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UPLIFT – Book 1

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UPLIFT – to raise or elevate spiritually and emotionally.


After a few months of hard work, I am thrilled to announce that the UPLIFT – Book 1 is ready for release into the world.

A beautiful collection of inspirational stories, poems, motivational quotes, and art to inspire and uplift, produced in full colour.

This book has been created by The UPLIFT 2020 Project with the aim of Raising Spirits, Sharing Love and Inspiring Hope at a time when the world needs it most. The project brings people together and supports mental well-being.

Full of short inspirational stories by real people, poems to inspire hope, artwork to enjoy and original quotes to motivate. It also includes some useful coaching tools to help cope with stress and overwhelm. Contributors are people who care from the UK and across the world.

All profits from the sale of this book will go to support the following UK charities –


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SUPPORT – Please purchase a copy and tell your friends, or even gift them a copy too! By buying a copy of the book, you are supporting the NHS, MIND and PORCHLIGHT.


FREE Gifts for You When you Buy The Book…

PLUS when you buy a copy of the book you will find a link to lots of amazing FREE gifts from some of the contributors, which includes: courses, meditations, sleep guide, bedtime story book, coaching calls, colouring in book and much more…

Janet Groom
Founder of The UPLIFT 2020 Project
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com





2019 in Review

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Tiny Tim: God bless Us, Every One!

— Charles Dickens, ‘A Christmas Carol’

Oh my goodness, it is hard to believe we are coming to the end of yet another year. Where does the time go? It has been a rollercoaster ride of a year for me and I wanted to share with you some of my literary highlights. And keep scrolling to the bottom where you will find a little extra Christmas story for you…

I re-publishing the first book in THE NAKED KNITTING CLUB series. I was delighted to bring the first book back out into the world under my own terms, and all is aligned for me to continue to write the follow-on books (yes, it is a series…) and publish with ALP House Publishing. This has taken the pressure off and I feel much happier to have control. Book 2 will be released in the first part of 2020 – click here to sign up to the mailing list to be kept informed.

I enjoy writing and 2019 also saw the ‘birth’ of two fiction books by Janet Groom. The first was WRITE TO HEAL, an opportunity for me to tell my own personal trauma to triumph journey (my old stories) and share 10 amazing techniques to aid healing using the power of WORDS and WRITING, from working on mindset through to forgiveness. In 2020, I am planning to set up an online course to accompany the book, and hold some ‘live’ workshops focussing on some of the key techniques and how to use them.

Then I has the privilege to work with ELLIE J. HART to assist her to produce her beautiful book of 52 quotes on the topic of ‘I CHOOSE…’. I adore this book and love that you can flick through and use the quote as a positive prompt for your day ahead. Ellie was inspired to write her book after reading the amazing story of Holocaust survivor Dr Edith Eger’s book ‘The Choice’, as it helped her transform her own life from victim to winner.

Then I discover an ebook I had written a few years ago LIVE THE RAINBOW, and decided to update it and re-release it. It is a bright book about using the power of colours to influence our lives in a positive and uplifting way. It includes a basic introduction to CHAKRA, CRYSTALS, and even rainbow-coloured FOODS.

Finally, the year ended on a high note as I was honoured to be part of an anthology book ‘VOICES OF HOPE’ compiled by Brenda Dempsey. It felt good to share my own personal journey from victim to finding my way to a happier life through books, words and writing. You can read my story, along with 30 other stories, in the book and be inspired that even when life throws you a curveball there is still HOPE to shift things around and create a life you enjoy. Oh, I am a now an Amazon Bestselling author!!

So, I am excited to get going with 2020, book 2 in The Naked Knitting Series is underway, and I have ideas for a few more books – some fiction and a few more non-fiction. Additionally, watch out for Creative Writing workshops and Retreats happening in the UK next year, and get started with writing your own books. If you are interested in writing your book or joining a workshop/retreat, please contact me – click here

HAPPY CHRISTMAS
HAPPY WRITING IN 2020

With Love & Blessings

Janet

Janet Groom
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com


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The Power of GRATITUDE

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Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness. It’s the spark that lights a fire of joy in your soul.

— Amy Collette

Today is THANKSGIVING in the United States of America. A day to remember the struggles of the early settlers and how the pilgrims sat down with the Native American Indians and gave thanks together.

Having lived previously in the States, I loved this holiday. It brought people together across the divides and allowed families, friends, neighbours and strangers to sit down and over a meal to give thanks. 

Fast forward a few years into my spiritual journey and I realise that every day is the day to give thanks. Finding the things, both big and small, to be thankful for — is the true blessing. It is all too easy in our world to fall into the trap of complaining. Don’t get me wrong, I am not devoid of falling into this trap too, but when I do, I have to drag myself out pretty quickly. Complaining and blaming keeps us in a negative emotional vortex, which impacts our well-being and closes us off from seeing the good and beauty in our everyday lives. 

Shifting to embracing GRATITUDE as a daily habit is a powerful perspective shift. The lens of your focus changes and the more you look to find things to be thankful for, the more you will find. And making it a regular habit, ten minutes per day, it soon becomes the norm. You will see more of the good and less of the bad in your world.

When I wrote the book ‘Write to Heal’, it was clear to me that developing an ‘attitude of gratitude’ is a key step in the healing process. It is a powerful ally to shift negative moods and mindsets. 

How do I know?

Well, because I have tested it in my own life, and when I make it a daily habit to write my gratitude list, my life shifts too. I feel happier and lighter. I see more good in the world than bad. I see the potential in people. I find that I can deal with ‘blips’ easier because I know they are only a minor bump along the road of my life journey.

Why not try it out for yourself?

Start today and either observe or write down TEN things that you are thankful for in your life. Once you get started this list can quickly grow. I recommend start with TEN and do this for one month and see how your life starts to change. TEN things and only TEN minutes…

HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Today and Every Day!

With Love & Blessings

Janet

Janet Groom
Author, Writer, Book Coach & Transformational Life Coach
www.janetgroom.com


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Reading and Writing

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The more that you read, the more things you will know.

— Dr. Seuss

Someone asked me recently when did I discover my love for reading and books.

To be honest, I don’t remember books being part of my life when I was very young. I would love to say that there was a favourite bedtime storybook, but there wasn’t. My first contact with books happened when I started school at the grand old age of five.

I can still feel the excitement I felt when the teacher handed out our reading book. There, in bold print, on the front cover was my name. I was tickled with delight that out of all the girls’ names in my primary one class, it was mine on the cover. From that point onwards, I loved reading. I adored that the words on the page came together to tell a story, albeit a very short story of few words in my formative years.

I was won over to reading by seeing my name in print in my first reading book.

Books became my gift of choice on my birthdays and Christmases. Ladybird books were popular at the time and I had a little collection of fairy tales and fables, with Cinderella being one of my favourites. I could quite happily sit for hours on end re-reading the stories, almost to the point where I could recite them verbatim.

Infrequent visits to our local library were a highlight for me. I used to drive my mother and siblings mad by taking so long to choose my three books. So many books called to me and it hurt my heart to only be able to take three home at any given time. I also have vague recollections of a mobile library visiting our school, not sure how often it came, and have the distinct feeling these extra books made up the deficit in my life.

Fairy tales ignited my imagination for fantasy, leading me into the world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and the Chronicles of Narnia. Followed swiftly by The Hobbit, and an introduction to wizards, dwarves, elves, dragons and Gollum. These were the books that saw me through the challenge of growing up in the midst of ‘The Troubles’ in Northern Ireland. A time that was frightening and dangerous, and hard for my little mind to comprehend the violence on my doorstep. To escape the real world, I was more than happy to dive headlong into my books.

When I left home to go to Australia and finally ending up in London, via Manchester — books took a backseat to my real life adventures. However, dealing with a daily commute into central London soon called for my book buddies. Morning and night, I would sit on tube and train cradling a book and escaping the hum drum around me.

Reading may have come in fits and burst during my adult years, with a serious return to reading following a major emotional breakdown a decade ago. Books were a key part of my recovery, and I was more than happy to indulge my pleasure for reading, in particular, fantasy books. I, of course, read the Harry Potter series. But these just ignited my need for more. I was like an addict seeking the next ‘fantasy book’ fix. Bless all the wonderful authors who wrote the books that quelled my heart and revived my soul — Madeleine L’Engle, Rick Riordan, Cornelia Funke, Philip Pullman, Angie Sage and Eoin Colfer.

One of my favourite fantasy series by the loveable and witty Irish writer,
Eoin Colfer.

Now I read a diverse range of genre and include a few self-development books too, alongside a few chick-lit fun reads, punctuated with a smattering of classics.

Reading is key to learning, and it is, I believe, paramount for writers.

Without reading, we are now strengthing our craft. There are two sides to a book; the view of the author, and the journey for the reader. Both are equally important and must be considered. An author who writes without thinking of his/her reader is missing a key part of the puzzle. Reading is fuel for a writer, you expand your imagination, your word base and see how other writers have tackle different challenges/issues, both real or make believe.

Books are written to be read — and Writers need to Read.

So, you may ask what is my all-time favourite book?
My answer is there can never be just one…


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The Power of CHOICES

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Our CHOICES empower us and set us Free.

— Ellie J. Hart (Author of ‘I Choose… 52 Quotes to Inspire and Empower through Choices)

To choose or not to choose, that is the question…

I couldn’t choose. I was stuck.

Stuck in a holding pattern in my life – no moving forward or going back. It was like Groundhog Day, replaying the same bad scenes time and time again. This was my life for a long time. Too long.

My marriage was going down the pan. Two people living together in a state of bitterness. I’m not going to go into the details here, perhaps one day I will feel strong enough to tell that story, but not yet. I think you get the picture. Two people driving each other nuts, knowing how to press each other buttons to grate and provoke. Oh, unhappy days!

It was a cycle, one I knew only too well and one I knew deep down in my heart that it needed to end. Many of you will say ‘why didn’t you just walk away’, and I would agree with you, but FEAR kept me frozen in the never ending loop that was my reality. I guess I had secretly hoped that he would have walked away first, but then I should have realised that my pain and suffering was feeding his narcissistic ego.

Anyway, the Universe stepped in almost two years ago and put the spanner in the works to force the change. I had joined a bookclub, something for me and a chance to escape one night a week from the draining combat. The group were fun and friendly, and I derived great pleasure from the books each member took turns to select.

Then came a book that literally changed my life. The book of the month was ‘The Choice – Embrace the Possible‘ by Edith Eger. This book touched my soul in a profound way. Her experiences during the Holocaust wrenched at my heart and tears poured down my cheeks. Her story of survival through such cruelty was unbelievable, and it all came down to a CHOICE.

The CHOICE to survive no matter what.

This realisation shock me to my very core. Here was I stuck unable to make the CHOICE I needed to make to set myself free. It struck me that if a young Edith Eger could make a CHOICE to survive through such incredible suffering, I was capable of making the CHOICE to set myself free to live my life on my own terms.

It takes COURAGE to make big life changing choices, and I will admit it took me a further two months to get to a point where I believed in myself enough to go through with it, and when I did voice my decision, I was surprised at how calmly I was able to do it. My heart was fully onboard and knew it was the right thing for me.

Making the big difficult scary CHOICE was liberating.

From that point in my life I realised the power we have with the CHOICES we make. I no longer take a flippant view towards making important choices in my life. I now take time to examine and deliberate over them and check-in with myself to feel if they are right for me.

Taking back control of my CHOICES had given me back empowerment. I am no longer a victim — I am the boss of my life. I am now able to set clear boundaries, so I don’t feel taken advantage of. I find when I tune in and make a choice, I have clarity on my life purpose and where I’m heading.

Taking back control of our CHOICES is an important step in aligning with who we really are, and what we really want in our lives.

— Ellie J. Hart

My advice to anyone reading this, who feels stuck, is to really take a step back and consider carefully your choices. Tune in and listen to what your heart is telling you and then take the big brave step of making that choice with 110% conviction. Believe me, it will make a huge difference and set you free to enjoy your own miracluous life journey.

Dr Edith Eger’s book inspired me to change my life and through my experience I have learned about THE POWER OF CHOICES. In turn I wanted to pass on what I have learned, so I wrote my quote book to inspire you, and me, to make good choices every day that bring us further along the path to joy and happiness.

Life is full of fun, joy and happiness when we make the right choices to lead us there, so enjoy making those worthwhile choices.

With lots of love & blessings
Ellie J. Hart
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Lover of Life and Purveyor of Joy

Ellie’s debut book ‘I Choose… 52 Quotes to Inspire and Empower Through Choices’ is now available to purchase on AMAZON in both Kindle and Paperback formats.

Available in Kindle and Paperback formats on AMAZON >>> mybook.to/Ichoose52quotes

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Top Ten Must Reads – 2018

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My favourite books of 2018 to add to your 2019 Reading List

“A book is a dream you hold in your hand.”

– Neil Gaiman

Books, Books, Books

As a writer, I am also an avid reader, although I must admit that in past commuting was my precious time to bury my head in a book and be transported to another world, or to be experiencing a different life through the eyes of someone else… it was pure magic! Now I have to make time to read, which has meant being open to reading e-books and listening to audio books, but my first love will always be a physical book in my hand.

So, here are my top book recommendations from my 2018 reading list, and it was really hard to narrow it down to my top ten!

1.  Rising Strong (by Brené Brown)

Want to know what makes for a ‘wholehearted’ life and how to weather the storms of life – then this is the book for you. Brené Brown is a researcher, who uses her data to find out the secrets to why some people fair better with life in general than others. It is about failing, getting right back up and going on. It certainly made me review my own life and how I can learn ways to shift negative patterns and adopt ways to begin living a ‘wholehearted’ and happier life.

I also listened to an audio book (Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice) to accompany the book, which also reinforced her insights and learnings as share by the author at as live event.

2.  Recovery – Freedom from our Additions
     (by Russell Brand)

I listened to the audio book version, and I must say it was, at time hard to listen to Russell Brand drone on. However, that said, there were lots of insightful points. I don’t consider myself an addict, but there were definitely points that resonated with me. The AA 12 Step Program is also very valid to anyone who wishes to transform their lives and start to live a life of purpose. Check it out, and see what comes up for you.

3.  On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft  (by (Stephen King)

As a writer/author, this is a definite MUST READ… and so I dutiful read it. Yes, it is packed with lots of well-written anecdotal stories about Stephen King’s lengthy writing career, along with pointers on his writing style and tips.  Does it help you become a ‘bestselling’ author like Mr King? That I can’t say, but it will get you thinking about your own writing, and how you can improve it.

4.  Conversations with Me (by Caroline Palmy)

A beautifully written memoir of Caroline’s personal story to overcome the trauma and impact of divorce. I love the way it is structured with a series of questions she poses and then answers. It is open and honest, and offers the gift of ‘hope’ to anyone who is going through the same experience. Caroline proves you can get through it, and find yourself, and happiness, again.

5.  The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris (Jenny Colgan)

What’s not to love about this easy to read ‘Chick Lit’ book? It is set in Paris, a city I adore, and it has lots of chocolate in it, as well as romance. I admire her writing style and the story flowed well. Definitely a ‘feel good’ read, snuggled up on the sofa, with a cuppa and a box of chocolates at hand – perfect!

6.  Stop ‘Should-ing’ and Start Wanting (by Judith Quin)

Taking back control of your life, becoming ’empowered’ starts with your self-talk. In her debut book, Judith shares with us her story of removing the word ‘should’ from her vocabulary, and why we need to reconnect with what is right for us by ‘wanting’. Easy to read, with lots of great little exercises to do along the way too. Follow her advice and before long you will be living a life you WANT to live.

7.  This Book is Not for You (by Carole Boudreau)

A self-help book with a difference – it was written by the author for herself as a blueprint to FEEL GOOD, but she has kindly shared her learnings and practices with us. I liked Carole’s forthright style – she tells it as it is. Definitely crammed with tips for us all on how to tune in to feeling good again.

8.  Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life 
     (by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer)

I have listened to the audio book three times now, because I love his voice… it is so calm, reassuring and makes me feel good. In the book he shares his understand and learnings from researching Tao Te Ching and how we can adopt it into our lives. I must admit it is quite long, with some 81 verses. However, if you are on a spiritual journey, then I would definitely recommend it.

9.  How to Fall in Love (by Cecelia Ahern)

Not the best book from Ms Ahern, but it was an enjoyable read, and she is on the list because she is one of my favourite authors. I love her writing style and enjoy the references to life back in Ireland (this one is set in Dublin). Her sense of humour matches my own, and this book does not disappoint on that score. It is a corny ‘chick lit’ romance, and that was just want I needed when I read it.

10.  The Naked Knitting Club (by Janet Groom)

OK, I’m biased on this one – but why not, as it’s my list!
This is my debut novel, a ‘chick lit’. The story follows the life of Cate Taylor from when she makes a New Year’s resolution, which sets her on a path of transformation and stepping outside of her comfort zone. She ends up joining a ‘naked knitting club’ and her life starts to change. There is some knitting, but mostly is about relationships, friendships and life, with a little romance sprinkled into the mix.

Let me know what your top book recommendations, as I am now planning my reading list for 2019! Happy Reading 🙂


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Story Time

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The Secret of Success

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The Magic of Writing

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Words are Powerful – they create magic in the heart and mind of the reader.

Why do people write?  Why do I write?

Stepping into my role as a writer has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.  It has been 15 years since I first had the idea for my novel, and even before that it was a long-held dream to walk into a bookshop and see my book there on the shelf.

What held me back?

Well, I can say that my life as an expat the moving around, the constant challenge of re-building my life with every new move. I could blame my husband for his career messing up mine, and me becoming a trailing-spouse.  But really it was me – all me.  I used excuses, and created obstacles to appear, in my own mind, that I was too busy to take up my pen and write.    OK, over the years, I did write on-and-off, but I never fully committed. It was like a dream that just felt too big for me, and I was, if I am honest, too afraid to reach out and grasp. I allowed “FEAR” to hold me back. Fear that I would be a failure and be judged, criticised and laughed at by my peers, family and friends.  I secretly feared that the book might just be an overnight success and it would catapult me into the arena with the likes of J.K. Rowling – and I just could not handle that level of visibility.

Thanks to the alignment of the fates, I was introduced to Sean at That Guy’s House Publishing, and we hit it off immediately. He loved the idea of my book and I was delighted to join his writing family.  Working with Sean has been great, as I have accountability to get the writing done and I love our calls to hear his feedback on the draft chapters I submit.  The process previously was so dauntingly huge and the idea of writing 80,000+ words and then working out all the technical aspects of self-publishing overwhelming. Now it is not only manageable but also fun.  Belonging to a group of authors has been so supportive and encouraging – each time one of us releases his/her book into the world, we all celebrate.

Writing is a journey and giving myself permission to step into this creative sacred space has been a magical experience.  Every time I sit down and write, either on my book or a blog, I tune into “creative magic”, and this creative flow is like a charge of inspirational energy feeding my very soul.  It makes my heart sing and my soul shine – and this is my big WHY I write.

I truly believe that when I write with heart and soul – the magic that is created touches so many lives, and mostly my own. Writing continues to be part healing and part expansion.  It is a journey of self-discovery, where we learn to listen and tune into the creative muse, we tap into the power of our imaginations, we write the stories that are being shared with us and most of all we learn the power of our vulnerability.

What do you mean Vulnerability?

Ask any author and you will hear the same thing – when you put your book, your “baby”, out into the world it is a scary place. A writer spends months, and even years, writing with their heart and soul.  They are so connected with their book – they feel strongly about their work, and believe in the storylines, characters, twists and conclusions.  When they release it into the world they are allowing the world to judge them, and no-one likes to be judged and found wanting.

When you write, deeply, with ferocious intensity and put your heart and soul into it – it is putting yourself in a place of vulnerability.   Amazon reviews can make or break you.  Book reviews on Goodreads can end writing careers.  As a writer, you need to learn to embrace your vulnerability and lean into knowing that reviews are only that.  An established writer will learn to accept their imperfections, and only take onboard feedback and critique that helps them to improve their craft, ensuring that the next book will be better.

 

Being a Highly Sensitive Writer

Writing can be a wonderful healing and cathartic experience.  Writers draw on their own personal experiences, and many people choose to write books to help others through an often-traumatic experience they lived through. As a highly sensitive writer, it is particularly hard to share your inner emotions and relive events that you would prefer to leave firmly in the past.  Writing to share your experience can be deeply healing – many writers feel a great sense of relief after the physical act of writing their story.

A highly sensitive writer need to be supported when they go through this process, they need people who get them and understand what a challenging experience it can be.  That is why having a writing coach or mentor is valuable.  Not only do you get support, but you get someone who emphasizes the process you are going through – both for writing and for emotional support.  They are there to hold your hand and bolster your resolve to push through.  The right writing coach will help you navigate your way and be there at your side as you release your “baby” into the world.  They will be the first in line to help you celebrate and they will be on hand to support you to sift through reviews and find the feedback to make you a better writer.

Writing is a Magical Experience

Writing is a truly magical experience.  Leaning into writing and growing as a writer, is an incredible and life-changing experience.  I believe, and will always believe, in the power of words – and each one of us has a story to tell, and many of us have many stories to tell.  People love stories, and there is always someone out there who will love the story you have to tell.

Do you have a dream to be a writer?
Do you have a story you wish to tell?

If you feel called to write, either sharing stories fabricated in the kaleidoscope of your imagination or your “true life” story – and you are a highly sensitive person – I recommend you find a writing coach with whom you connect and start your writing journey today.  Push your “fears” aside and step up and grab your pen – I guarantee it will be one amazing magical ride, and one you will be glad you took.

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The Power of Words

Words have Power

The words you use really have power both on the people around you and even on yourself.   It can raise your positive mindset and set you up for success, or make you doubt yourself and start to perceive the world as a negative and cruel place out to get you.

Think about it – when you read a book how does it make you feel?

Well, depending on the book or story you are reading, a well written set of prose will really take you on an emotional rollercoaster.   A good writer will search for the perfect WORD to evoke a reaction from the reader.

Words can be so emotive.

A wordsmith weaves an adventure for the reader, creating images in their minds, making tears trickle downs their face and making them gasp at a climatic point.    Through the right usage of words, you will fall in love with the tall-dark stranger, develop a hatred for the baddie, or feel your toes dig into the warm golden sands on an exotic beach.

I Love Words

As a writer, I adore WORDS.   I read a lot and I love finding a word that tickles me – words can make me DELIRIOUSLY happy.   I have a list of words I adore and look forward to opportunities to use them – like they call out to me and reach deep into my Soul.

Next time you are reading, a book or even a newspaper article, take more time to examine the words used.  You might be surprised at how the words connect with you, and might even find words you adore too.

 

In our modern world we believe that words are not so important, that they have been surpassed by emojis, texting and videos.   However, the opposite is true.   With the advancement of communication technology, we are using more written words every day – emails, reports, marketing scripts, sales pitches, advertisements and much more.   Perhaps there are less printed formats, but the on-screen, online words are exploding onto our screens and into our lives every day.  That is why it is more important to pick your words carefully.

In the business and corporate world too many people think it makes them clever to be seen to be using impressive vocabulary.  However, rather than helping it often creates a block for the recipient, and the message fails miserably to be conveyed, with the reader failing to grasps the key points or losing interest before realising there is an important action required.

When I worked in the corporate world, I witnessed this far too many times.   I am a firm believer in THE PLAIN ENGLISH movement, particularly a in challenging and demanding work world.  I suspect that is a topic for another blog post.

What I ask you to consider is to please give words the respect they deserve – choose them carefully and they will work for you.

 


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