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Does Making Decisions Hurt Productivity? – NPSD

Does Making Decisions Hurt Productivity? During a recent trip to Las Vegas, I stood in front of a crowded vendor stand staring at a ridiculously wide variety of hooded sweatshirts. The heat of the day was fading to a cool evening, and I was starting to shiver in my flimsy t-shirt. “Just pick one,” my …

A Language Arts Lesson Plan on Summarizing Text – NPSD

A Language Arts Lesson Plan on Summarizing Text Summarizing text, finding the key concept in written text, helps to increase reading comprehension. Students with dyslexia frequently have a hard time breaking text into main ideas and discounting the extra, unneeded information. This lesson plan is designed to help high school students find a single main …

Issues in Education – NPSD

Issues in Education There are many issues in education in which a school administrator, a teacher, or even a parent must face. Anyone in the decision making role should be informed and educated throughout the decision making process. Educational related issues can present both challenges and unique opportunities. Understanding all sides of an issue can …

Winning Writing Contests – NPSD

Winning Writing Contests – Make Your Entry Stand Out with a Great Hook I recently received an email from a woman who used her writing to become “Queen for a Day” on television. For those of us who don’t remember the show, “Queen for a Day” was an immensely popular television show in the 1950’s …

Five Ways to Cut Down Your Word Count – NPSD

Five Ways to Cut Down Your Word Count Once your perfect pitch has worked out and you’ve delivered the promised copy to your editor, you may be asked to cut down the word count. Here are some simple ways to reign in your verbiage and make you editor happy. Release Your Introduction Some writers need …

Revise, Revise Again: Seven Steps to Flawless Work – NPSD

Revise, Revise Again: Seven Steps to Flawless Work You need to submit flawless, polished documents, but the demands on your time are great and lead to typos and regular “oops” moments. The solution? Create a revision system and stick to it. Here’s a sample. Start Beforehand The secret to consistently catching your mistakes is to …

You’ve Written a Children’s Story. What Next? – NPSD

You’ve Written a Children’s Story. What Next? Many children’s writers ask what they should do when they have a story written and “ready to go”. Below is a typical question along these lines, and my brief response. Mary* writes – “I’m a stay-at-home mom, and have been contemplating giving in to a secret passion of …

The Simple Personal Branding Mistake – NPSD

Do You Make This Simple Personal Branding Mistake? If You’re Not Cher or Prince, Read On… I’ve talked about online identity crisis issues. Here’s a simple personal branding tip that could help with your freelance writing or blogging business. Use Your Full Name Unless you’re Cher, Prince or even Britney, always use your whole name …

Why Readers Unsubscribe from RSS Feeds – NPSD

Why Readers Unsubscribe from RSS Feeds Darren at Problogger surveyed his readership, about why they unsubscribe from RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds. From 104 comments, he found a number of recurring themes. He has come up with a list of 34 reasons why bloggers unsubscribe. This is timely for me, as I am just starting …

How To Write Good Blog Posts More Quickly – NPSD

How To Write Good Blog Posts More Quickly I tossed around some strategies with Easton Ellsworth of Business Blogwire about how to write blog posts more quickly, without compromising on quality. Our discussion sparked some further ideas for me, and inspired this post. Thanks Easton. What’s the Hurry? Some posts take a while to gel, …