At the weekend, Chris and I presented at the Illinois Jaycees General Assembly. It was standing room only for Chris’ presentation on Facebook, with an emphasis on events planning, sponsorship and promotion. 

I spoke about the less enthralling, but equally important, subject of business writing and focused on writing tips in general. So, I thought I’d share a few tips with you on this week’s blog. 

•    Avoid clichés
•    Something is unique or it isn’t (it cannot be very unique) 
•    Effect versus affect
•    Your versus you’re
•    There, their and they’re
•    It’s versus its
•    If you say literally it means actually or without exaggeration
•    Lose versus loose
•    Weather versus whether
•    Less versus fewer – less refers to bulk amounts while fewer refers to separate items
•    Between versus among – between is used when two are concerned, while among is used when more than two are concerned
•    Installation versus instillation
•    The word irregardless does not exist – the word is regardless
•    Don’t use apostrophes if the word is plural; DVDs, the '80s etc. 
•    To say you feel nauseous is incorrect. You feel nauseated. Nauseous means something is sickening. 
•    Do you need to include ‘that’ – that is a filler word
•    Me versus I – ‘this has been helpful for my colleague and I,’ - this is incorrect. ‘This has been helpful for my colleague and me,’ – this is correct. 
•    Feel versus think – feel means to be emotionally affected by something or to have thorough conviction, whereas think means to reason or examine.