How to Write a Report?

To succeed as a report writer, you need to appreciate the mindset of your readers. Report writing is very specific. It’s there to help people make decisions. When you understand this, your approach to writing repots becomes much simpler. Instead of writing reams and reams of pages, you focus on the … [Read more...]

Evaluating Proposals

I was asked recently how to evaluate a proposal that had been sent to over 200 bidders. The Proposal Writer was thinking of developing a checklist and using this to score the bids. While this does make some sense, in reality such as checklist should have been prepared long before the RFP was … [Read more...]

Making Money from Case Studies

The first question is: Why bother to write case studies at all? After all, white papers seem to be more hip and trendier. Entire websites are dedicated to white paper marketing. Even Penny Marshall now offers courses on using white papers for strategic advantage. Editors seem to think they have … [Read more...]

How To Write The Case Study in Five Days

An in-depth tutorial is beyond the scope of this newsletter, but the main points are: Show the client examples of high-quality case studies. They don’t even have to be yours. But you need to paint a picture so they understand what you’ll need from them to make this work. Ask them what they … [Read more...]

How to Write a Report in 30 Minutes

The ability to write a compelling report is highly-valued in the business world. For those involved in project management or decision-making process, understanding how to produce a report is essential if they want to advance. However, for most people, the idea of simply having to write another … [Read more...]

How to Scope Project Size

One of the classic mistakes novice writers make is to start writing without looking at the overall picture. Planning the scope of your project is key to its overall successful.  So, before you start writing, identify everything involved in the development of the project. By the way, this applies to … [Read more...]

Creating a New Style

To create a new style, follow these steps:  From the Format menu, choose Style and Formatting, and then click New Style.  In the Name box, enter a name for the style, for example, Paragraph Text.  In the Style type box, choose Paragraph. In the Style Based on box, select No Style. If … [Read more...]

Page numbers appears as { PAGE }

If you open Word and find that the table of contents, page numbers, and other such information has changed to { PAGE } and { TIME } etc, then don’t despair. Here’s what to do:  Choose Options on the Tools menu, then click the View tab.  Uncheck the Field Codes checkbox.  … [Read more...]

Why do MS Word docs get larger every time they’re saved?

The Fast Save feature in Word saves both the original version of your document and ALL the changes you've made to it. So even though you may have deleted text and graphics---as long as Fast Save is turned on---the file will get larger and larger as it keeps recording every change you’ve made to … [Read more...]

How to Stop Word from Opening Every Document Separately?

This feature is hard-wired into Word. So, though you can't directly stop it, i.e. through the menu options, we have some macros that work around it.  Macro to Update all Fields in a Document The code is as follows:   Sub UpdateAll()    Dim oStory As Range    Dim oField As Field    On Error Resume … [Read more...]