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Note-writing Advice: How To Say No

Here’s the response I received when I offered to do an international house exchange with a family in Paris (that I knew was looking at many other locations worldwide). “Dear Gene, Thank you for the offer, but we are not … Continue reading

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How To Write: Don’t Be Wordy

Too Many Words Can Spoil The Effect by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Avoid unnecessary words and phrases. To give you a sense of the basic idea, here’s a short list of wordy phrases that are often used in letters and email–first … Continue reading

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Writing Advice: Watch Your Tone

Good Writing Advice Whatyousay.com thinks the following advice should always be followed, whether you’re writing a letter or an e mail,  giving a speech or talking one-to-one: “Avoid being too brusque or too gushy. Sincerity involves not only the honest … Continue reading

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How To Write An Email:Samples

Email Communication: The Subject Line–Samples by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. A letter-letter is preferred or required in certain situations. But you don’t need whatyousay.com to tell you that fewer and fewer people write letters–actual letters these days. Millions of people restrict … Continue reading

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Abraham Lincoln on Writing Technique

How To Write Like Lincoln by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Robert Lincoln, the oldest son of Abraham Lincoln, has left us a great quotation and a vivid picture of his famous father’s writing technique: “He was a very deliberate writer, anything … Continue reading

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How To Write Like Lincoln: Prepare To Edit Your Work

Abraham Lincoln’s Writing Habits by Gene Griessman, Ph.D. Noah Brooks, who was an important journalist and editor of the 1800s, had an opportunity to observe how Abraham Lincoln composed important messages.  He  has left us a snapshot of the President … Continue reading

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Writing and Editing Advice from Colette

What You Don’t Say Can Be More Important Than What You Do Say by Gene Griessman, Ph.D Whatyousay.com is fond of “The Writer’s Almanac,” which is a regular feature on NPR. It focuses on writers, as its title suggests, and … Continue reading

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Writing Advice: Use Superlatives

What You Say When You Write a Message: Use a Choice Superlative by Gene Griessman Whether you are writing a thank-you note, a sympathy note, or a business letter, your use of a well-chosen superlative can set your message apart … Continue reading

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SAMPLE LETTER: THANKS AND APPRECIATION

What You Say When You Write A Letter Of Thanks And Appreciation                                                          … Continue reading

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Letter of Complaint

What You Say In A Complaint Letter: Rules To Follow The letter-writing advice below is based on “The Essential Guide to Business Etiquette” by Lillian Hunt Chaney and Jeanette St. Clair Martin. 1.  The complaint letter should not be written … Continue reading

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