What do I do?
provide proofreading, editing and business-writing coaching services to
Kiwi business managers, PAs and other staff who want to brush up on
their formal writing skills in order to maintain a professional image.
How I got started
2004, I was teaching academic English when I was contacted by a
business manager of a national organisation. He had been aware for some
time that there were some grammar and punctuation rules he wasn't quite
sure about, but he had no idea where to go for advice. I began working
with him about once a week and was then asked to work with other
managers in the same organisation.
led me to think about people in other businesses who
would appreciate the same service. In the many years since I
set up my
business I have had clientele and documents to proof even more
and interesting than I could have imagined - from media releases for a
local club to tourism books on our native flora and fauna and places of
interest to reports on infrastructure after the
Christchurch earthquakes for a
establishing Elite English Coaching for people in business, I
ESOL and NCEA English, developing successful NZQA-approved reading and
programmes for students.
I also taught at UC's English Language Centre,
and later Bridging Programmes, international graduates and
post-graduates who wanted to further their studies at the university.
In addition to being a freelance writer for many years, with articles on
a variety of
topics published in both Australian and NZ magazines, from 2006 to
2009 I was proofreader for Her
Magazine (now Her). During
that time I also had
a number of articles on different aspects of business writing -
generally inspired by the sort of items I was proofreading or editing
(no names mentioned; my service is, of course, completely confidential).
However, more recently, in the
public arena, I've produced a 35-page booklet on Bridge Protocol - Stuff you
should know! (aka The Protocol Booklet) and the first NZ Club Directors Manual,
both of which are now nationally available. See link below.