Cool Out of Office Message Examples

Sometimes your position is so crucial that people will need to have someone to turn to in your absence. When that’s the case, it’s often best to keep things professional by telling people when you’ll return and who they can contact in your absence. But, if your situation is a bit less formal, you can also have some fun. I’ll be out of the office until Monday, 24th July. If your message is urgent, please reach out to the lovely and talented Bob Smith at bob@domain.com. If you have breaking…

What PS means and How to use it correctly in your email

What Is the Meaning of PS? PS stands for postscript. It comes from the Latin ‘postscriptum’, which literally means “written after.” A postscript is an additional thought added to letters (and sometimes other documents) that comes after it has been completed. Here’s a tip: People wonder—does the PS come before or after the signature? Since a postscript is an addition that comes after a letter is completed, it should always follow the signature. In the days of handwritten and typed letters, we often found ourselves remembering something we wanted to…

How to write the perfect Christmas Card

Aside from other important holiday to-do’s like taking a family Christmas photo and getting your shopping done, another significant item on your Christmas checklist is your annual Christmas card. This season, we’re here to help you get your Christmas cards signed, sealed and delivered. Our guide will help you create the perfect Season’s greetings for everyone on your list. The last thing you need to worry about is what to write in your Christmas cards! What to Write In a Christmas Card? = Start your Christmas card message with a…

How to write essays

The most successful essays are well planned. Essays that go off the point with lots of extra detail will get poor marks. Stick to the question Underline key words in the essay title so you really understand the question being asked. It’s not about writing all you know about a topic. Words like ‘discuss’, ‘compare and contrast’, ‘evaluate’, ‘account for’ are used as ways to direct your answer; make sure you know what they mean. Other questions may start with ‘how’, ‘what’, ‘why’ or ‘when’. Write a plan Brainstorm your…

Write your successful CV

We’ve all probably got a version of a CV under our belts already. However, it’s often really hard to work out what you’re meant to be getting down on this piece of paper that can make the difference between getting a job and not. Here are some of our top tips to make the whole process a lot easier: Spelling and grammar Yes, it’s boring and everyone’s told you this before – but small errors could completely ruin your chances of getting that job. Check, check and check again. Don’t…

British English vs. American English

There is an old saying that America and Britain are “two nations divided by a common language.” No one knows exactly who said this, but it reflects the way many British feel about American English. But are American and British English really so different? Vocabulary The most noticeable difference between American and British English is vocabulary. There are hundreds of everyday words that are different. For example, the British call the front of a car the bonnet, while Americans call it the hood. Americans go on vacation, while British go…

Commonly confused words in English

Everyone knows the problem with spell-check: your word might be spelt right, but it may be the wrong word. English is full of confusing words that sound alike but are spelt differently. It’s also full of words that share similar (but not identical) meanings that are easy to misuse. Below are some of the most commonly confused and misused words in English: Advice/Advise Advice is a noun: Chester gave Posey good advice. Advise is a verb: Chester advised Posey to avoid the questionable chicken salad. Affect/Effect Affect is a verb:…

How to communicate negative issues in a positive way

Have you ever written something only to have the recipient completely misunderstand your intent? Or been accused of abruptness when you thought you were being business like and efficient? There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to communicating effectively, but among the most important is tone. Present solutions instead of problems. It’s better to talk about what you can do rather than what you can’t. Formulate a solution or alternate plan and present that instead. INCORRECT – I can’t meet with you tomorrow morning because I’m booked. CORRECT – Tomorrow…

Tips for writing the perfect email

Being able to communicate effectively is one of the most essential skills anyone can possess. No matter what it is you need, what it is you do, or where it is you want to go, your ability to communicate in such a way that actually warrants the response you desire— and in the timeframe, you hope to receive it — is vital to your success. Here’s how to be a more effective communicator before shooting off an email: 1. Ace the subject line. This one’s simple. Either I know you…