Writing Tip of the Day

What is Open Punctuation and When is it Acceptable?

What is Open Punctuation and When is it Acceptable?

Open punctuation is quite a recent innovation and is a direct result of the electronic age in which we now live. Open punctuation is a very minimal level of punctuation and is now acceptable because of the increased use of electronic mail and also word processing.

In open punctuation the use of full stops and commas is quite limited.  In former times, by tradition, letters would always have been started, ‘Dear Mr. Jones (or whoever), but now it is viewed as acceptable to write, ‘Dear Mr Jones’ (the full stop or punctuation mark after ‘Mr’ has been omitted).  One of the major aspects of open punctuation is that instead of using paragraph indents, double line spaces are now used to denote a new paragraph.

Generally, open punctuation is acceptable within more informal letters and items that are not used within the business context. However, if you are writing business English then it is always better to revert to standard punctuation, since it helps the message look formal and professional. If the reader thinks that you have omitted commas and full stops due to you not knowing when they should be used, then they may not feel that your service is professional. So for writing formal business English always use proper ‘closed’ punctuation and ensure that you use some kind of punctuation or grammar checker to double check your work. This gives it a more professional edge and will really help to make any documents you write look polished, professional and of excellent quality.

 

The Learning Revolution Made Relevant

Peter Senge’s manila team puts together conference program that weaves Theory and Practice

The Learning Revolution

Made Relevant

Peter Senge’s manila team puts together conference program that weaves Theory and Practice
Peter Senge will be in Manila for the mega leadership event, “The Learning Organization Revolution” on April 04, 2011, 1:30pm-8:30pm at ISLA Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-La. Visit saltandlightventures.comfor details.

 

Local practitioners of Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline and systems thinking join Senge in the second half of the Learning Organization Revolution to bring relevance to theory. Alternative Nobel Prize Winner Nicanor Perlas, President of Microventures, Bam Aquino, RTC Judge,Filomena D. Singh, and Knights of Rizal Chairman, Atty. Pablo S. Trillana III will join MIT Professor and SOL Founder, Peter Senge for a one day mega learning event on April 04, 2011, from 1:30pm-8:30pm (registration starts at 12:30pm) at ISLA Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-La.

 

The Learning Organization Revolution is the year’s most exciting leadership learning event, assisted by the ELIAS Fellows (Emerging Leaders Innovate Across Sectors) of The Rizal Academy for Innovation and Leadership (TRAIL). Many organizations have already signed up for this forum. In fact,top executives from Sanofi-Aventis, Jollibee, Chowking, Baker McKenzie, Phoenix Publishing House, San Miguel MillsWyeth Philippines and many others have pre-booked and bought seats for their management team.

 

Even schools like University of the Philippines, De La Salle University, and Asian Institute of Management, and non-profit organizations such as Center for Community TransformationNegros Women for Tomorrow Foundation, Life Learning Organization of PEACE Foundation, and MMLDC Foundation are joining as well!

 

In Peter Senge’s Learning Organization Revolution, the participants will be excited to discover how the 5 disciplines of the learning organization can revolutionize their organization’s growth. Their organizations will benefit from this forum as they explore the 3 levels of leadership transformation (Self, Organization, Society) and learn how to use these to transform their own organizations or communities. Moreover, leaders who will join the event will come to understand and unravel complexity and apply systems thinking to their organization to get a competitive edge in their respective industries.

 

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THE PROGRAM MADE RELEVANT.

 

Peter Senge will deliver four sessions together with three Filipino speakers who will provide local case studies. The first talk will be solely facilitated by Dr. Peter M. Senge, the Chairman of Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), wherein he will revisit the 5th Discipline: Understanding Complexity/Systems Thinking. The talk will expound on his best-selling book, The 5th Discipline, and how even twenty years after it first came out, the art and practice of the learning organization continues to be as relevant, useful and crucial to address the challenges of our fast changing world.  Now more than ever, the 5 disciplines of personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning and systems thinking are powerful strategies for individuals, corporations, organizations, institutions and nations to apply in order to create a sustainable future for themselves and for the generations to follow. Afterwards, an Awareness Practice will be done by Roger Ty-Simone, an ELIAS Fellow.

 

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Judge Filomena D. Singh

Peter Senge will then deliver the second session which will tackle the issue of Personal Mastery for Peak Institutional and Societal Performance.  Judge Filomena D. Singh will provide the local case study. Practicing personal mastery is crucial as it can be likened to holding a conversation within ourselves. One voice within us dreams of what we want for the future. Still another casts an (often baleful) eye on the world around us. A third voice, often well hidden is willing to say, “I have chosen what I want and accepted that I will create it.” In this discipline we try to hear all these facets clearly, knowing that the power, which pulls us toward our vision, emerges from the relationship between them. Judge Filomena D. Singh, presiding judge of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court, a professor at the Ateneo Law School, Trustee of the Philippine Judicial Academy, and member of the Supreme Court task force, helps to de-clog pending cases in the lower courts, an initiative supported by TRAIL. Together with Dr.  Senge, they will explore the systems map of the Philippine judicial system and how this initiative could have its impact on all aspects of society.

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Nicanor Perlas
Bam Aquino
Bam Aquino

 

World Cafe will then be in session, wherein Nicanor Perlas and Dr. Juan Kanapi Jr., TRAIL Faculty and ELIAS Fellows, will facilitate conversations to draw out collective meaning from the participants.

 

SESSION 3.  DR. SENGE will then present his 3rd Talk, appropriately entitled Conversations as a Path to Shared Meaning and Vision. Providing the local case study will be Bam Aquino, an ELIAS Fellow, Social Entrepreneur, a

nd President of Microventures Inc. In this talk, participants will learn how to nourish a sense of commitment in a group or organization by developing shared images of the future they seek to create and the principles and guiding practices by which they hope to get there. Dr. Senge together with Bam Aquino will share how generative conversations among Microventures multi-stakeholders have achieved exponential growth for the Hapinoy chain of local community stores.

A short session entitled: Awareness of Mental Models through the Skill of Inquiry-Advocacy will transpire after the 3rd Talk. Facilitators will be Dr. Juan Kanapi Jr. & Ms. Bel Villavicencio, who are both ELIAS Fellows. This discipline of reflection and inquiry skills is focused around developing awareness of the attitudes and perceptions that influence thought and interaction. By continually reflecting upon, talking about, and reconsidering these internal pictures of the world, people can gain more capability in governing their actions and decisions.

 

SESSION 4. DR SENGE caps off the learning event with The Necessary Revolution– The Learning Revolution. He will discuss the underlying significant issue that every organization and society faces– the question: How can we create desired results in an increasingly interdependent world? That question has been the focus of Peter Senge’s work for more than 20 years.

 

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Atty. Pablo S. Trillana III

This is the heart of the Society for Organizational Learning’s research in innovation, large-systems change, sustainability, the future of education and leadership development. To incorporate this issue in the Philippine setting, the co-presenter, Atty. Pablo S. Trillana III, who is the current Supreme Commander of the Knights of Rizal, Legal Counsel for ADB, and former Chairman of the National Historical Commission, will present the National Hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal as the first Filipino systems thinker and how TRAIL now continues Rizal’s work of structural reforms.

 

The learning event will end with an Open Forum with Dr. Peter Senge, and his four local counterparts, Mr. Nicanor Perlas, Mr. Bam Aquino, Judge Filomena D. Singh, and Atty. Pablo S. Trillana III, and will then be followed by a dinner.

 

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Peter Senge Live in Manila is presented by TRAIL: The Rizal Academy for Innovation and Leadership, Society for Organizational Learning (SoL), OCCI-Fullness of Life Foundation, Salt & Light Ventures, and Philippine Daily Inquirer, and supported by the following event partners: Business World, BCD Pinpoint, Asia Pay, Entrepreneur, Microdata, Learning Curve, and Venture for Fund Raising.

 

Seats are now limited, so reserve  your slots NOW! Catch Peter Senge live in Manila on April 04, 2011 at ISLA Ballroom, EDSA Shangri-La, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City from 1:30-8:30pm. Call 8132732, 8132703, Email inquiry@saltandlight.ph and visit www.SaltandLight.asia or SaltandLightVentures.com for more information.

 

 

To register and pay online, visit www.PeterSengeInManila.eEvent.com

 

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THE LEARNING ORGANIZATIONREVOLUTION with PETER SENGE

The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization

April 4, 2011 | 1:30pm-8:30pm | Isla Ballroom, Edsa Shangri-La Manila, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City

 

Learning Investment:

Peter Senge Forum with Executives, OD & HR Directors, and Entrepreneurs

Best Buy Rate: P11,000 until March 18

Early Bird Rate: P12,000 until March 25

Regular Rate: P13,000 until April 3

Walk-In Rate: P13,900, April 4

 

Special Pricing Scheme for Government and Civil Society (Educators, Non-Profit Organizations)

Best-Buy Rate : P 5,500 until March 18

Early Bird Rate: P 6,500 until March 25

Regular Rate:    P 7,500 until April 3

Walk-in Rate:    P  8,500, April 4

(To qualify for this rate, an ID or reservation on your organization’s letterhead is required together with your reservation form. Email toseminars@saltandlight.ph or Fax to 813-2745.)

ANNOUNCEMENT:

REGISTER NOW for the Post-Event Seminar with Dr. Peter Senge and Mr. Nicanor Perlas –– “Courageous Skills of the Learning Organization for Challenging Times”

April 6-7, 2011 | Development Academy of the Philippines, Ortigas, Pasig CityTime: TBA (Class size limited to 80pax)

 

A special seminar designed for Change Leaders, HR/OD Practitioners, Corporate coaches/consultants, Academe.

Dr. Senge and Mr. Perlas will present the 5 Disciplines of the Learning Organization within the Theory U change lab framework for immediate application in your organization.  AND to assure the successful launch of your Change Lab, FREE follow-up coaching sessions from SOL Phils. and Presencing Institute ELIAS Fellows. (40 slots for Business at P20,000.00; 40 slots Govt. and Civil Society at P15,000.00).

 

REGISTER NOW!

 

For details, call Armin or Linda at SOL Phils./TRAIL 632-7553, 687-1309 or Juliet or Oasis at Salt & Light Ventures 813-2703/ 32.

RAVE REVIEWS:
 

“[His] presence brings about something into the room andinspires people…[he] has a gift to be present and be very articulate about what you are engaged with. More than [his] writing, [his] ability to create and inspire through [his] conversations is even more powerful…” – Dr. Prasad Kaipa, Executive Director of Center for Leadership, Innovation, & Change

(CLIC)

 

“We owe the very idea of the learning organization to management strategist Peter Senge. In the 1990s, he provided the ultimate decoder ring for CEOs who wanted to apply collaboration and systems theory in theworkplace.” – Ellen McGirt, Senior Writer of Fast Company Magazine

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“This is one of the most interesting and important contributions of 2008 to the vital area of sustainability thinking.” Alan Lekan

 

“The Necessary Revolution” should be required reading for community leaders of all types, NGO, religious, Government, and corporate alike…A must for every person who wants to see a change in our direction.”John Inman

 

 

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“Peter Senge has been ahead of his time and that his arguments are insightful and revolutionary. He goes on to say that it is a matter of regret ‘that more organizations have not taken his advice and have remained geared to the quick fix’.” S. Bose

“This is one of the best business books I ever read – and I have read way way too many of them! Warmly recommended.”Robert J. Crawford

 

“It’s an easy reading book, very thought provoking, and enlightening, definitely worth picking up a copy.”

Adam F. Jewell

 

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Writing Tip of the Day

Accept your bad writing – don’t be embarrassed or ashamed of it. Don’t be discouraged!

Accept your bad writing – don’t be embarrassed or ashamed of it. Don’t be discouraged! “Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something – anything – down on paper. What I’ve learned to do when I sit down to work on a sh*tty first draft is to quiet the voices in my head.” ~ Anne Lamott.

5 ways to use your passions to fuel a freelance writing career

This is a sidebar to “How to use your passions to jumpstart a freelance writing career.” Click on the link to view the rest of the article.

 

  1. When travelling, be observant and take notes detailing your experiences and other details that might be useful to other travellers. Read travel magazines like Travelife to sharpen your travel writing skills, and don’t be afraid to pitch your ideas to an editor. Just make sure to feature angles that have not yet been used in other articles.
  2. Use your appetite to sniff out the newest foodie haunts, and write online reviews ahead of everyone else. ClicktheCity.com features the latest in dining, entertainment, arts and culture, and lifestyle—and they could use your insights for their website. Again, just make sure that you’re writing something totally new and fresh and has not yet been previously published.
  3. Start a blog to develop writing practice and discipline. While there’s nothing better than getting approval from an editor and being published in a credible publication, blogging can help you develop your skills, get a feel of the audience’s needs and wants, and learn important editorial disciplines that will make you more marketable to publications out there. Read award-winning travel blogs like OurAwesomePlanet.com and WhenInManila.com to get an idea of how it’s done.
  4. Be social media-savvy and get an opportunity to freelance for advertisers and media firms that contract social media managers for their respective brands. Who would have thought that Facebooking and tweeting could be such lucrative activities?
  5. Develop an expertise out of your own hobbies and interests, and become a credible authority on the subject. The more credible you are, the more attractive you will be to editors and brands that need subject matter experts and advocates for their respective features or brand campaigns. Who knows just how far your passions can take you?

 

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All of these elements are integrated into JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER 4.0, a two-day workshop designed to prepare participants for a freelance writing career through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and talks by guest speakers from the industry. The next workshop will run from April 30 to May 1, 2011, 10AM to 6PM at Powerbooks Greenbelt 3, Makati City.

Testimonials from past participants show the following statements:

“Thank you for creating Writer’s Block Philippines. I’m proud to belong to a community of writers who have passion for and respect the craft. The workshop is excellent. It would be nice to have monthly meetings for follow-up.”

“Writing the pitch was really practical Also, the opportunities and advice were very structured and practical.”

“The workshop gave me a lot of information on how to really start a career as a freelance writer.”

“You guys did a great job team-teaching. You are great at conveying your enthusiasm. And it was a valuable experience. Thank you.”

 

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 4.0 is supported by PowerbooksTravelife Magazine,ClicktheCity.comNiveaMiLi, and WheninManila.com. For more information, please contact Writer’s Block Philippines at (0927) 850.8280 or writersblock.ph@gmail.com. Online reservations and payments are also accepted through www.writersblockphilippines.com. For fresh updates on Writer’s Block Philippines events, follow WBP on Facebook (www.facebook.com/writersblock.ph) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/writersblockph)

How to use your passions to jumpstart a freelance writing career

For Nikka Sarthou, a freelance lifestyle and travel writer, the perfect life consists of frequent travels and the opportunity to write about her trips. Whether she is watching the French Open in Roland Garros, Paris; taking a heritage tour in Taal, Batangas; or whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro, Nikka travels with notebook and pen in tow, always ready for inspiration to strike. She is also a foodie and enjoys going around town sampling the latest food trends and the newest restaurants and then reviewing these for various online and print publications.

For Nikka Sarthou, a freelance lifestyle and travel writer, the perfect life consists of frequent travels and the opportunity to write about her trips. Whether she is watching the French Open in Roland Garros, Paris; taking a heritage tour in Taal, Batangas; or whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro, Nikka travels with notebook and pen in tow, always ready for inspiration to strike. She is also a foodie and enjoys going around town sampling the latest food trends and the newest restaurants and then reviewing these for various online and print publications.

Although Nikka began her career working full-time in a publishing house, she eventually embarked on a freelance career to have the flexibility to pursue her passions while making a comfortable living. She is now Contributing Editor for Smile, Cebu Pacific’s inflight magazine, as well as content manager for the travel website OfficiallyPhilippines.com.

“Schools do not really teach its students how to go about freelance writing. I had to learn the ropes myself,” she points out. “It took me some time before I was able to have a sustainable freelance writing career, and now I’m enjoying its benefits. Since I’m now a full-time freelance writer, I get to be my own boss and marry my two other passions, which are writing and travelling.”

Ana Santos, on the other hand, embarked on a freelance writing career in a roundabout way, having been in the banking industry for nine years before finally leaving her post as Assistant Vice President of a multinational financial institution to do what she really loves to do: write and support the women’s reproductive health movement. Since taking on the plunge to write full-time and create the website www.sexandsensibilities.com in 2010, Ana has been invited to numerous speaking engagements and media appearances and has also been featured in Cosmo’s feature on Women Warriors  in the November 2010 issue. Ana is also a foreign correspondent for the United Nations, as well as Associate Editor of Illustrado, a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine for Filipinos.

For her, even the perks of a bank executive—including the designated parking slot—don’t compare to the fulfilment she feels when she is able to write in support of a cause that she is truly passionate about.  However, she is quick to point out that her mix of marketing, PR, and hard-core corporate skills are useful in building her personal brand as a freelance writer.

“The marketing skills I picked up during my banking days come in handy now that I manage my own ‘by-line’ which we at Writer’s Block Philippines, liken to managing your own corporation. Thinking of writing as a career rather than a ‘gig’ or ‘sideline’ is the key to making it a sustainable passion.”

Niña Terol-Zialcita, meanwhile, fuses advocacy, travel and arts & culture in her writing, shifting easily from political writing and consulting to writing and editing travel features—sometimes in the span of a few hours. With a career that has spanned working for a telco, a non-profit consulting firm, the Philippine Senate, and a national electoral campaign, Niña finds a way to fuse her various skills and balance her many interests through freelancing.

She shares: “For someone like me who enjoys exploring many different fields and expressing myself across different disciplines, I find that freelancing has given me the opportunity to widen my network and horizons, and enhance my competencies. Writing also immerses me in the creative sphere, balancing my cutthroat political-corporate sensibilities with my need for softer artistic outlets. Even while holding a full-time Senate post, I enjoyed writing and editing for lifestyle and travel publications.”

At present, Niña is a political and corporate communications consultant while being a book author and editor-in-chief of asianTraveler Magazine.

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Writer's Block Philippines: Ana Santos, Nikka Sarthou, Nina Terol-Zialcita

All three ladies are also co-founders of Writer’s Block Philippines, an organization dedicated to helping writers and communicators sharpen their skills and find profitable, sustainable opportunities in writing. When they are not busy with their respective editorial and consulting engagements, the three conduct writing workshops to share tried-and-tested tips for breaking into the competitive world of freelance writing.

“There was a large gap in the market that we wanted to fill,” shares Ana. “While attending Maven Secrets, a course taught by Anton Diaz on professional blogging and Internet marketing, we realized that there are not enough  courses that teach people how to write and communicate better.”

Nikka adds: “We also saw throughout our respective careers that there are many opportunities for freelance writing that can fit people’s varied interests. Our courses aim to teach participants how to break into freelance writing through various channels, such as print, mobile, online, and social media.”

“More importantly, we teach our participants how to not only get published but also how to build their respective brands and how to sustain a profitable career in freelancing. This isn’t about one-shot deals but about building a life that you want out of the things that matter most to you,” reveals  Niña.

All of these elements are integrated into JUMPSTART YOUR FREELANCE WRITING CAREER 4.0, a two-day workshop designed to prepare participants for a freelance writing career through a combination of lectures, hands-on exercises, and talks by guest speakers from the industry. The next workshop will run from April 30 to May 1, 2011, 10AM to 6PM at Powerbooks Greenbelt 3, Makati City.

Testimonials from past participants show the following statements:

“Thank you for creating Writer’s Block Philippines. I’m proud to belong to a community of writers who have passion for and respect the craft. The workshop is excellent. It would be nice to have monthly meetings for follow-up.”

“Writing the pitch was really practical Also, the opportunities and advice were very structured and practical.”

“The workshop gave me a lot of information on how to really start a career as a freelance writer.”

“You guys did a great job team-teaching. You are great at conveying your enthusiasm. And it was a valuable experience. Thank you.”

Indeed, Writer’s Block Philippines and its founders have proven that it is possible to build an enjoyable and profitable career in the pursuit of one’s passions. All it takes is an acute awareness of one’s gifts and talents, an openness to keep learning, and the courage to take the inevitable leap of faith.

 

Jumpstart Your Freelance Writing Career 4.0 is supported by Powerbooks, Travelife Magazine, ClicktheCity.com, Nivea, MiLi, and WheninManila.com. For more information, please contact Writer’s Block Philippines at (0927) 850.8280 or writersblock.ph@gmail.com. Online reservations and payments are also accepted through www.writersblockphilippines.com. For fresh updates on Writer’s Block Philippines events, follow WBP on Facebook (www.facebook.com/writersblock.ph) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/writersblockph)

 

Writing Tip of the Day

Don’t expect writing to be easy

Don’t expect writing to be easy. “Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.” ~ George Orwell.

Humanity Photo Awards 2011

Humanity Photo Awards 2011

Aiming to record the world’s folklore cultures, theHumanity Photo Awards(HPA) 2011, organised by the China Folklore Photographic Association (CFPA) and UNESCO, invites worldwide participation in this contest.

Entries are accepted until 15 April 2011.

HPA, launched in 1998 by CFPA, is a biennial photography contest which calls upon worldwide photographers, professional or amateur, to record, spread and share the diverse cultures among mankind. HPA has been greatly supported by UNESCO since the year 2000.

So far, HPA has collected over 130,000 folklore photos from 141 countries taken by photographers from 108 countries. Common humanity in diversity is what the contest is trying to express.

More information at Culture360