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Be a Better Writer at 30 minutes. Improve your emails, blog posts, reports & more

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11 Lessons (30m)
    • 1. Intro to this class

    • 2. Essential tips: what is good writing - and what is bad writing?

    • 3. Quick win: improve your sentences in a flash

    • 4. Brilliant business writing: vary the start of your sentences

    • 5. Essential tips: keeping it simple

    • 6. Saying the same thing twice - tautology

    • 7. Avoiding jargon and management-speak

    • 8. Writing without cliches

    • 9. Good writing - why it can boost your business and career.

    • 10. Be a better speller (1) - spelling test

    • 11. Be a better speller (2) - hints and hacks

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About This Class

This class is for anyone who has to write as part of their job.

It will help you improve your emails, newsletters, web copy, reports and just about anything else you write.

I'll show you the tricks you need to transform your writing instantly. This class will help you write clear, concise sentences in straightforward English. It's quick, fun and incredibly useful.

You'll discover

  • Why good writing can boost your career prospects
  • The common mistakes that everyone makes - including you
  • The simple changes that will transform your writing in minutes
  • Easy ways to make your writing more engaging and attention-grabbing
  • How to replace the jargon, cliches and acronyms that are ruining your writing
  • Quick tips to help you learn to spell ANY word

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Judy Yorke

Be a better writer at work


I'm Judy Yorke and I help people transform their writing at work.

My background is in journalism and I've worked for major magazines and national newspapers for 30 years. I also edit corporate copy - from short documents to major bids in the rail industry - and write content too.

As a journalist, I know how important it is to be able to write copy that's clear, concise and engaging.  If you write emails, reports, bids, press releases. newsletters or anything else as part of your job, you'll need to be able to write effectively too.

In 2014, I qualified as a trainer and I now work with companies and individuals to improve their writing in the workplace. It's now available to you in Skillshare to do at your own pace.

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1. Intro to this class: Hello. I'd like to introduce myself and talked about this close and what you can expect from it. My name is Judy York, and I own a training company called the Sentence Works. I worked with staff and individuals to improve their writing at work. My background is journalism. I've been a journalist around 30 years for major magazines and national newspapers. I've worked both staff and for the last decade or so is a freelance. As a freelance, I started to be asked by businesses to work for them, writing blog's newsletters, Web copy brushes and social media. I was also asked to edit work everything from newsletters to multimillion pound franchise beds. I realized what I was doing it, that the techniques that I use is a journalist that's writing in writing in a way that's clear, succinct but also highly engaging also applies to businesses. Whenever you right, you need to write it well, even if it's just a email to your boss Back in 2014 had a light bulb moment. Instead of editing copy for other people on writing for them. Why not train them how to do it for themselves? So I qualified as a trainer and set up the sentence works. Since then, I've worked with all sorts of organizations, including the NHS, local councils, solicitors, charities, cool center stuff, freelances and just about all sorts of different people. Now this class will show you the techniques that you need to be a great writer at work. It's easy, and it's quick and suitable for all abilities. Whether you write a lot for work or just occasionally, everybody can improve their writing. It works if you're not a professional writer, but you need to work as part of your job than this classes for you. You don't need any tools except for a pen on maybe a keyboard. If you'd rather do it that way, let me explain how this actually works. The class is made up of a of a number of short videos. At the end of most of them is an individual exercise. Now these air on worksheets and have also got together a work. But if you prefer the more to be collated together, the police have a go at these because it's all about practice, and if you actually put into practice what I've been talking about, it'll really embed the learning for you. I'd encourage you to share these with other students. But don't feel obliged to is thes exercise for your own personal use. If you do want to share them brilliant, because then you can get a feedback from other people and it also pick up on what other people are writing. Now that is one product I would definitely like you to share with with other people. And that's the class project, which is the final document on the list. Now what this is is a very bad piece of writing, full of the kind of mistakes and errors that I've been talking about throughout these classes. So please have a go a completely rewriting it. Pick up all the errors and see how you can improve it and then share it with everybody else So everybody can comment it comment on it and also see what other people have made of this . So we're gonna move on to the first class now. The very first talk very first class is about what makes good writing. And this is something I don't think we spend much time thinking about. What is good writing If you look in your workbook or on the first worksheet, you'll see there's a ticking across. And I'd like you to think about what makes a piece of writing good on what makes a piece of writing bad. If, for example, I'll give you the 1st 1 You think that good writing? Succinct then, right? That under the tick. Now the very first lecture that I give its referring to that what I think is good and bad writing. So I'd like you to have a go before you click on the first on the first video. So, are you ready to get started? I'm looking forward to that. Thank you. 2. Essential tips: what is good writing - and what is bad writing?: I hope you found that listing. What good writing is on what bad writing is has really helped you start to think about what makes someone a good writer. I hope you've also had a chance to look over my model answers for this exercise. I now want to discuss the answers of you in more detail to really help you understand the difference between good and bad writing in the workplace. There's no particular order to these points. They're all equally important. The first point I'd like to make is a good writing is succinct or concise. Bad writing rambles on for much longer than it needs to. Quite often, you'll lose your reader before the end, which means they might not get to the most important point. Good writing gets the point across to the reader as quickly as possible. The next word I want to highlight is interesting. Who wants to read a reporter email That's really dull. Dull writing can put someone off, and they probably won't bother getting to the end. It isn't actually that difficult to write in a way that's interesting. For instance, using a diverse vocabulary will keep your writing fresh and so will vary in length of your sentences. These air techniques we look at in more detail later in the workshop. Good writing is straightforward and simple. It uses plain English. There's not actually anything clever about using for Cabaret that is unnecessarily complicated. It creates a barrier between you and your reader, and it might take longer to read what you've written. It's important to stress that simple, straightforward writing is not childish. In fact, it's a more sophisticated writing technique because you're making things as easy as you can for your reader rather than making them do all the work. Good writing is writing. It is clear, with all receive emails, the door ambiguous or confusing. We'll be don't understand what the person's trying to say, maybe have had to read the amount several times to up. To understand the message may have had to waste time by emailing them back to check. So make sure your reader can understand what you're saying straight away. Who wants to have to read a paragraph three times, rise it with clarity, so someone only has to read it once and you're well on your way to becoming an excellent writer. you're right. It also needs to be well structured. It shouldn't jump about from point a point before. Maybe going back to an earlier point again is that's just confusing. Always make sure it's really well planned, ordered and logical writing should also flow naturally from paragraph two paragraph. Rather being disjointed and hard to follow, you should aim to lead the reader fluently from beginning to the end. Everything you write should be engaging. You want to capture your reader's attention and make them redone because they want to, not because they have to. Good writing is readable and easy to understand. It doesn't require any effort on the part of your reader. If you've written a long document, you could make it more readable by using subheds or bullet points. Make sure your paragraphs on too long, either. One really important point that's often overlooked is the importance of writing that is accurate. If you read something is full of grammatical and spelling errors, you begin to wonder about the person who has written it. You might think they're unprofessional, slapdash. If they can't be bothered to check what they've written, it doesn't say much for their attitude or attention to detail. So make sure you why an out these types of mistakes when you're writing, we'll be looking at some of the most common areas towards the end of this workshop. Finally, I've highlighted the importance of writing that is accessible. Some writing we've all seen it is peppered with acronyms and jargon, making it hard to understand acronyms or an abbreviation form from an initial letters of a word. E G CEO for chief executive officer Akram's could be really off putting to people who don't understand them because they might have to google them or ask a colleague. At the very least, it slows down the reading process, so make sure your reader can always understand what it is you're trying to say. Take all these points on board on. You'll be well on your way to becoming a great writer at work. 3. Quick win: improve your sentences in a flash: Now I want to talk to you about one of the easiest ways to instantly improve your writing. To illustrate it. I want to show you three sentences that I think really badly written, and they've all got something in common or read about to you. You could also see them on Page three of your workbook. Please note the name in the first sentence is fictional. Okay, here goes Sentence one. I've apologized repeatedly, but they won't let me inside the school gates, says Emma Bailey, 43 the London mother who is no longer allowed to pick up her son from primary school after a playground fight with another mother last year, for which a court sentenced her to 30 hours of community service where the other parent involved was fined £50 plus costs sentenced to. We could do anything and everything. You need your business. We can oversee your accounts, manage your company. Twitter feed right email newsletters. Do your invoicing and much more freeing you up to spend time doing the things you love to do and concentrate on your customers and growing your business sentence. Three. When we discussed how difficult renting in the city is the poor quality of some of the property. The high deposits the way families could be moved on by landlords every year on the psychological effects of not being up to put down roots. The Council rep said it was time something was done about it and failed to set up a meeting with the Letting Agents Association within the next month. So there you go. Thes three sentences. All have something in common. Have you worked out what it is? Yes, they're all much too long. Did you hear how I was struggling for breath? The first sentence of 63 words, the second is 52 the last one is 72. This makes it really difficult for your routed to follow and hold all the information they need to make sense of the sentence. When I was a trainee journalist, one of the first things I learned was how long a sentence should be. It's something that stood me in good stead ever since. The rule is this. There should never be more than 30 words in a sentence, and that's a maximum I'd say aim for no more than about 25 on average. So here's a challenge. What I'd like you to do you do now is to work on these and try to improve them. Have a look at the sentences in the workbook and turn them into several shorter sentences. Try to keep all the information but say the same thing using several sentences rather than just one have ago now and see what difference it makes them. Once you've done it, please click on the model answers. Pdf below. Thank you. 4. Brilliant business writing: vary the start of your sentences: one way of keeping your writing really punching interesting is to make it varied. We've talked about the importance of keeping your sentences short, but that doesn't mean making them all the same length. For instance, if you wrote I had a cup of tea, it had sugar in it. Simon had a cup of coffee. He liked it with milk. I had a chocolate biscuit. Simon had an apple. Your reader would seem people silly, mixing some longer sentences as long as they are under 30 words with some really short ones . And then throwing in a couple of Midland sentences will break your writing up and make it a pleasure to read. Here's another way you could add varieties your writing change the way you start each sentence when you're writing about a particular subject, it's all too easy to start each sentence the same way. For instance, I was working ones with an organization that ran training courses. Just about every one of their sentences started with this course covers and the course will cover, and the course is about how boring is that. We sat down and worked out dozens of different ways. They could start their sentences. Suddenly their courses sounded much fresher and more appealing. So now I have a challenge for you. Please turn to page five of your workbook. There's an exercise there which asks you to edit a very del paragraph where each of the five sentences starts with the same word. Can you change the sentences so they will begin differently once you've had? 5. Essential tips: keeping it simple: when we talked about what makes good writing earlier, we talked about writing. It sits straightforward, clear and accessible. One of the easiest ways to improve your writing at work is to use simple words rather than complex ones. It just makes your writing much easier to read. Don't fall into the trap of using very formal language because you think it'll make your documents sound more important. It won't in fact, it commit your writing. That, rather pompous will take much longer to read than the longer the words, the less readable the sentences. Here's an example. I was once told a B incentivize were taking part in the conference. I was a bit puzzled. I thought they might might be offered me a book token or something, so I had to email them to ask and then wait for them to email back, which was embarrassing and took time for both of us. Actually, it turned out adjustment. They pay me. But the complicated words put unnecessary barrier up. The Economist Style guide, which is a great guy to clear English, sums it up beautifully. Readers are primarily interested in what you have to say, by the way in which you say it. You may encode them to either read on or to give up if you want to read on you the language of everyday speech. Not that have spokesman lawyers or bureaucrats so prefer the word let to permit people to persons by to purchase. Colleagues appear way out to exit rich to wealthy. Show to demonstrate, break to violate pomposity and long windedness tend to obscure meaning will reveal the lack of it. So stripped them away in flavor of pain. Plain words I love that is it just explains it all so well. Remember to using words that are more complicated they need to be could make an irritated reader even more annoyed. If you turn to page seven of your workbook, you'll see a real life example of what I mean. It's from Twitter. A train passenger who's already pretty cross just gets more and more. I rate because of the lack of straightforward English used by rail company, the customer took Southern to task for tweeting replacement road transport services, a conveying passengers between three bridges and hey receive and both directions until further notice, the customer said. Request you tweet in plain English Southern Rail, replied, saying, Sorry, would you like me to clarify anything for you? The customer retorted. Why ridiculous Road transport vehicles conveying when what you mean is We've put on buses for customers, so don't fall into the trap of using big words when you don't need to. If in doubt, ask yourself if I was a meeting with this person, how would I explain it to them? Face to face, face to face. If you find yourself writing, ascertain, stop and change it to find out. For example, make sure you use change instead of amend and do will carry out it of undertake simple English will instantly improve your writing, and it really isn't difficult. So I've got a challenge for you. I'm going to ask you to replace some complex workers and simple ones, and I wanted to do it quickly. Please turn to Page eight of your workbook, and also, if you look at the documents underneath in the challenge in the workbook, it's also listed There is Page eight, so click on it and then replace the highlighted words with a simple one. Try to do less this in less than 45 seconds. Page minus. Similar. Except this time I'd like you to replace the phrases with a single word. Do this quickly as he can aim for one minute, 15 on when you finished, Please click on the model answers. Thank you. 6. Saying the same thing twice - tautology: and now want to introduce you to a rather lovely word that you might have come across before but can really make a difference to your writing on that Word is tautology. Now, if you haven't come across it before, tautology means to use this. Use several words to say the same thing. Here's an example 1 a.m. in the morning. Well, you don't needle those words because, of course, when I am means in the morning and another example is I descended down the stairs because, of course, when you descend the stairs, you go down them. So you should just say I descended the stairs or I went down the stairs. A British politician actually got nominated for a bad grammar reward for the for the rather wonderful phrase ongoing, continuing professional development, Which is, of course, is several ways of saying the same thing. Now, once you start to look at these, you will find them everywhere. So I'm gonna give you some more examples. Account for true facts, of course. Fax a tree because they wouldn't be facts otherwise unfilled vacancy is another one joint collaboration because collaboration means doing things jointly free gift because Of course , you wouldn't pay for gift. Very unique is another one that I see quite a lot. But something unique means one of a kind, so something can't be so. Something has to be unique. It can't be very unique. It just simply is unique in a very similar one. To that is absolutely impossible because it's either impossible or it isn't past. Experience is another good one that you might find you for yourself spotting. So there's two reasons why you need to be aware of tautology. The first is it's actually quite sloppy writing because you're using words unnecessarily on its not good writing style. And the 2nd 1 is that actually, it makes your writing longer. And, as you know from earlier in the course, it's really, really important to keep. Your writing is 66 and concise as you can, so using his extra work is really unnecessary. If you can spot, for example, tautology, why don't you note them down in the comments section below to share them with other students? Thanks very much 7. Avoiding jargon and management-speak: management speak or office jargon has become part of our language in the 21st century. But many people hate it. It could be full of cliches, and it can be meaningless by management. Speak, coming. There's clever sounding phrases like blue sky thinking not enough bandwidth thought shower and low hanging fruit. When it spills over into written document, you may irritate your reader or possibly confused. Um, if they haven't come across the expression before, this is really something to be aware off. Here's a lovely example I found in a journalist forum where journeys were mocking the use of management, speaking and email. It's on page 10 of your workbook if you'd like to take a look. Here we go. Journalist once said, Thanks for reaching out will ensure your looped in moving forward. This is from a head of communications. Where do I start? Jones to said reply with I'm sorry, What MPs How did you get your job? Another. Another journeys piped up with If you're Lutin went to be hard to move forward, you might trip over. I'm going to suggest that you cut these out of your pocket vocab completely and say what you mean instead? So the older of the above could just have said, Thanks for your email and we'll make sure you're kept informed in the future. Simple and much, much clearer. Eight. Industry also has its own jargon and acronyms. These can often be useful shorthand between individuals, so I'm not saying you should never use them. Examples are are today's for road traffic accidents in the police and Libs news and briefs in my own field of journalism. But be very careful. Would using these as they could be really off putting to those who don't understand. For example, one of my friends who works in healthcare told me she could barely understand some emails received in her first week, as they were just so full of jargon. It's happened to me as well, when I Had a Job is a feature writer, a women's magazine. Many, many years ago, I was given my first article to write on what what I asked how many were that should be, my manager said. It's a bottom wobbly now. I was really baffled and couldn't help feeling a bit stupid, so I had to discreetly ask a colleague as it was obvious. My manager assumed that I know that she meant my health or colleague pointed to a page of the magazine. 2/3 of the way down was a wobbly line dividing two stories dividing the stories into the story. Below the line was a short one of about 400 words, and it was therefore Court Boston, Wobbly. Now this is office terminology, and there was no reason why eyes and newbie should know what it meant. So someone else using the acronym, maybe for a bit stupid also underlined the fact that I was new on waste of my time as well as that of my colleague. It would just be better. She just told me exactly what she meant in the first place. Even you want to use everyday acronyms, Be careful. Not everyone knows what faux mo is. That's fear of missing out a case you're wondering. A former British prime minister, David Cameron, famously thought long meant lots of love, visit of laugh out loud and that sort of misunderstanding and cause no end of trouble. The point I'm making here is that if you want to use acronyms or other jog and make sure that you're right will understand what you mean. If in doubt, use a different word. If it's jargon or write it, write it out on first use. If it's an acronym, I'd also recommend using acronyms sparingly, even if everyone knows what they mean. And another good reason for that is that screenful of capital letters could be extremely off putting to the reader. 8. Writing without cliches: Now this lecture I'd like to talk to you about cliches are cliches are phrases that started out as nice, colorful expressions but have been used too much. And that means that over time to cover all the boring and ineffective and stale, for example, there's rollercoaster emotion, and there's light at the end of the tunnel. Those sort of phrases cliches often a very lazy form of writing, because writers tend to fall back on them rather than thinking something more original. And actually, they could end up really annoying people. For instance, I really hate the expression. He's a Marmite politician, as I've just heard it so many times. Now, if you're in the you, if you're not in the UK, you're not familiar with Marmite. It's a sandwich spread that you're supposed to either love or hate. But the problem is, it's used without any more explanation. It just becomes lazy, and also it might alienate people who don't understand it, who aren't natural speakers of the language. It's rather than full back on the cliches. It's much better to actually say what you mean. So rather than saying, Oh, he's a Marmite politician, for example, you could say something like his abrupt personality means people I think is great. But some people really loathe him. That's just example. Sometimes a cliche is just a real waste of words. Here's an example. After a disastrous dress rehearsal, the director decided it was time to go back to the drawing board and sack the lead actress . You could actually just right after disasters dress rehearsal, the director decided to sack Sack the lead actress, but you just save yourself about 10 words without sacrificing any detail at all. Now it can actually be really hard to avoid using cliches completely it. Some of them are so ingrained in the English language, but you should be aware of them and try to use some. Spell it sparingly, so rewrite as much as possible to keep your writing vibrant. Ask yourself what I really mean here. What am I trying to say? And if you try expected in vigorous English instead of falling back on a lazy cliche, you'll find your writing is much richer for it. 9. Good writing - why it can boost your business and career.: in this first lecture went to talk to you about the importance of good writing at work. The thinking behind this course is simple. Many people, great at their jobs in many ways, can struggle with the everyday writing skills they need for work. If you sell houses, work in the office manager shop, working health care, a charity or in a small business, for example, you might find writing far from easy. But when you need to email customers or bid for business, right, a bloke compile a report or tweet or just about anything else that can be a major problem. That's because Paul writing can affect the way other people think about you. If you're writing is long winded, confusing or full of grammatical errors, you look sloppy and careless. It could put people off working with your company, and if you're an employee, it could affect your promotion chances. Most people care about their professional image. They wouldn't dream of turning up to important meeting with unkempt hair and dirty clothes . Writing scruffy copy is the equivalent of this clean, clear writing will make you look professional. It would inspire confidence in colleagues, clients or prospective customers. Let me give you an example. When I was looking for a Web designer when I first it up, my training company, I found one company that great designs but appalling use of English. If they couldn't be bothered to use their spellcheck or make sure their sentences actually made sense, I really realized their attention to detail wouldn't be up too much. Either do they didn't get my business. If your documents and emails are well written and engaging, you'll inspire confidence. You'll appear knowledgeable, capable, intelligent and educated. Put simply better. Writing in the workplace can help your career and your business. 10. Be a better speller (1) - spelling test: okay, and now I want to look at spelling now. I never that the word spending is something that strikes fear into the hearts of many because it's something that many people struggle with. But you really don't need to, because there are lots of hints and tricks that I can show you that will help you spell those words that you find hard. Notice that I said you because spending is a really, really personal thing on words that you might find hard to spell your colleagues might find very easy and vice versa. There certain words that all of a struggle with also bear in mind that there are some words that you might not be up to spell but actually doesn't really matter, because they might be words that you don't come up very much for you. But if there's the words that you find very hard to spell on, the actual you have to write every day, it could become an issue because it might slow you down. Or you might get it wrong, in which case you could not quite unprofessional. So what we're going to do now is a little spelling test, which sounds very evil. And I'm sorry about that, but it's not. It's not me being mean, because what I'd like you to do is have a go it spelling these. And then the next video. I'm gonna show you some of these ways that you can remember these words that you can then apply to the words that trip you up. OK, so would you like to get a pen and paper? Are you ready? 10 spellings? Okay, let's go for it. Right. The first word is diarrhea. Not a nice word. And not a nice word to have to spell either. But have a go at it. Very, very mean. Want to start with diarrhea? Okay, on the next word is separate. Separate. Now this is tricky because a lot of people can't remember. There's one vowel in the middle of they think I think which one is it? So have a go at that one and see if you can get it right. The next word is stationary. Now there are two types of stationary because there's two different meanings of the word and one that I would like you to spell is stationary. That means things like pens and paper and envelopes stationary. Okay, Number four is the word Surprised? No, I've included this one part because it's the word that I could never spell until I taught myself a little trick that I'm going to share with you in the next video on. I was very pleased when I realize that this is a word that gets lots of other people too. So see if you can beat me, And can you spend it? Surprised? The next word is the word. Definitely. I think this word is the most commonly misspelled in the entire English language to see if you can get it right. Definitely. The next word is rhythm. Can you spell? That is quite a tricky word, but have a go rhythm. Okay, The next word is embarrass. How many hearts and how many exits are there in there that gets people every time? Embarrass. Okay. On the next word is calendar. How do you spell that? One calendar last but one is discreet. Now, there are two ways to spell discreet, because again, there are two different spellings and the one that I want to use a spell, please is the word. That means separate or distinct, separate or distinct. So the word is discreet. In case you're wondering the other words of discrete the other. The other spelling is one that you have to be a few of spy, that's like of discreet. And finally, number 10 in the spelling test is the word government. Can you spell that government? Okay, now, that wasn't too painful. So once you finish, if you want to look at the pdf below they've got I've got all the spellings there, so you can look and see if you got it right. But more importantly, the next video we'll be me. Talk about all of these words and explaining how you can remember them. And so, as I say, these are ways that you can then apply to the words that trip you up. Okay, Thank you very much. And see you in a minute. 11. Be a better speller (2) - hints and hacks: So how was the spelling test? I hope they didn't find it too painful. But even if you did, I'm gonna show you some little tricks. Remember the words that always trip you up? They're using something called a pneumonic. And that makes me love because actually, it's the word that in itself is very hard to spell board. It means is a memory jogger. And he probably came across these in primary school with with no Monix, like Richard of York gained battles in vain, which is a way of remembering the colors of the rainbow red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. So this works really, really well with spellings. So let me demonstrate with the words that I asked you to spell. So, for instance, diarrhea, Actually, a group that I was training came up with this one, and I've included it because it's probably my favorite pneumonic of all. So diarrhea is a diary off a really horrible experience, an early So if you remember that, you'll never forget how to spell it again. Then we've got the word separate. Now to separate means to part. And here you've got the P A l of part on it because it's this that people tend to forget. Sometimes they want to put any in there. But if you remember that that's an A because it's part of a part, then you won't get it wrong again. Now there's two spellings of stationery, and this tends to throw people because one type of state remains a parked car. But the other type of stationery is the one that spelt with an E. And you could remember that because it's an envelope or in these days it's more likely to be something you write in an email. So stationary, meaning pens and paper and that kind of thing has an A in it. Surprised this is the one that meant. I mentioned that because it always trips me up. But it doesn't any more since I told myself I just needed to stop being surprised that there's an R in it. And so I can always remember it from now on, definitely that really, really commonly misspelled word you'll be up to Remember it from now on. If you think I can always get it right and remember, there's just eyes in it. I know that I can always get it right. So it's just eyes and there's no A's. Rhythm is just one of those words that you think Howarth. I spell that. I know there's a cheese in it and there's wise. I don't know what order, but remember that rhythm has your to hips moving on. Then you won't get it wrong again. Embarrass. Now this is a very tricky one. But because the and the confusing thing is how many hours and how many essays are there in there? If you're embarrassed, remember that you'll be rosy, red and slightly sweaty, and that's a good way to remember that one calendar. This is another one that came up in one of my workshops, someone else. Me. How they could remember how to spell it on the thing that people tend to get wrong with this one is they were sometimes want to write calendar with an ease that of the A. But just remember that buying a calendar is an annual event and there's your A and you won't get it wrong anymore. Discreet. Now again, this one can get confusing because there's two meanings of the word. There's discreet, which is what James Bond needs to be, or there's discreet, which means separate or distinct on the way to remember. This one is that Crete is an island which is separate from mainland Greece. On there's Crete, so there's your discreet and finally government. A lot of people forget to put the end in this, but the way to think about it is, what does the government do? Will it governs, of course. So here's your end because it governs government. So the challenge now is to think of the words that trip you up. I'm going to ask you to think of two or three words that you get wrong but that use a lot and try and come up with some new Monix to remember them. Why don't you post them in the comments box below on? Then they might have other people to thanks very much