What’s on the Bluegum bookshelves?
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 26/01/2021
These 10 style manuals, grammar books and tender application guides from Bluegum Communication’s bookshelves cover rules and advice for better writing.
Words to avoid when writing tenders and proposals
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 11/06/2017
Clichés are overused words and phrases that reflect a lack of independent thinking in a person, and a lack of dynamism and innovation in an organisation.
Style guides: Why do you need one and what should it contain?
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 17/05/2017
Traditionally, a publisher – think newspapers – kept a style guide to show the preferred spellings of words (program/programme), when to use italics, and whether to refer to married women as ‘Mrs’ or ‘Ms’.
Tips on writing an executive summary for tender submissions
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 04/05/2017
We’ve all watched enough TV talent search shows to know that when you audition you need to stand out from the pack – and a tender is an audition for your business.
Top qualities of a good tender writer
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 27/02/2017
Tender writing is a technical skill, much like an engineering blueprint or an architect’s plan. A tender writer needs to be able to meet the strict deadline and format requirements of the tender, while working under pressure from the many stakeholders involved in the proposal.
Tips on how to win government tenders
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 12/02/2017
Preparing a government tender is a trial for any company. However, a successful business earns more than just a financial reward, it demonstrates it can survive the thorough scrutiny of a government review.
How to use storytelling as a powerful marketing tool
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 02/11/2016
Emotions often trump facts. When you head out to buy a new pair of sunglasses, you may think you’re looking for a scientific way to reduce glare, or frames that are engineered to stay in shape, or anti-scratch lenses.
Why you should always proofread your work
Posted by Oliver Hogue on 12/10/2016
Proofreading is one of those jobs that people don’t think about until something goes wrong.