13 October, 2020

Gender inclusivity and language

The language around gender and sexuality has changed radically in the past few decades. The Australian Government’s newly revised Style Manual provides guidance for writers wanting to make their writing more inclusive. Top of the list is the use of […]
12 October, 2020

Those pesky commas

You’ve spent months in your new position carefully noting the boss’s little style bugbears. That important brief has bounced up and down stairs a few times. The end is in sight, and you’re quite proud of it. But unexpectedly it […]
9 October, 2020

Language: dead or just sleeping?

Does a language ever really die? Surely, we do not yet understand the vitality of Etruscan, Linear A or Harappan. But does ‘dying’ accurately describe more contemporary endangered languages? ‘Dying’ or ‘extinct’ forecasts a dire future that rules out any […]
8 October, 2020

Engaging millennials – it’s all about concise communication

By 2025, millennials will be the largest group in the global workforce. In Australia they will represent almost three in every four workers. Understanding their mindset and developing communication strategies that engage and motivate them is a key challenge for […]
1 October, 2020

A style manual is born

We’ve waited 18 years, but now a new authoritative style manual has come. If you don’t mind us blowing our own trumpet, Ethos CRS is pretty pleased to have researched and written content as lead authors. The Australian Government Style […]
1 October, 2020

Free workshop on writing style

On 11 and 12 November 2020 Ethos CRS offers a free guided tour of the Australian Government Style Manual, The essentials of Australian Government style writing. In two virtual sessions, you work with an expert facilitator to: understand and follow […]
1 October, 2020

Webinar – everything about clear writing

Getting writing style right as a professional is hard work. So to help and inspire you, we offer a stellar cast of experts. Canberra-based author of Scrublands and Silver, Chris Hammer; director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, Dr Amanda […]
1 October, 2020

Why bother to write clearly?

Imagine a world without text. We would be left with images, still and moving. And the siren’s call of the spoken word, sang, whispered or yelled. We would become like the ancient Greeks. We would follow a modern-day Homer who […]
1 October, 2020

Blackwhite – October

Remarks by President Trump, 29 September 2020 Remarks by President Trump, 16 September 2020 We’re on track to deliver and distribute the vaccine in a very, very safe and effective manner. We think we can start sometime in October. So […]
1 October, 2020

A different guide to writing style

Back in 1979, when civilisation was barely out of its cradle and when days and nights were cool, William Safire wrote the classical article on writing style. He harvested the thoughts of readers to publish rules of writing style. His […]
3 September, 2020

After the pandemic, maximise social return

Most of us should be burning incense and offering thanks because we find ourselves not occupying the positions held by a prime minister, premier or minister of government. And we do not have to carry the awful responsibilities of returning […]
3 September, 2020

Public training—The essentials suite

We’re excited to announce the launch of our public training suite of workshops. These workshops will be available for anyone to join. Our first round of public workshops will include: The essentials of project management The essentials of clear professional […]
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