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TRUMP CARES – By Helping Job Creation, Helping To Feed Starving Kids, Making A Difference

Trump knows business, having enjoyed  an ultra-successful career as a business person.  He knows jobs, having created thousands of jobs during his long career.  Trump has learned how to deal with people, all kinds of people during this time.  He understands finance and economics and how to negotiate deals.  He knows business, and who can deny that being president, running the country, is like running a big, very big, business. So his experience in business has prepared him for the presidency like no political job ever could.

Trump has also endorsed a network marketing business in past years, not currently since he entered the presidential race, which in turn  supported a charity that helped feed hungry children.  By endorsing this business he helped people to improve their lives by helping them to own their own business, create more time for themselves and become independent, and in the process helped to provide food for starving kids, all as part of his effort to help people get a new start in life.  It’s what Trump is all about.  This was nothing new for him.  He had been doing it for years.  It’s what he called, rightfully so, making a difference.   I have personal knowledge of all that, being a member of that network marketing business myself.  So TRUMP CARES.  He cares about people, he cares about the country, he cares about you.

No one can take any of that away from him, not for a moment, certainly not Crooked Hillary, who knows nothing about job creation, nothing about finance or economics, nothing about making deals, or about success in anything.  She is corrupt, incompetent,  and a world-class liar.  She should hang a sign around her neck that says, “I am a fraud – don’t vote for me.”  For once in  her life, she’d be telling the truth.  Hillary has also collected money, millions of dollars from foreign powers paid into the Clinton Foundation over the years, for her services, her favors, as Secretary of State.  You know what that makes her?  They have a name for it, not used in polite company.  I don’t have to say it.  But facts are facts, they are things, as John Adams argued in the famous Boston Massacre trial of 1770.  You have to deal with them.  This entire scheme is an arrangement that just reeks of corruption and is well deserving of an FBI investigation in and of itself.

Yet Crooked Hillary still  claims she is qualified to be President.  Amazing!  Of course, she’s getting help, lot of it, from the liberal, very liberal, mainstream media.  They are crooked too, as claimed by Trump, and rightly so.   They have a duty to report news accurately, but they don’t.  They distort everything so far as Trump is concerned even falsify things, and they shouldn’t.   It’s an abuse of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press.  But they are scared to death that Trump will win.  They should be scared, because he will win.

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Help Improve The Economy – Learn To Write Clearly

The ability to communicate clearly is a basic ingredient for success in any endeavor. In today’s world of mass communication, it is essential for anyone who wants to get ahead. Thus, the power of the written word is more important than ever before. It’s your key to the future. Clear writing is a marketable skill, one that employers will gladly pay for. If you write clearly, there may be job openings you can qualify for which would otherwise be unavailable. This skill is very important at any time but even more so in today’s struggling economy. Moreover,as more skilled workers enter the workforce, the stronger our economy will be. So, learning to write clearly will not only benefit you personally but will benefit the country.

Clear written communication skills will also enhance your opportunities for advancement if you are now employed. An employer will recognize you and single you out for greater responsibility (and more pay) once you are proficient with the written word. An employee with clear writing skills will be in a better position to help his/her employer increase sales and profitability, which is always the bottom line in any business.

As has been pointed out in this blog previously, learning to write more clearly begins with the practice of writing itself. Dedicate yourself to writing every day. The more you write, the greater your confidence will grow. And also read regularly. The more you read, the greater your knowledge of good writing habits will become. Expose yourself to experienced writers whenever and wherever you can. Learn from their style. No less an authority on writing than Stephen King, in his book, “On Writing”, clearly emphasizes the importance of reading: “If you don’t have the time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. It’s as simple as that…”

It is also important to make a list of all new words, learn them, and learn how to use them. Become familiar with all punctuation marks and their application. Train your eye to learn good grammar by word association rather than by definition. This should be your homework, so to speak. The more thoroughly you apply yourself, the clearer your writing will be.

There are many writing writing guidelines and techniques discussed in my book, “The Art of Clear Writing,” available on amazon.com/Kindle books and in print. Follow these guidelines and develop these techniques by continuous practice. An important step in thi8s direction is to build your vocabulary so you can find the right word when you need it. Also, be concise in your writing. Use shorter sentences, carefully and thoroughly edit all writing before using it and, most importantly, eliminate all spelling errors. Poor spelling will stamp you as an amateur writer, or worse.

Writing is no different from any other undertaking in life You have to start at the beginning to master it. But the rewards are enormous and well worth your time. All art is created through the exercise of a craft such as painting, sculpting, etc. Every craft must be taught and learned, including writing. Clear writing is an art form because it can be learned through the craft of writing. Almost everyone can write to some degree, but to write clearly is a goal worthy of achievement. The long hours and hard work it may take to get there are tasks eminently worth the effort. Remember that a clearly written document speaks well of the writer and the purpose it seeks to advance.

Begin with a positive attitude toward writing. Developing the right mental attitude will be a major step toward improvement. This will come from building confidence in your writing which in turn will come with continuous writing experience. So, write every day to expedite your improvement.

Copyright 2013. Arnold G. Regardie. All rights reserved.

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Learn To Create A Paper Trail As Part of Your Clear Writing Skills; Help The Economy As Well

Unfortunately, widespread unemployment still plagues the nation.  The development of clear writing skills will help to put you in a position where you can increase your opportunities for job placement, earnings potential, and career advancement.  It will also, in the process, help to improve the economy by adding your own writing skills to the labor force, thereby increasing your chances of getting hired and potentially contributing to the reduction of unemployment.  You can start adding to your writing skills by learning to create a paper trail.

As an integral component of my daily routine while practicing law, I developed the habit of memorializing everything I did.  This is an extremely valuable practice to use, and I urge you to follow suit.  Not only will the creation of such a paper trail be of immeasurable benefit to you as a personal or business reminder of important dates and events, but this habit will force you to write more, and thus will allow you to accomplish a necessary step on the road to learning clear writing skills.  As this blog has repeatedly advised, you must write as much as possible to teach yourself the clear writing skills recommended here.

Agreements, formal or informal, deadlines, important events, issues for future follow up, errands, etc., all deserve to be put in writing, whether by follow-up letter or by memo to the file.  It’s good personal and business practice to leave a paper trail whenever possible, not only as a reminder of matters requiring your attention such as deadlines, but to create a written backup to avoid any possible misunderstandings as to who said what, when it was said, where it was said, etc.  I still follow these practices today.

There is no better place to begin creating a paper trail than by writing letters.  Expertise in letter writing, including emails, should be an indispensable part of your writing arsenal and it is important to leave a trail for any follow up.

There are manifold uses for letters.  One of the most important uses is to help you find employment.  If you are in the market for a job, it is essential to use a cover letter to accompany any resume which you send out.  The cover letter will serve to introduce you personally to the prospective interviewer.  But, the letter must be well written; poorly worded letters will get you nowhere and will wind up in the trash.  If a letter is worded improperly, i.e., poor grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc., the reader may conclude on the basis of the letter alone, without even reading your resume, that you are not qualified for the position.  It will not make any sense for any interviewer to hire someone who does not write well because it will reflect badly on the company and may even cause it to lose business.  The letter should employ clear writing techniques, and be visually attractive.  It should specify the position you are seeking and state how you learned about it.  It should also explain why you are qualified for the position you are seeking and how your qualifications will benefit the company.  Close the letter by referencing your enclosed resume, requesting an interview, and stating when you will be available.

A properly worded letter of inquiry about a job opportunity may open a door of opportunity for you not otherwise available.  Clear writing skills are most important here.  Remember, you are selling yourself when you write.  Unless the letter establishes you as a credible writer, the reader may not consider your qualifications even if you are well qualified for the position.

Also, sending a thank you letter to acknowledge an interview may make a difference to the interviewer.  It is a good follow up to any interview and is an important part of the paper trail being discussed here.

Business letters should be clear, to th©e point, and correctly punctuated and formatted.  Properly written, visually attractive letters will reflect favorably on you individually as well as any company that employs you.  Written confirmation of all business transactions should be standard practice.

Leaving a paper trail for future reference is a good approach to the development of clear writing skills.  This habit will go a long way to avoid misunderstandings and is always a good business practice.

Copyright © 2013.  Arnold G. Regardie.  All rights reserved.

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Clear Writing Requires A Strong Vocabulary

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Clear Writing Requires Polishing of Every Writing Project

Happy new year to all of my readers and best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

One of your new year’s resolutions should be to write every day.  That’s the quickest way to improve your writing.  It will help you write faster, better,  and with more confidence.

Recent blogs have focused on the need to achieve mastery of your subject matter as part of the road to clear writing.  I have previously pointed out that  poor subject matter preparation will result in weak writing.  But even assuming you have written about a well-researched subject and know it like the back of your hand, your finished writing project must still be polished before it can be truly considered as “done.”

There are important polishing considerations to be kept in mind before you can consider any writing project as truly finished.  It is vital to polish your writing carefully and thoroughly so it flows as smoothly as possible.  No writing should be considered polished unless you have at least given consideration to the areas which follow below.

Highlight important information to0 help maintain readability.  Use extra white space, bullet points, capital letters, underlining, or italics to allow your reader to skim your writing.  But don’t overuse any of these items.  If you are truly knowledgeable about your subject, highlighting important information accurately will help to demonstrate your knowledge.

Be consistent throughout in whatever method you choose so your reader can recognize how you flag important information.

Make sure each paragraph covers what the heading indicates.  Otherwise, your writing will be jumpy and lack smoothness.

Explain all abbreviations and similar short-hand writing.  A sports fan will understand that the initials, “NCAA” stand for the National Collegiate Athletic Association.  A reader who is not a sports fan will be in the dark.

Question the need for everything in the writing.  If you don’t know what you’re trying to say, you can’t write it clearly.

Carefully review your document to determine if any important information is missing.

Maintain consistency in the document’s organization.  This will help the reader understand the different levels of information you have presented.  Typical organizational format includes document title, section headings, subsection headings, paragraph headings, and general text.

Before any writing is submitted to your reader, make sure you edit it thoroughly.   Careful spelling and punctuation review is an absolute, absolute must.  There is probably no other area which will stamp your writing as amateurish, or worse,  as poor spelling and poor punctuation.  These areas are important enough to warrant special consideration.

It is also important to make sure your draft is tight, i.e., uses the least number of words to get your thoughts across.  Make the tone of your writing easy to understand, conversational, and natural.  Don’t leave any gaps in your writing so that the reader must stop and wonder what you’re saying.

Once you know who you’re writing for and what you’re writing about, both of which have been recently covered in my blogs, you’re ready to take the next step: writing your first draft.

This should be your new year’s resolution, to write every day.  It will do wonders for your writing skills and enable you to do your part to help improve the economy in the process. It will help to increase your earnings potential, your chances of finding a job, or for job advancement if you’re already employed.  If you run a business, pass the word to your employees – improvement in their writing skills will help increase your sales. Pick a topic you’re familiar with or enjoy talking about and write about it!  Make it a daily habit.  You will find that the more you write, the easier it will become to write clearly.

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Correct Diction Is A Sure Path To Clear Writing

Today’s blog will be my last chance to communicate with you before next Tuesday’s election.  I want to use it to emphasize a point I’ve been stressing recently, i.e., learn to write clearly as part of your contribution to the skilled work force needed to help improve the economy, as urged by Mitt Romney.

Finding and using the correct word in constructing sentences is not just a function of vocabulary building; it’s also a vital ingredient in using good grammar.  To become an accomplished writer, you must learn to avoid faulty diction, which refers to the correct choice of words.  This subject is covered in my eBook “The Art of Clear Writing,” (available on amazon.com/kindlebooks, but soon to be available in print as well).

My blog site has repeatedly stressed that good grammar can be learned by using word association, learned through extensive reading and continued practicing of your writing.   It’s an approach also espoused in my eBook.   I am living proof that this approach works, and, if it has worked for me, it can work for you.

Without regard to learning good grammar by word association, it’s also helpful to know which words to use in a given sentence and to have these words at your fingertips.  The more you can recognize how to use them, the faster your clear writing skills will improve.  In order to help move you along in this learning process, I have devoted this week’s blog to illustrating use of some of the more commonly misused and confused words which seem to cause writers problems.

One problem area is principal and principle.  These words are commonly confused.

Examples of the correct uses of principal are as follows:

Mary is the principal of the school.

The principal balance of your mortgage will be reduced with every monthly payment.

The correct uses of principle are as follows:

The principle point of his speech is not to raise taxes.

Not to allow any discrimination is a matter of principle with him.

Another troublesome area is the difference between effect (to accomplish), and affect (to influence).

For example, higher gasoline prices have a discouraging effect on driving.  But higher gasoline prices also affect everyone who drives.

Accept and except also causes problems.  Accept means to receive while except means to exclude.  Here are some illustrations:

I accept your gift with gratitude.  Your offer to buy my car is accepted.

This example uses both words to contrast their usage: Except for all the obvious shortcomings of this location, I agree with your description and accept your kind offer to sell me your business.

Also, here’s another form of except: There are exceptions to every rule.

Another set of words commonly misused is already and all ready.   The movers are already here.  In this usage the word means beforehand.  All ready means everyone is ready. The assembly is all ready to start.

Similarly, altogether and all together are often confused.  Altogether means entirely.  The committee was altogether satisfied with the report.  All together means collectively.  The committee was all together in rejecting the proposal.

Allusion and illusion are also frequently confused.  Allusion means a reference.  Your allusion to my poor habits is unacceptable to me.  His allusion to the fiscal cliff is too vague to be meaningful.

Illusion means a deceptive appearance, such as an optical illusion.  His sighting of water in the distance was just an illusion.

Further and farther are also words often and easily misused.  Farther means to a greater distance, to a greater extent.  Example:  I refuse to act any farther in this plan.  If you can’t hold up any farther, say so.  Further describes quantity or degree.  I can provide some further instances.  It’s not safe to go any further in the darkness.  I am not going to pursue my studies in literature any further. This word is usually found in the word, furthermore.

These are only a few examples.  Many more could be provided.  There is no easy way to overcome any propensity you may have to confuse these and other words.  Diligent application by extensive reading and studying of the troublesome words to learn their correct use is the best answer.

My last words for today are simply these:  Begin working on the improvement of your writing now and don’t give up on it.  Stay with it and be persistent!   Remember, persistence and determination are omnipotent.  Improvement of the economy is everyone’s responsibility.  It deserves your best effort.

Copyright © 2012.  Arnold G. Regardie.  All rights reserved.

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Clear Writing Is Your Responsibility

This blog has repeatedly reminded readers that it’s never too late to learn to write clearly.  In fact, my eBook, “The Art of Clear Writing,” (available at amazon.com/kindlebooks, but soon to be available in print as well), devotes part of Chapter II to that very proposition.  I point out there that even lawyers with all their education are not always good writers. While it may be surprising to learn that lawyers and judges, with all of their emphasis on the written word, still strive to improve their writing skills, many examples of poor writing on their part can be found.

For example one judge, in writing his decision, clearly demonstrated that he did not understand how to structure a complete sentence, nor did he understand the difference between a comma and a period, or when to use capital letters.  Here’s what he wrote:

“This cause coming on for hearing, on the Motion to Set Aside Default, the Court hearing arguments, finds that this is a very unique case involving issues of first impression concerning the validity of the Will, the nine charities who are asking the default to be set aside, assumed the Personal Representative would be protecting their interest under the Will, this is not the case and in order to protect any interest the nine charities may have under the Will, the default entered against those nine charities only will be set aside, it is therefore Ordered and Adjudged that the Motion to set aside default is hereby Granted.”

This is nothing more than very sloppy writing, to say the least, and is inexcusable when coming from a judge.

In another case involving four plaintiffs and two defendants, missing apostrophes and the incorrect use of the singular “plaintiff” or “defendant” incurred the displeasure of the court in trying to figure out who is being referred to:

“Counsel uses possessives without apostrophes, leaving the reader to guess whether he intends a singular or plural possessive…Such sloppy pleading and briefing are inexcusable as a matter of courtesy as well as because of their impact on defendants’ ability to respond.”

Another court complained that its responsibilities did not “include cryptography,” and still another described a complaint as “gobbledygook” and “gibberish.”

A misplaced comma in yet another case, affected the burden of proof of mental competency.  In this case, an affidavit filed by the Director of Mental Retardation, stated as follows:

“I have reviewed the medical records pertaining to [complaining witness], the complainant in this case, and that the assertion, upon information and belief, of mental incompetency is true.”

Here’s what the court said:

“It may be that the confusion arises from the typographical error of placing a comma before the expression, ‘upon information and belief.’  Had the comma not existed the entire expression, ‘and that the assertion upon information and belief,’ would have referred back to the earlier mentioned accusatory instrument so as to render the affidavit non-hearsay.”

Thus, punctuation, seemingly unimportant and meaningless to some writers, plays a large part in the clear writing arena.  The use of correct punctuation makes writing more understandable.  It helps to provide a smooth flow of words and a clear presentation of information.

Wordiness, needless repetition of an idea, or tautology, is another issue which unfortunately plagues lawyers.  Courts are not hesitant about admonishing attorneys for not being concise.  Briefs should not be prolix, verbose, or full of inaccuracies, misstatements, or contradictions, as a court noted.  Further, in still another case, a court took an attorney to task for writing in “legalese” instead of English, and also condemned the writer for using “grammatically atrocious” wording in an indictment.

Punctuation and wordiness issues are also covered in my eBook.

In the legal profession then, clarity is a benchmark of good writing.  This goal should also apply to non-lawyers as well.  As my blogs have stressed, the ability to write clearly is an important part of the goal of building a skilled work force.  You can vastly improve your chances of finding a job or getting ahead in your job if you are presently employed by learning to write clearly.  Consider this as your personal obligation. You will help yourself as well as the economy.  It’s your turn.

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