The 8 Worst Written Business Phrases of All Time

This is a unprovoked and no-mercy-spared attack on the perceived right of ordinarily sane, everyday individuals (such as middle managers and project co-ordinators) to morph into corporate executives with a mouth full of marble-shaped glass paperweights when they open Microsoft Word or Microsoft Outlook and their fingers first glance the keyboard.

I’ve blogged before about The 10 Worst Business Phrases of All Time. That was about spoken phrases and incidentally, was the fifth most popular blog post here.

This is The 8 Worst ‘Written’ Business Phrases of All Time. Some of these were – no apology – taken directly from letters and emails I have seen. Some were taken from letters that were presented to me, as examples of the fine writing style of someone specifically brought in to spruce up business letters being sent out to customers, by a business right here in Northern Ireland.

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How to Write Tenders

You could say that we have a little form when it comes to writing tenders. We look for them and find them. We read them. We decide whether they’re worth our time. We sift and sift. We prioritise and decide. We add them to our work schedule. We make a writing plan. We consult our bank of tender submission template responses. And, then the real work starts!

Upcoming Blog Posts in the Series

  • Tender Terminology
  • Where to Find Tenders in Ireland

I Need Help to Write Tenders Now!

  • I’ve no idea where to start!
  • I’ve started a tender but can’t seem to finish it!
  • The terminology is driving me crazy. Can you sit down with me and go through answering all my burning questions?
  • I’m stumped on the methodology. What we do seems so obvious, I don’t know how to put the process into words.
  • They’ve not stated a budget. What do I do? How do I price it?
  • My English isn’t the best. It just needs a wee polish.
  • Can you just write the whole darn thing for me?

We can help from searching for tenders, to deciding whether to go for them or not, to making a writing plan, to filling forms, to collating all documentation, to polishing the English, to mentoring you through it, or writing it from start to finish!

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Public Sector Tenders Northern Ireland

Do you ever wonder: Where can I find tenders in Northern Ireland (and beyond)? Check our list.

If we’re missed anything out, let us know. Or, get in touch for help with sourcing, planning, writing and winning tenders.

Local Councils

Each council website may have their own Tenders or Opportunities page. Alternatively, they may direct you to a central repository.

http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/local-councils-in-northern-ireland

Contracts Finder

UK government contracts

https://online.contractsfinder.businesslink.gov.uk/?site=1000&lang=en

eSourcing NI

Northern Ireland Public Sector and Regulated Contracting Authorities

https://e-sourcingni.bravosolution.co.uk/web/login.shtml

Scotland

This is a list of tender sources in Scotland.

Public Contracts Scotland

Scottish Local Authorities, NHS Scotland, the Scottish Government, Agencies and NDPBs, Higher and Further Education and Emergency Services Tenders

http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk

Ireland

This is a list of tender sources in Ireland.

Intertrade Ireland

http://www.intertradeireland.com/tools/tender_opportunities/

Office of Government Procurement

https://irl.eu-supply.com/login.asp?B=ETENDERS_SIMPLE

EU

This is a list of places to find tenders across the EU.

publicTENDERS.net

http://www.publictenders.net

Worldwide

There are only a few central websites for worldwide tenders.

Oppex

Public procurement notices

https://oppex.com

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Difference Between There, Their and They’re

This week, I came across the Facebook page of someone offering marketing solutions. On that page, I found more than one example of basic grammar errors, something we all learned how to spot and correct at primary school, and then later, learning languages.

If you’re one of those people whose school, or parents, did not teach you the basis, then you will find the quick guide useful.

There

This word can be used in relation to a place, matter or interjection.

  • The university is over there.
  • There is where I disagree with your argument.
  • There it is!

Their

This word is used to show ownership, or when speaking about an indefinite third party).

  • Their cars have been sitting in the carpark all night.
  • Anyone in their right mind would never say such a thing!

They’re

This word is used only when you want to contract (shorten) this phrase:they are.

  • They’re so pleased with the results of the test.
  • They’re coming over for lunch at 12:30.

In summary

  • There are many people who would say this is important, and is a simple matter of learning.
  • Their opinion may offend those of you who find grammar confusing.
  • They’re right on one point, though. It is important.

Poor grammar makes your website look thrown together at best. At worst, it gives the impression of a lack of basic educational skills. And, if potential customers cannot trust you to use correct grammar, how will they trust you to deliver a good product, especially when you deliver any of the following:

  • Marketing Services (including emailing potential customers)
  • Copywriting Services
  • Sales Training (including written scripts)

Yes, I know the odd typo slips through. But, when someone gets these types of errors wrong repeatedly, it speaks of a deeper, and less easily fixed, problem than carelessness. What vibe does your website evoke?

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Difference Between There, Their and They ‘re

This week, I came across the Facebook page of someone offering marketing solutions. On that page, I found more than one example of basic grammar errors, something we all learned how to spot and correct at primary school, and then later, learning languages.

If you’re one of those people whose school, or parents, did not teach you the basis, then you will find the quick guide useful.

There

This word can be used in relation to a place, matter or interjection.

  • The university is over there.
  • There is where I disagree with your argument.
  • There it is!

Their

This word is used to show ownership, or when speaking about an indefinite third party).

  • Their cars have been sitting in the carpark all night.
  • Anyone in their right mind would never say such a thing!

They’re

This word is used only when you want to contract (shorten) this phrase: they are.

  • They’re so pleased with the results of the test.
  • They’re coming over for lunch at 12:30.

In summary

  • There are many people who would say this is important, and is a simple matter of learning.
  • Their opinion may offend those of you who find grammar confusing.
  • They’re right on one point, though. It is important.

Poor grammar makes your website look thrown together at best. At worst, it gives the impression of a lack of basic educational skills. And, if potential customers cannot trust you to use correct grammar, how will they trust you to deliver a good product, especially when you deliver any of the following:

  • Marketing Services (including emailing potential customers)
  • Copywriting Services
  • Sales Training (including written scripts)

Yes, I know the odd typo slips through. But, when someone gets these types of errors wrong repeatedly, it speaks of a deeper, and less easily fixed, problem than carelessness. What vibe does your website evoke?

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Getting a Job in the Recession #5: Online Profiles

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We’ve already covered the basics: CVs, Virtual CVs, Jobs Boards and Covering Letters . Most employers are looking to see a CV these days. Many will insist on an application form being filled out, which does the same job, except for the trick Extra Info bit at the end. (I’ll probably blog about that in a later post.) So, do online profiles really matter? If an employer receives your CV or form, do they even take the time to look you up online? Yes. Suffice to say, they might. Continue reading “Getting a Job in the Recession #5: Online Profiles”