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The Word Business

Writing better at work and in life ... 
Because words still matter

How to Craft a Meaningful Statement on Race   

An assistant professor of management at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania offers tips for CEOs.
Spoiler alert: Be real, be compassionate, and commit to change.
(Via Quartz at Work)

Merriam-Webster Will Change Definition of 'Racism'

A Drake University graduate convinced the dictionary giant to revise its decades-old listing.
Get the details.
(Via The New York Times)

Avoid These Overused Expressions At All Costs 

It doesn't matter whether you write them or say them, phrases like "To be honest," "Please advise," and "It is what it is" won't work anymore. 
Dump them.

When Was the Last Time You Picked Up a Pencil? 

A pencil shop owner and author of a new book chronicling the history of pencils in 75 anecdotes suggests you give one a try again. 
“They smell like something. They sound like something. There’s a very physical connection," she says.
(Via Florida Weekly)
Like practically everything else, the 31st annual University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers' Institute was postponed this year. I was scheduled to present a session titled "Six Strategies for Launching a Successful Freelance Writing Gig," and I'm hoping I can still participate when the event is rescheduled.
Get updates here.

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— Jon Konarske, Publisher
 In Business magazine (Madison, Wis.)


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