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Writing Doesn’t Have to Be Scary – We Are Here To Help!

“I’m alright when I speak, but I am afraid to write in an email… it may not look good, it may not influence my reader, I can’t convince him or her in writing, it may have grammar problems, it may… (the list goes on)…” So many have said this to me during email writing workshops […]

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Checklist to Self-Edit Your Writing

Checklist to Self-Edit Emails:  Capitalize the letter I on it’s own.  Capitalize the first letter of every sentence.  Capitalize the first letter of proper nouns (names, company names, your job title, days of the week, month names, country and city names, etc.).  Ensure there is a punctuation mark (full stop/period, question mark, exclamation mark) at […]

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Writing Easy to Read Emails (Video Tutorials)

“Jennifer, when you taught this to my team, it decreased my management intervention in email communication by 75%! I could then use this time to more effectively manage the project and do other critical tasks. Thank you!”  Learning to write effective emails is a SKILL. This is regardless if you are a native English speaker […]

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An Example of a Really, Really Bad Cold E-mail

There are no dearth of IT companies in India. I sure many pop up on a daily basis. And, they all want business. So, they hire a few people under the title of Business Developers to start cold emailing or cold calling prospects. Over the last few years, I have provided some tips to such […]

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Cold Email Tips and Sample Templates

To be clear, I do not endorse cut and paste e-mail templates. Learning how to write an effective email is an art form. And, while there is no one way that guarantees each and every cold email to get opened and responded to (if you have heard of this happening, let me know), we can […]

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Helping U.S. Facing Professionals Gain Confidence in Written Business English

Writing emails or, sometimes even sending text messages and chats can be problematic for some offshore team members who were never taught how to craft professional messages in business English. Many of those I have coached grew up in an educational system that may not have taught English students how to write or form their […]

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How Can a Language Consultant Help Me?

Language services encompasses areas of speaking (interpretation) and writing (translation). Clients have come to Authentic Journeys for help in both areas of language, especially when looking at translating and interpreting differences between different Global Englishes (with focus on Indian and American English).  Recently, I was able to attend a national symposium in the U.S. on […]

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Do I Use Were or We’re?

Some get confused between the words were and we’re. Let’s look at the difference and a simple way to self-correct.  Jennifer Kumar, author, at the Taj Mahal in the year 2000. Read more here. Were – When to Use While “were” is second person singular past, plural past, and past subjunctive of be, I promise […]

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When to Use Advise or Advice in Office E-mails

The word “advise” is commonly used in work related emails in India. Some common sentences or uses include: “Kindly advise me what to do.” (At the end of an email.) “Frank advised us to….” (In the body of the email.) “I advised the client we would be late to the meeting.” “Please advise your convenient […]

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Style Guides: Books to Improve and Set Guidelines for Written English

The Business Communicatiochin Coaches and Experts at Authentic Journeys refer to many books and sources to foster your journey to better English communication across global borders. Let’s take a look at a few books and resources we recommend you to get your hands on for your own personal and professional communication and soft-skill development. General […]

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