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Try these tips to get you through your busy day.

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Avoid repeating yourself by watching out for the following tautologies: phrases that—put simply—say the same thing twice. 1. advanced ahead 2. at this point in time 3. basic fundamentals 4. brief in duration 5. both together 6. cooperate together 7. enclosed herein 8. free gift 9. important essentials 10. just exactly 11. merge together 12. [...]

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End with a preposition only when it keeps you from sounding hopelessly stilted.

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Reader Sharon Wentzell sent us this question: “When you use parentheses at the end of a sentence, where does the period go: inside or outside the last parenthesis?” Answer: When you have a full sentence inside parentheses, and it isn’t positioned inside another sentence, it should begin with a capital letter and end with a [...]

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The meeting’s over. Within moments, everyone is scurrying back to check voice- and e-mail messages, quickly forgetting about the action items they just took on. Your mission? To produce minutes that remind everyone what needs to happen next, and assure them that their meeting time was well spent. These five suggestions will help you write [...]

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Reader Kelly Merritt sent us the following note recently: “Most people write ‘I am writing with regards to,’ or ‘in regards to,’ and I have even been corrected when using ‘in regard to’ … when everything I have read says that ‘regard’ and not ‘regards’ is the proper term. Which is the proper word?”Please also [...]

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Any Word feature that can save time and make you look good is worth tapping into, right? One such feature: Word’s built-in reviewing tools, which let you and others track all the changes you make as a document is written and edited. With the Track Changes tool turned on, you can track each insertion, deletion [...]

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Rule 1. Use effect as a noun when you mean “result.” Example: “The new budget exerted a chilling effect on our business.” Tip: Use effect when one of these words precedes it: “an,” “any,” “the,” “take,” “into,” “no.” Examples: “Before the new budget takes effect … ” “Out-of-date computers became an unintended effect of the [...]

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Never forget a person’s name again. Sound like a pipe dream? Not if you use Gary Small’s Look/Snap/ Connect technique. “The major reason we forget people’s names, sometimes only seconds after being introduced, is that we are not truly paying attention,” says Small, author of The Memory Bible: An Innovative Strategy for Keeping Your Brain [...]

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With some organizations scaling back holiday parties and others nixing them altogether, your end-of-the-year celebration may not be the grand event it used to be. But with the right strategy, you can orchestrate an event to remember with a minimum of work.

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