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John Lemke

How to Make Your Writing Concise - 0 views

  • It’s not as violent as it sounds, but this process can prove painful for many writers; it’s all about getting rid of self-indulgent, flowery writing
  • don’t go off the deep end with the thesaurus. Don’t choose every synonym Word suggests for your replacements, as some lead to awkward phrasing and don’t fit within the context. Your words should fit naturally in the sentence while also decreasing redundancy.
  • Look for words and phrases like “a number of,” “in order to,” and especially “that.” All can be replaced with shorter and more powerful words or can be completely cut out.
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  • go over your work as if you were an editor. Take a red pen to your words, and cut out anything the content can do without.
  • it should never be the first thing on your mind while writing.
  • Don’t be too hard on yourself if you can’t get rid of all forms of “to be,” but make sure there is no other way to phrase the sentence before you give up.
John Lemke

Conduct Better Podcast Interviews with this Simple 6-Step Preparation Process - Copyblo... - 0 views

  • your interview will fail if you do not display curiosity about who you are interviewing and what he or she might say.
  • an interview is not so much a chance for you to get to know your subject better (though you will) … an interview is your chance to be the conduit that allows your audience to get to know your subject better.
  • f you are not asking this question to yourself before every interview, then your interviews are failing. Because they aren’t delivering the value to your audience that they could be.
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  • if you’ve prepared well, then your interview is going to be predictable.
  • If one of your questions is controversial, or you don’t know how your subject will respond, consider the possible responses and plan your own counter-response accordingly. (You might also discuss this with your interview subject beforehand. Let her know you are planning to ask the question and preempt any potential awkwardness.)
  • The more relaxed an interview subject feels, the more likely he or she is to open up and be candid.
    I can't tell you how often I see people interview others when they are completely unprepared.  These steps may may seem like common sense but how often do you actually follow them.
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