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2 words to make your writing more accessible

Let’s say you have a graduate degree and/or 20 years of experience in your field, and you’re used to speaking or writing for people who are similarly well-informed. Chances are you sometimes find it difficult to translate your knowledge into … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: How to disregard criticism by applying the “reasonable man” test

Celebrated American poet and critic, Ezra Pound, in his considered advice to beginning poets offered the following advice: “Pay no attention to the criticism of men who have never themselves written a notable work.” But he could have been speaking to … Continue reading

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Most common errors made by aspiring op ed writers – part 2

Far too much research has already documented that when something goes wrong, women are highly inclined to blame the problem or setback on their own deficiencies. This tendency operates in stark contrast to men, who are more likely to blame … Continue reading

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Don’t Bury the Lede!

If you saw the following sentence at the start of a piece in your daily newspaper, would you keep reading? “You don’t see a lot of naked men in advertising.” Lots of people did — no thanks to me. The … Continue reading

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Most Common Errors Made by Aspiring Op Ed Writers – part 1

Whether you’re picked last for the ball team, get rebuffed on the first date, or fail to elicit a positive response from an editor, rejection stinks. That’s why Informed Opinions offers online editing feedback (free to our workshop participants, but … Continue reading

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Think “outcome” when crafting an op ed

In the middle of delivering an op ed writing workshop recently to a very engaged group of United Way staff and volunteers from across Ontario (organized through Sean Moore‘s fabulous Advocacy School initiative) I was reminded again of the value … Continue reading

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Gloria Steinem: modesty and priceless advice

In the about-to-be-broadcast HBO documentary, In Her Own Words, subject and feminist role model Gloria Steinem  encourages young women to “Listen to the voice inside you and follow that.” And then – demonstrating her critical awareness of the serious limitations … Continue reading

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