Writing for fun and publication
My latest book is Write to Govern: How to write effective board papers, and you can buy it here for AUD 34.95 with AUD 10 postage for one book.
What readers are saying
Boardroom expert Julie Garland McLellan: ‘I reviewed the first edition of this book and loved it. Now it is back in a much improved new version with thoughtful additions such as an up to date focus on electronic papers and the use of board portals.
‘The book is practical, authoritative and (of course) well written. It is a ‘must read’ for senior executives who want to improve their standing with the board and a ‘must have’ for any board that wants to increase its satisfaction with the written reports and papers that plague its meetings.
This book will make the lives of directors easier and improve their governance by enabling reporting to add value to decision-making.’
‘If like me you are required to write board papers and have never had formal training, then this is the book for you.
‘From the minutiae of when to capitalise or use colons, to the standard principles, format and structures required for good papers. This book has it all.
‘A lighthouse in the fog of confusion.
Outline of the book
The first section covers the board’s role and looks at conventions for noting and decision papers. It also includes advice on templates.
The second section covers every aspect of the writing process – planning, writing and proofreading – and includes chapters on visuals (graphs and tables) and PowerPoint.
Part 1: Board paper conventions
- Chapter 1: The board’s role
- Chapter 2: Qualities of effective board papers
- Chapter 3: Templates
- Chapter 4: Using your template
- Chapter 5: Noting papers
- Chapter 6: Decision papers
Part 2: The writing process
- Chapter 7: Think first
- Chapter 8: Structure your paper
- Chapter 9: Use paragraphs and lists
- Chapter 10: Write clear sentences
- Chapter 11: Using PowerPoint well
- Chapter 12: Using visuals well
- Chapter 13: Review and edit
Click here to buy.
I’ve been writing on and off for years when time and energy permits.
When I moved from New Zealand to Australia, I needed to learn how to market myself, so I wrote two marketing books that were published by Allen & Unwin (Promote Your Business and Talk Up Your Business).