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Two New FREE$tuff Programs on the Drawing Board

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

We’ll be introducing TWO new FREE$tuff emails over the next few months. The first is a pictorial spin-off from our Gaffe du Jour. This time, the Gaffe will be in pictures and you’ll receive a new “Silly Sign” every Saturday night. The idea is to show mostly funny church signs (there are plenty of those!) with a few grammar gaffes and spelling blunders. Since we’re only sending one per week, we’ll be sure to send our very best!

We’ll also be publishing a 30-part series centred on “How to Write an eBook in 30 Days.” We’ve had this one on the back burner for far too long and we’re really looking forward to getting this informative program out to all of our subscribers. In fact, we’re offering a SUPER COOL bonus to the first ten subscribers. We’ll tell you ALL about that in the February issue!

Rewriter.ca Recommends This Free Program!

Posted on: January 27th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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Thanks for sharing your words of time management wisdom, Michael Fletcher! If you missed his guest blog post, you can FIND IT HERE!

Here’s a great offering from the NEWORLD COACHING website. CLICK ON THE GRAPHIC above to learn more about this and other “no-cost” programs and downloads!

Grab our January PUZZLE and Let It Snow!

Posted on: January 22nd, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

CLICK HERE to access this month’s PRINT ME Puzzle!

         Here’s our JANUARY Word Search puzzle!

        

In Search of ANTONYMS and SYNONYMS

Posted on: January 20th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Remember this tricky pair from primary school? English is such a vast language with well over a million words, many of which share definitions and meanings. Even a tiny word like “set” has multiple definitions that span several parts of speech.

Synonyms and anonyms can be really useful to help us to learn new words and to improve our writing. So, enjoy this quick refresher to remind us all about the interrelationship between these words.

ANTONYMS are easy, right? They just mean the opposite of other words, right? For instance, the antonym of heavy is light. But in the English language there is always a twist. We add prefixes like “mis, mal, dys, in and un” to create antonyms. The occasional result, however, it that we end up with words that either don’t exist in the first place or don’t have the meaning that we intended! While it is obvious that the opposite of flexible would the inflexible, the opposite of flammable, unfortunately, is NOT inflammable. In fact, it means exactly the same thing, so DO take the time to check before you throw on a prefix!

SYNONYMS share meanings with other words, and making use of these is a great way to improve your language skills. Writers love them because using different synonyms can change the mood and tone of their writing by changing the rhythm. If you don’t get carried away with using words that are too big for the rest of the sentence, using a different synonym can help your writing to sound more “intelligent.” Even if you don’t use fancy synonyms in your writing, it’s fun to know when other people are!

Make a point of hunting for new synonyms in your writing this week, and let us know the result. We might share a few in the next issue of Timed Write!

Time Management Wisdom from Michael Fletcher

Posted on: January 15th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Michael Fletcher@Neworld Coaching     Business coach and time management expert Michael Fletcher from  

     NEWORLD COACHING shares some great strategies to get your

     New Year off to a rocking start!

 

                        TIME MANAGEMENT

Quite awhile ago, Dawn and I filmed a 1 hour webinar on Neworld Web about this topic.

We have found 3 types of Business Owner…
•    Those who go to their companies off location each day and work
•    Those who work all day in their companies from home
•    Those who  build their companies around their time commitments to others (job or family)

Neworldism #4

“We all have the same 24 hours of time each day… our differences lie in what we CHOOSE to do in those 24 hours!”

What does “manage”ment mean?
man•age
1.    To bring about or succeed in accomplishing, sometimes despite difficulty or hardship
2.    To take charge or care of

There are THREE componentents of time management:

1. Goal Setting
•    Write it down!
•    Set Goals in all 5 areas of life!

Business
Financial
Health
Personal Relationships
Self Mastery
•    Be realistic (don’t take on too much)
•    Be specific
•    Set targets
•    Completions, Deletions and Tolerance

2. Scheduling
•    Use an online or paper calendar
•    Prioritize
•    Fill in your commitments (work, family etc)
•    Choose 24hrs for FREEDOM Time
•    Schedule ‘Production Time”
•    Cluster appointments
•    Leave time to spare… be flexible
•    Use the Neworld “Days System”

3. Taking Action
•    Action Steps & Smaller Steps
•    Gain momentum in Production Time
•    Focus and avoid distractions
•    Procrastination
•    Take regular breaks
•    Multi-tasking???
•    Learn to manage distractions
•    Don’t be idle (in line, waiting for appts etc)

Extra Tips:
•    Get organized
•    Carry a notebook or recorder to capture your ideas
•    Learn to say NO
•    THINK before committing
•    Evaluate your successes
•    Be consciously grateful
•    Understand your bad habits
•    Re-evaluate your time spent
•    Don’t do other people’s work (hero mentality)
•    Don’t let “perfection” hold you back and eat your time!
•    Delegate & outsource
•    Get the sleep YOU need
•    Reward yourself

~Michael

P.S. Make a Plan… and stick to it! 

CLICK HERE to visit Neworld Coaching’s SHAMELESS BLOG!

What’s New on Rewriter.ca?

Posted on: January 13th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

DEAL OF THE MONTH from REWRITER.CA

For each month of the Year 2015, we’re offering a different DEAL OF THE MONTH to EVERYONE!

We’re starting off 2015 with our NEW YOU in 2015 BIO-Writer BLAST!

This includes a professionally written BIO written FOUR ways, ready to use in as many as TWENTY places…all in FOUR easy steps!

learn more

 

 

~ We’ve also wrapped up the recording of the PAINLESS! video series, which is ready for sale on the NEWORLD COACHING website.

CLICK HERE to learn more about how this series can help ANYONE to overcome procrastination and EVERYONE to achieve ANYTHING!

~In February, we’re launching a NEW WEBSITE RE-DO package, along with TWO NEW FREE$tuff PRODUCTS.

~Then, this coming March, we plan to release our E@SY eZINES product.

So check the WHAT’S NEW section of next month’s newsletter for more details!

BIO-HAZARDS: Avoid These Pitfalls When Writing Your BIO

Posted on: January 7th, 2015 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

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“Read no history, nothing but biography, for that is life without theory.”

                       – Benjamin Disraeli


BIO-HAZARDS: Avoid These Pitfalls When Writing Your BIO

Composing a well-written business bio can prove to be an extraordinarily difficult process, even for experienced writers. Whether you’re creating a short bio to accompany your online articles or a 200-word update for your About Us page, it’s important to avoid these mistakes:

1-    DO NOT write in the first person. Refer to yourself by your full name, first name, last name, he, or she, but NEVER use I, we, us or me! This may be acceptable in some social media profiles but in most cases, using the first person is taboo.

2-    Avoid using hyperbole (“hype’). While you may be absolutely fabulous in your own right, no one needs to see you described as “the best entrepreneur of his generation,” or the head of the “greatest business in the Western Hemisphere.” While modesty is the best policy, DO be sure to include your awards and achievements in a more believable and straight-forward style.

3-    DO stick to the facts and DO NOT be tempted to stretch the truth. You should NEVER fabricate your accomplishments because any false claims WILL get caught eventually. The headaches that will result from your being discovered will far outweigh whatever potential benefits you might receive.

4-DO contain any urges to be witty. While your tone should be friendly and conversational, avoid any temptation to include humour and misplaced irony. It very rarely works, even in bios for professional comedians!

5-    DO leave out flowery language and $50 words, and DO NOT ramble on for several pages. Ideally, the length of your long-form bio should not exceed an 8-1/2 x 11 typed page. It’s okay to use some well-placed “big words” but try to keep the tone sounding personable and not too academic.

Keeping these potential errors in mind will help you to produce a much better bio!

P.S. Are you wondering if your bio is up to snuff? While writing a complete professional bio from scratch is well outside the domain of our FIRST JOB FREE, we’d be happy to review and rewrite a paragraph or two from your bio to show you how we can help YOU find the words you need to say! Send us an email today!

Have some fun with NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS!

Posted on: December 30th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

 
CLICK HERE
to access this month’s PRINT ME Puzzle!

         Here’s our DECEMBER Word Search puzzle!

Rewriter.ca trivia Jingles All the Way!

Posted on: December 26th, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

Do you know the answer to this month’s Trivia Quiz? Send an email with your guess, and we’ll reward the correct entries with a prize. Or, if you’re into suspense, we’ll publish the answer in the next issue of
Timed Write.

Can you answer all FIVE questions about this popular Christmas song? Email us with the answers and we’ll send you back a prize.

1.    What was the original title of “Jingle Bells?”
2.    In what year was it written?
3.    What did the horse look like?
4.    What happens when you crack the whip?
5.    What kind of sleigh is the MOST fun?

Email us your answer and we’ll send YOU back a prize!


P.S. The answers to last month’s quiz were:

Lucy Maud Montgomery / Anne of Green Gables
Margaret Laurence / The Stone Angel
Margaret Atwood / Alias Grace

Holiday Get It Write Tips

Posted on: December 22nd, 2014 by Deborah Plouffe No Comments

How about a few Holiday grammar tips to keep in mind for the New Year?

1.    Words like “eve” and “day” are always capitalized in Holiday names like Christmas Eve or New Year’s Day.

2.    Be mindful of apostrophes and be sure to put them in the right place when writing St. Patrick’s Day (there’s only one of him) and April Fools’ Day (there are MANY of those!). For Memorial or Remembrance Day, we can use either Veterans Day or Veterans’ Day. Both are correct.

3.    That ubiquitous word “Xmas” does NOT contain a hyphen…AND the X doesn’t really take the Christ out of Christmas either. The X is actually representative of the Greek letter “chi” which is the first letter in Jesus’ name. (By the way, this is one of the few proper names in the English language where it is correct to use both Jesus’ and Jesus’s in the possessive form. Did YOU know that?)