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Quiz: Ice breaking strategies

Everyone needs a few tricks for breaking the ice with new people, a way to start a conversation and make everyone feel included. Try our quiz and see how much you know about tried and tested strategies:
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Editing your texts

How to edit, step 3: ease of comprehension

Yes, the ideas are in the right order and all the details you need are included - but is it easy to read? Consider these general rules to make your writing flow:

  • a sentence with more than 25 words may need attention and can perhpas be cut or made into two sentences
  • a paragraph contains one idea - the next idea needs its own paragraph
  • avoid long, convoluted phrases such as "please do not hesitate to contact me should you require any further assistance in the future". They can easily be re-written as the far more comprehensible "please contact me if you need more information"

How to edit, step 4: correct

We all need to correct. Despite the best attempts of programmers to create spell and grammar checkers for your computer, nothing beats a well-educated human user of the language. Use the computer tools judiciously: there are too many homophones, false friends, punctuation marks and collocations, that a computer may not spot. Use a good dictionary (online ones are fine but you may need to cross reference definitions), a thesaurus to avoid repetition, and a reference site to help you check punctuation.

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