Author: Elaine Matchett

Listen: Communication tools that are readily available to improve your writing

Listen: Communication tools that are readily available to improve your writing

LISTEN: In this podcast, Elaine offers tips on how to use tools that are readily available to improve your writing. Take a listen and post your comments and questions that you’d like Elaine to answer in the comments section below. »

3 Tips on How to Write a Good List

3 Tips on How to Write a Good List

Lists are useful, but you have to do them right.  I have much to say on the topic of lists, but today I am going to limit myself to my most recent experience.  This past week, I was asked by a client to clarify a section of a document that seemed a little bit muddled. It took me a while to figure out, but I solved it in the end.  Here are the basic problems that I identified with the list, if you ... »

A time for everything

A time for everything

I have a guest from Finland visiting at the moment who has just finished a medical student exchange at Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Last night over dinner we were talking about the different ways people write the time. She was asking what the standard is in South Africa because she had seen different notations in the hospital. I too have seen time written in different ways, so maybe t... »

Finding your Work-Work Balance

Finding your Work-Work Balance

 One of the biggest challenges in my life is working on several projects simultaneously. I find myself having to constantly resist prioritising the scariest one at the expense of the others. It is very tempting to get into a “stress-based” workflow where you do whatever is going to keep you out of trouble in the nearest future. You may be familiar with the feeling of constantly having to put out f... »

Same subject, different audience

Same subject, different audience

  I’ve spent the last few days working on the design of a component for a training programme that aims to train four distinct groups of people in the same subject area. It has been a fascinating project from the perspective that each group has very specific needs and the application of the information will be different for each of them.   I have again become aware of the how important it is to und... »