Create Confidence With Your Writing

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Create Confidence With Your Writing

By: Robert Warren

Whether you are writing a magazine article, composing a press release, or editing the sales copy on your website, the end goal is always the same - to influence the thinking, and probably actions, of other human beings. To do that, your writing must instill confidence in a mind that is inclined to doubt you.

Here are a few tips on keeping the reader on your side.

Keep your word count under control. Keep it simple and don't say any more than necessary; when you write, limit your word count from the start. Never spend 1000 words covering ground that could have been covered in 200 words - the extra material looks exactly like the useless filler it is.

Don't hedge. At all. Sometimes a writer is worried about offending the reader, and so either avoids making direct statements or pads the statements with language designed to soften the blow. Don't hedge - be bold and direct, and let the reader be offended. You can't make everyone happy, and you'll look like a fool if you try.

Be on the lookout for language - phrases like "taken as a whole" and words like "basically" - which doesn't contribute anything towards supporting a direct claim. Weed out the hedging and get back to simple noun-and-verb statements.

Use active verb tense - avoid passive tense at all costs. Active verbs describe the subject committing an action and influencing its environment ("Jim drove his car"), while passive verb clauses dislocate the subject so that it becomes secondary to the predicate clause ("The car was driven by Jim"). Typically any verb clause in the "to be" family ("has been", "is being", etc.) is a passive clause.

Don't use passive verbs; they express impersonal events rather than committed actions, and they create distance with the reader. They avoid a sense of personal accountability. Active verbs draw the reader closer and fix responsibility.

Maintain an optimistic, positive tone. Politicians everywhere know that good news wins elections. Limit your use of negative statements as much as possible, and focus on the positive. Give your reader a sense of hope rather than apathy.

Even if circumstances require that you deliver bad news, do so with optimism: there are problems, but we are solving them. Don't deny or avoid obvious unpleasant truths - if your reader knows about them already, your avoidances will only damage your credibility - but keep control over your tone. Promoting a consistently optimistic image to your readers goes a long way towards generating confidence, or at least benefit of the doubt.

Structure your writing carefully. Carefully plan out what you intend to write, and then follow the plan. Don't make it up as you go along. Don't wander and don't be indirect - organize your message carefully, to say the most in the least words possible. Demonstrate that you are in control of your communications, and worthy of reader confidence.

About The Author

Robert Warren (www.rswarren.com) is a Florida-based freelance copywriter specializing in the unique marketing needs of independent professionals.


writer@rswarren.com

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Megan E 03.08.2009. 16:37

How to write a resume with no work experience? Well, the other day I went in to apply at the hair salon and they wanted me to create a resume instead of fill out a job application. I have no idea what I should do with this. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Megan E

Admin 03.08.2009. 16:37

You need to exude confidence and potential when you write your resume, this is what you have going for you. Keep in mind that you will not be able to put in years of experience but just the promise of potential.

Your entry level resume should be function oriented, by this I mean that you should concentrate more on showing your capabilities, skills and specific abilities. You cannot yet boast about accomplishments so try to balance that out with other aspects. Like your ability to adapt, you capability to work as in a team environment, and other traits that you think will be of benefit to the company if they hire you.

Place your educational background, certificates, academic achievement somewhere on the top of your resume. Followed by your skills and knowledge, like the program languages you know how to use or specific mechanical skills you know. You can also include anything that you learned outside of school, like knowing how to speak other languages, or self taught technical skills. It is important that your format your resume so that these thing will easily be noticed.
And lastly is to create a convincing and encouraging cover letter. This will be the most important part of your resume; no amount of entry level resume tips can help you more that writing a compelling cover letter. You have to show that you have initiative and potential, most employers will put more weight on character more than experience, and this is where you want to put your effort into. Convince the reader that you are worth hiring, that you are willing to do the work, and learn anything that needs to be learned for your specific position. If you pull this off then you're a shoe-in for that position.

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Pyerse Dandridge 09.04.2010. 06:11

How do I create an African American News Magazine without looking like a Splog? I want to create an online African American Magazine with tons of articles I find online daily. How can I create such a site, while giving proper credit and links back to the original site, without looking like a spam blog?

Pyerse Dandridge

Admin 09.04.2010. 06:11

Make sure to write with good grammar (I'm sure you know that already). Up your writing confidence a bit before going that route. (You should write your own articles; don't copy and paste things because that will look spammish.) I think it could be a good success if you go about it correctly. Good luck :)

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Jessica 14.03.2013. 04:32

How to write a proper cover letter? I am 18 and applying for a paid internship at the Criminal Courts Department at my town's superior courthouse. I looked online at how-to's on writing cover letters, but since there was no job posting for this internship, I can't follow the layout which states that I have to list the job requirements. Is there another way I can write a cover letter or do you have any suggestions?

Thanks!

Jessica

Admin 14.03.2013. 04:32

* 1Use a template or program. You don't need to memorize proper business letter format but you do need to know that there is a proper format. Using guidelines from your word processing program as well as grammar and spell check can help you be sure that every period is in the right place.

* 2Spend time on appearance and presentation. Composing a properly formatted cover letter can be time consuming. Allow yourself at least 30 minutes to write an original letter. If you are faxing or emailing a cover letter, be sure that it is in the proper format and maintains its appearance in electronic form. Be sure to proofread as well as spell check, since repeated or omitted words and words used incorrectly in the context will not be caught by spell check.

Create the Perfect Cover Letter

* 3Write specific cover letters for each job you apply for rather than creating a general cover letter. Showing specificity reflects your interest in that job rather than your interest in just any job.

* 4Refer to personal contacts. Name-drop if someone referred you for the job or you spoke to someone previously about the position.

* 5 Write with confidence. You need to convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job. Focus on your strengths and try to convey to the reader that his or her applicant search is over.

Contact Potential Employers Through Other Means

* 6Attach a resume. Be sure that the information in the cover letter reflects but does not simply repeat the information in the resume. Using a specifically targeted cover letter is pointless if you are using a general resume that does not highlight your relevant experience.

* 7Follow up your cover letter with a phone call or email. Call hiring personnel to make sure they received your information. This will often force them to look at something that might have been sitting in a pile.

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PezBoy 28.04.2007. 19:51

What is the best way to teach students how to create a THESIS statement? 1. I must teach 10th graders how to create an effective thesis statement.

2. What is the best way to teach effectively how 10th graders should compose a THESIS statement for their expository research paper?

PEZ

PezBoy

Admin 28.04.2007. 19:51

If I may so suggest:
1) Start
2) body
3) conclusion

For this age group who is not use to writing elaborate papers, the argument piece should be structured similar to the above three part system.

1) begin by stating the argument...ie, what you want to prove or disprove and why.

2) Elaborate why this particular premise is important for discussion and to whom it should apply. Offer 2 or 3 opponents of this idea, and what you will offer to prove you are correct and the opponents are not. Explain, demonstrate, using any necessary visual aides, to prove your hypotheses/ theory is correct.

3) summarize the entire paper and conclude that your views must be correct and offer the basic reasoning for this conclusion.


VIOLA!...the Standard Written Argument...or "Thesis" if you would rather. I would further suggest you give the students a couple of practice runs before you ask for the "real deal." This will build their confidence..and yours. And decide the length (# of pages) of each paper if time restraints are a consideration. Just a thought.

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DocAsh59 04.06.2010. 18:54

What are the best ways to boost my confidence? I am a little bit shy meeting new people and going on stage and i would like to get more confidence. I would like to know what is the best way to get more confidence.

DocAsh59

Admin 04.06.2010. 18:54

Start by making a list of all of the things you like about yourself, and taping it up somewhere that you will see it everyday. Then, anytime you think something negative about yourself, replace it with one of the things you have written down. Over time, it will become like a second nature to compliment yourself when feeling down.

Find something that you are really good at, and that you feel good about yourself while doing it, then plan events or hanging out around that one thing. For example, say you are really good about bowling and when you bowl you feel awesome about yourself. Invite some people that make you feel GOOD about yourself, to go bowling with you. It is much easier to be confident and more social when you are doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.

Also, do something like get a haircut, get a manicure or pedicure, or get a new outfit! It's amazing what a confidence boost you get from any of these things. I actually have a website where I create outfits for people to help boost their self esteem! My website is http://danicaliforniaoutfits.com and I will create you some outfits! My motto is Real Style, Real You. I also have a blog about self esteem, confidence, fitness, and health! It's http://IAmFree2BeMe.blogspot.com

Remember that you are beautiful inside and out no matter what people might tell you or what you think of yourself. Hold your head held high and think about all of the things YOU love about yourself. Stand your ground and stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good about yourself and confident. Don't waste your time on those who make you feel bad!

"Always wear an invisible crown on your head" - Author Unknown

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JDB 29.05.2010. 20:20

How to build confidence in a teenager? I'm 14 years old and very shy. I am now getting 'bullied' because a chav thinks I'm weak. I need to build some confidence so I can stand up for myself. I know there is hypnosis but I need free of that. Any help is thanked.

JDB

Admin 29.05.2010. 20:20

Start by making a list of all of the things you like about yourself, and taping it up somewhere that you will see it everyday. Then, anytime you think something negative about yourself, replace it with one of the things you have written down. Over time, it will become like a second nature to compliment yourself when feeling down.

Find something that you are really good at, and that you feel good about yourself while doing it, then plan events or hanging out around that one thing. For example, say you are really good about bowling and when you bowl you feel awesome about yourself. Invite some people that make you feel GOOD about yourself, to go bowling with you. It is much easier to be confident and more social when you are doing something that makes you feel good about yourself.

Also, do something like get a haircut, or get a new outfit! It's amazing what a confidence boost you get from any of these things. I actually have a website where I create outfits for people to help boost their self esteem! My website is http://danicaliforniaoutfits.com and I will create you some outfits! My motto is Real Style, Real You. I also have a blog about self esteem, confidence, fitness, and health! It's http://IAmFree2BeMe.blogspot.com I also have a website for victims of bullying, it's http://youneedtobeheard.com

Remember that you are beautiful inside and out no matter what people might tell you or what you think of yourself. Hold your head held high and think about all of the things YOU love about yourself. Stand your ground and stay true to yourself and what you believe in. Surround yourself with people that make you feel good about yourself and confident. Don't waste your time on those who make you feel bad!

"Always wear an invisible crown on your head" - Author Unknown

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ludy 14.10.2007. 02:14

How do you create a workshop? I have to create a workshop on motivation and self-confidence for people with disabilities. I work for an employment counselling and placement agency. Any tips would be helpful. I never designed a workshop before.

ludy

Admin 14.10.2007. 02:14

The following are a few points to ensure that learners get the most from an in-service or workshop session. To review the remainder or the paper go to:
http://www.After-School-Care.com

The page is under the Tips and Article Heading. It is written for the field of school-age care, but pertains to ANY type of training or workshop. Training... is training ...is training...

? Be prepared for the meeting! Plan with the end in mind.
Is this meeting to create awareness of a topic, or for specific skill-building?

? Create safety. Attendees should feel comfortable connecting with each other.

? Always connect the learning material and activities to the participant. At the beginning of the meeting, answer the un-asked question of ?What?s in this for me? Being here is worth it to me because ??

? Frame the meeting in a positive way. Make the trainings and meetings a celebration of learning experiences! What is learned with pleasure is remembered.

? An hour learning session should consist of one major topic with a few discussion points. It?s better to cover one topic thoroughly then several subjects lightly.
Remember: Too much- too fast- won?t last?or?Too much-too quick-won?t stick!

? Be sure to periodically check for understanding of new materials and directions.
Example: Use thumbs up /thumbs down or head nodding.

? When one person is talking, lecturing, or teaching, keep it UNDER twenty minutes of continuous lecture at a time.
Because the brain craves novelty, mix talking with quick ?brain breaks?. Continue with lecture after learners have been given a minute or two to re-focus their energy and attention. Intersperse lengthy lectures with small or large group-talk, peer- sharing ideas, or a review of what was just discussed. Theme-related videos/DVDs, analogies, metaphors, real-life examples, humor and stories are tools to mix with lectures. Physical movement renews energy. Just getting up and moving seats will provide a needed break.

? Begin and end with high energy. We remember most what is presented first and last.

? Along the way-discuss what has been presented. Group dialogue cements learning! To start a discussion, make the questions ?open-ended?. Frame discussion questions to
avoid ?yes? and ?no? answers.

? Individually, or as a group, make a commitment to something taken from the day?s learning experience.

To start:
1. Get resources together on your topic of Building Confidence.
2. Decide on the material you want to present.
3. Organize the material in a way to make the workshop enjoyable...
4. As well as reading the suggested paper... order good books on training with the brain in mind! (Erik Jensen and Sharon Bowman are two) The reading is fast and will give you a lot of ideas!
5. Relax and have a good time. If you're nervous--Fake it till you make it!

Good Luck! Barb Shelby

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Sarah Marks 14.10.2011. 23:48

how do i keep my writing light and interesting? so i want to write a book and every time i get an idea i try to but after a few days i feel like my writing is childish and stupid and start on a new idea. its an awful cycle. how can i keep my writing good and make myself want to stick with it?

Sarah Marks

Admin 14.10.2011. 23:48

Practice makes perfect, so while you think this is an awful cycle, its not a total waste of your ideas, its plenty of practice, Im sure you'll notice you improve, even if just a little each time. Im guilty of the same cycle myself.

My advice is to NEVER throw your stuff away, even scraps of ideas, they'll come in handy eventually,, heck you may go back to older ideas and pick up where you left off later on and create something fantastic.

Why not post some of your ideas on some kind of forum for aspiring authors and see what others think, you may be being too harsh on yourself, build up some confidence and keep on writing

Dya think you can help me with my question?
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=ArXwRF9170AAHtl.xhN.Hmrty6IX;_ylv=3?qid=20111014162313AAYBBLy

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Concerned Employee 24.02.2011. 01:43

I work for a storage company who is in the middle of a refinance, is it illegal to create fake rentals? They are making made up companies to rent large quantities of spaces in order to pad the numbers, and write checks from the storage company's own bank account to "pay" for the fees and monthly rent. Is this just unethical or this is actually illegal?
Thanks for the answers so far, but just to add, this is actually their second time refinancing this way since I've been there, also can I get references that state this is illegal. Thanks again!

Concerned Employee

Admin 24.02.2011. 01:43

Totally illegal and pretty stupid to boot. They're apparently banking on this being the bankers' first rodeo. It most likely isn't though and they'll know how to spot this ham-handed ruse. Get out while you can...

ADD: What kind of references do you want? If you give false information for the purposes of getting money from somebody, that is the very definition of fraud. In fact, here's the dictionary definition of fraud:
"deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage"
Fraud is an actual crime. Does what you're describing sound like the dictionary definition of that word? Then you might want to look up the specific statute for fraud in your jurisdiction.

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Cait 06.02.2013. 07:16

What kind of challenges should I create for a student who wants to grow up to be Batman? This is a serious question. I am a teacher and one of my students wants to grow up to be a vigilante. I likely should be guiding him toward something more legal but it so motivates him! He asked me to create challenges to help him develop skills. He has self-directed his physical training regiment but I am in charge of his mind. These are the things we have done so far...

He is memorizing a poem a week and he is also working on a recitation of the preamble of the constitution and a portion of the bill of rights (confidence, expand vocabulary, pattern recognition, public speaking, improving general worldliness) - he is likely going to be reciting the memorized Bill of Rights for a tv spot on cbs!

To sharpen his observations skills we play memory games. ie he has 30 seconds to study the room then he leaves and i change some things and he has to see if he can notice all the changes

listening tests - he has to recognize songs from small sound bytes

this is all we have done so far. I am trying to make it all as academic as possible while still maintaining that it is all for the purpose of him becoming real life batman haha. I want to try different tests that challenge all five senses. Some can be more fun than others but academic challenges are best! I'd also like to incorporate writing and reading out loud (a weakness of his because of moderate dyslexia).

Cait

Admin 06.02.2013. 07:16

kill his parents

Admin

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