrophes DO NOT Go with Last Names

Every Christmas I see it. Multiple times. And every Christmas I remain politely in silence. But this year I'm speaking out: no more apostrophes on family names in Christmas cards.It's a baffling trend. Apostrophes are for possession (my dog's Christmas stocking) and for omitting letters (it's time to open presents). But[...]
How to Give a Powerful Presentation: Eight Steps to an Awesome Speech

How to Give a Powerful Presentation: Eight Steps to an Awesome Speech

Presenting information to a crowd is an art form. Presenting information powerfully is a talent that can change the trajectory of your entire career.  Some people are natural at swooning an audience but for the rest of us, giving presentations takes practice.The good news is, presenting well in front of a[...]

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