Monthly Archives: September 2009

Why words and language?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to present a ‘5 minute spot’ at the local Business SWAP group that I have recently joined. The idea is to tell other members a little about yourself or what you do, or a new product or service you are offering. Well, I hate talking about what I do because for anyone outside either the PR or IT industry (see there you go, jargon already) it’s hard to understand. Bears little or no relevance to most people’s lives.

So I decided to talk about something I love and that has been a common thread throughout my life, which is words and language. I find the whole subject fascinating. I realised that when people ask me for advice, that’s what it’s normally about. Just a few examples from the past couple of weeks:

  • “What business writing courses would you recommend?” (from a colleague)
  • “Could you come and train my staff on grammar, punctuation and clear writing?” (from a former colleague)
  • “I want to get some formal qualifications in Mandarin, can you recommend a good language school?” (from a colleague)
  • “My daughter is doing her HSC next year and needs to improve her grammar and punctuation – can you recommend a good book?” (from a former manager and friend)

I don’t profess to be an expert in any of this, but I’m interested in all of it. So that’s what this blog is for – to talk about words, language, language learning and business communication, how we can get better at it and what resources are available to us. Hopefully it will be fun.