How to Incorporate Visuals Into Your Report

As useful and necessary as graphics are, it is not enough to just plop them into a document.  Here is how you incorporate a graphic into your work: Step 1: Label, number and title every graphic.  In the more technical fields, all graphics are either Tables or Figures.  Use Tables for tables (duh) and use Figures for everything else. The graphics should be numbered according to when they appear in your document (Figure 1,…

Student Report Snags Big Payoff

One of my former students used her Engl 202D recommendation report to snag a $25,000 donation.  The donation offsets travel expenses for landscape architecture students. What real change can you make happen with your report? Source: https://artsandarchitecture.psu.edu/news/landscape-architecture-student%E2%80%99s-persuasive-paper-leads-new-fund-offset-field-trip-expenses

How To Make Wall Street Laugh

  Business Insider published an article  about a super-ambitious internship applicant who wrote an over-the-top cover letter.  It has some of the biggest names on Wall Street in stitches – and not in a good way. Can We Say Over The Top? In his cover letter to Bank of America Merrill Lynch, the applicant wrote (in part): “I am unequivocally the most unflaggingly hard worker I know, and I love…

front page of wall street journal feb 19 2018

Some Top Sources For Business News

Looking for places to find business and tech news?  Need sources for your Professional Reading Blog assignment?  Want to beef up your knowledge of current business happenings? Here is a short list of some well-regarded publications.  Browse them, the write about articles and topics that are most interesting to you. The Wall Street Journal.  Well-respected, but locked down if you don’t have a subscription.  Unless you’re a Penn State student…

How To Say You’re Sorry

 Sometimes apologies are expressions of sympathy – and sometimes they are admissions of guilt.  Sometimes apologies are absolutely necessary – and sometimes they should be avoided.  So what do we do? Apologize or no? And if so, how? I have compiled a few examples of corporate and professional apologies.  Some were effective; some made the situation worse. You may want to begin by reading “7 Tips On How To Apologize…

5 Things Steve Jobs Can Teach Us About Writing Emails

Just before the release of  Apple’s first IPad, James Murdoch of NewsCorp and Steve Jobs exchanged a series of emails negotiating an e-book deal.   Besides revealing some of Job’s renowned negotiating tactics,  the emails also demonstrate how Job’s simple, strong writing style helped him dominate the conversation. Natashia Lekic explains, “Their email exchange offers insight into what to do — and what not to do — when writing business emails. Murdoch’s…