10 Speaking and Writing Errors That Erode Your Credibility

Want people to perceive you as intelligent and well educated? Don’t get caught using these improper expressions.

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Thanks to Craig Cardimon for finding this one. I agree with all of these, especially the last three which are the most common mistakes, EXCEPT for #5.  It IS pronounced "for-tay" because it’s for the Italian word that means strong or strength. It’s used in music all the time! So, it’s being prounounced correctly in Italian when it’s said as "for-tay". It’s similar to the use of French word, passé (pronounced pass-ay). The problem that word is that accent marks on the final "e" of each word is often not used since American/English QWERTY keyboards don’t have that letter readily available. . 

 

So guess what, author? Your co-worker was WRONG. I even looked it up to be sure. It’s right in Bing Translator and the dictionary, for pity’s sake. Maybe next time you can look it up, too. 

–techcommgeekmom

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The Counterpoint of Content Flow | The Content Wrangler

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Compliments of The Content Wrangler– this article by Karl Montevergen is interesting because of how Karl talks about what content flow is, and how it works. I like his analogy quite a bit, and I think he generally explains it well. Take a good look at this article. It’s worth the read! 

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The Power of Social Media: Batkid

Batkid. Photo courtesy of ABC News.com

Batkid. Photo courtesy of ABC News.com

I received an email today promoting a new movie that’s coming out at the end of June.  It’s a feel-good story in the end, and you might have read about it in the news several months back, like I did.

It’s about the story of a little boy with leukemia, and how the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish for him to be Batman for a day. Being the big comic book hero fan that I am (I’m still trying to become Batgirl myself, if not Wonder Woman), I thought this was great when it happened at the time, and it’s great that they captured the preparations and the day on film. What impressed me in watching this trailer was the HUGE part that social media played in how the day came together. As much as people complain about social media, I still hold firm to the idea that social media is for making connections, and this movie is yet another example that proves that point. That day’s overwhelming success is due to the power of social media.

I want see this movie, but I think I shouldn’t because just watching the trailer alone made me cry! I’d be crying through the whole movie (Mom/sad tears for how sick the little boy is, and joy tears of how wonderful a day this must have been and the power of community to support him).

Check out the trailer:

**This is a personal endorsement–no one asked me to promote this film. I just think it looks like an awesome film, and demonstrates how powerful social media can be! **

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How To Build A Successful Blog While You Have A Full Time Job

Most people who start a blog dream about making it a full time job, with full time income- but worry that they won’t be able to build a successful blog while juggling a 40+ hour a week position.  Can you do both? Should you do both?  Most successful bloggers had to start their labor of love while still holding down a job and in fact, I highly recommend that you start building your blog as a serious side hustle before it becomes a full time gig. You can, you should, you will!So, wondering how to

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There are great strategies in this article, some of which I’m still learning how to do myself! Some of these I have done, but I had to learn it organically (aka "the hard way"). Still, I do believe this is possible. I’d like to think that TechCommGeekmom is a successful blog, and I’ve made it work so far. 

 

Check it out, as there are some good tips in here. 

–techcommgeekmom

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5 Ways to Ensure You Are Writing Intelligent Content

It’s one thing to write content for your content marketing efforts, and it’s another to write intelligent content.

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The STC posted this in their newsletter, having curated it from the Huffington Post (and I, in turn, am curating this content myself now). Intelligent content seems self-explanatory, but it isn’t always as obvious as it seems. The author of this article lays down some great basic guidelines here that are truly the crux of writing for an intelligent content strategy. 

 

Do you agree with these 5 guidelines, or do you think there are more? Include your comments below. 

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5 critical components of a blog post

Blogging is becoming increasingly important for individuals and brands.While there are dozens of articles and resources discussing the importance of blogging, many people find themselves overwhelmed with where and how to start writing a blog post.Many people sit down to write and then find themselves riddled with questions such as:What is the ideal length of a post?Should I use photos? How do I optimize it for search?Below, I will tackle all of those questions and provide some insight into the f

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This article, which I found on LinkedIn, provides a good set of basic rules to follow when creating blog posts. So much is lost, but it’s really not that hard. It’s often over-thought. This article shows how to bring things back down to earth. 

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Content Types: What Can They Do for You? Examples From Noz Urbina –

What are content types? And what can they do for you? Here are some examples from author and content strategist Noz Urbina. – Intelligent Content

Source: contentmarketinginstitute.com

Great article written by Marcia Riefer Johnston at CMI regarding content types according to Noz Urbina. You might know Noz from the book he co-wrote with Rahel Bailie, "Content Strategy: Connecting the dots between business, brand, and benefits."  Noz provides three common examples of different content types, and how they are structured. This is definitely worth a read. 

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