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Check out my guest blog post over at Red Berry Creative!

I once had an executive director who was very clear about what she wanted. That was great when it came to knowing her expectations. The downside was that she was convinced that if she didn't want it, neither did our constituents. She didn't "get" blogs so we didn't have one. It took almost a year to get the OK to start an e-newsletter which eventually became the primary communications channel for the organization.

I've worked with other "powers that be" who thought professional writing had to be academic, dry, and full of jargon. Or who wanted to have nothing but naval-gazing, organization-focused content of interest only to insiders ...

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b2ap3_thumbnail_chnate.jpgFor more than 16 years, Chante LaGon has worked with words as a journalist, marketing consultant, and event planner. She was founding editor of Headz: The Subterranean Guide to Hip-Hop Culture and has worked at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Lunar Magazine. Her journalism career continued at Creative Loafing, where she held various positions including Managing Editor and Special Projects Director. Her blog, Chante Sez, is an excellent resource to keep your writing skills up to par and she can be found on Twitter as @ChanteSez.

The following is reposted from onthelookoutatlanta.com with permission:


Chante Sez ... Check the time

Better late than never … no matter when on Wednesday the Tip of the Day is posted, it’s always on time! And speaking of time, here’s how to write it.

  • Always use a.m. and p.m. For example: “The show started at 8 p.m.”
  • Noon and midnight are preferred over 12 p.m. and 12 a.m.
  • Don’t use a colon followed by double zeros. This is wrong: “The show started at 8:00 p.m.”
  • For a time range, use a hyphen. Like this: “The performance is scheduled for 9:30-11 a.m.”
  • As you may have noticed in the example above, you only have to reference a.m. or p.m. once. If the time range includes a.m. and p.m., use both. For example: “I was in the meeting from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.”
  • It’s OK to use “o’clock” but it’s best used in prose, or long-form writing. For example: “It was dark and stormy, which was odd for 3 o’clock on a winter afternoon.”

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Nikki_for_web.jpgNikki Estes is the program director at South Arts where she manages the grants program which awards more than $700,000 annually. She has served as a grant panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous state arts agencies and arts organizations. Nikki is also serving on the Advisory Board for the Atlanta Foundation Center.

Just like anything in this world, there are pros and cons, joys and frustrations. And being a funder or grants director is no different – we love to see the changes in communities that happen with the help of our grant dollars but we hate to see the same mistakes plague applicants year after year. I've seen the same unfortunate errors in the 15 years that I have managed grant programs.  Help me to help you and read these tips before you submit your next grant application. Any of these common mistakes could put your reputation at risk. You and your potential funder will thank me later!

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