Rob Neilly

I'm a contract college teacher (computer software, business writing), a writer specializing in blogging and social media content, and a virtual assistant. Well, those are my career aspects anyway. I'm a spiritual person, an at-times 'gifted' psychic, and someone who likes to get to the soul of the matter.

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May 27

Write a Basic Business Letter that asks a Question

Content is King

Business letters – whether written to apply for a job, or per the title of this post, to ask a question – have certain basic requirements. There are at least three basic items to put on your checklist, each with its own sub-components. Each is noticeable, and each has its own significance. In order of …

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May 21

Computer Maintenance and Protection

Computer Health

Very recent history… a virulent ‘strain’ of ransomware affected hundreds of thousands of computers – most of those in workplaces – in approximately 150 countries. Time to consider a few techniques for basic computer maintenance and protection? There are vendors and experts who advise extreme caution during any (on-line) computer use; at times such warnings …

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Sep 12

5 x 5 Client Communication

Signal to Noise - 5x5

Communicating with a potential or existing client – important stakeholders – needs to be on a level that’s either “readable” or “perfectly readable”. A signal of ‘5’ is perfectly readable. The same is true with the clarity of your message: ideally, you want another “5”. Signal and Clarity How do you know if your signal is clear, …

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Apr 04

Business Writing in the North American Market

Content is King

You feel good about your business communications skills, and are more or less confident about your business writing skills. Are these things enough? Business Writing Challenges If any of the following are true for you, then you need to either hone your business writing skills or work with an expert: English is not your first language, …

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Dec 28

Would you like fries with your Windows 10?

Get Windows 10 - Or Not

Actually, I would like fries with my Windows; fries with anything! But if Microsoft’s new operating system serves up everything, maybe I won’t need them. As the image attached to this post indicates, and as has Microsoft itself, the push is on for us to get our free version of Windows 10. I already have it …

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Apr 20

Writing – Messages


When you are writing, keep in mind your key message or messages.

Mar 23

The Semicolon


And you thought this would be boring! The proper usage of commas and semicolons eludes most; myself included at times. One of my favourite resources for writing, citation, and punctuation rules is The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. The OWL, as many call it, contains thorough resources for anyone who wants or needs to improve …

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Jan 02

Data Encryption in Evernote

Data Encryption

Your data is your most precious asset! You want to feel comfortable that it’s protected. Evernote If you’ve never used Evernote – a way to keep notes of various kinds (links, text, photos, voice, and more) about anything – you may want to first check out this link before reading further: In brief, Evernote is …

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Dec 09

Delivering Bad News

Bad News

Poor service, crossed-communication, awful performance … these, and more, are bad news scenarios. While some prefer hearing bad news straight up, one of the more effective ways to deliver it in written form is by using the indirect approach. This approach doesn’t skirt the negatives; it simply frames them. It’s a given that most people …

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Nov 29

Effective Presentations

You have a presentation coming up; you want to wow your audience! And you can. Read the following tips, drawn from 20+ years of presenting in the classroom, presenting workshops, and presenting to prospective employers. Contact me if you’d like to explore this further! Refine Your Main Topic(s) If you don’t know your main topic …

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