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For focused writing, Markdown is your best friend

A primer on Markdown, the 14-year-old text-editing language that’s getting more useful with age.<p>A few years ago, I had what seemed like a clever idea: <i>What if there was a text editing program with less clutter than Microsoft Word and more focus on writing for the web?</i><p>I quickly discovered that such a …

Note-Taking

How to Write a Book to Build Your Brand

You might have great reasons to write a book, but do you have the capabilities to execute?<p>5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whenever I mention that I write books, I'm frequently asked about my writing process and how I went about producing <i>Connected to Goodness</i> …

Writing

Want to Improve Your Communication Skills? Stop Saying These 25 Words.

Stop saying these words in the office. You'll improve your communication skills and your coworkers will thank you.<p>9 min read<p>For thousands of years, our most powerful tools to change the world and our surroundings have been our words. That’s still true today.<p>From the lines you hear on TV, the …

8 terrific tips for writing clear, compelling headlines

Every piece of content you write should have a powerful headline.That headline sets the first impression for readers, and ideally it incites people …

Public Relations

Infographic: Timeless tips to make you a better writer

Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.<p>An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight …

Public Relations

I Tried Jeff Bezos's PowerPoint Replacement at My Company--and It Actually Worked

Getting your team literally on the same page increases meeting productivity, keeps everyone engaged and allows for meaningful dialogue.<p>A few months back, a friend whose new boss used to work for Jeff Bezos at Amazon told me that the company actually banned PowerPoint presentations in favor of memos.<p>…

Jeff Bezos

Infographic: Timeless tips to make you a better writer

Writing is darn near impossible to master, but there are methods to ease our editorial madness.An infographic posted by GrammarCheck serves up eight …

How to Be a Better, More Efficient Editor of Your Own Writing

We need to edit our own writing — even if we have real editors — but we don’t have to take all day on it.Ideally, behind every great writer is an …

Are You Overusing Exclamation Marks In Work Emails?

There’s a difference between showing emotion and using emotional intelligence.<p>It was in my first office job that my habit of writing exclamation mark–ridden work emails first came to my attention. My supervisor noticed the pattern and gently asked me to tone it down.<p>At first I wasn’t sure how to …

Emotional Intelligence

Write to learn, not just to communicate

Write through your own confusion. Write through your misconceptions. Write towards clarity.<p><b>Frequent low stakes writing to learn leads to higher</b> …

7 Methods for Writing Your First Draft

<b>Introduction</b> <b><br>The Seed</b>Every story is—at the beginning—<br>the same opening of a door<br>onto a completely unknown space. <i><br>–Margaret Atwood</i>Every work of fiction …

38 lessons that will help you write a good business email

I had to write emails every day for 4 years in a high-pressured sales environment. During that time I screwed up a lot. I let my emotions show in …

7 Simple Tips To Make Your Writing More Effective

Did you know that more than two million blog posts are published each day?Each of these blog posts takes the writer an average of 3 hours and 16 …

Two Creativity-Boosting Hacks To Wipe Out Bad Business Writing

And no, neither are writing exercises.<p>You probably wouldn’t expect furniture designers to be great writers, but whenever I’ve leafed through the archive here at Herman Miller–paging past witty 1940s ads and internal memos alike–it’s hard not to think, “God, they must’ve been having a grand time!” …

Creativity

How To Get People To Reply To Your Emails

There are several very simple but really clever tricks you can use to get people to respond to your emails faster and more consistently. Watch to learn more.<p><i>Produced by Justin Gmoser.</i><p><b>Follow BI Video:</b>On Facebook

How to Become An Expert At Just About Anything In Just 45 Minutes A Day

“It takes 10,000 hours to become an “expert in an ultra-competitive field” but to go from “knowing nothing to being pretty good”, actually takes 20 …

7 Useful Writing Lessons You Can Learn From Successful Writers

The Technique, Attitude and Best PracticeIf you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there — Robert KiyosakiYou know …

Writing is Innovation

As an idea, innovation is getting tossed around a lot in education lately.Anytime I see something accepted en masse, I get suspicious. I find it …

Teaching

Start Writing Digital Notes in 2018

You’ve got an iPad in your bag, a Surface Pro on your desk, and you’re still writing your notes on loose-leaf paper? Don’t be an animal. It’s 2018, …

How to Get Paid to Learn How to Become a Better Writer

What if I told you people would <i>pay you</i> to become a better writer?<p>What if I also told you people would pay you higher amounts to <i>keep learning</i> how to …

How to Polish Your Business Writing, According to 'Grammar Girl'

`Quick and Dirty Tips' inspired by Grammar Girl and National Grammar Day.<p>Sunday marks National Grammar Day. Who knew? Self-proclaimed grammar nerds across the country, I assure you.<p>To celebrate, I offer these tips and insights into proper grammar and good writing from Mignon Fogarty, a.k.a. Grammar …

Language

Enhance Your Critical Thinking Skills with These Socratic Questions

Critical thinking is crucial for making better decisions and effective communication. You can consistently think more critically about a topic or …

Critical Thinking

Who needs brainstorming? Brainwriting gets way more ideas, this prof says

There’s a better way than a brainstorm to get creative thinking out of your team, says Leigh Thompson, professor at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She teaches teamwork and negotiation to aspiring company leaders and explains techniques that she says are scientifically …

Creativity

20+ Web Tools to Help Students with Their Writing

As a fan of the digital writing workshop, I believe that when teaching writing teachers should focus primarily on the process and only secondarily on …

5 Reasons You Should Write On Medium, Even If You Have A Personal Blog

Medium is a platform of self-discovery for newbies<p>I had the hardest time writing for my blog. Even worse was guest pitching big name sites to write …

Moleskine’s latest smart pen saves your writing to download later

Moleskine has valiantly tried to bridge the divide between analog writing and digital files for years. The company released its Smart Writing Set in 2016 as a $200 holistic solution of pen, proprietary smart paper and app that instantly sent whatever you wrote or drew over to your paired device -- …

The Tools of Writing. And, Why No-one Cares about Them.

The pen is mightier than the sword<p>It’s said the pen is mightier than the sword but do we still need pens? This is the 21st century, and there are a …

Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Getting an MFA is admirable and useful, but it's also incredibly time-consuming and costly. There are other ways to get a similar education to start …

Don’t Just Be a Writer — Be Professional

As writers, we have a reputation for being daydreamers — disorganized, artsy, lost in our own little worlds. After all, creative types don’t have …