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Create and publish your own eBooks

An electronic publishing workshop which will show you how you can self-publish on the web

Electronic publishing

Electronic Publishing

This one-day course covers the basics of writing and preparing documents and books for publication in a variety of electronic formats.

At the …

CloudOn – a great app for bringing MS Office to your mobile

A free app that will increase your mobile productivity

One of the great frustrations of being an iPad owner has been the inability to bring over my MS Office documents and work on the fly with them. Sure, iPad and …

Courses in marketing for small business

Overview social networking 2013

In recent weeks we have been running our Marketing for Small Business course at the Gold Coast TAFE and in August will move on to Internet Marketing. Two other related courses, Social Media and Blogging for

What is the real story of online training?

Increasingly we are seeing training courses move online. We are bombarded with offers to attend webinars – some free, others quite expensive – and even universities and colleges such as TAFE sector are seeking to cut costs and reach more …

Vision statements and mission statements

Vision statements and mission statements – what’s the difference?

From vision to mission

The mission and the vision

In two of my courses (Blogging for Business and Marketing for Small Business) we discuss the role of vision statements and mission statements and it appears …

An introduction to electronic publishing


Finally, after many months we have got our bookshop up and running and over the next few weeks we will be adding the course titles. In the process of reorganisation we are reviewing and updating …

Using Calibre to create your electronic book

From our new course manual ‘An introduction to electronic publishing’

Calibre is a free downloadable software application

Download Calibre

Calibre is an open-source e-book management tool and another free application that you can download from the Internet and which can be used to convert a file to …

Using the Notebook Layout View in Word 2011

MS Office users migrating to Mackintosh computers will note a number of immediate differences as compared to their programs running on a PC. For PC users, the latest version of Office is Office 2010 while for Mac users it is …

So you think you don’t need an editor?

In this day of automatic spelling and grammar checkers, the need for an external editor is often overlooked. For any major writing project this is faulty logic.  Whatever writing project you are engaged in, the assistance of an editor

In writing, quality counts

We have already noted that standards of written English are poor in many parts of the English-speaking world and that mastery of writing is an essential ingredient in building a successful business career.

Within an organisation, the quality of your …

The need for advanced English writing skills has never been greater

In today’s information economy, writing good English has never been so important. And as business has gone global, being able to write for an international audience that crosses both national as well as cultural boundaries adds a further dimension to …

The importance of understanding your audience

From Effective Writing – combining creativity with productivity

Workplace writing is a genre that stands on its own. The underlying concept of effective workplace writing – whether it is in a commercial office, an educational institution or government – is …

What have they done to MS Office?

As many people realise, I am a great fan of Office 2007. In fact I was as excited over the shift to the 2007 suite from Office 2003 as I was when I first bought my original Word 2.0 way …

Audience and stakeholder analysis

Audience analysis is an important concept in many writing forms but especially in business writing. Audience analysis is about understanding your readers; what they need to know and how best to influence them – how might they best be persuaded? …

The fundamentals of workplace writing

Module 6 of our course in effective business writing looks at the fundamentals of writing in the workplace. This is a writing genre all of its own and we will use this blog to outline some of our ideas.

Perhaps …

Converting PowerPoint to video

With social networking and especially blogging, becoming so popular these days, many people want to add PowerPoint presentations to their websites. If you are using a collaborative space to work on a presentation with colleagues, then uploading a PowerPoint presentation …

Strategies for social networking

The development of Web 2.0 which allows users to build their own web content, combined with the convergence of web and mobile phone technologies has produced an explosion in the number of people who are involved in the social networking …

Five questions that lead to effective writing

Communication is both an art and a science. It involves the ability of the author to relate essential facts and ideas to the reading audience in a manner that the audience is able to understand and then, as needed, act …

The overlooked “Office” suite

The Works program suite

The Works menu offers a great selection of options

When was the last time you opened Microsoft Works? Works is a simple office or home application suite that comes with your (Windows) operating system.

A few years back Works  was …

Getting a better return from MS Office

Are you among those that are still using Office 2003 or earlier because the user interface of later Office suites appears too daunting? Or have you migrated to Office 2007 or 2010 but keep asking yourself “how do they do …

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