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Spot the rot in corporate-speak


Vol. 4, No. 1, 5/2/2003

In this issue:
From the editor
Knock your writers into shape
Web content tip
Email tip
Readers write
The Y Files
Surf Club (web site reviews)
Reader choice
Weekly thought
Top links from last week
WANTED - Web Communicator
Things that make you go huh?

From the editor

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Ever been in one of those meetings with more buzzwords than buzz?

What is it about the corporate world - and new technology particularly - that seems to erode some people's ability to speak (and write) plain English?

I suspect it's partly due to a combination of chest beating, backside covering, patch protecting and knowledge hoarding.

If we speak and write in clear simple language, others might glean information they could use.

Until corporate culture encourages and rewards people for sharing knowledge in a way that others can readily understand, we might as well all enrol in Gobbledegook 101.

See how your organisation measures up with a round of Bull**** Bingo at your next meeting (hat tip to colleague Dom) -


PS if you're seeking web writing work, don't miss the hot job below


Knock your writers into shape

You don't have to endure poorly written and organised online content on your web site or intranet, book an in-house workshop with someone who does it for a living. Choose from web writing and editing (including information architecture, content management), content essentials (including usability, accessibility and promotion), or e-newsletters. Email yvette@brizcomm.com.au for a quote.

Web content tip

Colours can evoke emotions so be careful how you design your web sites and e-newsletters.

Read all about it then take the Lüscher Test to see what your choice of colour says about your current emotional status -

Email tip

The next time you set off for a spot of mountain climbing, take comfort in the knowledge you can check your email from Mount Everest.

An internet cafe will be opened by the grandson of Sherpa Tensing on Mount Everest in March -


Readers write

POLLYANNA - Once a teacher, always a teacher. As other states and territories start their school year, our silver surfer Pollyanna feels that ol' school fever return -

POEM - Reader John Leach submitted this little piece he wrote a while back but reckons it now seems more appropriate than ever -

What Price Peace?
The first casualty of war is the truth we are told
with both sides vetting the news they release,
Why do Statesmen reason on decisions so bold
that their reason for war is peace?

FEEDBACK - "Excellent newsletter - such a wealth of good reading, and with some depth and humour thrown in. Thanks Yvette, I learnt a lot from your newsletter and enjoyed doing so." Thank you, Lynne from Canberra.

And to Keren, of Bribie Island, for this about the bushfires that swept Australia last week - "Say your prayers for all the little animals that also lose their homes as most of us humans are insured but there is no going back for the possums, birds, kangaroos etc who have lost loved ones and homes during this dreadful scourge."

Plus Sandie from Brisbane - "A lot of interesting sites - brainstorm, set goals, mars etc. I enjoyed the issue."

And truckie Bazza from Maryborough - "Hi Vette,,, Thanks for the letter,,, welcome back,,, Warren was worried about you,,, he rang me last night to see if i had heard from you,,, I think he misses you,,,,, take care,,, Bazz"


The Y Files

Send your question to yvette@brizcomm.com.au


Surf Club (web site reviews)

* web sites are previewed on Alex Bernard's show on ABC Radio on Monday evenings (between 8pm and 8.30pm)

Antenna Science News
Get the latest news on science and technology in a fun and easy-to-digest format. You¡¦ll find short and long features, some with video, on the Antenna site from London's Science Museum. Topics include human clones, acupuncture trials, James Bond technology in the real world, and heart surgery in the womb. Follow the links to science video from BBC Online and activities for secondary students.
In a net shell: Popular science.

"If God had intended Man to Watch TV, He would have given him Rabbit Ears." When you¡¦re lacking inspiration for your sig files (the footer at the end of your email messages), try Siggy. The small downloadable program Siggy adds a random quote (from cryptic to wise) to your email signatures. Works with most email programs.
In a net shell: Dig those sigs.

The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing
"The best teaching - of writing like any other difficult skill - does not just train and correct but also inspires and empowers. A commitment to writing takes a good deal of work on the part of teacher, but it's an integral part of helping students develop their potential - not just as writers, but as thinkers, communicators, and whole human beings." This guide emphasises thinking, logic and structure (rather than just rules) but includes tips on Internet research, avoiding plagiarism, style, referencing, punctuation and common errors.
In a net shell: Write on.

The Auscultation Assistant
Listen to the human heart and breath as it should and shouldn¡¦t sound. This award-winning multimedia resources was created by a fourth-year medical student to help other medical and nursing students understand what a heart complication sounds like. The pathology for each sound is explained to help students improve their physical diagnosis skills.
In a net shell: Rhythms of life.

Somebody with way too much time on his hands re-created the Star Wars movie in animated ASCII (keyboard characters). The same bloke ¡V a New Zealander - also created a jet-powered beer cooler. Children of the 70s will enjoy the Space Invader-style graphics.
In a net shell: Obi-Wan bored boy.

Coffee Break Arcade
The Internet has no shortage of games where you don¡¦t need to part with a gold coin to play. Coffee Break Arcade will point you to more than 100 online games in categories including classic, cool, sports, shooting, racing, and casino.
In a net shell: Indulge.


Reader choice

Send a brief review of your favourite site to yvette@brizcomm.com.au

Weekly thought

"The voyage of discovery is not in looking for new landscapes, but in looking with new eyes." - anonymous.


Top links from last week

Top 50 places to see before you die
My Goals
Space Wander
What should I do with my life?

To reproduce any content from brizcomm's newsletter or web site in your own publication, please email yvette@brizcomm.com.au


WANTED - Web Communicator

A job in a dynamic government agency
$44,114 to $51,064 * + super

The Australian National Training Authority (ANTA) is seeking a web communicator to join the communication team. The successful applicant will maintain ANTA's website with a strong user focus. As a versatile professional communicator, they will also work on other communication projects for ANTA.

The web communicator will be familiar with web administration systems, understand what makes a website work well, and will have professional writing skills including web writing.

For a copy of the application guide and position summary, visit ANTA's website at http://www.anta.gov.au/abtEmployment.asp or contact Stephanee Ward on ƒv (07) 3246 2323. Applications addressing the selection criteria provided in the position summary must be received by 5:00pm Friday 21 February 2003, and may be emailed (Word 6+) to recruit@anta.gov.au or forwarded to Manager Human Resources, Australian National Training Authority, GPO Box 3120, Brisbane, Qld 4001.

* A commencement salary within the salary range provided above will be determined by the successful candidate's experience, skills and ability.


Things that make you go huh?

"Yvette, this is the best ebook ever! Oh my God, who knew??...BTW, I LOVE the virtual autopsy (mystery lover here...)." - Tina Swift, Library Business Manager and freelance writer, western Massachusetts.

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Remember, this newsletter is shareware. Please give a copy to a friend or colleague and suggest they sign up. Cheers.


Yvette Nielsen, Editor - phone 61 (0)41 771 8683
PO Box 2026 Bardon Qld 4065 Australia

© 2000-2003 Brizcomm Pty Ltd

We accept no responsibility and disclaim all liability for any incorrect information in articles, sites or events in this newsletter. If links do not work, try again later - sometimes the host server for a listed site might be down temporarily.


Spot the rot in corporate-speak
Vol. 4, No. 2 - February 5, 2003

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In This Issue:
* From the editor
* Knock your writers into shape
* Web content tip
* Email tip
* Readers write
* The Y Files
* Surf Club (web site reviews)
* Reader choice
* Weekly thought
* Top links from last week
* WANTED - Web Communicator
* Things that make you go huh?

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