Entries by George Barse

Keep your meetings alive

Unproductive meetings are a waste of everyone’s time. There’s a lot of research on exactly how effective meetings really are – and regardless of country or industry it all leads to the same miserable conclusion. In a nutshell: There’s room for improvement. This might be a well-known fact by now, but it’s worth repeating: 47% […]

The three basic rules to capitalization

Speaking a language involves understanding, recognizing and successfully using a set of grammar rules. However, when writing in a language, a whole new set of rules have to be learnt and used. English is no different. One question I get quite often from my participants who are writing a report or preparing slides for a […]

Understanding contracts and decoding legalese

It doesn’t matter what language or how well you know it, everything goes out the window when the lawyers start talking – especially when it comes to contracts. Legalese is the word we use to describe the special and complex language lawyers use in their profession.  Even for us native speakers, legalese can be a […]

Writing numbers

Write out numbers smaller than ten I’m taking three days of holiday next week. The report I’m reading is 311 pages long. Hyphenate the numbers twenty-one to ninety-nine We hired fifty-three people in the last fiscal year. Use the numeral if discussing measurement, time or proportion Our next meeting starts in 15 minutes. His plane […]

Email replies: How to avoid emotional emails

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