Thursday, February 27, 2014

Sharing Resources

I’m an information junkie. I love discovering new resources that I can share with my workshop participants and clients. Here is a short list of some of my favorites. All of these websites are free and open to the public. For the record, I am not affiliated with these resources and am not compensated for recommending them.

Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is an incredible resource for writers. It has tools to brush up grammar and punctuation, style guides, help for people for whom English is a second language, information for professional and business writers and more.

Common Errors in English Usage is sponsored by Washington State University. It is a list of hundreds of words people commonly use incorrectly. Is it affect or effect? Ensure, assure or insure? That or which? It’s all here.  

Grammar Girl™ is fun. Yes, grammar and punctuation can be fun. Mignon Fogarty is the host of Grammar Girl and founder of Quick and Dirty Tips. Her approach to writing is fresh and easy. You can read her posts or sign up for her podcasts and listen to them.

Mind Tools™ is one of the best sites for information on a variety of topics to develop communication, leadership, management, organization—all kinds of business—skills. The tagline says it all: “Essential skills for an excellent career.” You can sign up to receive a newsletter, a portion of which is free; for a fee, you can assess all the articles and topics.

The Smart Passive Income Blog with Pat Flynn is the home for all things passive income. I am a huge fan and follower of Pat Flynn, who shares everything you need to know about generating passive income. Pat puts it all out there; he even reports his monthly income from all his passive income sources. You can listen and subscribe to his posts and read the transcripts. He is the master of niche marketing—and a nice guy, too.
That’s it for now. You may already know about some or all of these resources. I hope you check out the ones that are new to you. I would love to know what resources you use and recommend, so please share.

Speaking of sharing, here is a quick guide to using the right word—a small sample of what you will find on the Washington State University website..

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