How to write a reference or recommendation letter

HTWB recommendation smallUnless you’re about 12 years old or less, sooner or later you will be asked to write a reference or recommendation for someone – whether it’s a colleague, employee, student, friend, or even a whole company. If you Google “how to write a reference” you’ll find loads of advice, as I did just now. But unsurprisingly the available advice tends to be a bit starchy.

So: what makes a reference letter or email help your referee stand out from the crowd? [Continue reading]

Why you should never trust a parrot…

Two golden-oldie reasons why parrots can be much, much more trouble than they’re worth…

Who needs feet? Except …

Why you should never trust a parrot

Who’s a pretty boy then? Not necessarily…

Herbert was not getting along so well with his wife and thought maybe he’d like to have a pet to keep him company. So, he went to a pet shop in search of a friend.

After looking around he spotted a parrot sitting on a little perch. It didn’t have any feet or legs.

“Gosh, I wonder what happened to this parrot?” Herbert muttered.

“I was born this way,” said the parrot. “I’m a defective parrot.” [Continue reading]

Is blogging for your business becoming a bit of a chore?

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If that's the case, you'll find this book is worth its weight in gold - it's a no-bullsh*t guide to writing blogs that boost your brand, business and customer loyalty. (DISCLAIMER: I just so happened to write it!) But even so, if you're fed up … [Continue reading]

How to write a great travel blog

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How often has someone asked you about your holiday, only for their eyes to glaze over when you start talking about it, or they just cut you short? It’s harsh, but true. Whether you want to go into travel writing seriously or just want to share some … [Continue reading]

Breast cancer awareness: writing on the wall?

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As I'm sure almost everyone in industrialized countries knows, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Countless noble people are running marathons, giving tea parties, climbing mountains and performing unimaginable stunts to raise money for the … [Continue reading]

Writing new names for poodle-cross dogs…

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Unless you have been hiding under a dog blanket for the last year or three, you won't fail to have noticed that doggie (human) types are cross breeding everything from a Labrador to an Elephant with a Poodle, to produce a doggie pet that has the … [Continue reading]